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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356500284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500287
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A haunting, fantastical novel ... Butcher successfully lends human dimensions to vampires and spirits (Publishers Weekly)

An intensely enjoyable series (SciFi Now)

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An action-packed case file from Harry Dresden, private investigator and wizard, by international bestselling author Jim Butcher

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By A Customer on 17 Feb. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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I like these stories, but Dresden himself annoys me. It's the sexism, there's no getting around that. It manifests in two ways.

Dresden thinks he's an old-fashioned guy who likes to save damsels in distress, which is true, except that they're frequently the ones saving him. (No judgement, Lancelot was the same way. Mind you, he's a bit useless, so...) Harry doesn't seem to realise their competence is the reason he's still alive. That wouldn't be too much of a problem if he didn't seem proud of it, but he readily admits, "Yeah, I'm a bit old-fashioned and chauvinist, so what?" It's like, no, dude, that's not something to be proud of.

And it isn't chivalry to underestimate the women around you and try to stop them doing their jobs because you think they're in danger. Chivalry is being a rich medieval bloke who owns a horse. Wait, I'm getting literal again. Anyway. This kind of sexism is not that much of an issue although it's annoying and condescending and completely illogical given that they keep saving him -- it's the second type that bugs me.

The way he stares at boobs every time they're present is what really annoys me. He's just so focused on breasts. In a story about werewolves you get a fair few naked people, more than you normally do in fantasy beyond the GoT type, which means this came up a lot, and dude, it got boring. Boobs are not that interesting, and it's weird to stare at them in that situation. It's gross and sexualising and horrible. Look, I like girls, okay? But I've spent years in changing rooms with them (I do ballet! People are always seminaked backstage of dance shows!) and I can control myself enough not to stare at them when they happen to be barely clothed in a totally non-sexual way. Nudity doesn't have to be sexual.
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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 April 2009
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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.
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