For now the more I discover the universe created by Jim Butcher and the more I am fascinated by it. Like the other well known Harry, the univers of Harry Dresden offers a melting pot of many influences but they are far less childish: a kind of mix between the imaginary of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and the worlds of RPG (Harry Dresden like Jim Butcher, is a RPG player ) seen in the White Wolf games (Vampire: the Masquerade, Werewolf: the Apocalypse,..., of course not forgetting Mage: The Ascension).
For now on each book we are getting a step beyond and I really like that. I'm making a little pause in my reading for tactical reasons (I want to read Stieg Larsson's Millenium books before the movie is released) but I can't wait to read the next books !!
The existing books for the moment are the following ones:
- 1. Storm Front (2000)
- 2. Fool Moon (2000)
- 3. Grave Peril (2001)
- 4. Summer Knight (2002)
- 5. Death Masks (2003)
- 6. Blood Rites (2004)
- 7. Dead Beat (2005)
- 8. Proven Guilty (2006)
- 9. White Night (2007)
- 10. Small Favor (2008)
- 11. Turn Coat (2009)
The hero and narrator of these novels is Harry Dresden, the one and only figuring on the yellow pages of Chicago as "wizard" with the following ad:
Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
For Harry is a real wizard, not a prestidigitator like his father or a crook like most of people think he is. No, Harry is the real stuff and he tries to live from it honestly working as a private investigator or a special consultant for the Police on some "unusual" cases. Following Harry in these inquiries leads us to an fabulous World where epic conflicts and battles between good and evil take place through a very rich bestiary including wizards of courses but also demons, werewolves (and hexen-wolves and loup-garous), vampires (from different courts/species), angels, knights, faeries, dragons, immortals, ... and so on ... You'll discover also many different places from the Nevernever of the magic creatures to the Undertown laying under Chicago. A world gaining more substance with each book !
For those like me who have discovered Harry Dresden through the TV serie and who have not yet read the book, expect something far richer and more complex.
The TV serie is only "inspired by" the book and I've not yet read half the books but some characters like Morgan, Susan and Bianca are VERY different in the series than their original characters in the books. First difference being for example that Morgan and Bianca are clearly not at all friendly with Dresden, especially for Bianca who has never been even close to be friend with him. Susan is only making an appearance while it is a quite important character in the books. On the other hand Bob is more developed in the series, at least from what I've read now...
You also found in the books secondary characters of first importance like Billy the werewolf, close friend of Harry and the knights of the Cross who aren't at all yet exploited by the series.
Taking about the series ... I invite you to sign the current petition from dresdencity.org website to make it continue as, nevertheless, it is a very good series.
Still outside the novels, a new comics series has just started which I've not yet read but will surely will.
Finally, I have a very very close look on The Dresden Files RPG which you can follow on the website dresdenfilesrpg.com and also support through its page on Facebook
If any are interested I'll come back to this topic and try to introduce each books I've read till now. The first goal here being to introduce you to the Universe and urge you to read the books quick quick quick !!