The Wizardry of The Dresden Files

| 9/30/2008 12:42:09 PM

Tags: Butcher, Dresden,

It takes me a while to return from a trip to Chicago – not in miles but in brain cells, since the Chicago I visit is the magical home of Harry Dresden, wizard.

Yes, wizard – it says so right in the Chicago phone book. So it must be true, right?!

White Night by Jim ButcherHarry Dresden’s the wizardly private eye who is the protagonist of The Dresden Files, a series written by Jim Butcher, an Independence, Missouri, author. The series – 10 in paperback, one hardcover and one in the works – is one of my favorites. Before I started the latest paperback, White Night, I decided to re-read the rest of the series. Starting with Storm Front, I once again was quickly enthralled by this version of Chicago, which claims among its population the wizardly Harry and a hodge-podge of characters, both mortal and supernatural.

I would like to meet Harry. He’s intelligent, street-wise, a smart-aleck with a quick wit and wry sense of humor, always does the right thing (it’s on his tombstone – long story), and he’s gone from a lonely existence to a life filled with friends who’ve become family.

It follows that I would also like to meet Jim Butcher, although I suspect I would be too much of a star-struck, tongue-tied fan to have the meeting go well. It would probably be much like my meeting with Harry, should he appear anywhere in my world.

Harry’s Chicago is a frequent destination for creatures and critters from NeverNever, another dimension populated by faeries, demons and other things that go bump in the night, and his Chicago is also home to warlocks (wizards who use their powers for the dark side) and, of course, vampires.

Jean Teller
10/9/2008 3:02:37 PM

Ah, black hats can be deceiving! Harry's been painted a bad guy over his lifetime, but he's a good guy at heart!

Taylor Miller
10/1/2008 8:35:15 AM

Uh oh! They're both wearing black hats. I suspect bad heroes!