Friday, May 1, 2015
Review of Fool Moon by Jim Butcher (Orbit, 2001)
Fool Moon is the second book in the Harry Dresden series about a PI wizard in Chicago who consults with the police on supernatural cases. I thought the first book in the series was a wonderful hoot. Fool Moon, in contrast, felt flatter, more contrived, and relied too much on plot devices to drive the story forward. At several points, Harry makes some very poor decisions, and the judgement of his cop buddy, Karrin Murphy, spins like a compass in an electrical storm. There’s certainly plenty of action and tension, a couple of nice twists, and some good contextualisation about varieties of werewolves, but there was little sense of place, the characterisation somewhat one dimensional beyond Harry, the plot creaked at times, and the story lacked the humour of the first book. Overall, a reasonably solid second instalment that’s entertaining without being captivating.