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McAnally's Pubcast

Summary: Welcome to the McAnally’s Pubcast, a podcast dedicated to the Dresen Files Universe. For the newly indoctrinated, Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files follows the story of a professional wizard in Chicago. The first book, Storm Front, was published in 2000, and the series now boasts 17 novels, plus a combined 36 short stories, comics, and graphic novels to help flesh out the world. On top of that, the Dresden Files has also produced a television series, card games, and a TTRPG. With all of that content (and a ballpark estimate of 6 coming novels), we’ve started our Dresden Files Podcast as a way to help break down the series most important moments, characters and lore. Add theories, ramblings and outside sources, and you’ve got the number one Dresden podcast for all your interests. Find us at https://mcanallys.ca

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 5.3 Fool Moon: Promises Made, Promises Kept | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:11:57

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastThis Episode discusses Chapter 6 and 7 of Fool Moon in which Dresden convinces Murphy to not declare war on the wolves just yet. Harry gets an education on the different flavours of the hairy kind. Fool Moon Chapter 6 SummaryDresden and Murphy run into each other at the abandoned department store. Murphy wants to release an APB but Dresden convinces her not to as he doubts these are the killers in question. Fool Moon Chapter 7 SummaryDresden returns home and consults with Bob. Harry creates some potions while Bob educates him on the different variety of werewolves.

 5.2 Fool Moon: Crying Wolf | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:50

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastThis Episode discusses Chapter 3 to 5 of Fool Moon in which Dresden and Murphy make amends, and Dresden discovers teenage wolf leather night. Fool Moon Chapter 3 Summary:Murphy and Dresden return to her car but before they leave Dresden confronts Murphy about last spring. Murphy makes Harry promise her to not hold any more secrets. Fool Moon Chapter 4 Summary:Murphy drives Harry back to his car. She tells him about the Internal Affairs investigation that happened as a result of the rumours of Dresden working with Marcone. Dresden notices a car is following them. Fool Moon Chapter 5 Summary:Dresden uses magic to attempt to locate the murderer. He stumbles over a group of young people who appear to be following an older woman. Dresden is unable to find out who they are, however, because the woman seems aware that he is there and they escape.

 5.1 Fool Moon: Paid in Mis-Steak | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:35

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastThis Episode discusses Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Fool Moon in which Dresden gets paid by steak to examine sacred circles and gets hired by Murphy to investigate a new set of murders. Full Moon Book Summary:Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work — magical or mundane. But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise. A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses — and the first two don't count... Fool Moon Chapter 1 Summary:After the events in Storm Front, Kim Delaney asks Dresden how to create a set of three magical circles, which could be used to contain powerful entities. Dresden withholds the information, because such circles are generally used to contain demigods and archangels. Fool Moon Chapter 2 SummaryDresden is surprised to find that one of John Marcone’s men has been torn apart by what appears to be an unusually large animal. As Dresden and Murphy discuss this murder, they are joined by several FBI agents. There is some argument as Murphy is accused of overstepping her jurisdictional rights. One of the FBI agents pulls a gun on Murphy. Dresden saves her from being shot.

 4.2 Welcome to the Jungle: Lions and Tigers and Gorillas Oh My! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:43

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastThis episode we discuss the second half of the graphic novel Welcome To The Jungle. Welcome To the jungle Summary:Harry Dresden is investigating a brutal mauling at the Lincoln Park Zoo that has left a security guard dead and many questions unanswered. As an investigator of the supernatural, he senses that there’s more to this case than a simple animal attack, and as Dresden searches for clues to figure out who is really behind the crime, he finds himself next on the victim list, and being hunted by creatures that won’t leave much more than a stain if they catch him.

 4.1 Welcome to the Jungle: Things are Getting Harry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:08

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastThis episode we discuss the first half of the graphic novel Welcome To The Jungle. Welcome To the jungle Summary:Harry Dresden is investigating a brutal mauling at the Lincoln Park Zoo that has left a security guard dead and many questions unanswered. As an investigator of the supernatural, he senses that there’s more to this case than a simple animal attack, and as Dresden searches for clues to figure out who is really behind the crime, he finds himself next on the victim list, and being hunted by creatures that won’t leave much more than a stain if they catch him.

