Wizard for Hire (The Dresden Files Omnibus, #1-3)
Wizard for Hire is the Omnibus edition, combining Storm Front, book #1, Fool Moon, book #2 , and Grave Peril, book #3, from The Dresden Files series. This hardback book was published after all three paperbacks and prior to the two hardcover editions, making the Omnibus edition important to collectors.
Storm Front: For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, busin...more
Yes, there are folks who disagree and prefer other writers. T ...more
Storm Front, Full Moon and Grave Peril.
Harry Dresden, The Wizard takes on all kinds of supernatural cases dealing with demons, possessions, Vampires you name it. The pace of the stories are quick and very entertaining.
For those of you interested in a more individualistic take on the novels, read my reviews for the separate editions. The focus here is how they flow and create one of the most interesting, frustrating, exciting, etc. series I have had the pleasure to read.
The interesting thing is that, these three run the gamut of experience faced when dealing with the series. As an introduction to the character, Storm Front is lighter (despite the method of murder) and resembles the pulp genre a lo ...more
The first book is Storm Front (printed in 2000) which involves Harry in a double murder committed with black magic. He's suspected and has to prove his innocent by finding the real perpetrator.
The second is Fool Moon (2001)which involves Harry and werewolves...or maybe something else.
Third is Grave Perils (2001) in which Harry get ...more
Jim Butcher has a great writing style, something of it reminding me of what Dan Brown keeps aspiring to be but never reaching. It's intelligent, expecting y ...more
This series has some of everything - action (even explosions) - fantasy - real-seeming characters - and even ...more
Having finally gotten around to reading the books, I find that they are even more fun in the original. Sure, Harry has--at least for my taste--a way-over-developed sense of responsibility, but that makes him who he is. But, nonetheless, I enjoy wondering what is going to happen to ...more
The second and third books were by far much better. Dresden started getting edgier and the storylines were improving. I'm still not 100% in love with these books, but the characters are growing on me, so I'll keep plowing through the series.
Dresden is witty, fun, and as the series progresses increasingly convoluted, every time I pick these up to reread I find something I missed. I’ve even managed to addict my fifteen year old son to the series.
Fool Moon: I'd hoped the second installment would be a bit less amateurish than the first, but oh well. Still managed to be reasonably entertaining.
Grave Peril: Ditto, except the clumsy shows more the more it goes on. (Especially the AYKB.) Still some good moments, but they're seeming more forumulaic.
Definitely worth reading if you area fan and still need the backstory for Dresden and company.
Book 1: Storm Front - Good read, funny. I liked Harry. He gets chased around by a demon with nothing but a towel around his waist (he had just got out of the shower), that had me laughing. I liked the book but am in no rush to read the next two.
I am not a fan of 3 books in 1 binding so it seems to take me forever.
I liked all three books and Jim Butcher takes wizardry to the next level. He seems to come up with things that would never have crossed my mind and very well written. I will be reading the rest of his books.
It's been a while since I read it -- I do remember enjoying it thoroughly. I'm now on to the second in the series.