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Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
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May 24, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 15 to 24, 2012

It's kind of like Die Hard. Aside from our hero, the characters are maddeningly one-dimensional. Apart from a few memorable lines, the writing is pretty stiff. But as action-plotting goes, it's relentless and mindlessly entertaining. You have to give Butcher credit, the plot that drives this story is extremely well-executed. The twists are that lovely blend of obvious and unexpected. But the writing... man, the writing...

Let's start with the female characters. The most prominent one is Murphy, the cop that liaises with protagonist Harry Dresden. She is a source of conflict and tension. Every other female in the book gets naked, brutally murdered, or both. The ones that get naked are all smoking hot and we get to read about a sex scene AND a pole dance. Similarly, the male side characters are carved out of wood. The only remotely interesting one is Gentleman Johnny Marcone, a mob boss and frequent antagonist carried over from the first book.

The book gets a little metaphysical in ways that didn't work for me. At one point Dresden carries on a conversation with a better-dressed version of himself that was supposed to represent his subconscious. The climax of the final battle is laughably contrived, heavily relying on people getting in each other's way with bothering to look behind them. But the worst part is that the book is totally aware of its own shallowness. It's almost smug about it.

But the plotting makes up for it. Thank god it's ridiculously fun.

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