 3.1 Restoration of Faith: Ragged Angels | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:07

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files Podcast This episode we discuss the short story Restoration of Faith Restoration of Faith Summary: We open on a scene of Dresden desperately trying to corral a wriggly kicking child while crammed into a phone booth, making a call to the licensed Private Investigator under whom Harry is apprenticing. It seems Harry and his partner, Nick Christian, have been hired to find the runaway little girl, Faith Astor, but they’ve hit a couple of snags. Firstly, Faith is adamant about not wanting to return home, as Harry’s bruised shins will attest to. Secondly, it seems the ‘more-money-than-brains’ Astors have decided that admitting their daughter ran away is too mediocre and embarrassing, not to mention damaging to their country club street cred, so they’ve publicly announced Faith’s kidnapping and now Harry’s and Nick’s descriptions are out there circulating as the prime suspects. Nick promptly advises Harry to ditch the kid where he’s at and let the cops find her. Harry argues that he can’t do that because he couldn’t just leave a kid out here on her own in Chicago in general, and especially not in the sketchy part of town that they’re in now. Faith makes another valiant attempt to flee from Dresden, but he manages to snag her again. Harry tries to distract and engage Faith by explaining his wizardy-ness and how he used a tracking spell to locate her, and she expresses some mild interest between the snark and insults. They approach the bridge and Miss Astor makes one last-ditch bid for freedom. Harry is privy to some intel that poor Faith isn’t, and while he tries to shout a warning, Faith barrels on unheeding and discovers her mistake too late. A large unpleasant troll lives under this bridge, and a tasty little morsel has just come dashing right up to him. Free home delivery, no tip required. Harry tries reasoning with the ugly bugger to release Faith, but the troll isn’t having it, so Harry resorts to a bluff to get Faith and himself out safely. It works, but unfortunately leaves the unlikely duo stranded on the opposite side of the bridge from their ride. While checking to see if she is ok from the encounter, conversation turns to Faith’s parents and their total lack of regard for her, beyond what she can contribute to their (perceived) financial and social standing. Harry notices some flashing lights and they closely evade being spotted by some local beat cops checking out a scene as they pass by. He tells Faith to keep close and to not let go of his hand, and they attempt to skirt around the beast’s lair, keeping as much distance as they can. Apparently the troll is savvier than Dresden was willing to give him credit for, because the child-chomper has repositioned himself and once again makes a grab for poor Faith. Harry yells at her to make a run for it as the troll knocks the wizard off his feet and attempts to lunge after the girl. Harry grapples unsuccessfully with the fairytale beastie, but as Gogoth aims a deadly blow at Harry he is distracted by a scream from Faith and a blast of pink light. Harry ducks around and runs toward Faith, spotting Nick approaching with the car. Dresden tries to evade the pursuing monster, but stumbles and feels the troll on him again, raising its cleaver. Another yell, and this time Harry is saved by the female cop who had tried to intercept them earlier, and she leaps onto the troll’s back, choking it with her nightstick. Harry gets his hands on the thing’s cleaver and buries it in its side, where the skin splits and releases a torrent of teeny, tiny mini-trolls, that go scampering off into the night, leaving Gogoth the Troll to deflate into near-nothingness in the semi-darkness. The young officer is revealed to be Murphy and while trying to digest the events that just occurred, identifies Harry as one of the alleged kidnappers. Faith soundly scoffs at the very notion of such absurdity, implying that Harry is

