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Wizard for Hire

(The Dresden Files Omnibus #1)

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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
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Hardcover, 801 pages
Published March 2005 by Science Fiction Book Club Fantasy (first published January 1st 2001)
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Mike (the Paladin)
This was the way I read the first books of the Dresden series. I purchased the first 4 omnibus editions (put out by the Science Fiction Book Club) and read them back to back. While many find flaws in these books I find the writing, the character of Harry Dresden and "just simply" the enjoyment factor more than enough to push these over to a 5 star rating. These books are unique. Among fantasy and urban fantasy I think they stand alone.

Yes, there are folks who disagree and prefer other writers. T
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Ricardo
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Good Supernatural mysterys
Shelves: vampires, mystery
This edition contains three stories,
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.
Pam
Aug 20, 2017 added it
I would love to read this book, but as its not on kindle E, and only in printed books, unfortunately I can't, owing to not being able to see the print in books, yet for some reason (unknown) it came up on my home page as if I was reading it. !
Gabriel
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
2019 reread:
A lot of this hasn't aged well ... specifically Dresden's weird view of chivalry. That being said, there are some very strong moments for the female characters in this book despite the male gaze that permeates the page. See the agency in Susan's arc (especially in Grave Peril). While Harry has a martyr complex that inaccurately puts him as the "cause" of all the "bad things" that happen; a more astute reader can recognize the slight unreliability of the narrator and his viewpoint. If
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Sammm
I have to be completely honest, if I judge books by their covers, The Dresden Files wouldn't interest me at all lmao. The 4 Omnibus Volumes published by Science Fiction Book Club Fantasy, however, have book covers much more appealing imo. So yeah, if I were to physically own books from this series, this edition is the most ideal... So sad they didn't continue publishing the remaining series (as of now.)

My reviews for individual books included in this volume:


(Grave Peril only has ratings)
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Yuri
Oct 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I read this much, possibly I read like 5 of these. I'm not exactly proud. The books aren't horrible, far from it, they are very readable. Good action scenes. Literary fast food. And I'm not exactly complaining. There is nothing inherently wrong with that, it is non-trivial to write books of this level. I would go further, this is rather good fast food, not the kind where you start hating yourself right after taking the first bite and where you continue eating out of desperate self hate. ...more
Rebecca
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These short stories left me on the edge of my seat. Harry Dresden, wizard for hire, is a complex character with a twisting backstory and a weird cacophony of friends to guide him along his travels. I enjoyed reading these stories and can't wait to read more of them and travel along with Dresden, wizard for hire.
Charlottemorbey
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
all three stars for the character of Harry and the sometimes-lost pastiche Noir voice. Great fun.
Michael Brown
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: series-reading
So nice the library has all of these.
Paul
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Fun stories, interesting characters.
Natty
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always a soft spot for the Dresden Files.
Kit Mook
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun reads. Story development has the same feel for all 3 but good easy reads
Melissa
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Narration was a little breathy but the book was good.
Toni
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thought this book was a great escape from reality, but it touches on mental illness issues. I'll be interested in seeing where the series goes.
Rob Foster
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great start to an excellent series that takes magic in popular culture out of the castle and into the bustling streets of Chicago.
EA Solinas
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If Raymond Chandler had written about wizards, vampires and fairies, the result might have been something like the Dresden Files series.

And "Jim Butcher Boxed Set" opens on a high note with the gritty urban fantasies "Storm Front," "Fool Moon" and "Grave Peril" -- the first three books in his wizard-PI series. These aren't quite Jim Butcher at his best, but these novels are still a great introduction to his likable wizard hero and a complex new universe full of vampires (in three flavors!), were
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Daniel Duggan
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
So many feelings but not many stars. Butcher makes a stab at crime noir and urban fantasy but does it wind up as a noir crime against fantasy? (Heh...)
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Hayden
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Alexis Nguyen
May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Netflix is totally to blame for my current obsession with Harry Dresden, wizard for hire (and of more interest than that other famous wizard named Harry). Usually, I'm not a huge scifi/fantasy series fan, but this is supposedly urban fantasy, whatever that means. For me, it's got huge overtones of the detective noir genre, which is super fun.

