Fool Moon: Book Two of the Dresden Files

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Fool Moon: Book Two of the Dresden Files

by Jim Butcher

Roc | January 9, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

8 of 10 in the series
Fool Moon: Book Two of the Dresden Files is rated 3.5833 out of 5 by 12.
Could a werewolf be loose in Chicago? Common sense says no. The grisly evidence says yes. So does Harry Dresden. And with his weird connections, he should know.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.64 × 4.4 × 0.93 in

Published: January 9, 2001

Publisher: Roc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451458125

ISBN - 13: 9780451458124

Found in: Fantasy

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Characterization Saves the Day! I feel the exact same way about Harry Dresden as one of the supporting characters does near the end of this novel - I don't know if I want to fall in love with him or not. I have friends that assure me that the series gets excellent about halfway through book 4 (Summer Knight). I've committed; I'll stick with the series until the end. I just get exasperated when I end up figuring out who committed the murders within the first 30 pages (I won't say exactly which page because I don't want it to be a spoiler, but it was considerably before page 30) and I'm torn. Predictability is a major show stopper for me when it comes to reading. If I can guess the story, I usually feel that I've wasted my time getting there unless there are twists. There aren't any twists here. It's a straight shot (silver bullet? :P) to the predictable outcome. Oh, and he still hasn't worn a hat... However, as in the first book, the characters save the day (literally, in both senses). Their dialogue, the vulnerability, the courage, the selfless acts, the diversity, - they make it fun getting to the predictable outcome. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do in the next book.
Date published: 2014-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok. In the 2nd book in the Harry Dresden series, wizard-for-hire Harry is helping out his cop friend, Murphy, with a case that appears to involve werewolves. I listened to the audio, narrated by James Marsters. I am actually going to start with a general comment on audio books for me. I have discovered that audios seem to have to be better than print for me to give it the same rating. It is easier for me to get distracted while listening because I am doing other things while I listen. So, I have to be even more engrossed so as to not get distracted by whatever else it is I am doing. Now, this book. It was ok. The narrator: I know James Marsters as Spike from Buffy, and I had forgotten that he isn't actually British! That being said, he has a very nice voice to listen to, although it can be monotone. So, the book itself was ok for me. It was too easy to get distracted, though, so I missed a lot of things and I am unsure whether or not I will continue the series.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed it I jumped right into Fool Moon after finishing Storm Front. Storm Front was a five star read for me, but Fool Moon fell short. I just didn’t enjoy it as much. The plot kicked up a notch with the addition of the werewolves. There was more action, a little more gore. What I enjoyed so much in Storm Front was the humor which – in my opinion, Fool Moon lacked. I wasn’t a big fan of the Murphy character in the first installment and my distaste for her got more bitter with Fool Moon; she needs an attitude adjustment. I’m not going to jump into Grave Peril just yet, but I am looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Harry will get into.
Date published: 2012-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Another great read by Jim Butcher.
Date published: 2010-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Dresden is my HERO! If you though book one, Storm Front, was good... wait until you get into this one. Dark nights will creep you out forever more. Van Helsing, eat your heart out. Harry Dresden is my hero. A fast paced, action packed and filled to the brim with all the magic we crave. Butcher's characters are well developed and easy to like or hate as the situation calls for. His writing is engrossing and he never seems to leave a word in the wrong place. Nothing pulls you out of the story once you are in. The events are believable, and I know that sounds strange to say considering the genre but read it and it will makes sense. You never feel like it should have happened another way or that you could have written it better. Jim just does it right. Can't wait for Grave Peril!
