Fool Moon (Dresden Files, #2)

by Jim Butcher

4 of 5 stars 18 ratings • 6 reviews • 26 shelved
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Fool Moon (Dresden Files, #2)

by Jim Butcher

4 of 5 stars 18 ratings • 6 reviews • 26 shelved
“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves,”(Cinescape) the Dresden Files have become synonymous with action-packed urban fantasy and nonstop fun. Fool Moon continues the adventures of Jim Butcher’s most famous—and infamous—reluctant hero…
You’d think there’d be a little more action for the only professional wizard listed in the Chicago phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work: magical, mundane, or menial.
Just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise. There’s a brutally mutilated corpse, and monstrous animal markings at the scene. Not to mention that the killing took place on the night of a full moon. Harry knows exactly where this case is headed. Take three guesses—and the first two don’t count...
  • ISBN10 0451458125
  • ISBN13 9780451458124
  • Publish Date 1 January 2001
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Roc
  • Format Paperback (US Tall Rack)
  • Pages 432
  • Language English


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Wizard, Harry Dresden, is a private eye whose biggest, money paying client is the Chicago police department's Special Investigations officer, Karin Murphy. Murphy calls Dresden in when cases look weird. After the events of book one, their relationship is a little strained and Murphy hasn't called in quite a while. Dresden is broke and eating toaster crumbs.

When a series of gruesome murders occur, Dresden is called in and he immediately realizes there is a supernatural element to these killings, but before you know it the FBI is taking the case and pushing Murphy and Dresden out the door. Will this deter them? Of course not.

The case was an intense one with an interesting werewolf lore. Now that the world is basically established (though the author continues to develop it) the story felt smoother. Harry is still adorkable and awkward. His interactions with Murphy made me laugh even if her inability to trust Harry frustrated me. She is smart and then she isn't. Dark humor, action, twists, and suspense kept me fully engaged.

What I find interesting about Harry is that unlike some of my favorite female protagonists, yeah I am talking to you Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson and Rachel Morgan, Harry is reactive rather than proactive. He literally waits for the shit to hit the fan and then decides how to clean it up. Even though he is a wizard he is vulnerable. His magic isn't always reliable, and it does get depleted.

Side stories, romantic threads and unique secondary characters enhanced the story. We were given some interesting tidbits about a woman from Harry's past.

James Marsters continues to narrate and already I am seeing improvement in the quality. No squeaky chair noises and less swallowing. LOL Marsters has become Harry for me, and he does it well. Hi transition between female and male voices is effective with a wide range of tones. His voices add to the action-packed moments and emotions of the characters This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

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pamela 3 of 5 stars
'Fool Moon', Jim Butcher's second book certainly stands high above his first Harry Dresden novel. I was not enamoured of 'Storm Front', but in 'Fool Moon' I got a very real sense of development. I can certainly see the potential in the rest of the series so am glad I've decided to pursue it. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Dresden Files develop from here.

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Pretty decent second book in a series. I'm really hoping that Dresden doesn't stay this chauvinistic schmuck he currently is, but we'll see.

I really did enjoy this book. I thought the pace was wonderfully fast, and I loved all of the different werewolves. But, my god, how many people wanted to kill this protagonist? I know he's a bit of an asshole, but jeebus man. Dresden could not catch a break.

Looking forward seeing where this story goes. Time to start reading Grave Peril (#3).

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Harry Dresden is Chicago’s only professional wizard, so when another unusual murder happens it’s not surprised that Dresden will be dragged into the middle of it. Lt. Murphy calls on Dresden when a henchman is found murdered near a group of wolfish paw prints. A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses and the first two don’t count…

Shortly following the events from Storm Front, Dresden is back to save Chicago from yet another evil force. You get the idea of how this series is structured but while this is purely escapist fiction there is something about these novels that makes me want to keep reading. While I’ve always said I’m not a fantasy fan, I do like the urban fantasy/noir style novels and Harry Dresden is probably the best protagonist I’ve found in these books.

With a new monster, it does not mean that this book will be exactly the same as the previous but the plot style does seem very much so, but it is developing characters that really stuck with me. There is this hidden desire within Dresden to use dark magic, almost like an inner sociopath just waiting to be unleashed. This is what attracts me to these series the most; I’m just waiting to see what other dark secrets we can discover about Harry Dresden while he battles the inner turmoil between good and evil.

The growing relationships between journalist Susan and Murphy are coming along nicely as well, I’m expecting one or both of these relationships to combust and I like the fact that Jim Butcher has let this slowly develop without playing his cards too soon. As for the plot; this is pretty average. Comparing Fool Moon with Storm Front, I can say this is the weaker of the two and I hope that Jim Butcher does offer something a little more in the series or I don’t think I will make it through all of them.

In between reading Storm Front and Fool Moon I watched the 2007 TV adaptation of the series which don’t seem to have any connection to the novels apart from the characters, but now I can’t help but think of Harry Dresden as looking like Paul Blackthorne. Its weird to have an English man, play a Chicago wizard in a Canadian TV show, but I think he portrayed Dresden so well that he is who I picture when reading Fool Moon.

I hope book three, Grave Peril is an improvement and offers something for me to keep reading. I don’t mind a bit of escapist fiction after reading something overly deep or dense. I have Grave Peril on my shelf so I will give it a go but if it is too much like Fool Moon, I think this is where I will leave the series. I don’t want to invest in another twelve books if it offers nothing more than just a new book, new villain situation.

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ibeforem 4 of 5 stars
I’m enjoying this series. This book was a little more violent than the first, and I was surprised at some of the characters that were affected. I’m not sure I get all of Murphy’s reactions to Dresden, but it all kind of works out in the end.