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Wizard for Hire

(The Dresden Files Omnibus #1)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  2,484 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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
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
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
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. ! ...more
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
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)
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
William Ritch
Nov 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harry-dresden
This is the first three books of the Harry Dresden series. I had not gotten into reading Butcher's series for a while but a couple of years ago I read his Codex Alera series and I put the Dresden books in the "to read" stack. Each book was better than previous one and that was a good sign. The 3rd book in the series has a very personal reason that leads Dresden to take on some very nasty creatures. ...more
Becky Churchman
Nov 22, 2022 rated it it was ok
Ugh. I went into this with such high hopes. The premise is interesting, aaaaaand then it just goes downhill. The thing that bothers me the most is that the descriptions of all the female characters (ALL) are horrible. Always a focus on breasts, butts, and/or thighs. And they're always either sexpots or "cute." Blech. Stab me in the brain with an ice pick. I'm pretty sure this Harry Dresden series is still going strong, so I REALLY hope the author improved on his female character development. ...more
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. ...more
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.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Fun stories, interesting characters.
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
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Narration was a little breathy but the book was good.
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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. ...more
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.
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very good combination of Dresden tales some i had'nt read . so a good catch up to the series. ...more
Cameron Sheffield
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is crazy how when you don't know a great book until you stumble upon it. I would recommend this book to anyone. ...more
Stephen Holden
Liked the mix of magic and tech. Good story telling
Jun 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty damn good
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
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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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
Michael Taylor
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished Storm Front (book 1) on 2020-Aug-29.
Finished Fool Moon (book 2) on 2020-Sep-??.
Finished Grave Peril (book 3) on 2020-Oct-9.

Interesting, enjoyable, but some editing roughness, the first 50 pages of these three books have too much repetition, including nearly if not actual word for word description and background.

I've read very little urban fantasy, but came to this because several people recommended the Harry Dresden series for being enjoyable, quick to read, pulpy urban fantasy to get s
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
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
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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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