This book captured me from the opening to the end. I loved it. It was creepy, exciting, hilarious, and extremely moody. The dark humor of the main character Harry Dresden was spot on. While reading this book I was terrified, sad, excited, intrigued, extremely interested, laughed hard many many times and felt the stand up and cheer moment many times as well.
If the main character of this book had a boring personality I think I still would have liked it because the story and everything that happened was so cool, but the main character is extremely interesting, funny, hilarious, you feel sorry for him, you cheer for him, and you get little snippets of his past that aren't explained that make you REALLY want to know more of his past. He's extremely easy to relate to and he's a mystery. You've got to read this book to see how Jim Butcher pulled that off. I'm thrilled that this is only the first book in a very long series. Judging from how awesome this book was I can easily see how fans clamor for more. I can't wait to read book two. As I write this there are 16 books in the series including one book of short stories. Dang! 15 novels! This isn't the only series of books he writes either. He's a busy writer and I'm really glad because this book was many things that made it rich. Dark and gritty yet hilarious.
The world the main character Harry Dresden lives in is full of mysteries and complexities and you only get to see the tip of the iceberg in this book. I can't wait to read more books in the series to find out more about the world and how it works. There are vampires and demons and all kinds of creatures from the Never Never. It's scary and cool and I want to read all about it. This is the start of a beautiful friendship between me and the many book in the series to come.
If a story of a private detective who also happens to be a wizard solving cases, who makes you laugh hard with is dialogue and monologue, who is confronting magical beings, dealing with the cops, getting attacked by criminals and who is constantly in trouble with the white council of magic sounds interesting to you, and how can it not, then you need to read this book.
The last thing I'll say is this. The main reason I read this book is that I've heard the main character gets the crap beat out of him to the point where he's just about dead by the end of the book. I'm a writer and I've found that I have trouble putting my characters through hell like Jim Butcher does to his character Harry Dresden. I'm hoping to learn just how an accomplished author pulls this off. I've already learned a lot and I can't wait to learn more as I read the rest of the books in the series. So many books, so little time!!!