One of the best opening scenes for a Dresden novel yet, Dresden is fleeing for his life, carrying a box of puppies, and being chased by purple monkey demons that fling flaming poo. Awesome. Just awesome.
Then Thomas, Harry's white court vampire friend, persuades Harry to take on a job as a favour to him. Arturo Genosa is a producer of x-rated movies, and women around him are being killed off by an entropy curse. So Harry has to protect the women, whilst trying to find the actual perpetrator, and he gets to work undercover on a porn movie set while he's doing it! He also gets much more involved in vampire politics, and white court politics in particular thanks to Thomas, and uncovers a very HUGE secret.
Perhaps I'm easily amused but the book opening was probably the most memorable part for me. And funny really cos I actually hate monkeys, and this just proved that monkeys are Bad of course.
I've recently watched the entirety of the Dresden Files tv series (it really didn't last long did it), and I did actually love it, although it was different to the books. But now it's confusing my mental picture of Harry, I really liked the tv characterisation, so I'm trying to see Harry that way, but it's not working because his 'voice' in the books seems a little too young to me now. But then I can't really blame the book for that, because the series came after.
The one point where the book did actually let me down, was near the ending, things got very convoluted in the magical explanations that Harry was coming out with, and my brain just couldn't keep up with it all. I ended up not sure what the problem was, or who was in danger. I thought about going back and re-reading, but in the end I just carried on, which made the resolution a bit anti-climatic, because I didn't know what was going on in the first place.. Ohwell we can still say it's my fault and not the books fault, because I was probably just not paying enough attention.
I still love the Dresden books, and I can't wait to see what next with the black court, the white court, Thomas, and most of all the lovely new addition to the Harry team.See my other reviews of The Dresden Files:
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