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
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Jimmy
Sep 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
STORM FRONT: 4 Stars - Having never seen the tv series, this reminded me a lot of Tanya Huff's 'Blood Books'. I like Harry a lot! He is down to earth, sarcastically funny, and a great wizard. In Storm Front he spends all his time fighting for his life. The turn of each chapter has you wondering, how will he survive? I especially loved his skull, Bob. Bob is funnier than Harry. I did find it distracting that Harry was running around in sweat pants, cowboy boots and a black duster. Not quite a her ...more
Andre
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone needin some good laughs an a fun rea about magic.
Recommended to Andre by: So it listed on Science Fiction Books.
This is a compilation of three books in the series known as the Dresden Files. They all chronicle the magical life of Chicago's only professional wizard Harry Dresden.

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
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Amy
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Javaczuk started out with this, read the first story/book and liked it, but put it aside rather than read all three right in a row. I "siezed the day" so to speak and read all three, back to back. The stories hold, but by the middle of the third one, I was ready for it to end so that i could take a break. But, I will look forward to reading more about this wizard Harry, who is a bit like Sam Spade meets Harry Houdini. You just get pulled right in to the slice of Chicago life and magic that is Ha ...more
marie
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-own
I give it 4 stars because I loved it enough to continue. I think this is a great book for anyone that gets a little overwhelmed in the "syfy fantasy" section at the book store and has picked a book from that section once or twice that was far to advanced in the land of nerds only a experienced one will be able to finish it ( even though I can read the words I have no idea what is happening). Dresden files is funny, easy read, fun magic, and witty dialogue. I enjoyed it mostly for its major scene ...more
Peri Young
Jun 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fiction
Recommended to Peri by: my (very cool) mother-in-law
When I started reading the first book in this series, I thought the author had blatantly ripped off Harry Potter. The main character is named Harry, he is an orphan, he is mentored my high-ranking wizards, he needs to learn to control his power, etc. But if you can get past the beginning similarities, you'll find that Harry Dresden is a unique character and you'll really love the stories.
This series has some of everything - action (even explosions) - fantasy - real-seeming characters - and even
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C.C. Williams
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like a lot of people I'm sure, my introduction to Harry Dresden and, consequently, Jim Butcher, was the short-lived TV series, The Dresden Files. As Chicago's only professional wizard, Harry was something one-of-a-kind.

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
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Ria Exworthy
I enjoy re-reading the first few Dresden Files books because they don't take over all my free time and keep me up til Stupid In The Morning like the later ones do. Harry has a habit of describing female characters by how much make-up they're wearing, which gets really annoying, and insists on telling you at least twice a book that a) he decorates his home in textures, not colours and b) that's he's really chivalrous and can't resist a damsel in distress. It's cool, Harry, we get it! But there's ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is my fourth time reading thru these stories again. Stormfront was my introduction to reading Harry Dresden and I fell in love with the character. With each new story Fool Moon showed me just how complex my hero Harry Dresden really was and what he was willing to do for the greater good. In Grave Peril, we see our hero being beat up for doing what is right even if it cost him valuable friendships and friends. Our hero stuck to his guns and tries his damn best to get it right. I'm rereading ...more
Jewels
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
The Dresden books are fast becoming a favorite of mine. Not only is Butcher not adverse to getting gritty, gory, or downright sexy in his books, but there is a fresh spin to all the intrigues of the supernatural world in his particular universe. The last book in this three-in-one volume was a little off in the editing department. There were spelling errors here and there, and one character's name was completely changed from what it was before. If that kind of thing bothers you, note that before ...more
Tyler Gable
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Very entertaining mix of fantasy and mystery noir. My main problem is it feels like Butcher has the need to up the stakes and the danger with each story, so by the end things get so hectic and it gets tiring. It made me want to keep reading, sure, but less because I just had to know what happens next and more just to see if things would ever finally start going in the good guys' favor. I'm interested in continuing to the next books, though I don't know if I can handle it if Butcher keeps piling ...more
Laura
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
My best friend recommended these books to me and for that I can never thank her enough. I love Harry Dresden the way I love Sparhawk and Jimmy the Hand, for me Butcher ranks with Eddings and Feist, my to all time favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors.

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.
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi ...more

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