Date published: 2009-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wizard vs. Werewolves In this latest installment of Jim Butchers "Harry Dresden" chronicles, Harry must battle werewolves. But as nothing is ever simple in Dresden's life, neither is this. First, there is a Loup-Garou terrorizing the city. This is someone that is a werewolf because his family was cursed in the times of St. Patrick. Second, is the group of Hexenwulven, people that trade their humanity for the power of the wolf. Then there are the ones that are aided by sorcery. It would be bad enough if it wasn't just the Loup-Garou, because they are almost impossible to stop. But, the Hexenwulven are complicating things, not just corrupting the investigation, not just because they are corrupt FBI agents, who have thrown down with the local mobsters. But, because each time they shift they lose more and more of their humanity and morals. That and they intend on killing everyone and thing in their way, and framing the Loup-Garou who just wants to contain his curse, and provide sanctuary for wild life, as they lose more and more of their natural domains. I do like these books, but I do find they have more gore and violence, than I tend to like. I find myself losing interest in them, because I feel that a lot of the gore is gratuitous. I gave up on the author Karen Chances books because I felt the same way. Lucky for Butcher, he is a much better writer than Chance, or I might just decide to stop here and not continue like I did with Chance.
Date published: 2009-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I Liked It, I Liked It This is the second book in the Dresden Files series and I liked it. Maybe Harry is just growing on me, but to me it was better than the first book. Harry still seems to be a bit of a flake who despite being a wizard gets beaten up alot; Murphy is still a b**ch, but there seemed to be more there to the characters, especially Harry's. The story itself was okay, although I don't know why Butcher needed so many different types of werewolves (including one that never really does get explained). There is plenty of action and the story moves along at a good pace. Hopefully this is a sign for the direction the series is taking. Since I bought the 3 book boxed set, I guess I will know after book three.
Date published: 2009-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enthusiasm to Burn Jim Butcher achieves something that no other authors of urban fantasy (at least not the ones I've read) have done; he expresses how wonderful it is to be producing magic in a world like ours. I don't expect characters to be jazzed about their magic skills in a classic fantasy world, where magic is like bowling and everyone knows about it, most people have dabbled in it, but only a few can bowl anywhere near a perfect score. Nor do I expect wizards to remain wide-eyed about their skills if they find themselves separated from Muggles for long periods, so that they are surrounded by magic and their only influence is magic. After all, knowing how to throw a slider loses its wow-factor when you're one of a pitching staff where everyone's got a slider and something more. But in an urban fantasy setting, where the magical world is our world with magic in it -- a world with zombies and Coke, or vampires and Dancing with the Stars, or demons and Battlestar Galactica -- the protagonists can't always be seeing their talents as curses or handicaps or illnesses. Some character somewhere has got to like what they're able to do. Enter Chicago wizard Harry Dresden. Here's what he thinks about his skills: "The potion had worked. I was inside. I had to suppress an urge to break into a soft-shoe routine. Sometimes being able to use magic was so cool. I almost stopped hurting for a few seconds, from sheer enjoyment of the special effects. I would have to remember to tell Bob how much I liked the way this potion worked." Now that's more like it. That's enthusiasm. That's joy. That's a man who knows that supernatural talent is about the best thing you can have in a modern city. And that's a recognition that being able to do magic is just plain cool. This enthusiasm (dare I call it passion, as Harry does?) is at the core of Harry Dresden, and it is the best reason (amongst many others) for me to keep reading The Dresden Files. I know guys like Harry. They are the computer geeks who spend their days programming wonders and come home to play video games, or the math geeks who spend their days dreaming up lofty theorems then come home and play speed chess. Harry's talent happens to be magic, but by grounding his skills in the lovable body of an everyday geek (albeit a bad*ss geek), the kind of geek we all know and understand, Butcher makes everything about his Chicago -- the city, the people (especially Harry) and the magic -- as accessibly realistic as an urban fantasy-noir can be. Furthermore, as an inveterate Indiana Jones fan, the constant references, intentional or otherwise, to Raiders of the Lost Ark are enough to keep me happy even when Harry Dresden miraculously pulls off his self-proclaimed missions against ridiculous odds that are compounded by bloodloss and bruising and beatings that would