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Storm Front

(The Dresden Files #1)

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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  274,760 ratings  ·  15,413 reviews
Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Reasonable rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment. Harry Dresden is the best and technically the 'only' at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they come to him for answers. For the 'everyday' world is actually full of strange and magical thing ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published September 2005 by Orbit (first published April 2000)
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Catherine My advice is to not be a helicopter parent. Let your child read whatever they want. I read worse when I was 10. Sex and gore is probably what got me m…moreMy advice is to not be a helicopter parent. Let your child read whatever they want. I read worse when I was 10. Sex and gore is probably what got me more interested in reading. I went from remedial reader in elementary school to English Major because I discovered the types of books I found compelling. My early forays into the world of reading started with R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike. Better they read books with violence and sex than become mindless internet zombies like most kids these days. (less)
Christie Buchovecky "just left it because it looked like any other urban fantasy." These were the books that introduced me to urban fantasy and I've yet to find another s…more"just left it because it looked like any other urban fantasy." These were the books that introduced me to urban fantasy and I've yet to find another series that I like as much. At the time, the first book in the series felt to me like a PI novel written by some college student. Turns out that's exactly what it was. It really does get better. The writing is a little better in book 2, though I didn't like the plot as much (never been into werewolves). For me, the series picked up in book 3 and I fell in love in book 4 (I've seen others say book 5). I'd say skip to there if you really want to see if you like it, but there are SO many important things that happen in book 3, it would really be a shame for you to not know about the various (metaphorical) locks when Dresden finally picks up the key books down the series.

And if that's not enough to convince you, consider this line: "Here's something else I bet you didn't know about Tyrannosaurs: they don't corner well." Whatever you're thinking might lead to that, it's more awesome and entertaining. (less)

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Siria
Apr 27, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not a single person.
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Patrick
Dec 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I never got around to reading these books until The Name of the Wind was published. And when I first did, I was a little pissed. First person point of view. Magic based on thermodynamics. Gritty, realistic world. Arrogant wizard who doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. It struck rather close to home....

Some people say that the first few books of this series were kinda rough. But I didn't notice anything particularly untoward about them. In fact, I burned through the whole series (11 books
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Nataliya
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of humorous urban fantasy
Shelves: dresden-files
Let me tell you how a wisecracking Chicago wizard-for-hire with the most rotten luck imaginable won a permanent spot in my heart, making me a devout Dresdenite.



'Twas a week before USMLE Step 1, the most important test for any medical school student as it pretty much determines which medical specialty you are supposedly smart enough to pursue. Basically, the stakes were high and the stress reached the previously unknown heights. By then my poor average-sized brain has been fully stuffed with all
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Jesse
Jun 17, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of bad writing and raping of the noir genre
You know, the premise of this book actually sounded good. A wizard P.I., sure why not. I like wizards and I like P.I.s, so what could be the problem. The problem was I over estimated this author's abilities.

The main character is like some kind of emotionally retarded uber-geek's idealized life. He lives in a basement and subbasement. He ALWAYS wears a black duster and cowboy boots (even when he's wearing sweats and a t-shirt). He has an abnormally large alley cat that likes to drink coke and doe
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Petrik
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Urban fantasy readers
Shelves: owned-ebooks
3.5/5 stars

Storm Front is an introductory and page-turning installment to a beloved urban fantasy series.


I am not much of an expert on urban fantasy sub-genre, I certainly haven’t read as much urban fantasy compared to high fantasy, and almost all of the majority of urban fantasy series I’ve thoroughly loved has been UF series that took place in a fictional world rather than ours; The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee and The Divine Cities trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett are a great example of this
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread for challenge

This is the first time I have read a Harry Dresden book and I love it! I'm so glad for my friends at goodreads for bringing me into his world.

I had no idea Harry was so freaking funny! And the cast of characters in this book were great. The bad guys sucked of course. I loved Mac, the bartender. He made me think of a quiet-ish Andre the Giant :) I loved Toot-Toot, the funny little faerie. I wish he was in the book more but hopefully I will get to see him in more books. I coul
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Kat Kennedy
The Dresden Files is one of those books that's intimidating to approach. It has a hard-core fan group that will scream its praises from the top of the roof. Usually, I would approach with extreme caution. I rarely read a series when I've been assured that it gets good after six books. When people tell me that, I simply quietly encourage them to read the Fever Series and avert eye contact.