 2.1 A Fist Full Of Warlocks: The Wild Wild West | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:00

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files Podcast This episode we discuss the short story A Fist Full of Warlocks, which has very little to do with Dresden and a whole lot to do with his Universe. A Fist Full Of Warlocks Summary: Warden Anastasia Luccio is making her way through the wild west. It seems she has made her way to Kansas in search of a wayward warlock, and is making the trek in style. To the outside observer, Luccio is riding a magnificent all-white steed, seventeen hands tall and more than up to the task of ferrying her around the American landscape. To those in the know, she is actually riding atop an immortal fey-beast known as a näcken, dubbed Karl. Luccio has pressed him into service by outwitting the beast at his own deadly game, and now he is bound to serve her for the duration of her mission here. Their final destination is none other than the famed Dodge City. Being a bad sort of dude, Warden Luccio can count on her bounty being holed up in a bad part of town. Luccio heads for the wrong side of the tracks (literally in this instance) and stops at the first sizable building she comes across - a brothel and bathhouse. After a job offer, a bath, and directions to the local dens of iniquity, Anastasia heads off in search of her quarry. Apparently “third time’s a charm” holds just as true for wizard cops as the rest of us, and Luccio is fairly certain she’s found her target at the Long Branch Dance Hall and Saloon. She enters a fairly typical old west bar and is almost immediately stopped by a tall, moustachioed deputy keeping tabs on the door, and is asked to surrender her firearms in accordance with public ordinance. After a brief exchange concerning the rules, some mild flirting and a friendly wager, Luccio hands over her gun, keeps her warden’s blade and moves to the centre of the room to survey the surroundings for her prey. She dons some nifty, steampunk-esque wizard specs to better view the mystical energies in the saloon without having to resort to opening her full wizard Sight, and quickly zeroes in on four gentlemen playing cards in a little balcony on the upper level. Realizing her villain has teamed up with three more dastardly dudes, Luccio decides she doesn’t really fancy her odds against all of them at once and figures she will retreat, observe and wait for reinforcements. Her mind made up thusly, Anastasia turns to leave and collides with a handsome, middle-aged German fellow whose demeanour is at odds with his jovial appearance. He has a small pistol jammed into Luccio’s ribs. Excuse much; rude or anything? He instantly calls her out as a warden of the White Council and while Luccio initially tries to play dumb, the man ain’t buying it. He instructs her to come quietly since he harbours no compunction over killing her here and now, and nods an acknowledgment to his card-playing compatriots. Luccio tries to talk her way out by stating that she is only here for Alexander Page and all the others are free to go at this time. Her captor isn’t interested, though, and attempts to coerce Luccio’s compliance by way of a few more not-so-veiled threats. Luccio allows some of her natural anxiety to show through in the hopes of distracting him. It world, and the deputy from the door gets the drop on the gun-wielding German sorcerer. The three of them have a quick, quiet exchange, (wherein Luccio gets back some of her own by turning the ruthless rogue’s words back on himself - HA!), and when he gnashes his teeth and snarls and sputters demanding to know just who this up-start deputy thinks he is, we are formally introduced to Warden Luccio’s new ally. “My name is Wyatt Earp…. And I think I'm the law.” Well damn if that don’t beat all! … The German warlock is taken to the local jail at the Marshal’s office, and Luccio tries to impress upon Earp that this arrest may be more complicated than he anticipates; however, Earp surprises her. Initially by divesting their guest not only of his...

 1.13 Storm Front: Conjure By It At your Own Risk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:35

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastThis Episode discusses Chapter 26 and 27 in which Dresden battles Victor and manages to win! Storm Front Chapter 26 Summary:The Beckitts leave to bring the car sound and Victor calls up the toad demon and Harry hides behind a kitchen counter for cover. Harry intercedes and cuts Vic’s control over the demon, leaving it free to go after the Shadowman, but also effectively trapping both humans in the burning, beastie-infested house. The two men grapple again, overbalancing over the railing into the sunken living room-turned-scorpion-pit below. Harry remembers that Murphy’s cuffs are still on him and snaps the free end around one of the railing spindles to prevent him falling all the way, but Victor isn’t so lucky. Exhausted and injured, Harry dangles there figuring that the end is nigh and that if demons and giant bugs don’t devour him, then the raging fire surely will. Defeated and hungry, he wonders if he isn’t hallucinating when he sees Morgan approaching, sword drawn, and figures it won’t be death by fire or flaying after all. Just great. Storm Front Chapter 27 Summary:So… turns out Morgan wasn’t bringing his sword down on Harry’s neck, but rather the chain linking the bracelets of the handcuffs. Go figure. After blacking out in the smoke-filled house, Harry awakens to Morgan performing CPR on him and realizes that Morgan has saved his life. Harry is more than a little surprised by this, but Morgan had seen how things had played out and that Harry was ultimately not responsible for the rash of mystical murders, and, despite still not particularly liking or trusting Harry, Morgan’s personal code of conduct would not allow him to stand by and let Harry die for the actions of another. Although grateful for the rescue, Harry still doesn’t harbour a lot of affection for Morgan, either, and takes some pleasure in knowing that Morgan will have to defend Harry and his actions at the council meeting that Morgan originally convened for the purpose of doing the exact opposite. Harry himself misses the conclave, as he is busy recuperating in the hospital, as is Murphy, who has survived her scorpion poison overdose. The police find the remains of the ThirdEye stash at the burned-out lake house, Victor is deemed the bad guy, Monica and her family disappear into witness protection and Marcone makes it known that Dresden was working at his behest to deal with the rival drug lord wanna-be. Bob returns from his shore leave, Susan prints an article about the events of her hijacked date with Dresden, Harry keeps his word to send pizza to Toot-Toot and Co., and makes some peace with himself about power and temptation. For the moment things are quiet again, and as they should be... But if not….Harry Dresden is in the book.

