You’d think there’d be a little more action for the only professional wizard listed in the Chicago phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work: magical, mundane, or menial.
Just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise. There’s a brutally mutilated corpse, and monstrous animal markings at the scene. Not to mention that the killing took place on the night of a full moon. Harry knows exactly where this case is headed. Take three guesses—and the first two don’t count…
It didn’t take me long to make up my mind. In the end, saving lives was more important than keeping Murphy from being pissed off at me.
Fool Moon is really the worst book in the series. Which is really disappointing because for such a popular, well-liked series it truly has a terrible start. I was so bored the entire way through. There is a reason why fans will say to skip the first two (or three) books in the series. I know I wouldn’t be reading them right now if I didn’t feel weird reviewing the rest of the series and not these first two.
Harry Dresden is an ass. There really isn’t any other way to say that. He is so rude. Impossible to deal with. I spent the entire book either wanting to strangle him or slap him. He has this chauvinistic streak that he thinks makes him endearing but really just kind of makes you hate him a bit. He is constantly keeping things from other people “because this knowledge is dangerous”. Which is just an excuse, because look at this:
I hated to draw Susan into this. It made me feel cheap, somehow. Weak. It was that whole problem with chivalry that I had. I didn’t want a girl to be riding to my rescue, protecting me. It just didn’t seem right. And I didn’t want to endanger Susan, either.
Fool Moon’s story is just boring, too. It relies heavily on old Noir tropes that are just dated and boring. Dresden spends the entire book getting into trouble and having to have other people bail him out. While getting upset because he isn’t all powerful. Dresden himself has very little say about what is going on in the book, as he goes from group to group that just wants to hurt him. Or worse, the cops. Karrin Murphy might actually be Dresden’s best friend in the series (which isn’t saying a lot because as far as we know right now he only has two people he considers friends). And all Murphy wants to do is arrest his ass for being a dumbass that is getting in her way.
Speaking of multiple groups wanting to hurt Dresden, it is actually almost a joke how many. One of the more interesting bits of worldbuilding in The Dresden Files is that pretty much anything is possible. And Butcher takes this to extremes in Fool Moon. The entire book is werewolves, all they way down. There are almost a handful of different werewolf types that are infodumped on you. And every single one of them makes an appearance, to a comical level, and every single one of them wants a piece of Dresden for some reason or another.
That’s on top of the Mob Boss, Marcone, who just happens to be in this book for..some reason. Like, I’ve read the book. I know the excuses made. I just don’t believe in them, personally or philosophically.
Sometimes it amazes me that people are ever able to get past Storm Front and Fool Moon to read better parts of the series.