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I've recently got my reading mojo back. Not sure about you, but I have to be in the right place to properly switch off and properly engross myself in a novel. Its been a while since I've managed it for a re-read, but there isn't anything like a re-read of a favorite - except maybe sharing your love with the masses.

I love a bit of Noir-esk detective fiction - nothing like curling up on a dismal day under the duvet with a cup of tea and sticking something with a bit of a dark gloomy mystery vibe on the TV. Added bonus points if the movie is set in the 40's. I'm also a rather huge geek, which added together explains the appeal of Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files.

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden - as imagined by Chris McGrath in "Welcome to the Jungle"
I mentioned my love for the series when I made my bleached t-shirt, but I don't think I gave it the description it deserves. Firstly, think True Blood - Vampires, Faeries etc are all real, we just don't know about them. Unlikein True Blood thou, there is no "coming out of the coffin" style set up here. The "other world" is still hidden from most. There are some people who know what goes bump in the night, but they generally ignore what they have seen, claim ignorance, tow the line, or they end up straight jacketed. Imagine, in this world of things that go bump in the night, you want to hire a P.I. Imagine, there is one in your city that advertises as "Wizard". In Chicago there's one in the book, his name is Harry Dresden.

Sounds like a good set up right? I properly love these books, not least because of the appeal of the erstwhile PI. Named after Harry Houdini (Mum might have been a proper wizard, but Dad was a stage magician), hes a sarcastic wise-ass who doesn't seem to care that it isn't always the best time for a wisecrack. While the first few cases (books) seem to be isolated incidents, there is an overriding arc that becomes evident, little clues. Always a good thing in my book. Nothing like diving into the latest installment of anything you love and suddenly getting that "oh THATS what that was about!" moment.

Storm Front is the first novel, but if you want a taster, Jim wrote a Vignette as a promo thats on his website, also a short story from before Storm Front takes place. Just avoid the TV adaptation - it wasn't exactly HBO standard!

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