Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Dresden Out In Paperback

Cover of "Small Favor (The Dresden Files,...Cover via Amazon

The new Harry Dresden novel Small Favor by Jim Butcher just came out in paperback. He has a new hardback coming out soon called Turn Coat, but I rarely buy a new hardback when it comes out. I just picked up the paperback and finished reading it last night. I was up till about three in the morning because I couldn't stop reading. Harry Dresden is one of my favorite literary characters.

Butcher and Harry have both grown since their first book came out years ago. I feel like Butcher has become much more confident of his abilities, much the same way Harry is becoming with each new volume. I'm not that much into science fiction or fantasy anymore, once that was all I read, but this is one series I continue to pick up.

Harry is a combination of fantasy and detective genres. Harry is a Private Detective who also happens to be a Wizard operating out of present day Chicago.

If I had one complaint about the series is that I wish Butcher would dial down the troubles some. In the beginning some of Harry's cases would involve just a few people and the outcome mattered only to them. Lately every one of Harry's stories include a literally earth saving climax. I'd like to see some stories go back to Harry trying to save just one person, it doesn't always have to be such high stakes. I don't mind stories where Harry has to save the world, but does every new book have to have such high stakes? I guess when you get your hero in such high games it's hard to dial it back down.

Saying that I still enjoyed Small Favor very much. Harry saves the world again, but the fun is seeing how he manages to accomplish this without tripping over his own feet.

So if you haven't read Harry Dresden yet, do yourself a favor and go do it. You'll thank me.
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