10 years ago, when I was in the Navy, I was looking through the Navy Exchange, trying to find a book to read while I was on duty, and I stumbled across this paperback novel called Dead Beat. A novel of The Dresden Files, the cover informed me. I’d never heard of this thing, but the way it was described on the back cover intrigued me, “Buffy The Vampire Slayer by way of Phillip Marlowe”, it was advertised as. I picked up the book, and, even though I’d never read a book in the series before, it felt like I was right at home. From the witty first person narration from Chicago’s own, and only Wizard Private Detective Harry Dresden, to the cool villains, to a great action scene that involves a spectrally animated T-Rex skeleton, I was hooked, and wanted to know more.
My next time out at the local mall there, I was on a mission to find one specific book, Storm Front, the first novel in the series. Found it, and while it was a little bit different in tone than the other one, more mystery novel with bits of magic and horror thrown in for extra flavor, it was still a great, quick read, and soon enough I’d purchased the first 6 books in the series to accompany Dead Beat on my book shelf.
And I’ve been hooked ever since. Shockingly enough though, as far as I can tell Dresden fandom isn’t as big a thing as I would imagine it to be. In the years since I’ve started to read the series, I’ve met maybe a small handful of people who share in my obsession with these books. Thankfully though, these same people haven’t heard of the crappy Syfy Tv Show they tried to make off the books.
The less said about that, the better. To be fair, Paul Blackthorne (Capt. Lance from Arrow, these days) did make a pretty good Harry, but that’s about it. After a few random episodes, they attempt to condense the first novel into an hour’s timeframe, with half the budget it should have had. It was mercifully cancelled after a season, but I still say this book series could make a great tv series, if they did it right.
Now, you’re probably saying to yourself, why should I invest in another book series this random person on the internet is telling me to read? Well short version is, because it’s amazing, but secondly because it really has everything you could possibly want in a series of stories. If you like any of the following things you will like The Dresden Files
- Strongly written awesome female supporting characters
- All around strongly written characters
- Magical Dimensions
- Crime Bosses
- a war between Vampires and Wizards
- Epic reanimated T-Rex mount
- Witty knowledge spirits that live in skulls
And once you’ve read a few, or if you’re already a fan, tell me your favorite Dresden file character or moment from the series? Til next time guys, be sure to keep it Reel.