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Old 09-19-2013, 08:49 AM   #2476
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The final issue of the Dresden Files Ghoul, Goblin graphic novel is out! Conceived by Jim, penned by Mark Powers, this one’s a doozy. The collected hardcover of all six issues is expected to arrive in December.

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Jim Butcher, bestselling author of the The Dresden Files and The Codex Alera, is back for Dragon Con 2013. Butcher is continuing the urban fantasy escapades of wizard P.I. extraordinaire Harry Dresden and embarking on a new steampunk series. He has also found the time to pen a collection of Dresden short stories titled Side Jobs, seven Dresden graphic novels, and Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours. The Daily Dragon met with Butcher to discuss his latest news and continuing successes.

Daily Dragon (DD): Can you give us any tidbits about The Aeronaut’s Windlass, the first book in your new steampunk fantasy series, The Cinder Spires?

Jim Butcher (JB):
The series is basically Hornblower meets League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. We’re getting the band together in the first book. The title is a reference to the ship of the aeroship captain, who is going to be central to the story. He’s a privateer, and the ship becomes severely damaged in the first book. In order to be able to afford the repairs, he’s got to do some work for the lord of the spire. Otherwise, all his ship is going to be able to do is to go up and down the spire, hauling cargo, like a glorified elevator or a windlass. The title, The Aeronaut’s Windlass, comes from the captain’s determination to get the ship back into the sky again.

DD: What are your long-range plans for the Cinder Spires series?

JB: For the time being, I’ve got three books outlined. I think it’ll be about a nine-book series. We’ll have to see how well it does. I’ve had a really, really strong positive reaction from my beta readers on it—to a greater degree than even The Dresden Files. We’ll see if it takes off as well as some of the readers think it will.

DD: What drew you to the steampunk genre?

JB: I’d been considering writing steampunk for a long time. Mostly what drew me was the costumes. You can get all kinds of really groovy steampunk costumes and props at conventions. I like that a lot.

I was driving home from a LARP one morning. We had left before 4 AM and the sun was just starting to come up as we were going home. I had a van full of sleeping boys, and a lightning storm started coming in parallel to the course we were driving. It was a really good lightning storm—a Kansas prairie lightning storm—where you can see the bolts coming down. I wanted to be in front of that before it crossed the trail, so I wound up racing the lightning storm.

I remember being very tired and turning up the CD player to full blast. The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails was in there. The album has very heavy, metallic, industrial sound. That was when the first chapter of The Cinder Spires came into my mind. I composed it, put it together in my head, and I said, “What am I going to do with this because I’m not writing anything that I can vaguely assign this to.” Then I thought, “Well, it’s time for a new series.”

DD: What is most challenging about creating a new series?

JB: When you set up a new series, you spend a whole lot of time figuring out all the things you know about that world. Once your characters start going places and doing things, that’s when you find out all the things that you don’t know. The characters sit down, they’re having a drink, and what is it they drink in this world? Because it’s not Earth. You’ve got to figure out exactly what they’re imbibing, or what kind of food they have there—all these small details that you need for verisimilitude but you can’t really put into your head until you need them.

To a degree I think all writers are frantically racing about 30 seconds ahead of the story. We’re trying to build things so that our characters can walk into it as if it’s already there, even though as the writer you know it wasn’t. You’re trying to lay out flooring before they walk off of it. That’s the hardest part, particularly in a fantasy series, where you’re setting it in a different world and you’ve got to give it the feel of a different world while still making it seem like a world that somebody could go to.

DD: You also mentioned a new fantasy trilogy as a prelude to a future epic fantasy. Why did you decide to write a trilogy prequel first?

JB: Last year I floated several different projects past my beta readers. The one that got the strongest reaction was The Cinder Spires. The [trilogy] didn’t get as strong a reaction. It was a much darker, grittier story, and people didn’t like it nearly as well.

I’ll wait until I’m a little bit better writer, until I can handle it better. It was going to be a very different style of writing from what I normally do, and I was consciously making an effort to make it seem different, which is probably why it wasn’t as well received. But as with any kind of artist, you have to keep trying to stretch your abilities and do something a little bit more complex or a little bit more difficult than you think you can do. Otherwise, you never grow.

