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‘Faeries like pizza?’ I asked.
‘Oh, Harry,’ [the little faery] said breathlessly. ‘Haven’t you ever had pizza before?’
‘Of course I have,’ I said.
Toot looked wounded. ‘And you didn’t share?’
– Jim Butcher, Storm Front (Being the First Book of the Dresden Files).
Some of you may know by now (and others of you are about to find out) that I am a shameless recommender of the Dresden Files series of books by Jim Butcher. The way I typically explain them is as the most satisfying long-running story that I’ve come across – and the sort of place where the hero can make Looney Tunes jokes at the height of the action and not derail the story – and in fact does. (Or find out that faeries are humorously and devotedly fond of pizza, for that matter.)
But I’m getting ahead of myself maybe: Harry Dresden is a wizard (“Yer a wizard, Harry,” as I believe @arahant quipped when I was yet again offering the recommendation to any who would listen) and private investigator, who lives and works in the city of Chicago. Oh, and magic is real. So are things that go bump in the night – monsters, ghoulies, faeries … as well as the transcendent and the sublime – a thread which deepens and develops as the story goes on.
(There’s a reason I think so highly of Jim Butcher for writing these books. [In spite of some occasionally, ah, somewhat risqué passages, which can be a wee bit off-putting – and the sixth book, which I always recommend people skip, for similar reasons – in spite of it having rather a nice opening. Don’t worry, though, there are about 14 more where that came from – so far …])
In any case, where was I? The first book in the series is Storm Front – followed by Fool Moon, then Grave Peril, and Summer Knight (are you detecting a pattern here?) I always tend to recommend reading them in actual paper book form (and am quite fond myself of the older small-format paperbacks, especially where the print is good and readable), but you take what you can find.
So, go forth and find, kind reader – and enjoy! A good thing shared is a good thing shared after all – oh, though before I forget: try and remember that the tone is light-hearted as a rule (it took me several re-readings before I realized this – I’m a little slow sometimes), with as morally sound, good-triumphs-over-evil a sense as you’re likely to find these days, which is not something to be sniffed at.
Are you still here? I thought you’d be out eagerly buying your first copy by now …Published in