Fantasy Round 22.1: Dresden Files
I love the Dresden Files and will be following these blog posts as they are posted!
Note: This post was written jointly by both Michael and Rachel
The Dresden Files is Jim Butcher’s long-running urban fantasy series, combining detective fiction with a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, a bit of a noir style, and shout-outs to a lot of current scifi and fantasy fan culture. Butcher started the series as part of a writing course, and wrote it in deliberate contrast to the sword-and-sorcery stories he had done before. He’s described the series as a happy accident, “like penicillin”, and has been putting out a book a year on average since 2000 – along with a large number of short stories, novellets, and novellas set in the same universe. The franchise has developed to include comics, a table-top role-playing game, and a short-lived TV adaptation.
One of Butcher’s particularly successful strategies with the series has been how the various episodes stitch together to form a larger narrative. He…
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