I’ve always been a big fan of libraries, and lately I’ve been going to mine even more than usual. I usually have 1 or 2 books I’m looking for, then I’ll just wander the shelves letting things catch my eye until I have a small pile of 5 or 6 books.
A couple of weeks ago, a book called White Knight by Jim Butcher leapt out at me. I have no idea why. I almost didn’t bother with it since it was subtitled “A Novel Of The Dresden Files” and clearly wasn’t the first one, but I figured “what the hell, maybe it’ll be a fun read”.
Boy howdy was it!
The protagonist is kind of an anti-hero, a bona fide wizard set in the modern world, working (in classic noir fashion) as a private investigator who somehow gets himself in deep shit over and over and over again. Through sheer pluck, wit and occasional horrific violence, he struggles through to (try) and save the day… or at least his own skin.
I’ve read 3 of these books now, and they are all fun, fast-paced fantasy-pulp fiction-crime-msyery novels, with great characters and great writing. I love that they are contemporaneous, although without an excess of pop culture references. Just enough to make you believe they are set in today’s world, without being all cute about it. For instance, in one book, he references John Carpenter’s They Live (a classic pulp sci-fi movie IMO) without actually mentioning the name of the film.
And then there’s all the times that the author makes me actually laugh out loud, like this excerpt from a fight scene, wherein our hero has just stabbed a big monster in the balls, and then makes this observation, as the other monsters slow their pursuit while watching their fallen comrade:
In short, I just am having a fantastic fun time reading these books, even tho I’m reading them all out of order (reading them as I am able to find them at the library, and all). I can’t wait to read more about Harry Dresden and his adventures, and every book is stand-alone fun, and even more fun when I manage to figure out how it all fits with the other parts of the stories I’ve read (yes, there is continuity overall, but each story is fine by itself). Every time I finish one, I can’t wait to read another!
Just wanted to share, and see if anyone else has read these books.
PLEASE! No plot spoilers! I have like 6 or 7 more to read, and would prefer not to know details, since they are, after all, basically crime/mystery stories.
*from Proven Guilty