 1.12 Storm Front: Sight Seeing | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:29

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastThis Episode discusses Chapter 24 and 25 in which Harry uses his sight on the lake house and confronts Victor and the Beckitts in a windy flourish. Storm Front Chapter 24 Summary:Harry drives hell-bent for leather and makes it out to the lake house in decent time, managing to arrive ahead of the worst of the storm. Not having time to waste on doing a slow careful examination of the surroundings to check for magical boobytraps and wards, Harry gathers himself and opens his Third Eye. Harry sees terrible and horrible things surrounding Victor’s Palace of Putrid Power, but no waiting traps, as such. For a moment he wrestles with the idea of just unleashing his power and destroying the house and everything in it, but that would be using magic to kill and Harry won’t let himself cross that line, no matter that the cost may ultimately be his own life. So Harry takes a deep breath, steel his nerves and strides forward into the unknown danger awaiting him. Storm Front Chapter 25 Summary:Dresden encounters no resistance on his approach to the front door and enters unhindered and apparently unnoticed. There are several boxes and crates of the ThreeEye drug and its potion-making ingredients. Harry can hear the same CD from the Madison playing, the thunder of the storm building, and Victor chanting in another room. Becoming overwhelmed by the sensations of the Sight in general, and all the dark and negative energy in particular, Harry shuts off the arcane-assisted vision and makes a flashy entrance to finally confront Victor Sells face to face. Victor’s surprise at being interrupted only lasts a moment and he moves to finish the spell to kill Dresden. Harry reacts by chucking the empty film canister at Vic, and while it’s not much, it’s sufficient to break the magic circle around the wicked warlock. A fast and furious exchange takes place wherein Victor hurls fire and scorpions, the Beckitts (there to assist in the ritual against Harry) hurl bullets and Harry hurls himself in order to dodge the incoming missiles

 1.11 Storm Front: Elevator, Woosh, Smash, Ding | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:25

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastToday we have a guest speaker - Andreas. We cover Chapters 21, 22, and 23. Dresden confronts Monica Sells, battles a scorpion using an elevator, and heads to McAnallys for a car to borrow. Storm Front Chapter 21 SummaryMonica allows Harry into her inner sanctum. This is obviously Monica’s revered retreat, her personal haven. She has a bright, cheerful kitchen full of cartoon cows, and kept meticulously clean. As she sinks into a chair and relaxes a little, Harry gives her a couple of minutes to collect herself, but the tension (for him, at least) is palpable and he can feel the storm closing in on him and his doom drawing nearer. To expedite matters, Monica simply invites Harry to ask questions to which she will provide what answers she can. Harry begins by confirming his realization that Monica and Jennifer Stanton are related. Harry wonders why Monica sought him out instead of going to the police, but she maintains that they would have thought she was insane going on about magic and spells. When pressed as to why she wasn’t just direct with Dresden from the start, Monica breaks down a little and admits that her husband is responsible for it all. He didn’t start out as a maniac, he once was a good husband and family man - a protector and provider for his family. But personal anxiety about never being able to be enough eventually ate away at Victor. A few years back he found magic and began to change. More recently he discovered how to forcefully open the Third Eye in other people and began mass-producing the ThreeEye drug. Victor couldn’t produce enough on his own until he stumbled across the discovery that he could use other people’s feelings and emotions to fuel his workings. Thus the Shadowman began his ‘orgies of the occult’. He found the Beckitts and brought them in as ‘investors’, but it still wasn’t quite enough. Victor knew his sister-in-law worked as an escort and she brought in Linda Randall, who convinced Tommy Tomm. With his corporate structure now in place, Victor began to make money, but, as is usual with dark magic (and probably drug overlords), enough was never enough. Papa Sells grew even darker and started eyeballing the kidlets. To exactly what purpose Monica wasn’t sure, but she damn sure wasn’t gonna wait to find out! With growing concerns, Mrs. Sells first talked to her sister, Jennifer, and when Jenny interceded with Victor on Monica’s behalf, Victor viciously murdered her in short order. In a last-ditch attempt to escape the madness that her life had become, Monica had approached Dresden and tried to subtly tip him off so as not to further arouse Victor’s suspicions and ire. Unfortunately Harry doesn’t always do subtle so well, and now Linda had been killed as well, and Harry was facing a literal deadline. Monica beseeches him to leave as she fears for her children’s safety, and can’t bear to witness Harry’s inevitable, and violent, demise first hand. On his way out, Dresden is approached by young Jenny Sells and she questions his integrity in the way that children can, and implores him to be one of the “good guys” and to help her family; though she fears it may be too late for her father. With limited options available to him, Harry formulates a plan to save his ass and remembers he has a scorpion talisman of Victor’s back at his office that he can use to direct Victor’s spell back against himself. Harry decides to give Murphy a head’s up regarding Victor’s illegal doings, just in case he fails to stop him magically, and learns that Murphy has gone to Dresden’s office to serve warrant on him. Concerned for Karrin’s safety and well-being, Dresden hightails it over there, but Murph is already in hot water. Storm Front Chapter 22 SummaryDresden rushes to his office building as fast as he can and sprints up five stories’ worth of stairs, not trusting the elevator to stay working. Panting and paranoid, he slowly creeps up to the door of...

