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HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD Lost Items Found Paranormal Investigations Consulting Advice Reasonable Rates No Love Potions Endless Purses or Other EntertainmentHarry Dresden is the best at what he does Well technically he's the only at what he does So when the Chicago PD has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability they come to him for answers For the everyday world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don't play well with humans That's where Harry comes in Takes a wizard to catch a—well whatever There's just one problem Business to put it mildly stinksSo when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic Harry's seeing dollar signs But where there's black magic there's a black mage behind it And now that mage knows Harry's name And that's when things start to get interestingMagic it can get a guy killed


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    I'm not going to pull any punches This book is a misogynistic piece of shitAll I knew about it before I picked it up was the very basic premise—a wizard in modern day Chicago who works as a sort of detective—and that it had picked up quite a cult following I was expecting to really like it but before I got to the end of the first chapter my eyebrows had risen to meet my hairline I kept reading out of some misguided expectation that things would get better that there couldn't possibly be such a sustained level of misogyny coming from both the character and the authorial voice Oh how wrong I was The main character Harry Dresden repeatedly tells us that he's a chauvinist yes and shows no signs of wanting to change that It would have been difficult enough for me to get into a novel with such an unpalatable main character but the level of narrative endorsement of his viewpoint nauseated me The female characters in the book are there only to cry seduce and occasionally mother Some of them are presented as having power of their own but if you take a second glance at them that power is always represented as secondary to male power or a sham Karrin Murphy is a hard bitten homicide detective and Harry's friend true but she's undermined to constant references as to how belligerent she is how small and lady like her hands are how she cries when he won't share information with her Let me repeat that cries Bianca the vampire—sorry vampiress must use appropriately gendered language—is defeated because Dresden can see how she's truly ugly beneath all that fake beauty and so she's humiliated and he can overpower her All of them use their sexuality to get ahead—or try to because clearly Harry is just too intelligent to fall for those silly women's wilesHow about an explanation for the motive behind a murderI gestured toward the room Because you can't do something that bad without a whole lot of hate I said Women are better at hating than men They can focus it better let it go better Hell witches are just plainmeaner than wizards This feels like feminine vengeance of some kind to meOr how about one prostitute talking about anotherShe shook her head No no Nothing like that That wasn't her style She was sweet A lot of girls get like—They get pretty jaded Mr Dresden But it never really touched her She made people feel better about themselves somehow She looked away I could never do that All I did was get them offThis isn't just Dresden being sexist This isn't just showing us the thought processes of an un reconstructed chauvinist This isn't even just using noir tropes—because god knows there are a thousand and one ways of subverting those and reimagining them This is holding up a clichéd smug asshole of a main character as the kind of man every guy wants to be and the kind of man every woman wants to fuck as a mirror for how Butcher thinks It's laden with sexist stereotypes that irritate me and in case you couldn't guess it made me very very angryThe book also fails on pretty much every technical level I can think of I have no idea why it's set in Chicago or why the location was emphasised because there's absolutely no sense of place to it For all Butcher told us it could all have been taking place in Seattle or Denver or Kansas City The plot is silly illogical and by rights everyone should have been dead of Stupid within the first two chapters The writing style displayed an absolute cloth ear for language I'd imagine that he was trying to recreate the terse staccato style of noir detective stories but didn't realise that in order to do so you need than short simplistic sentences You need to be attuned to the rhythm of what you're writing to know how to turn a handful of words to best effect and Butcher neither knows how to do that nor how to write realistic sounding dialogue at allI have not read such offensive drivel in a long long time Avoid