DD: In your bestselling The Dresden Files series, Harry Dresden gets himself into increasingly difficult situations. It must be tempting to let magic solve his problems. How do you balance magical versus mundane solutions?

JB: Fortunately for me in The Dresden Files, magic has never been a quasi-sentient force that goes off and does thing on its own the way that it is in some other books. I always viewed magic as a parallel set of physics that had laws and rules it had to behave by. So even though Dresden can get a lot of cool, groovy things done with magic, it doesn’t necessarily help him solve problems.

We can do all kinds of amazing things with technology, but it still doesn’t help us solve problems. The Internet is a wonderful tool, and yet there are still people sick, there are still people starving, there are still people who face injustice. Just because we’ve got these amazing abilities, it doesn’t really help—which is something I learned in my experience with martial arts.

I really loved martial arts and studied a lot. One day when I was at the DMV—and DMVs are always the most cheerful places in the world—this guy just brazenly blew right in front of me in line. I thought, “I could tear this guy apart.” I was grumpy and it was a really hot afternoon. But then I stopped and said to myself, “Yeah, but what good would that do you? That wouldn’t get you to the counter any faster. It’s not going to make you happy. It’s not going to make him make him happy. You’ll probably cause more problems than anything else.” You may have this ability that’s greater than most other people who haven’t trained, but the ability to beat somebody up does not help you much on a daily basis.

With The Dresden Files, Harry’s got a lot of ability with magic, but it doesn’t really help him a lot on his everyday level. Dresden’s problems are always problems of the mind and problems of the heart. It’s more about who you are than what you can do.

DD: Along with Harry’s talent for wise cracks, he often displays a keen understanding of the human condition, like his observations on consequences, loss, and mother/daughter relationships in Proven Guilty. What inspires you to develop a particular theme in a book?

JB: Oh, I don’t consciously do themes. I just write stories. A lot of times I don’t really understand why characters are doing something until I’m in the middle of writing it. Then I’ll go, “Oh. That makes total sense. Of course that’s how it is.” But generally speaking, I never stop and think, “Okay, this is going to be the theme of this book.” I just take the story and think, “Where are the characters emotionally? Where are they psychologically?” I start from there. The theme just happens.

DD:
Which Dresden Files book would you say is your favorite, and why?

JB: Dead Beat, because I got to do a zombie T-Rex. Zombie T-Rex! That’s all you gotta say right there. I’d been waiting for five years to write that scene. I saw a special about the actual skeleton at the museum in Chicago, and I thought, “Really? Really? There’s an actual T-Rex there? (Gasp) I’ve got to use that. Zombie T-Rex! Yes!”

DD: What new adventures will Harry face next?

JB: There’s lots of fun stuff to come. The next book is titled, Skin Game. It’s the Ocean’s Eleven installment of The Dresden Files. Harry Dresden has been farmed out to the bad guys by Mab to help them run a heist. Harry is working for Nicodemus Archleone, the head of the Denarians. They’re off to rob the vault of Hades, Lord of the Underworld.

Dresden has to do it or the parasite in his head is going to rip its way out and destroy him. All kinds of horrible things are going to happen if he doesn’t. Mab will kill him if he doesn’t live up to her end of the agreement with Nicodemus, yet he knows Nicodemus is going to betray him. He goes to Mab and says, “You know Nicodemus is just going to stab me in the back,” and Mab replies, “Of course he is. I expect superior and more creative treachery on your part. I would have loved a game like this when I was your age. Go play.”

Harry is working with a crew of bad guys and villains who have appeared from over the course of the series, and some new villains. They’re going to go face some epic challenges. His friends get involved, and we’ll have a new Knight of the Sword before this is over. We’re going to have a good time.

DD: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your future plans?

JB: I have a lot of short stories out that have appeared in various anthologies. Before too much longer, I’m going to be writing a couple more short stories and maybe a novella and bundling them all together into another collection, like Side Jobs. I’m such an original guy, I’m probably going to name it More Jobs. Hopefully I’ll do that next year or the year after.