 1.10 Storm Front: A Shocking Revelation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:04

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastThis episode covers Chapters 18, 19, and 20. Dresden revisits Linda's to make a discovery, and reacquaints himself with his former Client Monica Sells. Storm Front Chapter 18 SummaryFeeling just a tad overwhelmed, and despairing about just how long he has before some mysterious warlock punches his ticket, Harry once again finds himself wandering the lonely, quiet, dangerous streets of Chicago in the wee hours. He contemplates some of his personal backstory, which provides some nice insight for the readers, and eventually finds himself back at Linda Randall’s apartment. Ignoring the police tape, he enters and takes another look around. Eventually, and mostly by chance, he comes across another film canister, identical to the one he found at the Sells’ lakehouse, only this one has a used roll of film still inside. Pumped over his find, Harry is filled with a renewed sense of purpose and pulls up his bootstraps in anticipation of getting some forward momentum going again on this case, when he hears a key in the door. Storm Front Chapter 19 SummaryExcited at the potential of getting a break in the case, Harry gathers himself to leave Linda’s apartment with the roll of film he just discovered, but instead surprises none other than the photographer of said film, himself, hoping to sneak in and recover his pictures. Harry bluffs the guy into thinking he’s with the cops in some official investigating capacity, and gets Donny Wise to spill the beans about what’s on the film. Seems Linda hired Donny to take some pics out at Victor Sells’ place on the lake. Live-action sports pics, as Toot would put it! Once Harry has gotten what he can out of Mr. Wise, he torches the film to prevent Donny from getting into, or causing, any more trouble with it, and sends him on his way - spooked, but none the worse for wear. Harry starts to think there may have been an ulterior motive behind why he was pointed at the lakehouse at the beginning of this whole mess, and decides he needs to revisit Monica Sells and have a little chat about her missing husband. Storm Front Chapter 20 SummaryHarry rolls up to Monica Sells’ place, a cute little house with a cute little yard in what was probably a cute little neighbourhood. Now it is a rather deserted-looking wasteland with little birdsong on the tree-lined street, no dogs barking anywhere, and ‘For Sale’ signs looming everywhere. Harry pounds persistently on the door until Monica finally, begrudgingly, appears. The woman is dressed plainly, without makeup, and blanches further when she sees Dresden. She tries to shut the door on him, but he blocks her and pushes in anyway, surprising them both a little. Monica grabs a taser, but Dresden hexes it down and Monica deflates a little in panic and astonishment. Before he can avoid it, Dresden finds himself engaging in a Soulgaze with Monica and he learns more than he wanted to about the poor woman. With the storm growing in the heavens, and yet another sword hanging over his head, Harry begs for some help, and when Monica’s two kids poke their heads out to check if their mom is ok, Monica shoos them away and finally relents and agrees to tell Harry everything she knows. Even though, in her words, “there’s nothing anyone can do, now.”.

