Read: 24 March, 2013
Once again, Murphy calls Dresden out to a crime scene that just doesn’t seem right. The deceased is one of Gentleman Johnny Marcone’s men, he’s been mauled and there are wolf tracks at the scene of the crime. Dresden suspects werewolves.
Unfortunately, my main complaint about Storm Front hasn’t been fixed. Dresden likes to describe himself as a believer in chivalry, wanting to protect the women around him. It would be easy enough to chalk it up to the character since Dresden plays off as a weird combination Noir Cool Guy and scraggly teen doofus (yeah, it’s awkward), but the narrative facts shatter that excuse. The strong female characters, while present, tend to act rashly, making careless mistakes that get people hurt, usually as a result of not wanting to be protected by men like Dresden.
Storm Front had some absurdities in it, but Fool Moon really takes it to the next level. There’s the standard turf war between the FBI agents and the local cops, but in this case the FBI agent opens fire on the cop. Yes, opens fire. As in she shoots her gun. It makes sense for that character to behave in such a way, but it makes absolutely no sense for the local cop not to go completely nutzo-berzerker on her. At the very least, there should a report filed and disciplinary action. The idea that Murphy would simply shrug it off as just another cop turf scuffle is absolutely absurd.
We see this again later when Murphy arrests Dresden for having once held a piece of paper with a symbol on it that was later seen drawn on the floor in a crime scene. She doesn’t even ask him for an explanation (nor allow him to give her one). She just jumps straight to arrest. It’s almost like cops don’t have to do paper work or obey the law in Dresdenland.
I’d say, as a general rule, Murphy is pretty much off the deep end in this book.
I do really enjoy the descriptions of the potions – how they’re made and how they work. The rest of the magic system I could take or leave, but the potions are quite cool.
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