Fool Moon (Dresden Files Series #2)

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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.

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Fool Moon: Book two of The Dresden Files

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.
Locus
A very promising start to a news series...unusually well-crafted.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451458124
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 34,787
  • Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.28 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Dresden Files books are a hoot.

    Second in the series, Fool Moon, gives a fun take on werewolves. Who knew there were so many types?

    The Harry Dresden character is witty, sarcatic and oh-so-human. How can you not like a guy who combines the grit of Philp Marlowe with the helpless charm of an Eagle scout? Dresden is bull-headed, reckless yet clever and resourceful. I plan on reading many more of these books. Too bad Sci-Fi channel didn't renew the series.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent urban fantasy

    The claw marks, footprint, and carnage look as if a werewolf is on the loose even though most Second City residents scoff at the notion of a shiftchanger. After working with wizard Harry Dresden on a previous case, Special Investigative Officer Karrin Murphy accepts that the supernatural is real. She believes a werewolf committed the killings. She turns to Harry as America¿s only wizard to come out of the closet to help her on the Chicago werewolf killings. <P> However, Internal Affairs and the local FBI want Murphy and Dresden kept out of the investigation. The honorable Harry would love to walk away and allow the humans to make a mess of things, but in good conscience knows an 'I told you so,¿ means nothing. Harry and Karrin track the werewolf to environmentalist Harley MacFinn, but just because he is one doesn¿t necessarily mean he is the killer. Perhaps his shapechanging girlfriend or a teen group receiving special tutoring on the finer points of lycanthropy 101 is the culprits. As a dark side of a bruised Harry surfaces, he struggles to survive a war not of his making. <P> Harry Dresden is a unique character in the urban fantasy sub-genre. Harry is a maverick whose mouth seems to get him in as much trouble as his actions. He is a smart know-it-all, but cannot stop himself from saving humanity in spite of mankind¿s ridicule. FOOL MOON is a fast-paced fascinating noir thriller that keeps readers interest so that the new fan will seek out the previous novel, STOP IN FRONT and the old reader will re-peruse their copy. <P>Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    I don't see the appeal

    I usually like this type of book where the world is similar to ours, but with a magic element and when I saw all of the rave reviews on this series I decided to try it. Well, the whole book was this guy getting beat up, explained in graphic detail, over and over again until eventually, by a coincidence he has the right piece of equipment to finish the job and outlast everybody who has been beating up on him. I almost quit halfway through, but I stuck it out because I wanted to see how it ended. I'll never read another book in this series again.

    5 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    Love this series

    I held off for a long time, reading these books, because, frankly, fantasy series are usually over the top, impossible to follow with a spreadsheet, and have no bearing on reality.

    These books are the diametric opposite. Yes, fantasy, but grounded pretty firmly in actual reality, monsters and magic notwithstanding. The characters are well developed, and the plots are exciting. When the magic stuff comes up, it's not delved into with typical fanboi excessiveness. There's maybe a brief line of explanation into the magical workings, but in laymen's terms that aren't annoying.

    Five books in, love every one so far. But make sure you read them in order. The individual stories stand on their own, but there's a LOT of over-arching plotlines that continue, book to book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2007

    Second novel can't live up

    I'm sorry to say, after reading the second novel in this series, i was not satisfied. The first novel was just too perfect. After rereading it again, i was more satisfied, but it still did not live up to the caliber of the first novel. Jim Butcher seems to have thrown out the investigative part of Harry and concentrated entirely upon the action, which was too incomplete to fully enjoy. I must admit there are two very satisfying battles, one in a police station and one at the end, and even one including an off-ramp and some exploding tires. , but the novel would have been so much fulfilling if these were three of the only battles. But there are so many conflicts and too-short fights beside that it is exasperating that there is no one Harry can just go talk to to find out what he needs to know. It seems that Harry's fresh investigative half was left behind in this novel. I just wish Jim Butcher would have seen that once in a while, he should have taken a breath and turned down the action. It seems rediculous, but in this instance, it should have been necessary. But all in all, still worth reading. And the next novel more than makes up for this one's shortcomings.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Another Dresden Files Great

    This book is well written and enjoyable to read. If you are a fan of the Dresden Files or just looking for something new, this is one to read. The story has enough explanation that the reader doesn't have to be following the series, while not being repetitive to fans of the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Good Read

    The stories get better with each book. This is a good quick read that will leave you wanting more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

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    Full Moon...or just a trick?