 1.9 Storm Front: Double Cross | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:15

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files PodcastIn Today's episode we discuss Chapters 15, 16 and 17. Harry loses his lead to murder, gets a really bad haircut, and crashes a Varsity Party. Storm Front Chapter 15 Summary: Turns out that the cops coming across Harry and Susan was not completely random, as Murph had dispatched the officers to collect the wayward wizard, anyway. Seems Linda Randall’s night was rescheduled without her consent, and Harry is treated to another spectacularly gruesome crime scene. Murphy seems out of sorts (separate for the tableau surrounding them), and after a perfunctory update Murph hauls Dresden off to the side and asks him if he knows the victim’s employers, the Beckitt’s? Apparently the Beckitt’s have some beef with Marcone concerning the untimely death of their little girl some years back. Dresden evades giving any direct answers, and Murphy eventually produces the business card that Harry gave to Linda. Harry tries to dance quickly to avoid having to admit that he defied Murphy's explicit demand that he stay away from Bianca and muck up the waters of SI’s investigation, but Murph ain’t buying tickets to that show, and eventually dismisses Dresden with disgust, telling him to show up at the station tomorrow to answer some questions, and logs Harry’s business card into evidence. Storm Front Chapter 16 Summary:With his thoughts and feeling in turmoil, Dresden departs Linda Randall’s place and begins to aimlessly wander the city in an attempt to think through the issues at hand and start coming up with some damn solutions. Preoccupied as he is, Harry is caught completely unawares when a thug slams into him, knocks the wind out of him, and proceeds to snip off a chunk of Harry’s hair before running off again. Harry immediately panics knowing that a fresh lock of hair could be used directly against him in any number of spells, not the least of which might rip out his heart. Harry grapples futilely with the man in an attempt to retrieve the cutting, but is foiled and the goon escapes to a waiting car. Desperate, Dresden realizes that he has some of the assailant’s skin under his fingernails from the fight, and quickly performs a little spell of his own to track down the ruffian, whom he has since recognised as one of Marcone’s men from their encounter at the Madison. Storm Front Chapter 17 Summary:Harry’s cab arrives, and by virtue of sniffing out his cologne, Dresden tracks Gimpy Lawrence to the Varsity, a popular hangout for the college crowd. Done with being pushed around and intimidated, Dresden blows the doors off of the place and storms in with raised staff and dramatically swirling coat. Unamused, Marcone empties the club and addresses Harry’s concerns. Gimpy freaks the fuck out, fails to talk his way clear, draws a gun and is promptly dispatched by Mr. Hendrick’s, Marcone’s personal enforcer. The conclusion is reached that Gimpy Lawrence was ‘double-dipping’ and had since passed off the hair he had swiped from Dresden to an unknown third party. Harry beseeches Marcone for some help, since they now share a common enemy, but Marcone is rather displeased by Harry’s very public defiance, and explains how Harry has, therefore, made himself known as a very public enemy. Marcone does condescend to give him the slightest tidbit of information, then politely tells Dresden to get lost, and that it would be wise for Harry to never again darken his door. Or blast it off its hinges. Whatever.

