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Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
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★★★★½ I love Harry Dresden. I love his duster, his blasting rod and staff, his shield bracelet and force rings, his mother’s silver pentacle amulet, and the way he keeps upgrading these - just like we all do with the technological toys that make our life easier. I love the way he talks about magic, and I love the way he combines elements to create his magic. I know, I should quit gushing and get to the storyline, but he’s just so loveable, even though he’s a cynical, irascible, wizard turned private investigator. This resident ‘anti-hero’ who occasionally works for Lieutenant Karrin Murphy, Director of Special Investigation, Chicago, Illinois, has wormed his way into my heart.

Man-oh-man, does Harry get into trouble in this action-packed case! In Fool Moon Harry starts investigating werewolf-related killings, meeting a young group of them called the Alphas. Alas, he also encounters the FBI. Unfortunately (or is it fortunately? as he appears at some opportune times), because some of the killings are his men or associates, head crime boss “Gentleman” Johnnie Marcone is back. He’s still trying to woo – if you can call it that – Harry into working for him.

Again, I enjoyed Harry’s alchemical potions – which are typically of “one-shot” duration; they are always fun. I love that after making them, Harry puts them in plastic sports bottles. He makes them with the help of Bob, an über intelligent – but lecherous – air spirit inhabiting a human skull in Harry’s sub-basement laboratory.

Bob also tells Harry about the “loup garou.”
“Loup-garou,” Bob said. “Or that was the name Etienne the Enchanter used for them, before he got burned at the stake. The loup-garou are the major monsters, Harry. Someone has cursed them to become a wolflike demon, and usually at the full moon. That someone’s got to be really powerful, too, like a major heavyweight sorcerer or a demon lord or one of the Faerie Queens. When the full moon comes, they transform into a monster, go on a killing spree, and slaughter everything they come across until the moon sets or the sun rises.”
It is always interesting to see which one of the wizard’s numerous contacts from the various groups within the Nevernever Harry is going to use; in this one he contacts Chaunzaggoroth – or “Chauncy” – an untrustworthy demon informant who also gives Harry some tantalizing backstory on Harry’s mother.

I suspected who was doing the killings, but not all of it. However, a surprise for me, and one of the funniest parts, involves Murphy – who is still pissed at Harry from what happened in Storm Front. While Harry’s relationship with Susan Rodriguez, a reporter, is heating up, I am still secretly rooting for something to happen between Harry and Murphy. I got a big kick out of how, (view spoiler). I wanted nothing more than their misunderstanding cleared up, and instead it just gets more muddled; I didn’t think I could find humor in such an upsetting scene, but it was a hilarious high-light.

All in all, an enjoyable read! I strongly recommend this Urban Fantasy series.

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) by Jim Butcher Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3) by Jim Butcher Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4) by Jim Butcher Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5) by Jim Butcher Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6) by Jim Butcher Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7) by Jim Butcher Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8) by Jim Butcher White Night (The Dresden Files, #9) by Jim Butcher Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13) by Jim Butcher
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Quotes Lisa Kay Liked

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“My magic. That was at the heart of me. It was a manifestation of what I believed, what I lived. It came from my desire to see to it that someone stood between the darkness and the people it would devour.”
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“It's all right to be afraid. You just don't let it stop you from doing your job.”
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“There's more magic in a baby's first giggle than in any firestorm a wizard can conjure up, and don't let anyone tell you any different.”
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“Put some clothes on, you weird, yellow-eyed, table-dancing, werewolf-training, cryptic, stare-me-right-in-the-eyes-and-don't-even-blink wench.”
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“Oh, I get it," I said. "You're Evil Harry, lurking inside Good Harry. Right? And you only come out at night?”
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“I hadn't gotten beaten up twice, shot, and nearly strangled to get taken out by a misguided werewolf bitch.”
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“‎It isn't enough to stand up and fight darkness. You've got to stand apart from it, too. You've got to be different from it.”
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“Alone. It's one of those small words that means entirely too much. Like fear. Or trust.”
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“I felt my face stretch in a victorious smile. The potion had worked. I was inside. I had to suppress an urge to break into a soft shoe routine. Sometimes being able to use magic was so cool.”
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“I can't be under arrest now... I don't have time.”
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“Magic is a kind of energy. It is given shape by human thoughts and emotions, by imagination. Thoughts define that shape—and words help to define those thoughts. That’s why wizards usually use words to help them with their spells. Words provide a sort of insulation as the energy of magic burns through a spell caster’s mind.”
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Reading Progress

June 14, 2012 – Shelved
June 14, 2012 – Shelved as: character-witch-warlock-wizard
June 14, 2012 – Shelved as: genre-paranormal
June 14, 2012 – Shelved as: vocation-private-investigator
June 14, 2012 – Shelved as: authors-b
June 14, 2012 – Shelved as: authors-j
June 14, 2012 – Shelved as: setting-usa-illinois
June 14, 2012 – Shelved as: male-pov
August 2, 2012 – Started Reading
August 5, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012-in-2012-group-challenge
August 5, 2012 – Finished Reading
May 6, 2013 – Shelved as: xyzcover-moon-stars-zodiac
September 3, 2013 – Shelved as: series-d
September 24, 2013 – Shelved as: reviewed-by-me

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The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon) I loved this book. (Great artwork too). Great review!


Karla Excellent review Lisa Kay. This is a next-up listen on audio for me! I love his relationship with Murphy, but I don't know if romance is in the cards for them. I actually liked Susan and felt bad for her getting caught up in the middle of Harry and his crazy magic antics!
Harry Dresden is the MAN!!


Lisa Kay Curmudgeon wrote: "I loved this book. (Great artwork too). Great review!"

Thanks, Curmudgeon!


Lisa Kay Thanks, Karla! Yeah, I actually like Susan, too! I know, I know. He can't have them both. Still. LOL! I also forgot to mention he is inopportunely naked again. That seems to be a theme in the first two books and I love it. Can't wait to hear what you think of this one.


Karla Oh that Harry!! I'm looking forward to starting it!


message 6: by KatLynne (new)

KatLynne Wonderful review Lisa Kay!


message 7: by Eric (new)

Eric Ashley Love the art (and as I've read most of the Dresden books, I must love them too.) Good points in your review as well. Keep painting.


message 8: by Lisa Kay (last edited May 08, 2013 01:10AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lisa Kay Thanks, KatLynne and Eric! (But I didn't paint that.)


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