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"Storm Front" by Jim Butcher

I just finished listening to "Storm Front", written by Jim Butcher, narrated By James Marsters (Spike from Buffy The Vampire Slayer & Angel).

It was fantastic having James Marsters whispering in my ear for eight hours. James Marsters is a wonderful reader, he acts out the parts with his voice.


Although, since I watched the Dresden Files I mostly visualized Paul Blackthorne, who is a bit more scruffy.
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I don't remember any of the plots from the TV show. But I know they were not the same as the book. They changed Harry's home and his office, and "Bob" is very different. But I'm not sure what else was changed.

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a real wizard. He is a trained practitioner in the arts of magic who makes a living helping people for money, and investigating magical crimes for the police. In "Storm Front" he is hired by a wife to find her husband while trying to help the police solve a double murder by magic. It was a bit "noir detective", Harry is perpetually broke and gets beat up a lot.

The story was interesting and the magical system was compatible with Wicca.

I liked it and would love to listen to the rest of the books.

Update: I just re-watched the Storm Front episode of the TV show. It was Ok but the book was better. The TV show didn't handle Harry's temptation to use Black magic as well as the book did. It didn't handle the real temptations of evil as well in general. It was a lot less compatible with Wicca. And they didn't handle Bianca, the vampire, as well as the book. In the book we really see her true form, which is important to her character.

The books were clearly Noir detective stories, so I don't understand why they didn't go with a noir feel for the TV show. The books are mostly first person narrative, in TV they translated that into Harry telling people a lot more than he should, instead of telling us in voice over. Too bad they didn't go with a ""Burn Notice" style voice over, it would have worked.

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