    As the second in the series, I was not sure what to expect. I found that there was no disappointment! The story line starts off just where the first left off without making me feel like I needed to reread the entire first book over again to catch up. Love the twists and turns. Going to head over and pick up the next one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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    Ok I guess...

    CSI meets a modern day Harry Potter. I like the concept which is why I decided to read the second book, but this one seemed to focus on pointless details that served ZERO purpose, and tended to lose me at times. It had some issues and questions left unanswered. Overall, it was just an OK book. Didn't hate it, but didn't love it either. I'm sure I'll read the 3rd book at some point, but I'm taking a Harry Dresden break.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2010

    great fantasy storyline

    The second in the Dresden Files is just as enjoyable as the first. Action packed, fantasy fun and some touching side stories to build on in future books. I couldn't put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2009

    Great Fun To Read.

    Never read a Jim Butcher Novel till about a month ago and have read three in the past few weeks. Great mix of mystery, fantasy and thriller all wrapped up in a fun to read package. Fool Moon is a fun read and hard to put down once you start. You will find yourself asking what will Harry Dresden do next!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2014

    I honestly can't believe so many people like this book. A little

    I honestly can't believe so many people like this book. A little about me so you don't think I'm just a sci-fi hater. I really enjoy Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels so I was excited to try these because Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series was incredible. The plot and character development in those books are great. If you haven't read them you should. The first two are a little hard to take to, but all in all incredible.

    Because of my love for Codex Alera, I decided to read the Dresden Files and thought the first book was just ok. I thought the idea had great potential but maybe I just wasn't taking to the mystery genre part of it. I'd try Fool Moon as well. The first problem with the book for me was how every other chapter seemed to end the same way. Harry was about to die and he would say something like, &quot;At least I went down fighting&quot; or &quot;Of all the ways to die, this is it?&quot; (not actual quotes but you get the idea) Then Harry would narrowly escape at the beginning of the next chapter of course. I just don't think you need to have near deaths at the end of every chapter to make it exciting. I usually really like action packed books, but the constant repetitiveness of this one made it boring and a chore to get through. I found myself wanting Harry to just give up and walk away so he would stop all the complaining.

    Secondly, both of the first two books were so predictable. I had guessed what was going on within the first few chapters of the book in each of the first two. I found myself just wishing it would finally end because it was so pointless to read.

    Lastly, the main character is supposed to be this chivalrous guy that cares so much about women but you can obviously tell he doesn't. The first thing he notices about every woman is her chest size. It doesn't help that half the female characters in the book walk around naked I'm sure, but I'd hope he'd be thinking about more than their figure if he was such an upstanding man. Most people probably won't care too much about this, but it was just annoying to me. He's definitely not the man he thinks he is. Holding the door open and pulling chairs out for women is not all it takes to say you treat women right.

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Excellent urban fantasy

    The second installment in a fantastic urban fantasy series. Jim Butcher blends serious urban fantasy with humor as you read about the worlds only openly practicing wizard. A great series that I highly recommend if you enjoy urban fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    If Macgyver was a wizard, youd have Harry Dresden.

    The books portray an image of humanity. Dark in places and good in others. Harry is creative, witty and real. A gritty fantasy with a highly dimensional hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2014

    POSIDEN CABIN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Hello

    Anyone here?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    Firepelt proligue

    Wakes up alone with no one finds mice firekit tries to catch them then a dog came by he ran and ran then found his father your his mother leept but died then his father meowed leave son before the clan dies but he chatter p.s was 2moons. How will I find food he tried then he heard his father died he was so feriousios then a eagle swooped by trying to catch him he all the sudden scratched it came down dead he ate it so then he left on a jurney to find a clan he walked and walked untill he found some where safe to sleep grew up the rest in flameclan untill it died still flamepaw he wailed later that night when he was sleping his father apeared in his dreams and meowed you shall be nown as firepelt then in the morning he found emberclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Cloverkit

    Mommy! I'm hungry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Moonstat

    Feeds cloverkit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Not your typical modern werewolf and wizard book!

    Wow! I liked the 1st book, but this one is better! Butcher doesn't write about Hollywood werewolves. It's clear that he did a great deal of research on the early myths and lore, using old tales to create a compelling new one in a way that makes fantasy seem a little closer to reality. A great read and a strong second book for this series.

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