Plus we’ve got The Cinder Spires books coming out, so I’m a busy guy. The comic books are continuing to be released, and there’s ongoing interest from various people about doing something else with The Dresden Files. Nothing has materialized yet, but there’s buzz and talk about a possible movie or TV series. But it’s buzz and talk. It’s not real until the check clears the bank, as the saying goes.

DD: Thank you so much for your time. We hope you enjoy Dragon Con.
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I've been reading fantasy adventure novels for a long, long time. When you read a series of books by the same author, it's hard not to expect the stakes to get raised with each title: new thrills, new surprises, new tie-ins with earlier story threads and character.

No matter the genre, if you read enough books by the same author, there comes a point where you find yourself beginning to wonder if perhaps, this time, the writer is bluffing -- that he or she has pushed the stakes so high (yet again) that the hand the writer's holding -- the story he's or she's written -- can't possibly support the kind of rash bet he or she's just made. As a reader, you sigh, swearing you won't get suckered in yet again, but hey -- you're reading this book because you want the author to win that bet. So you call the bluff.

Sometimes the author's just holding the narrative equivalent of a pair of twos -- a real let-down. We've all had that experience: the great reveal comes, but we've seen it coming all along -- or it comes out of nowhere and doesn't satisfy.

And sometimes the author's played a brilliant hand, and lays down four queens, with an ace kicker. (For those of you who don't play poker, well, that's a really good hand. It's also a clue.)

As I began reading Jim Butcher's Cold Days, the 14th novel in the Dresden Files series (starring that other wizard named Harry: Harry Dresden), I was filled with a certain mixture of anticipation and dread: Butcher has pushed his protagonist further and further with each book in the series. Harry's challenges have gotten exponentially more difficult, his enemies more vicious, and his gambits more desperate. The complications in his circumstances and in his relationships (with his friends, with his families -- even his semi-non-existent love life) have gotten increasingly complex, thorny and dysfunctional.

In the first half of Cold Days, Harry -- who finished Ghost Tale, the previous book in the series, to find a) that he was not quite as dead as he might have supposed and b) that he'd pledged himself to be the vassal and champion to the Queen of Air and Darkness, the honest-to-goodness Queen Mab -- faces an escalating series of attempts on his own life and the lives of his loved ones. Butcher writes mayhem wonderfully; the action remains taut and exciting, and Harry's smart-aleck, pop-reference-filled narrative voice (which is a wild mix of Sam Spade and George Takei) is intact, even as he undergoes some rather consciousness -- not to mention life-altering experiences.

(By the way, I've always been curious: How does a wizard who inadvertently fries every television he comes near know so much about Star Trek and Star Wars?)

As the book proceeds, the stakes, which had reached the life-or-death stage somewhere around page one, ratchet up, and up, and up. I will admit to getting something like combat fatigue when Harry was being stitched up yet again after a near-fatal encounter...

And then the real action starts. And it goes. And it goes. And...

The last quarter of the book is taken up with a battle to save the world. Again.

You can see why I wondered whether -- to change my metaphor -- Butcher was going to be able to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the proverbial hat.

He did. For me. Switching back to my initial extended metaphor: I called his bluff and was pleased to find that his hand held nothing but paint.

Did I see some of what was coming? Sort of; in the first part of the book, he stressed some concepts that had been set up much earlier in the series, reintroducing them in such a way that a wary reader was likely to say, "Ah-ha. That's coming back." And some of Harry's relationships (particularly on the romantic front) had hit such an impasse that it was clear that something had to change.

Butcher rolls out the final resolution of the grand Ragnarok battle in such a way that all of those expectations that he'd set up in me were fully satisfied -- and yet he managed to satisfy them in ways that left me surprised. A few interesting new characters are introduced; some old favorites reappear, but the cast of characters doesn't sprawl too widely to be able to keep the players straight. Harry manages to reach the end of the book in a manner that I found both fulfilling and unforeseen.

