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POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2021 Update: Week Thirty-Three

Good morning, everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.

I don’t know what the weather has been like where you live, but my hometown has been issued heat advisory warnings for the past several days. I’ve been trying to get out and walk in the mornings before it gets too hot, but I’ve ended up doing most of my exercising indoors this week.

We’ve also had quite a few thunderstorms throughout the week, which I don’t really mind. After all, storms are a great excuse to curl up with a good book. But I could definitely do without the combination of high temperatures and humidity, and I’m really looking forward to the start of autumn!

For this week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update, I decided to read Storm Front, by Jim Butcher. This novel has been on my TBR list for quite a while, and while I did consider using it for one of this year’s “advanced” prompts, I ultimately thought it fit the “magical realism” prompt best.

A magical realism book…

Storm Front is the first book in Butcher’s The Dresden Files series, and introduces the reader to Harry Dresden, a wizard who spends his days finding lost items, conducting paranormal investigations, and occasionally consulting with the Special Investigations department of the Chicago P.D.

When the director of the Special Investigations unit, Karrin Murphy, calls in Dresden to consult on a double homicide, it doesn’t take the wizard long to realize that the victims were killed by magic.

It soon becomes clear that the murderer they are searching for is a magic practitioner who doesn’t care about breaking the Laws of Magic, or attracting the attention of the White Council (the governing body of wizards). They are also incredibly powerful, and able to kill at a distance.

As Dresden investigates the murders, he must deal with threats from mobsters, attacks by demons, and the suspicions of his own magical probation officer, a warden named Morgan. To make matters worse, it seems that the unknown murderer plans to target Dresden next, and the wizard will have to race to stop them before they can unleash their killer spell on him as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Storm Front! It was a very fast-paced and exciting novel, and includes quite a few interesting characters. I also enjoyed the fact that the book was narrated by Dresden. His occasionally sardonic commentary made the story a lot of fun for me to read. I actually ended up reading the entire book in a single day, because I just could not put it down.

I do think it is important to mention that this novel does include content that might cause emotional distress for some readers, including references to spousal abuse.

While this was my first time reading Storm Front, this was actually not my first encounter with this particular story. There was a television adaptation of The Dresden Files, which aired back in 2007, starring Paul Blackthorne as Dresden. The series only lasted a single season, something which I am still quite sad about, but the pilot episode was based on the first novel of the series. There are a number of differences between the original novel and its television adaptation, but if you enjoy urban fantasy, it’s definitely worth watching.

If you are a fan of fantasy, especially modern-day stories involving wizards and magic, then I highly recommend giving Storm Front a try. I found it a lot of fun to read, and I’m already looking forward to continuing the series in the future. If you do have an opportunity to read Storm Front for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, August 21st. In the meantime, I hope you will join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm next week for my reviews of the following books:

  • The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering A Disney Classic, by Jason Surrell (Tuesday, August 17th)
  • The Music of The Lord of the Rings Films, by Doug Adams (Thursday, August 19th)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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