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Storm Front by Jim Butcher
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Nov 11, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: chicago, fantasy-sci-fi-and-horror, police-and-thieves, fiction
Read in May, 2007

My friend Harold refers to the books in this series as "popcorn books." They're tasty, quick snacks, but not very substantial.

The concept of wizard-detective is interesting, and Jim Butcher (great fantasy writer's name!) can write a fun story. I do find Harry Dresden a little annoying, though, and I doubt I'd like hanging with him for very long. But the books are quick to read, so I don't have to.

I have a lot of quibbles with this book, but the one that annoys me most is a trival detail. The books are set in the Chicago area, and the author supposedly lived there for a time. So, here's the thing: he should know that the local term for interstate highway is not "freeway" but "expressway." A small thing, but it was like tasting grounds in my coffee.

Still, a pleasant way to while away an hour. However, if you like the concept but don't care for the execution, try Mike Carey's Felix Castor series.

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