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Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old--the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight, he'd added the rest of the Narnia books, the Prydain Chronicles, every book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels and the Lord of the... show more



Jim Butcher read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old--the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight, he'd added the rest of the Narnia books, the Prydain Chronicles, every book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels and the Lord of the Rings to his count.So he was pretty much doomed from the start.Love of fantasy, his personal gateway drug, drew him toward a fairly eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding (including trick riding, stunt riding, drill riding, and competitive stunt racing), archery, martial arts, costuming, music and theater. He played a lot of role-playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and eventually got into live-action roleplay where players beat each other up with boffer weapons.So, really, he can fly his nerd flag with pretty much anyone, and frequently does.He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until, just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every piece of her advice; fill out outlines and worksheets, and design stories and characters just the way she'd been telling him to do for about three years. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways. The result was the Dresden Files, which sure showed *her*.She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on writing.Jim has performed in dramas, musicals, and vocal groups in front of live audiences of thousands and on TV. He has performed exhibition riding in multiple arenas, and fallen from running horses a truly ridiculous number of times. He was once cursed by an Amazon witch doctor in rural Brazil, has apparently begun writing about himself in the third person, and is hardly ever sick at sea.He also writes books occasionally.Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. He's plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one. He lives in Missouri with his wife, romantic suspense and paranormal romance writer Shannon K. Butcher (who is really pretty and way out of his league), his son, and a ferocious guard dog.

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Irresponsible Reader
Irresponsible Reader rated it 1 month ago
Spoilers to follow. This isn't one of my typical posts, so my typical rules don't apply. After starting a few months back, I've pretty much stopped posting about listening to the Dresden Files audiobooks -- there are only so many ways to say, "I'd forgotten how much I like this story" and "...
Linda78
Linda78 rated it 1 month ago
DNF @ 20% Bored now. This reads more like Brandon Sanderson and Michael Sullivan teamed up to write the most basic, convoluted "epic" fantasy of all time rather - and failing - than anything Jim Butcher would write. I love the Dresden Files, but this was boring. The characters are boring - they'...
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Wanda's Book Reviews rated it 2 months ago
For years, Harry Dresden has been Chicago's only professional wizard, but a bargain made in desperation with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced him into a new job: professional killer.Mab, the mother of wicked faeries, has restored the mostly-dead wizard to health, and dispatches him upon his ...
Jackie's Booklikes
Jackie's Booklikes rated it 2 months ago
A witch is a "woman practicing sorcery." The Oxford English Dictionary explains that sorcery is the "supposed art of influencing [the] course of events by occult control of nature or of spirits, witchcraft." By definition a witch, differs from a sorcerer, in that they do not use physical tools or ac...
Darth Pony
Darth Pony rated it 2 months ago
It has probably been close to a decade since I read the first two books in this series. It didn’t seem to matter, as I remembered enough to get right back into it. That’s the magic of these addictive brain candy books. Once you get to know Bob (you incorporeal sexist pig, you), you never forget him....
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