Mmmm…..if you were to ask me which novels were my favourite series, I’d tell you without hesitation that it’s Farseer and Stormlight Archive. But. But if you lean in a little, you’d probably also hear me quietly whisper, “Dresden Files.” I was baited in with promises of a wizard riding a t-rex to battle, and I was not disappointed. One of the things I’m overly biased in favour of with Dresden Files is how much metaphoric and comparison/simile language is used in it. As someone who memorizes things and records knowledge in exactly that way, it’s a comfortable read :P.
Things to hurdle over just in case you’re contemplating trying the series:
- The first three books are generally considered serviceable, good, decent, not bad. Personally, Summer Knight (Book 4) was probably the book where it really started to pick up for me, but the scene that got me was the one in Grave Peril where he basically has to be picked up off his shower floor because he’s too messed up and sobbing his heart out over possibly having accidentally-on-purpose murdered a bunch of innocent people. To be honest, Grave Peril still gives me a sick feeling to the stomach because Ugh. Red Court Vampires. eugh ick. Harry won’t even talk about what they did to him years later :/
- Your Mileage May Vary: Dresden is sexist. To me, Dresden is what I’d consider an acceptable and understandable amount of sexist, but going into the why would take an incredibly long, rambly post. Let’s see if I can summarize: Has past traumas that probably factor into why he tries to save every other woman out there to make up for someone he couldn’t save, didn’t really grow up learning how to interact with anyone properly, let alone women – the guy has all of what..five friends at the beginning of the series, two of which are a talking skull and a cat – has a saviour complex – the list goes on. For me, this flaw of Harry’s just makes him that much more human, and the thing is, he can’t help his thoughts, but his actions are always reined in by an extremely disciplined morality. Plus, whatever he thinks, he knows Murphy’s always got his back, and being female doesn’t even factor into that. Also, the guy changes. He grows up and perspectives change. In any event, Dresden remains one of my favourite fictional characters due to <way too many reasons that may be expounded on in some other post>, despite any notable flaws in him, so make of that what you will.
- Dresden Files is dark. It’s not dreary or depressing or dystopic, but in some ways it’s horrifying. I mean, it’s hilarious, but it’s also dark. Be warned. :D