Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fool Moon (by Jim Butcher)*

My dear Elizabeth sent me the next two Dresden books on CD, and it was great fun to get back to Harry, especially as performed by James Marsters. As I said before, he does a terrific job, and it's fun to hear him bitch about mopey vampires, talk about a character named Spike, or point out that a platform is "five by five" feet. It's the little things in life. He does sometimes misread sentences a bit, but you can mostly figure out what's intended, so I'm cool with it. the character of Harry is just so great, and his cynical, yet warm sarcasm is perfect.

In this one, Harry fights a bunch of different types of wolves, and there's pretty much constant tension. I think my favorite elements of the Dresden books are the potions and Bob the talking skull, so it was great to have them back. On the other hand, I hated having Dresden on the outs with Murphy for so much of the book, as I do love their relationship. The payoff was great, though. (And on the romance tip, I like Susan and all, but I have to believe Dresden/Murphy is the end game here, right?)

I've already started listening to the next one, Grave Peril, and I think it's about ghosts this time! Which is awesome, because werewolves aren't that exciting to me, but ghosts! That's gonna be fun. Anyway, if you like mysteries, the supernatural, or supernatural mysteries with a little bit of sarcasm and a little bit of gore and a great lead character, try the Dresden Files on for size. It's like the Anita Blake books only minus the porn and plus some wit. And a much much better protagonist.

(P.S. His name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield, and though I figured out Blackston and Copperfield, I totally didn't get the Harry Houdini reference until he explains it in this book. I just made an immediate Harry Potter association because, "yer a wizard, Harry!" Duh.)


Blogger jen fu said...

If you like the Dresden books you will maybe like the Rachel Caine Weather Warden books, the Kelley Armstrong Otherworld books, or the Patricia Briggs supernatural woo-woo books (I forget what she calls the series--maybe the Mercy series? Her all-werewolf books are less strong.) They are series that have got strong ladies kicking some supernatural ass and taking some supernatural names. Fun stuff! Probably awesome on audiobook. I bet the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse books would also be way fun on audio. It's the series True Blood is based on; the books are a little dopey(er) but also very fun. And now you have had a secret look inside jen fu's secret trashy reading habits.

8:47 PM  
Blogger mo pie said...

Thank yoo! I actually have the Sookie Stackhouse books on my iPod, I think! So perhaps I will go read those, then.

Also, you like Anita Blake. DON'T LIE TO ME!

8:56 PM  
Blogger jen fu said...

"like" is not NEARLY nuanced enough a word! she's so bad she's fascinating! she's so dumb she's mesmerizing! she's so terrible, she's like a beautiful trainwreck!

wait! i have a perfect way to explain it! laurel k. hamilton :: stephenie meyers. you see??

9:02 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

1. I found this, woo!

2. What I love about the way James Marsters reads these is that it's like he's sitting next to you on the couch or in the car on a road trip, just telling you these crazy things that happened to him. People on Audible were like "You can hear him breathe!" Well, yes, okay. But I think it adds something.

3. After watching all of True Blood in a week, I have read the first four Sookie Stackhouse books in the last six days, and concur that they are trashy and awesome. I told the friend who is lending them to me not to bring me any more until Saturday because I have got to get some work done.

2:15 PM  
Blogger mo pie said...

1. Hooray!

2. Yeah, I agree with you. He reads it kind of weird at times but it really does feel like he's telling a story and I can't imagine anyone more Harry Dresdeny! Love it.

3. Duly noted! I'm off audiobooks at the moment and studying my Dutch lessons (hee) but soon, I will need them!

9:39 PM  

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