However, after a discussion regarding male readers and writers of the Urban Fantasy genre, I felt I should gi
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Lyn
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Urban fantasy is a sub-genre that I have been very much enjoying for a few of years and Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden series usually tops the lists of readers’ favorites and it has proven wildly popular.

For good reason.

Butcher first published Storm Front in 2000 and it was in this first edition that Butcher introduced readers to Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Wizard.

Butcher describes his protagonist as a kind of occult private investigator, being chiefly active in the Chicago area. Dresden
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3.5 stars

Lover of Urban Fantasy that I am, it may come as a surprise that before now . . . I have never actually . . . read Jim Butcher . . .

I KNOW. I'm such a poser.

In my defense, I haven't had much luck with male authors in the genre, and come on . . . we're up to what? FIFTEEN installments, with the SIXTEENTH already in the works, so yeah--DAUNTING. Cut me some slack.  And besides, better late than never, right?

Also
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Bill Kerwin

The first volume in the Dresden Files series introduces us to our hero, Harry Dresden, a wizard who is also a private investigator and police consultant. It is written in a breezy, colloquial style that makes you want to keep reading, but except for a few interesting magical twists on the private dick genre (e.g., Harry's tipster is a faery, lured with a bowl of milk and honey and confined within a magic circle until Harry gets the information he needs), the book is thin on plot, lacking in wit
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ✺❂❤❣
Actually, I started with the TV series, for once. And it was a rather atmospheric show with the exception of that charred body too naturalistically (for my liking!) shown, which I managed to watch during my lunch. Totally ruined that freaking lunch! Offputting, that's what it was. And it put me off for, like, 5 years in reading the series. But now I still am here, ready to enjoy this installment to my everlasting paranormal reading addiction.
And from the very start this novel feels superb. I th
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Tina Haigler
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"I heard the mailman approach my office door, half an hour earlier than usual."

The first book in the Dresden Files series, I found this quite exciting. It felt like being picked up by a slightly crazy person, and pulled through a labyrinth by your shirt; all the while having not one creature, but many, trying to kill the person dragging you along with them. You're in for some ride, and the main character is definitely a man without a plan.

Our main character is the wizard extraordinaire, Harry Dr
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
99c Kindle sale, Oct. 19, 2019. 3.5 stars for this somewhat gritty mix of urban fantasy and the noir detective genre, the first book in the long running Dresden Files series.

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Harry Dresden is a down-on-his-luck wizard trying to make a living as a magical private investigator, in a version of our world where magic has recently become more open and powerful. He’s an occasional consultant to the police on crimes with a paranormal aspect, and this latest job
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Amber
Dec 17, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box-of-shame
This book was terrible. The kind of terrible where I had to force myself to read the last half in a day just so I could be done reading it. The kind of terrible that made me reevaluate all the ratings of books I have previously given because I remembered what type of book I save one star ratings for. The kind of terrible where I roll my eyes at least once per page. The kind of terrible where I literally throw the book across the room when I'm done both out of frustration and out of the primitive ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Unexpected BR with Robin & Shelly. And some other people. But I have no idea who they are. I'm sure they're lovely. Then again they might not be. Oh well. It wouldn't make any difference if they were. I'm a total BR slut anyway.

Robin wants it known that she didn't recommend this to me. I wonder why. (view spoiler)

►► Pointless review #2586 coming right up! ◄◄

Ladies & gentlemen... Introducing… Harry Dresden, aka Book Boyfriend #8462! BAM!
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay, some who have looked at my other reviews will immediately note I gave this book 5 stars which I noted earlier I save for very special books. I plan to give the Dresden books (so far anyway) 5 stars. Why? Well while they are not Dumas or Dickens (but then again...I'm not sure I'd regularly be giving Dickens 5 stars, how much Dickens can we all really take anyway???) these are wonderful absorbing reads. Special Books.

I won't be giving a long synopsis of each book... I will say they are an or
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Mario the lone bookwolf
What makes this series unique is Butchers´ highly professional style, earned in long years of writing and study of creative writing and the wit, dynamic, immense density of tropes, quick cuts, cliffhangers and a general ultra coolness of the main protagonist.

