20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2001
It's official! Jim Butcher has a hit series on his hands. Fool Moon, the much anticipated second book in the Dresden Files series, does more than live up to fans' expectations: It exceeds them. This book rocks, fulfilling the lofty precedent set in Storm Front for fast paced action, witty dialogue, a riveting plotline, compelling characters and, most of all, it's endearing protagonist: Harry Dresden, a wisecracking gumshoe wizard with a heart of gold and just enough of a dark side to keep things real.
Fool Moon returns to the alternate-reality version of modern day Chicago as introduced in book one, an unsettling yet exciting world of both everyday familiarity and film-noir style fantasy where chaos results when paranormal forces interact with a mostly disbelieving humanity. It's this disbelief that keeps business in a slump for Harry, the windy city's only professional wizard. Thankfully Lt. Karrin Murphy, head of the Chicago Police's Special Investigations unit, has experienced enough weirdness on Chi Town's mean streets to know that the paranormal threat is very real. Determined to save lives at all costs and faced with having to solve crimes that go beyond the scope of forensic science, Murphy usually turns to Harry for help. But in Fool Moon Harry discovers that Murphy is forced to risk her badge to bring him in on a murder investigation after an editorial in a local paper criticizes her use of public funds to hire a "charlatan psychic" and Internal Affairs begins probing into her suspected connection to the Chicago Mob through her past involvement with Harry.
Time is running out. Evidence found following a series of gruesome murders leads Harry to believe that a pack of werewolves is on the rampage in the city and with only a few nights of bright moonlight left, the wizard is in a race against the clock to put an end to the slaughter or lose the trail until the next full moon.
Fool Moon is solid entertainment that leaves readers with that all-too-rare sense of deep satisfaction that comes from getting your moneys worth. New readers will discover the thrill of riding shotgun with Harry and returning fans will enjoy the hints scattered throughout the novel that unearth more of Harry's rebel past, in particular a closer look at the events that lead to the Doom of Damocles, a form of probation placed on him by the White Council who oversee the ethical use of magic in the world of the mundane.
I look forward with great anticipation to the next book in the series, and to watching Jim Butcher become a household name in fantasy fiction.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2001
The second book of The Dresden Files starts with Harry Dresden on a diet of ramin noodles, so broke he has to look up to see the bottom. Then, a strange spell on a sheet of paper and a curious student tempt him with a steak dinner. The action goes a fast pace from there on. Trouble comes, not only from biker gangs and mobsters, but from mysterious wolves that are not wolves. Murders come fast and furious and when Murphy's cut out of the loop, she does her best to put Harry in jail. Then, as if things weren't bad enough, the FBI jumps into the madhouse with both feet. Maybe Harry says it best. 'A mangled corpse in the middle of a blood-drenched floor. Berserk FBI field agents drawing guns and shooting to kill. A little kung-fu, a little John Wayne, and a few casual threats. It was just one more night on the job.' Are the Good Guys good or bad? Are the Bad Guys good? The twists and turns of this plot will keep you guessing right up until the very end. Just one warning, don't start it too close to bedtime. You can't put this book down.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2004
After Jim Butcher's smash hit Storm Front, comes Fool Moon--another action packed ride with Harry Dresden, Chicago's best and only wizard PI. A series of bloody murders leads Harry to believe that a pack of werewolves has taken up residence in his city, but time is short. Harry races to discover the lair before the full moon rises.
I loved the first book and this one is just as good. Jim Butcher delves a little deeper into Harry's past, and at the same time puts a new slant on his friendship with Murphy. Murphy is under pressure to bring Harry in for questioning, but she knows that if anyone can solve the murders, it is him. Forced to choose between her job and her friendship with Harry when Internal Affairs get involved, she chooses... :) but that would be telling.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2006
Fool Moon is the second in the series of The Dresden Files written by Jim Butcher.
Welcome to the world of Harry Dresden - Wizard.
Actually the only wizard known to mankind and listed in the Chicargo yellow pages.
In his second adventure Harry finds himself drawn into another murder investigation by his friend Karrin Murphy but soon finds himself under suspicion of being involved.
With rampaging warewolves killing the obvious suspects competitors and also out to kill Harry himself - add to that cops hunting him down on suspicion of collaberation and you have Harry desperately trying to stop the murders and prove his innocence.
This is an excellent sequal to the original Storm Front and in many respects it even betters the original.
I highly recommend this book, although I also recommend starting with book 1 - Storm Front.
High praise for Jim Butcher on a great sequal.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2004
Harry Dresden is a wizard running his own paranormal investigations (PI) business which occasionally helps the special investigations dept of the Chicago police.
Harry is sort of like the paranormal version of Jim Rockford played by James Garner in the Rockford files (poor, beaten up, sucker for the damsel, has a love/hate relationship with a particular cop etc)
In this 2nd book relationships from the 1st develop, and the plot revolves around werewolves, hexenwolves, lycanthropes and loupgarou as every type of wolf gets thrown at Harry during the full moon when he investigates some strange pawmarks at the scene of a gruesome murder.
