Storm Front Book Review At World’s Strongest Librarian

Josh over at the World’s Strongest Librarian was kind enough to let me publish a guest post book review of Strom Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1 by Jim Butcher. If you guys can recall, it was one of the books that came highly recommended to me for my holiday reading list and I have to say that I enjoyed it quite a lot. It wasn’t necessarily amazing, but it was good nonetheless and I heard the other novels in the series get a lot better. I’m back to reading Stephen King’s Dark Tower saga at the moment but I’ve already got the second Dresden Files book to start after that.

World’s Strongest Librarian is a blog I’ve been reading for a few months now and would strongly urge everyone to check it out. It’s totally unrelated to MMORPGs (I think I’ve managed to baffle Josh with the topic :) ) which makes it a nice refreshing change and instead is about a librarian who’s also incredibly strong. Well, OK, it’s about a lot more than that but I’ll leave you to discover that for yourselves. I’ll finish by saying Josh is an excellent writer and his blogging style is witty, intelligent and a ton of fun. And no, he’s not my boyfriend.

If you want to read my attempt at a book review (please be gentle, it’s my first time), check out “Book Review: Strom Front – Guest Review by Gordon” here.

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  1. Stabs says:

    As a Librarian myself I absolutely love the title.

    Interesting post, I’ll have to check out The Dresden Files. I’ll see if my local library can get hold of it for me.

    Have you read Steven Brust? Sounds like a similar style, Philip Marlowe type character in a fantasy setting.

  2. Longasc says:

    I would have more pointed out the mix of detective work and magic. Fantasy crime thriller noir with butchered humour maybe. I liked your review a lot otherwise. I usually tend to reveal too much about the story in reviews, you did not do that.

    I wonder how much you would like Butcher’s second and more “classic” series, the Codex Alera.

  3. Beej says:

    You really should pick up the rest of the series. If you like the character Butcher builds in Dresden, the rest of the series will hook you. The world, like you said, is nothing magnificently original and the plots aren’t complex, but they’re intriguing, effortless, and Dresden has a wonderful personality that comes through the prose like few other series. Reading those books lets the reader *know* Harry Dresden instead of just reading about him.

    That, and the series eventually takes an pseudo-religious tone at times, dealing with Christian mythology like it does typical fantasy archetypes, and I love it. I’m a sucker for reimagining for traditional Christian mythos. Kind of an odd thing to be interested in and/or find a series that does it, but hey, I take what I can get.

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