Book Magic: The Dresden Files and Friendship

I believe books are magic. They have the power to bring people together and deepen our relationship with the world and ourselves. Sometimes, the story around the story is just as interesting as what’s printed on the paper between the covers. Periodically, I’ll highlight my favorite magical books.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher is a book which is near and dear to my heart. I love the book because it’s a fun, zany, old school, Urban Fantasy. It features Harry Dresden, a wisecracking wizard with an extremely complicated hero complex. Storm Front is the first book in The Dresden Files, a fantastic series filled with adventure, horror, heart, and a beloved cast of fantastically flawed characters. They’re good books. The kind of good books that stick with you for years. The kind of good book that draws people together.

How It All Began

My best friend, Munki, gifted this book to me a decade ago. We spent many late nights excitedly screaming at each other over the phone about Harry’s wild wizard antics. I love the book because it will always be wrapped up in the special memories of friendship.

Six years ago, I gifted Storm Front to the guy who would eventually become my husband. We have shared Harry’s adventures together, laughed at the nerd references, and shook our heads at Harry’s stubbornness. I love this book because it will always be a part of our young love story.

I shared the book with a friend who wooed me over to loving audio books. I knew he would love the book, but he wasn’t much of a reader. That’s how he discovered the audio book which got him into reading the series – and other novels as well. I was slow to adopt the new audio book craze, but my friend’s enthusiasm for James Marsters’ performance of the books finally won me over. Marsters is a gifted actor and has truly become the voice of The Dresden Files. I love the book because it helped me discover something out of my comfort zone.

The Story Continues

In just a couple of days Peace Talks, the latest book in The Dresden Files series, will be released. I am just a ball of anticipation. The people I love, some who live far away now, are sharing our hype and excitement over a group chat.

In that chat space, we’re all together, happy, safe, and anticipating. In that space we can take a break from the weight of our days. I love the book Storm Front for kicking off The Dresden Files Series. And I love that this series is giving my loved ones something to look forward to during a truly challenging period of our lives.

I’d love to hear about your magical books in the comments below.

8 comments

  1. Congratulations on your first post!

    The Dresden Files is definitely a friendship series, and I’m real thankful that we get Peace Talks PLUS the bonus book this year of all years (sure it’s the 20th anniversary, that’s pretty cool I guess)

    The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series was pretty foundational as a high schooler. I read it alongside a group of friends across a few years. Reading that and seeing the ill fated film remain some of my fondest memories from that time. That group stayed real close over distance through college, and we keep in pretty regular social media contact now.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you! We are very blessed with Butcher books this year. We must have been nice to some poodles.

      I love that story and love you have such a special connection with Hitchhikers.

      Like

    • I am absolutely telling you that Buffy from Spike is an amazingly talented actor and gives fantastic performances on a wonderful book series!! 😀 Thank you for coming to visit, Holly.

      Like

  2. If you enjoy The Dresden Files, you should definitely check out the October Daye books by Seanan McGuire. They have a very similar feel in a lot of ways. The world is more focused on your old school Faerie like banshees, the great hunt and the like than fantasy overall.

    I haven’t gotten in on the audio book craze myself. Maybe I should. I’ve rounded out the Dresden Files already. Any recommendations of good audio books?

    Liked by 1 person

    • I have heard of October Daye! It sounds wonderful. Seanan McGuire has been on my list of authors to read for awhile now! Thank you for reminding me. Maybe this will help me through my Dresden book hangover after Battle Ground in September.

      Audio brings another dimension to reading and it can be quite nice. Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is fantastic on audio. Neil reads it himself which adds a special charm to the autobiographical fantasy. Mary Jane Wells and Adjoa Andoh are both amazing audio performers – and they read in a variety of genres depending on your tastes.

      Have fun on your audio exploration! Thank you for the series recommendation.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s