Like a history of the horror and suspense genre, as much as possible is included in as less space as necessary to culminate in the unique, quick and sometimes even philosophical new interpretation of the fantasy, werewolf, vampire, monster,
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Markus
"My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. I'm a wizard. I work out of an office in midtown Chicago. As far as I know, I'm the only openly practicing professional wizard in the country. You can find me in the yellow pages, under 'Wizards.' Believe it or not, I'm the only one there."

Harry Dresden is Chicago’s only wizard. One day he is contacted by a nervous woman who wants him to investigate the mysterious disappearance of her husband, whom she thinks has d
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Imane
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
“Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face.”
― Jim Butcher, Storm Front


🌟3.75/5🌟
So I heard that this series gets better after each release, i guess we shall see :)!!
Jody
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call. I’m in the book.”


Well, that was fun as hell! I have read some great books this year, but I believe this was one of the best as far as entertainment level. I was glued to this book from the opening chapter to the final page. The mix of detective work and magic were well done. It
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J.L.   Sutton
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face.”

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I'd read one other Dresden Files book (Changes #12), but decided I should go back and start from the beginning with Jim Butcher's Storm Front. I like the Harry Dresden character and the world Butcher created in which Dresden works as a detective of the supernatural (or wizard for hire). It reminded me of the detective noir of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett; however, th
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Hannah Greendale
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

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Robin (Bridge Four)
Sale Alert Books 1-6 together for $7.99 on 29Nov17 on Amazon

The buddy with a few of my friends at Buddies Books and Baubles

Harry Dresden is not your sauvé hero type, he has trouble with money, women, demons and keeping his clothing on. But he does have actual business cards.

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Actually the clothing problem seemed almost worse then than some of his other dilemmas. You try fighting evil naked or in sweats and cowboy boots and see how well you fair. He does seem to have a few wizard tricks up his slee
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Justin
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
March 2017 Review:

This is now my third time through Storm Front, and while my rating is holding tight at three stars, I enjoyed it more this time thanks to Spike from Buffy and Angel reading it to me. That guy nails Harry Dresden's character and breathes new life into him. His carefree "whatever yeah here I'm reading the book, alright?" tone was awesome. It made the story so much better.

It also made me realize how one of the only adjectives Butcher knows is the word "naked". Everything and ever
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)


Dear Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden,

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First of all, the audiobook edition of this story is freaking incredible. James Marsters could recite the dictionary and I'd be hanging on his every word, but combine that voice with the awesome writing of Jim Butcher and I'm in heaven, I'm simply in HEAVEN!

The "first book info dump" wasn't too bad here. I easily kept up with the world-building and I loved what the author created. I loved everything about it, actually. My only issue with this story was
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Robin Hobb
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid. A good introduction to the world, the character and the magic. It finished up the main plot nicely and left some very interesting threads dangling that are undoubtedly pursued in later books. Several people told me that this was one of the 'weaker' Dresden books. I'll take that to mean that they just get better and better, as I found nothing weak here to complain about.
Will M.
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a wizard. He is also a detective, and he's best at what he does. When a suspicious magic related murder occurred, the Chicago P.D. comes to him for answers. Aside from that though, he also has other personal cases at hand.

My very first Urban Fantasy novel. I've been wanting to read this for months now, and I'm glad that I finally did. Crime/Detective-Fantasy is something new to me, but not anymore. Two of my favorite genres combined, and executed wonderfu
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire. His advert even says so. Enter a very interesting character in the urban fantasy genre. Having grown up in the Chicago area, it's very cool to see this fine city through the eyes of an interesting guy like Harry. In some respects, he's a very normal guy. However he truly is a wizard. He inherited his magical abilities from his deceased mother, and makes a living at it. Helping people. He also works for the Police Department solving crimes of an unusual nature. ...more
Emma
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of this series. I haven't caught up yet- I think the next I will be reading is Cold Days. Many of my goodread friends are also Harry Dresden fans and there seems to be a general acknowledgement that the first three books are good but the series gets better over time. I've always agreed with that. Then audible had an offer on Stormfront and as I had heard good stuff about the narrator for this series, I jumped in for a reread.
Well- this was fantastic the second time round. I remember w
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TS Chan
My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call. I'm in the book.

Harry Dresden is a wizard living in modern Chicago who works as a private investigator for all things supernatural or paranormal. He wears a black duster coat, carries a staff (well, a blasting rod in his own words) and has a basement where he concocts potions and has a s
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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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