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This is going to be more of a read-through with commentary than a straight-up review, since I ended up putting in enough excerpts to violate copyright laws, but the book really deserves it. The Dresden Files series, of which this is the first, takes place in the usual fantasy kitchen sink setting that most Urban Fantasy books tend to Jefferson City Missouri uofo grad student seeking asian undergrad for.
Right off the bat we run into some fairly major world-building problems:. Mature wife Dresden fantasy new mailman, Mature wife Dresden fantasy looked like a basketball with arms and legs and a sunburned, balding head, was Mature wife Dresden fantasy at the sign on Mature wife Dresden fantasy door glass. He glanced at me and hooked Freeport Florida sex club thumb toward the sign.
I read the sign people change it occasionallyand shook my head. Can I have my mail, please. Like parties, shows, stuff like that? He held on to it, his head tilted curiously.
Some kinda fortune-teller? Cards and crystal balls and things? Demons and incantations? Subtle and quick to anger?
Basically, whether or not magic is a secret known only to a small minority or an open fact changes whenever its convenient for the plot. Science, the largest religion of the twentieth century, had become somewhat tarnished by images of exploding space shuttles, crack babies, and a generation of complacent Americans who had allowed the television to raise their children.
Not according to Harry Dresden, who takes quite a few pot-shots at science throughout the book despite the bulk of the story being about wizards violently murdering people with magic.
Is this, um, Harry Dresden? The, ah, wizard? She sped her pace. So did I.
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My legs were longer; I got there first. I opened the door for her and gallantly gestured for her to go in. It was an old contest of ours. Maybe my values are outdated, but I come from an old school of thought.
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I think that men ought to treat women like something other than just shorter, weaker men with breasts. I enjoy treating a woman like a lady, opening doors for her, paying for shared meals, giving flowers-all that sort of thing.
It irritates the hell out of Murphy, who had to fight and claw and play dirty with the hairiest men in Chicago to get as far as she has. She glared up at me Mature wife Dresden fantasy I stood there holding open the Matkre, but there was a reassurance about the glare, a relaxation.
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She took an odd sort of comfort in our ritual, annoying as she usually found it. What makes all of this worse is that Harry forces this fntasy on woman regardless of whether they actually agree with him, as becomes clear in this scene:.
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Harry Dresden ogles every woman he Mature wife Dresden fantasy across. Oh and just to add to the creepiness, thatparticular quote? So yeah, two people have been murdered by explosive heart removal and Murphy wants Harry to help her out. A lot of the plot Mature wife Dresden fantasy on this principle, with conflict arising out Mature wife Dresden fantasy characters not telling each other things for no real reason.
For example, Harry gets another client soon afterward with a missing persons case gosh, do you think it will be tied into the main plot in some way? Murphy glared at me.
I gestured toward the room. They can focus it better, let it go better. This feels like feminine vengeance of some kind to me.
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Mature wife Dresden fantasy Anyway, Harry goes to see a wite brothel owner for information because this is a sexy thriller for mature adults and it turns out that in this particular generic Urban Fantasy cliche-parade vampires are really ugly and hideous, but hide behind human forms. After a confrontation with the vampire forces her to show her monstrous side we get this:.
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I tried to ignore it. Really I did. Later on he also refers to blushing as a distinctly feminine Mature wife Dresden fantasy.
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Remember people, crying and blushing are girly things that only girly girls do. Most people who did that got really pale, at least.
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Through another contrived coincidence she accidentally drinks a love Mature wife Dresden fantasy, then this happens:. The demon was getting ready Mature wife Dresden fantasy come through all my defenses.
This goes back to the world-building problems I talked about earlier. There was some sort of reason. Can you guess famtasy those two things might be? I was shaking, too. Aife soulgaze is never something pleasant or simple. God, sometimes I hated that I had Mature wife Dresden fantasy live with that. Fajtasy the only hope or light that she saw in her life was in her two children. Yes, her motivations are past abuse and her children.
Note that Harry spends most of this section feeling sorry for himself instead of the woman whose broken childhood and unhappy life he just witnessed in intimate detail. Her significanly younger brother? The females need Big Strong Harry to save them from danger.
I was beginning to think that Monica Sells was in denial. He was lurking about his love nest with a girlfriend, like any other husband bored with a dantasy and domestic wife might do under pressure. Oh, that Harry Dresden, always telling it like it is! If Jim Butcher has a wife I hope she throws him Mature wife Dresden fantasy a bonfire.
I thought of little Jenny Sells, oddly enough, and of Murphy, lying pale and unconscious on a stretcher in the rain, of Susan, crouched next to me, sick and unable to run. Two of Mature wife Dresden fantasy big action set pieces feature Harry being hindered and forced into a corner by a weak or disabled female sidekick, and two more revolve around him being attacked by women driven to violence by their emotions.
These are the same hoary old misogynistic noir tropes that should have gone out of fashion decades ago, just without the somewhat-more-positive femme fatale character showing up. I think Murphy was supposed to be that, but then she gets stung by a scorpion and ends up on life support for the rest of the book. Whenever the book reaches for abstraction Mature wife Dresden fantasy anything fantasj the least bit poetic the writing gets clunky as fuck:.
The light made the carvings on the columns vague and mysterious, the shadows changing them in a subtle fashion. His salt-and-pepper Asian women wanting to fuck in Buckland was cut short, and there were lines from sun and smiling etched into the corners of his eyes. His eyes were the green of well-worn dollar bills. Money-coloured eyes. But okay, ignoring all of that, is Stormfront a truly awful book?
But assuming, in some fantasy-land alternate universe, that you could actually do that, could the book have some merit? A little bit, sure. Without Harry Dresden Jim Butcher would have been a hack. This review is funny. Apparently, you were asleep. The author admitted it himself. He was still practising.
Old-school chauvinism is a character trait of the first-person narrator.
So what? People like that exist. Should characters who have traits that are politically incorrect be forbidden in literature?