Review: Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
**POSSIBLE STORM FRONT SPOILERS**
You'll find Harry Dresden in the Yellow Pages under Wizard. That's right--he's a wizard for hire. Everybody has bills to pay, right? His bread-and-butter comes from the Special Investigations section of the Chicago PD, led by Lieutenant Murphy. Murphy's none too happy with Dresden at the moment, so funds are running dangerously low. Then a spate of murders crop up and they have to call Dresden in.
Bodies that look like they've been ripped apart by wild animals, paw prints that are entirely too big to be from a wolf (and besides, what would a wolf be doing in Chicago?) and full moon nights. It doesn't take a wizard PI to figure this one out.
I have to admit that this book spooked me a little. Not too bad, but I wasn't expecting to be spooked at all. There are, I believe, four different kinds of werewolves running around Chicago, each scarier than the last. And holy cow. The worst is just--man. He's a monster. So after finding myself out on the porch in the dark, knowing that there was no one in the house behind me, I scuttled back in as soon as I thought about werewolves. And my ears perked up at every little sound the rest of the night. Didn't stop me from reading though, because I just had to know how things turned out.
That confession out of the way, I just love Dresden and Murphy. Dresden is such a good guy. He would be too good if he wasn't a smartass to offset it. He's fighting his own private war with the dark. He's not asking for recognition, he just takes enough money to get by. He knows that true evil is out there, but he hasn't lost his absolute faith in goodness and light either. It's so easy to get that knocked out of you, but he's hanging on to it. And cute little Murphy is so tough! I just love her. She sees things that most people can't even imagine, she knows they're real, but she rolls with it and takes care of business. She's just awesome.
Despite the obvious assumption, I really didn't have any idea who was doing what. That's a good thing. I hate reading just to see if I guessed right.
The action is non-stop once it gets started, and it gets started fairly early. I was exhausted. Seriously. I don't know how many days this book covered, but Harry doesn't sleep, well, at all. Okay, maybe just a teeny tiny bit, but no more than that. I'm getting tired and sore just thinking about it.
I have to say that after watching the short-lived series on Netflix (and thoroughly enjoying it), I missed Bob! I don't remember how large his role was in the first book, but he barely gets a couple of pages here.
This was a strong follow-up to Storm Front. I'll definitely be continuing the series.
My review of Storm Front.
Read an excerpt.
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