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So I throw this discussion open for those who were able to read the book. I borrowed some questions from the Dresden Files Book Club on JBs website to get us started.
In this selection we meet Harry Dresden and learn something about his current circumstances, including the fact that he's broke. Two phone calls in quick succession launch the book's action. The first is from "Monica," who wants Harry to locate her husband, fearing that his disappearance has something to do with the magic he's been studying. The second is from Karrin Murphy of Chicago PD's Special Investigations unit. Murphy wants him to consult on a gruesome double murder that could only have been committed by sorcery. One of the murder victims is the late bodyguard of local crime boss Johnny Marcone, who attempts to chase Harry off the case. After Harry has accepted both assignments, he has dinner at McAnally's pub, where he is accosted by Susan Rodriguez, a reporter looking for a scoop on the murders. Later that night Harry goes looking for clues to the whereabouts of the missing husband and calls on a faery called Toot-Toot for information. This minor act of summoning attracts Morgan, Warden of the White Council, who is looking for an excuse to bring down the Doom of Damocles on Harry's head (by removing it from his body).
1. Several important characters are introduced in these chapters. Based only on the content in these chapters, how well does Harry seem to know/understand each of the following: Murphy, Marcone, Susan, Morgan?
2. How do you think Harry sees himself?
3. In these chapters we see the beginnings of one of Jim's favorite story-telling techniques, creating an ever-growing pile of ever-worsening problems to be resolved in an ever-shrinking, seemingly impossible time frame. How effective is that technique in building tension within the reading selection?
4. What do you think the following quotes reveal about Harry?
"... just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face."
"Those who deal with magic learn to see the world in a slightly different light..."
"I can never resist going to the aid of a lady in distress."
"... it can scare the bejeezus out of you."
"... You haven't got any masculinity to insult."
"... What you know about women I could juggle."
"I was seducing ladies when you weren't a twinkle in your great grandcestor's eyes..."
Anything else on your mind throw it on in.
I find it impossible to answer question 1 for example without referring to later books. So is that permitted? The referring to later books, I mean.
The same with Murphy. I really did not like her in the first few books. She was nasty and a bother. Later she becomes part of the team. She puts her own neck on the line, looses and keeps on being part of the team. This is a recurring theme for Jim. As an example look at the alpha's. Billy continually reiterates that they are willing to put it all on the line to fight for their cause. They are committed. Perhaps being a wizard (to Jim) is about connections between people and so he defines characters by how committed they are to what they are doing or to Harry.
A bit sterotypical that a woman has to be a b*&^h to make it in something like the police force. But that is how I viewed it.
#3 - The questions were just a guide really, something to get the ball rolling. I dont see why you cant answer it by comparing to later books. Unless anyone else has a problem with that?