I’ve been back and forth in my mind on what I was going to talk about today. There are a lot of series that I love, but some of them have disappointing moments that slightly dampened my enthusiasm. Others don’t have a whole lot of books yet (but have the potential to become favourites), so I excluded those, too. Also, there was another TOP CONTENDER for this position, but I’ve decided to save my love for that series for the last day, so you’ll find out about it then.
I know, I’m totally being secretive, don’t you love it?
Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. I picked this cover because the fourth book was where this went from a series that I read when I had the time to a series I must read the day a new book comes out. PLUS, the 14th book comes out next month, and there are plans for, like, 10 more. This is ten more years of reading awesomeness. I can totally get behind that.
Not familiar with Harry Dresden? Let him tell you:
My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. I’m a wizard. I work out of an office in midtown Chicago. As far as I know, I’m the only openly practicing professional wizard in the country. You can find me in the yellow pages, under “Wizards.” Believe it or not, I’m the only one there. My ad looks like this:
LOST ITEMS FOUND. PARANORMAL INVESTIGATIONS.
CONSULTING. ADVICE. REASONABLE RATES.
NO LOVE POTIONS, ENDLESS PURSES, PARTIES,
OR OTHER ENTERTAINMENT.
You’d be surprised how many people call just to ask me if I’m serious. But then, if you’d seen the things I’d seen, if you knew half of what I knew, you’d wonder how anyone could not think I was serious.
Yes, some of the books are LESS GREAT than the others, but they’re all pretty fantastic (no pun intended). There hasn’t been one yet that I’ve been disappointed in. At all. And they just keep getting better.
If you’re at all into urban fantasy (especially if it’s dipped in noir), give Jim Butcher a chance.
What did you think I was going to say? What is your favourite series?