I'm fond of quoting Aristotle's dictum that the proper end to a dramatic story be "inevitable but unexpected." Cold Days manages that... in spades.
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(By the way, I've always been curious: How does a wizard who inadvertently fries every television he comes near know so much about Star Trek and Star Wars?)
Someone point this guy to the book/page where Harry describes going to the drive-in theater with Bob to watch movies.
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A Letter From Harry Dresden
By Harry Dresden | Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 at 10:00 am

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a wizard who works as a private investigator in Chicago, IL. (He’s in the phone book, the only listing under “Wizards”). Harry deals primarily with paranormal crimes and acts as a consultant for the Chicago Police Department, which helps to pay the bills. Malcolm Dresden, a stage magician and Harry’s dad, died of a brain aneurysm when Harry was just six years old. His mother, Margaret Gwendolyn LeFey, also deceased, was a wizard herself, and had another child, Thomas, who just happens to be a White Court vampire. Family drama, right? Harry spent some years as a ward of the state before being adopted at ten by Justin DuMorne, a former Warden of the White Council who turned renegade and became a dark mage. Justin later tried to enthrall Harry (and Harry’s girlfriend and first love Elaine) as his slave(s), but Harry fought back and in the process killed Justin (He also believed Elaine to be dead until he discovered her alive many years later). Harry was then entrusted to the care of Ebenezar McCoy, who mentored Harry and helped keep him out of trouble, until Harry was old enough to support himself. At which point he got into trouble. Lots of trouble. Harry has a daughter, Margaret “Maggie” Angelica, a student/apprentice, Molly Carpenter, a cat named Mister, a magical Tibetan dog named Mouse, a spirit of knowledge named Bob who lives in a skull and has an unhealthy obsession with spicy romance novels, and a complicated relationship with his friend Karrin Murphy.

Harry asked us to post this letter to his readers…

A Letter From Harry Dresden

Dear Reader,

The first thing you need to know about these so-called “Dresden Files” is that they are not my whole life. I mean, if you read them that way, I look like some kind of psychotic vigilante. Even to me. These things are… accurate, more or less, but come on. They’re not my whole life. They just kind of look at the worst weekend of my freaking year–and it’s not like that’s my whole life. Most weekends I’m just kind of hanging out, reading. Sometimes I hit the drive-in movies when the weather is nice. I go grocery shopping. I do my laundry. I eat frozen pizzas. The whole monsters and demons and faeries thing is like the smallest part of my life. Well, okay. Not the smallest part, but not all of it either.

Well. Except for lately. I mean there was the whole Winter Knight thing with the Queen of Air and Darkness. And there was kind of a big throw-down with the Red Court recently, which they did not walk away from. And these freaking angels keep sticking their nose into my beeswax, and I was mostly-dead for a while, recently. And there hasn’t been much of a break from the crazy, the past couple of years. And there’s this secret island in the middle of Lake Michigan that doesn’t like people to know about it, and the whole thing with the daughter I didn’t know I had.

God, I’m starting to sound like one of those hapless losers on the Larry Fowler Show.

But all that aside, on the whole, I’m a pretty simple guy. My life is kind of boring. I work, pay my bills, do my taxes (which, by the way, being mostly-dead does /not/ get you out of), and play tabletop games with my friends. The whole wizard thing is just a job.

Except, I guess, for that one weekend every year.

That gets kind of crazy.

Harry
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The Dresden Files (Books 1 - 14), By Jim Butcher


This review covers the first 14 books and Side Jobs (a collection of short stories)
Complete list of books at the bottom of this review.


Series Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1), By Jim Butcher Book Cover Art Series Review: Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, Book 2), By Jim Butcher Book Cover ArtHarry Dresden is a professional wizard. He lives in Chicago and is listed in the phone book. Normally, business is slow, but in a world full of fairies, vampires, werewolves, and numerous other nasties - It's only a matter of time till someone needs his help. Series Review: Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3), By Jim Butcher

Series Review: Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, Book 4), By Jim Butcher

The Dresden Files combine humor, mystery, and non-stop action with a unique obnoxious tone.
The result: Fast-paced, enjoyable reads that keep your attention from beginning to end. Constant characters and relationship development create a series as enjoyable to read as to listen to.

