Monday, 17 May 2010

The Dresden Files.

So everyone knows ive been waiting a long while to finally get the chance to sit down and chew my way through The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. I have to say as far as books go...they aint 'alf bad. It took me a while to get a steady visual feel to the characters and after that i think i chewed my way through three books in about a month.

The books rally around the main character called Harry Dresden (Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Never give your full name it leads to no end of trouble, voodoo and soul possession) He is a wizard for hire. In a day and age where that statement printed in a newspaper would have you thinking...nutbar.

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties or Other Entertainment

Thing is, these bad nasty things actaully exist and the only hint that the real world may accept that is a Special Investigations police force department headed by his friend Karrin Murphy who employs Harry occassionaly as a special consultant. I wont give too much away but he has many other friends. Bob the spirit, the data base of spells and all things magical doomed for all eternity in a skull that sits on top of a bookcase in a dusty lab dreaming of all things sexual. Then there is Michael Carpenter the Knight of the Cross, Harry's voice of reason and morality. Susan Rodreiguez, the reporter girlfriend who in my opinion is probably only around because of Harry's knack of getting her a story for the occult newspaper she works for..well supermarket rag. He has many enemies though i may add and im currently at the end of Grave Peril so i wont make a list incase it gets longer!

here, instead is some beautiful artwork.

When you read these books you start to see the influenece this character has had in all the new sci-fi or fantasy programmes on television. The wizard/magic user miunderstood by doesnt care and fights the forces of darkeness with the basic elements of cop,skull and knight templar LOL. I havent watched the actual Dresden Files show as it was cancelled after one season and apparently didnt go along with the books at all, which i personally dont see the point at all BUT i hear there is a RPG about to be relased. Hubby is excited.

I love my occult. I do and even better when its a well researched piece of literature. So as you can guess im in my element..soo shhhh im reading.


Jonathan Hicks said...

I'd like to have a stab at some kind occult novel, but I'd like some of these guys to not wear long trenchcoats, you know?

Are we going to check out the (cancelled) TV show?

The Geeky Chihuahua said...

Occult writing is quite difficult. You need one of either two things, Years of research and occult hobby love with a knack of sorting out the chaff (bram stoker ewwww)or..someone else who is. The markey is flooded right now with so many wannabes and enemies to teh field that it has become quite silly. Anyone thinks they can write a novel on that field and they just cant. The end result is..Vampires that dazzle in the sun.