Harry Dresden is a professional wizard, meaning that yes, he can perform magic – such a thing does exist, along with vampires and demons and various other paranormal phenomena – and yes, he does so for a fee when you need something done.
My friend Stephanie loves this series, so I decided to give it a try. I listened to it on audio, and I’m of mixed minds about it. On the one hand, the audio production was great. James Marsters was the perfect narrator for Dresden’s wry speech. I doubt I would have finished the book if not for Marsters. Because that’s the other hand. It wasn’t that I disliked the book. I just didn’t find it particularly noteworthy. Maybe that’s just timing, since I really wanted to be reading/listening to something else (*coughbluelilylilybluecough*). Maybe it’s because I found the plot predictable in places. Maybe it’s because Dresden makes a lot of chauvinist comments, and after awhile I wasn’t quite sure if it was Dresden or the author who looked down on women.
So I’m on the fence. I feel I should give the series a further look, both since the narrator was so good and because I feel like it’s the kind of series that might improve with time. At the same time, I won’t be rushing out to collect the next book. Perhaps one day.