The book has nice touches of humour in between Harry getting beaten up/mauled one of my favourites is :-
I'd rolled my eyes. Billy-the-wolf had snarled and struggled out of his robe, picked it up carefully in his teeth like a large and particularly grumpy-looking Benji, and put it back in the van.
A must for detective fans who do not mind/or love a paranormal setting.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A few months after the events of Storm Front, wizard Harry Dresden is going through some lean times. Following the events of the prior novel, his stock with the Chicago PD is at a low and word has gotten out that Dresden may be in cahoots with the city's foremost gangster. However, an outbreak of savage killings every full moon sees the police reluctantly enlist Dresden's aid once again.
Fool Moon is a notable step up in quality from the first Dresden Files novel. The writing seems altogether more confident, the characters are better-written and the book is altogether better-paced and more enjoyable as a result. Some new characters who look likely to return in later volumes are also introduced, and Dresden starts to confront the possibility that there is some other person out there manipulating events against him, which looks set to be the beginning of some kind of long-running story arc. Butcher also shows a ruthless side, killing off a couple of recurring characters from the first novel, just to keep the reader guessing on what will happen next.
There aren't too many problems, although as with the first volume, the novel rarely rises above the entertaining popcorn level. There's also a repeat of a story element that was tiresome in the first book, namely that halfway through proceedings Dresden gets seriously injured and spends the rest of the book fighting the enemies despite suffering significant aches and pains that are described again and again in tedious detail. We get it. Dresden is overcoming serious odds to beat the bad guys. Move on. Dresden needs to either start hitting the gym or stocking up on some healing magic soon. There's also the continuing and wholly artificial distrust between Dresden and his police contact Murphy who, despite have her life saved by Dresden several times in these two books, continues to be wary and distrustful of him. Also, Butcher continues to be unsure just how widespread knowledge of magic and the occult is, with ordinary human characters varyingly reacting to the revelation of magical deeds with apathy or amazement.
Fool Moon (***½) is a fun and enjoyable novel that shows the writer's growth in talent and ability over its predecessor.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2010
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher is the second of the Dresden Files. In this novel we follow Harry Dresden as he becomes embroiled in a mystery involving werewolves, and comes face to face again with the Gentleman Johnny Marcone. "Business has been slow lately for Harry Dresden. Okay, business has been dead. Not undead - just dead. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work - magical or mundane. Just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise. A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon..."
This book feels almost as though it was written by two different people. The first half of Fool Moon was written by the same person who wrote Storm Front - generic urban fantasy, with an intriguing central character and some entertaining magical rules and creatures filling the pages. A page turner that I enjoyed but found a mite disposable. Halfway through Fool Moon this other writer took over - and I *really* love his work. I found myself snorting with laughter at some of the startling humour in truly desperate situations. I was chilled by the monstrous form of the loup-garou, and its casual ability to tear apart hordes of people intent on destroying it. I was warmed by the oddball relationships between Harry and those who surround him. By the end of this book - yes, you can count me a Dresden fan.
It still had its faults, but these were more clumsy plotting or deus ex machina in nature - for example, the fact that Bob explained the existence of four different types of werewolves, and we happened to encounter every single one of them over the course of the book.
Butcher also doesn't have complete faith in his readers yet, since a lot of the characters and concepts were re-introduced all over again in this second book after encountering them in Storm Front. It is forgivable, since this is only the second in the series, but I have a horrible suspicion that this is habit-forming and will run into subsequent books in the Dresden sequence. If I am still being told what Murphy and Susan look like in book eight, I shall be disappointed.
With that said, apart from a frustrating desire to tell us exactly what every character looks like, Butcher's ability to produce characters that we care deeply about is second-to-none. Dresden remains a wonderfully sarcastic and irascible individual - take this quote for example: "So there I was being strangled by a ranting, half-naked madman in the middle of the woods, with a she-werewolf dangling from a rope snare somewhere nearby. My gunshot wound hurt horribly, and my jaw throbbed from where my buddy the cop had brutalized it the night before. I've had worse days."
Butcher's gentle observational humour makes the book a pleasure to read as well. I do believe that he might well be a cat owner, going by this quote: "I found him in a dumpster one day when he was a kitten and he promptly adopted me. Despite my struggles, Mister had been an understanding soul, and I eventually came to realise that I was a part of his little family, and by his gracious consent was allowed to remain in his apartment." Only someone familiar with the true fact that people belong to cats, and not vice versa, could write something like that!
Everything that made Storm Front enjoyable is present in Fool Moon, but Butcher has improved the plotting, the writing and the sense that we are reading something unique rather than yet another generic never-ending urban fantasy series. I was happy enough to read Fool Moon after trying Storm Front. Now that I've finished Fool Moon, I am ready to stampede to my bookshelves to find the third book. Butcher has created a fantastic character in the form of Harry Dresden - complicated, chauvinistic, and compelling - and I can't wait to read more of his adventures.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the 2nd book in the Harry Dresden Chicago Wizard Series. And to be honest it was slightly dissapointing to the first book. The first book showed a great sense of possibility in the development of the main characters and unfortunately this book adds no further depth at all.