Content of Series as a Whole

Series Review: Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, Book 6), By Jim Butcher Book Cover Art Series Review: Death Masks (The Dresden Files, Book 5), By Jim Butcher Book Cover Art Series Review: Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files, #8), By Jim Butcher Book Cover Art Series Review: Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7), By Jim Butcher Book Cover ArtThis is an adult series and contains content unsuitable for younger readers. The content listed below varies from book to book. Some of the books are really heavy on sex and light on violence, others are heavy on Violence and light on sex, still others are heavy or light on both. See my reviews of the individual books for specifics on each story.

Sexuality

Series Review: Side Jobs (The Dresden Files, Book 12.5), By Jim Butcher
Series Review: Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, Book 13), By Jim Butcher
Series Review: Cold Days (The Dresden Files, Book 14), By Jim Butcher

Sexually charged observations & general sexual awareness
Arousal
Nudity
Concurrent but non-descriptive sex
Sex scenes (several non-descriptive and at least one graphic - total for series)
Predatory desires for sex
References to past orgies
References to pain related sexual activities
Animals mating
Knowledge of Incest
One case also requires Dresden to be near the set of a porn film in the making

Most of the sexual content is brief, implied, or stated in fairly non-descriptive terms but there are a few exceptions.
Series Review: White Night (The Dresden Files, #9), By Jim Butcher
Series Review: Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10), By Jim Butcher
Series Review: Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, Book 11), By Jim Butcher
Series Review: Changes (The Dresden Files, Book 12), By Jim Butcher

Violence or Gruesome

Injuries (non-graphic, mildly gory, grotesque and graphic)
Killing (non-gory, ritualistic, violent, gruesome, and otherwise)
Bodies being ripped, torn, punctured, burned, slashed, mutilated, gorged and eaten
Disembowelment
Torture
Mangled corpses and graphic images of death
Human Sacrifice
An Execution
Blood drinking and vampire related blood extraction


Some books are heavier on the gruesome images than others.

Other

Various language (including the F word and God & Jesus as profanity)
Cracks against the Bible
Demonic influence
Necromancy
Drinking
Drug use
Teen pregnancy


It also contains some interplay between Christian and magical beliefs.

Do they have to be read in order?
No and Yes. I believe that you can read books 1 through 11 in any order you so choose and find that Butcher provides enough of the essential background information for the story to make sense and be enjoyable. However, if you want to get a good grasp of the over-arching plot, I strongly recommending reading the stories in order.

As for books 12 and on: Book 12 is called Changes, and - true to its name - makes some significant changes to the story and the life of our hero. I don't recommend starting with this book or any after it because, what's the fun of changes if you don't know the way things used to be? Book 12 also provides us with the first cliff hanger ending to be seen in the Dresden Files so be sure to have Ghost Story (Book 13) on hand when you get there!

How many books will there be?
According to Jim Butcher's personal website: He plans to write 20 books, plus an apocalyptic trilogy for a total of 23 Dresden Files, not including anthologies like Side Jobs.

Christianity and the Dresden Files (For my Christian Readers)
The Dresden Files are not christian books, but they do contain angels, the "power of God", and people who believe in Christ (mainly Catholic in background).

The main character, Harry Dresden, is a wizard who starts out with a rather cynical view of the bible, God, etc, but as the series progresses his views begin to morph and his references to God seem to hold a level of respect.

The power welded by the angels and Christians in these books is used for specific purposes and shown at times to be significantly more powerful than magic.


Dresden File books in Chronological / Reading Order


Book 1: Storm Front (Book Review)
Book 2: Fool Moon (Book Review)
Book 3: Grave Peril
Book 4: Summer Knight
Book 5: Death Masks
Book 6: Blood Rites
Book 7: Dead Beat
Book 8: Proven Guilty (Plot Summary)
Book 9: White Night (Plot Summary)
Book 10: Small Favor
Book 11: Turn Coat
Book 12: Changes
Book 12.5: Side Jobs
Book 13: Ghost Story
Book 13.5: Bombshells Novella (Excerpt)
Book 14: Cold Days (Book Review) (Plot Summary)
Book 15: Skin Game (Spoilers) Release Date Unknown
Book 16: Untitled
Book 17: Untitled
Book 18: Untitled
Book 19: Untitled
Book 20: Untitled
Book 21ish: Stars and Stones
Book 22ish: Hell's Bells
Book 23ish: Empty Night

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