Sunday, September 6, 2009

"What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?"

The past year, I’ve come across a new author that I absolutely love. Jim Butcher, author of the series “The Dresden Files” and “The Codex Alera”. Both are rather intriguing in their own respective ways, but I if had to choose which I liked best, it would be The Dresden Files.

The thing that makes the series for me is that the main character, Harry Dresden, is so damn flippant, it’s awesome. I wish I could be as flippant as he. Plus the world that Butcher spins, a Wizard in modern day Chicago, is brilliant and captivating. The characters feel real to me and end up caring what happens to them. And there’s so many great lines from the book, you would be underlining them at least every other page. In fact, that’s where I got my main quote for The C of Fail. I would suggest this series to anyone.

The other series, The Codex Alera, is good, but not as captivating as The Dresden Files. The series seems to start up slow. But by the 4th and 5th book, it really comes into its own. What I like best about the series though is the it’s a fantasy world with an ancient Roman spin and his different take of a “Magic” system is really creative and original.

So, if any of you are in need of a new series to read, at least consider reading The Dresden Files. I don’t think you would be disappointed.

2 comments:

Clayton said...

I need to borrow the Dresden Files from my roomate. I have read the first book of the Codex Alera series (the Furies one) and found it to be a really neat take on fantasy.

Most normal fantasy bores the crap outta me anymore.

Frank said...

I loved "Storm Front." I have only just read it (about a month ago actually) but I intend to delve a little more into that world, and possibly Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series.

I've mentioned on my blog, but if you have the chance to check him out; China Mieville's has a really strange, but refreshing take on fantasy. It's very... bizarre (the world, the races, the way everything interacts) yet is closer to George R. R. Martin's approach (gritty realism).
I've only read the Scar, but I intend to get the other two books set in that world.

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