The pace to the book is good, the action good, but you cant help but feel its the same story in terms of character intervention. Harry is still full of his one liners, he still longs after Murphy the detective who asks him to help with investigations. She still asks him for help and then immediatelly distrusts him.
The villan in the book again is Marcone. If I was a detective, I would simply arrest him for every crime that happens.
I still believe that the idea of a wizard in modern day Chicago is a good one, but im hoping for more depth to the characters as the series moves on.
on 14 March 2015
FOOL MOON is the second of the highly original and immensely popular series of a private-detective-who-is-also-a-wizard novels set with the stunning backdrop of Chicago City and its greater metropolitan area.
This time around the story revolves around werewolves. The book opens with a particularly grisly and violent murder and it is not long before Harry begins to see the dots connecting the clues which form the basis for this entire story. The reader soon learns of the various categories which exist for these supernatural beings, which can be controlled by normal means and which need the use of magic. And which group of werewolves that are uncontrollable even with magic. So who needs more than one guess as to which group the suspected murderer falls into?
Turn the page, read some words, and absorb the magic (pun intended). One victim has become two victims and then there are many victims. The murder count helps to define the nature of the problem and even our Harry is suspected of complicity by the local police and finds himself under arrest on more than one occasion. Lt Murphy is being investigated for internal impropriety and of course she and Dresden manage to step on the toes of the FBI as soon as their investigation commences. And who would have thought that the phases of the moon would prove a watertight alibi in a murder investigation? That is why authors who can come up with an idea such as the Dresden novels are called brilliant.
The writing in this volume is just as confident and sophisticated as book one. The same set of characters are there, with the same levels of sexual tension between Harry and Susan (for example) as well as the same levels of (apparent) dislike between Lt Murphy and Harry. And of course the FBI hates everyone except the FBI so watch out if you happen to look the wrong person in the wrong eye just at the wrong moment.
One flaw in this book occurs to a reader if you happen to like werewolves. I know that sounds ridiculous, and mentioning other writers in a given review is poor form, but when you come across a literary universe where the main characters are living, breathing, loving, and (dare I say it) sexually-aware sentient beings, it is hard to read about them and enjoy them in a story where they represent nothing but a force of pure evil.
Another problem which raises its ugly head is that even the cops (not counting the good cop / bad cop aka Lt. Murphy) appear to be nothing but a bunch of brainless twits. For some reason even though Murphy gets insanely furious at Harry without giving him the chance to defend himself, the rest of the fictional police force acts like robotic clones without an original thought in their heads in their infinite chase for truth and justice. As an example, the wife of Harry’s principal suspect for the murders stages a rain-soaked, night-time decoy for Harry’s benefit which only goes to prove this point even further. And of course the cops fall for this display hook, line and sinker. End of chapter. But at least we got to read about “Bob” and the cat.
The book is not fun to read, or funny, unlike its prequel. “Bob” makes an appearance, briefly, in the latter section of the first half, as well as Dresden’s cat, but to be honest, they are the only light hearted and comic moments of the book. I love “Bob” and I love cats. I love magic, and wizards, and sexy cops. And I love sexy books. I just don’t love this one. But I do like it. I will definitely finish it, and I plan to purchase the entire series from the Amazing Amazon E-Book store as I go along.
Book one was awesome.
Book two is not.
I’m just sayin’.
on 13 February 2013
It took me a few months and a lot of noodling about on the internet to finally track down ths novel (I wasn't sure of the number of books in the series or what the sequence was and wanted to read them in order, I'm odd like that). So when I eventually got my hands on Fool Moon I was hoping for a repeat of the driving prose and plot that had grasped my from the first few pages of 'Storm Front'. However, I was a bit put off at the pun in the title. Was it meant to be a pun on full moon? Or was there actually a phase of the moon called a Fool's Moon? Actually, I think there is but I've not investigated it any further. Please feel free to do your own research.
Anyway, having been blown away by the first novel I was keen to know where next for wizard Dresden and how the mythology that Jim Butcher was starting up would pan out. I'm alway quite wary of sequels if truth be told. Or sagas. I tend to get a bit bored with the same characters doing the same things and sometimes they can become quite predicable and (dare I say it) boring. Like Ron Weasley, for example.
Like its predecessor this is a tight detective story again centering itself around a murder and throwing up several lupine suspects. Yup, this one's about werewolves. And lots of them. That is to say different types, breeds and colours with different goals and dispositions. Naturally, there is a lot of blood, more magic, shapeshifters, gangsters(as this is Chicago), a plot involving a National Park, the FBI and Harry gets a girlfriend.
This is more assured that his debut and as wizard we get more insight his strengths and limitations - magic, it seems, can't solve everything. And neither can being aloof and distant.
Again tightly plotted but with a few references to events that could (will?) happen in future novels, this is a good second outing for the Urban Wizard. He's developing well.