Mr. Butcher, I am sure you are great at many things.
Writing is one of those things—please keep at it.
I think it’s safe to say that The Dresden Files are the funniest books I’ve ever read. It’s the perfect mix of great jokes and bad jokes that Harry calls out. Not to mention all the references to pop culture which crack me up like no other.
However, credit where credit is due. This was one of the first Dresden novels that elicited heartfelt feels outside of the usual “that was badass!” and great action scenes. I’ve heard rumours that this series will quickly ramp up the epic scope, and I’m starting to see it here.
Also, I think these books work so well for the same reason that Harry Potter is so popular. They make excellent use of fantasy concepts and ideas from mythos. There are common things that you expect and which make an easy connection to the work, and then interesting interpretations that show the author’s flair for the creative. I love love love how Jim Butcher lets our imaginations play with werewolves, demons, faeries, relics, and the like.