put a normal person in the hospital instantly, which is, of course, another reference to Indiana Jones, making me love Dresden even more. This is only the second book of [book:The Dresden Files], so I don't want to go too far in my praise -- I am expecting better stories to come -- but as fantasy-noir entertainments go, [book:Fool Moon] is top notch. It is exciting, action packed and pulpy with just the right amount of cheek. The Dresden Files is the perfect series if you need a break from the cerebral, but don't want to immerse yourself in drivel. P.S. At this point in the series I completely hate Murphy. I know that is heresy for fans of The Dresden Files; I know she is beloved and has a history with Harry that grows and deepens, but right now I can't stand her. At this point (and I really do hope this changes in future books), she is pig-headed, abusive, closed minded, inflexible, self-righteous, and just plain mean. She is the one element of Fool Moon that I genuinely disliked. Too bad Harry didn't hook up with Tera.
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than book 1! Wow - Harry takes a beating in this book! The plot keeps moving at a steady pace and just when you think things can't get any worse, thanks Murph, it does!
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Silly Wizard.... The Dresden Files began in Storm Front, where we were introduced to Harry B. Copperfield Dresden, a wizard living in Chicago and helping to keep in check the things that go bump in the night while the people of the windy city go about their daily lives blissfully unaware. I'm only two books into the series, but I don't plan on stopping. Harry Dresden is a refreshing read. Written in the first person, Harry is a highly reliable narrator, as he is actually honest with this readers. He admits his strengths, failings, and when he's being an idiot. Dresden also likes to banter with his parter, his enemies and himself, creating many moments in the book to make you smile and laugh, before getting back down to business. This particular installment has Harry chasing his tail as he tracks down leads to find and capture a werewolf that is terrorizing Chicago each full moon. During the course of the narration, we discover the different types of Werewolves that exist, Harry's long dead mother hid many secrets about herself which are only hinted at here, and that everything is not as it appears. Bad guys can be good, and good guys can go crazy.
Date published: 2008-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Harry is back! The only wizard in the Chicago yellow pages, Harry Dresden, is back. And in this, the second in the series, Butcher brings us one heck of a mystery: Werewolves, loup-garous, hexenwolves..? Someone is definitely out to get all furry and eat the locals. Is Harry up to the task to figure it all out before too many more people die? You betcha. Is he likely to get smacked around on the way, and end up in a whole world of trouble? Oh yeah. But you'll love it. Nab this - nab the whole series, and you'll love it. Puts Anita Blake to shame.
Date published: 2007-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fool Moon Rocks! Fool Moon rocks, fulfilling the lofty precedent set in Storm Front for fast paced action, witty dialogue, a riveting plotline, compelling characters and it's endearing protagonist: Harry Dresden, a wisecracking gumshoe wizard with a heart of gold and just enough of a dark side to keep things real. When Lt. Karrin Murphy, head of the Chicago Police's Special Investigations unit, is faced with having to solve crimes that go beyond the scope of forensic science, she usually turns to Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, for help. But in Fool Moon Harry discovers that Murphy is forced to risk her badge to bring him in on a murder investigation after an editorial in a local paper criticizes her use of public funds to hire him. Time is running out. Evidence found following a series of gruesome murders leads Harry to believe that a pack of werewolves is on the rampage in the city and with only a few nights of bright moonlight left, the wizard is in a race against the clock to put an end to the slaughter or lose the trail until the next full moon. Fool Moon is solid entertainment.
Date published: 2001-02-18

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Fool Moon: Book Two of the Dresden Files

by Jim Butcher

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 432 pages, 7.64 × 4.4 × 0.93 in

Published: January 9, 2001

Publisher: Roc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451458125

ISBN - 13: 9780451458124

From the Publisher

Could a werewolf be loose in Chicago? Common sense says no. The grisly evidence says yes. So does Harry Dresden. And with his weird connections, he should know.

About the Author

A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog.
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