Blackhorse,Hey Book…read ‘em all, at least I think so. My son and I share in the appreciation of a specific scene…forget which book. But in it Dresden is “invited” to a vampire (all the nastiest and most influential local vamps are there) ball and goes…sneaks in…with one if his cohorts. Now the good part: he makes a grand entrance by stepping out onto a balcony in full view if the entire assemblage…dressed in a powder blue tux with “cheesy vampire” makeup…a daring and extreme insult to all the crowd. Anyway, the author builds everything up to that point with consummate skill so that Dresden’s arrival dressed as the cheesy vampire is shockingly and stupidly hilarious. It’s absolutely one of the funniest scenes ever written, at least to me.
I'm sorry for the delay in the response: work became crazy (or more so than usual).
I love that scene. That is the book when Susan Roderiguez is turned, if I remember correctly). It is something like the fourth book. Butcher neatly extends that moment into a story arc through the next six or eight books, resulting in a moment that has Dresden spoiler alert confronting an entire clade (not group, not association, but an entire species) of vampires (one of three types in the series).
The conclusion is profoundly satisfying. The bad guys get it in the teeth (so to speak).
To those of you who are not fantasy/sf readers, this conversation may not mean much to you. I would urge you to check out the Dresden Files television series; I first watched it on DVD (having missed, through inattention) the appearance on the SF channel.
The detective series elements of the plot alone make it worth watching.
In the television series, Paul Blackthorne turns in a spectacular performance as Dresden. Even though the description of Dresden in the books is nothing like Paul Blackthorn, his is the physical presence I think of as I read the books.
It is, in a way, like David Suchet's presence in the television series Poirot. Agatha Christie can describe Poirot in any what that she (might have) like(d). To me, Suchet captures Poirot.
Anyway, I would argue that the Dresden Files series is best read or watched with a dark latakia and an Islay scotch.