Thursday, November 5, 2015
Teen review: Adult books reviewed for teens
by Jim Butcher
Mystery, science fiction, paranormal
Series: The Dresden Files
Reading Level: Adult, new adult
Reviewed by R.M.
Harry Dresden is a wizard working as a private investigator. Since his business is scarce (because of the shortage of people who take his business card seriously), Dresden is forced to work with Chicago Police Department’s Special Investigations Lieutenant Karrin Murphy. The story follows Dresden as he investigates a trail of murders committed by a mysterious Warlock ( a rogue wizard who doesn’t comply with the Laws of Magic).
This book is the first in a planned series of 20. What this entails is that all events that will occur have a story line that will be followed by the subsequent books, and it requires a great deal of writing talent to manage (like making sure there aren’t any plot holes within the entire story line, and keeping up with long-term character development). Suffice to say, this book (and the series to which it belongs) is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s riddled with comic references to “geeky” topics like Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and contains many pop-culture influences as well. The only thing I can say about it that is close to negative is that the author re-describes and re-explains topics throughout the series, although that may be subject to a reader’s perspective, because it can also be seen as an act of thoroughness by the writer.
What I like about the book (and all the others in the series) is that its ending is only a conclusion to the current story line, since there’s always a sense that there’s something bigger going on. To wrap it up, this book is uncensored (it has all the elements of an adult book, but doesn’t go crazy with it) and is not recommended for young readers (or young-minded readers).
Editor's note: Perhaps the re-describing and re-explaining is the author making sure that those who dip into the series somewhere in the middle (instead of reading from the beginning) are up to date on who's who and what's happening. You can find Jim Butcher's books in the Science Fiction section, and Burbank Public Library owns most (possibly all) of this series. There are also some audio books.