 1.8 Storm Front: Double Date | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:55

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files Podcast This Episode discusses Chapter 13 and 14 in which Dresden tackles Dating and Demons. Storm Front Chapter 13 Summary: Harry wakes up later in the evening not really sure what time it is, other than ‘very dark’, and with a wild spring storm raging about outside the old boarding house. He has barely had time to get up and get mobile - and take in Mister acting a little off - when there comes a knock at his door. Linda Randall, riiight - info-gathering date. He opens the door to find Susan Rodriguez gracing his doorstep and suddenly Harry remembers that he also had an actual ‘date’ date tonight! Well crap. Susan clocks his distress, despite Harry’s (admittedly weak) attempt to hide it, and he shambles off to shower and dress. Mid-shampoo he catches a shadow passing his bathroom window, hears Susan heading to answer the door, and frantically scrambles to vacate the shower and don a towel in the vain hope of inserting himself between the two women and thus offsetting the inevitable cat fight about to erupt. Harry arrives just in time to spot a toad demon in the doorway, and shoves a stunned and speechless Susan out of the way. The demon is momentarily delayed by the threshold of Harry's small apartment, but Dresden isn’t prepared for the sudden invasion, and the most useful weapon for the immediate situation, his .38, is inconveniently stored in the sub-basement at this time. Harry does his best to distract and delay the demon while directing Susan down the stairs to said sub-basement, and the meager safety offered therein. Harry eventually remembers the escape potion he brewed up the night before and instructs Susan to drink it and then concentrate hard on being somewhere that is other! Susan does as requested, but the potion appears to have no effect, and in desperation she emerges with Harry’s ridiculously large gun and proceeds to unload it in the direction of the advancing toad dude. That has virtually no effect, either, and Harry drags both himself and Susan back down to his lab and to the protective brass circle he has embedded there in the concrete floor. Susan starts getting flirty, and handsy, and while admonishing Bob for his failure of an escape potion, Bob reveals that the potion didn’t, in fact, fail; Susan merely drank the wrong one! Storm Front Chapter 14 Summary: With dawning horror and regret, Harry realizes that Susan has consumed the stupid love potion and is now oblivious to anything else but bedding Harry right here, right now! This proves to be a little inconvenient, under the circumstances, and Harry is hard-pressed (ba dum ching!) to get his hands on the correct potion and flee the lab before the violent, acid-spitting toad demon can figure out where they went. Splitting the potion doesn’t take them very far from the apartment, but Harry immediately tries to get them moving in the direction of a source of running water a couple blocks away, which should disrupt the demon’s energy enough to dispel him for the time-being. The double-whammy of mixing the potions does her in, and Susan and is unable to keep up with Harry, or move at all, really, for that matter. At that moment a shadowy figure makes an immaterial appearance to taunt and ridicule Harry, but things don’t go quite as planned for the new arrival .The Shadowman redirects the demon toward Harry and Susan, but Harry magically feels out the creep’s credentials, finds him wanting, and bitch slaps him out of the picture. Harry has some sudden inspiration regarding the natural power contained within the storm and channels it to dispatch the toad demon as it catches up to them. Tired, frazzled, and smoking slightly, Harry, and a rather sickly Susan, are thus found by a pair of patrol cops, and rounded up.

 1.7 Storm Front: Baseball Bat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:58

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files Podcast Today's podcast will be covering Chapters 10, 11 and 12. We discuss Linda Randal, learn a bit more about Murphy and see how Dresden handles a concussion. Storm Front Chapter 10 Summary: Harry stops at a payphone and dials the number he got at the Velvet Room. Linda Randall is all fun and flirty until Dresden drops Jennifer Stanton’s name, and then she clams up and ends the call. With the aid of the background noises from the call, Harry tracks her down in a pick-up/drop-off zone at O’Hare Airport and corners her in order to continue questioning her about Jennifer and Tommy Tomm. Linda tries to distract him by being overtly sexual, and does succeed momentarily, but Harry gets back on track and learns that the girls worked together under Bianca, were one-time roommates, and still friends, but nothing of terribly great importance to the investigation, thus far. Linda quickly shifts gears again and blows him off when her employers exit the terminal, claiming Harry is ”just a guy [she] used to see”. Harry slips her his card and requests she let him know if she thinks of anything else that will help with solving the double-murder. Storm Front Chapter 11 Summary: Harry heads home and spends the rest of the night immersed in working out the near-impossible spell needed to blow up the hearts of a couple of human beings. Looking like 10 miles of bad road, he grabs his trademark duster and makes his way to SI to give Murphy his findings. Dresden has to cool his heels in the waiting area for a few minutes while Murphy finishes a call in private, and he is passed by a couple of cops half holding up half dragging between them a rough-looking, but otherwise completely compliant, junkie. During this interlude the junkie breaks from his escorts and charges down the hall toward Harry, shrieking “I see you, wizard! I see the things that follow...and He Who Walks Behind!...”.Mostly on instinct, Harry intervenes to stop the young man (who is hampered by his cuffs), and when the officers mention that the kid is tripping on ThreeEye Harry starts to re-evaluate his initial impression of the supposedly-supernatural drug, and starts to take it more seriously. Apparently it *can* open the third eye for any ol’ schmuck and Harry is not down with the implications therein. Murph ushers him into her slap-shod office - which speaks to the very high esteem in which SI officers are held - and Harry lays the good news on her: They still don’t have any real answers to suggest a suspect, and this spell is beyond the skills of anyone local that harry knows of. Most likely multiple people would’ve needed to conspire and pool their talents to pull this off; but that also doesn’t really gel, as the deed comes across as more personal and passionate than you would usually get from a larger collective of folks. (Especially since evidence is starting to suggest that these murders might be more drug-related, rather than motivated by jealousy.)Murphy is annoyed that her suspect pool is only growing instead of shrinking. By way of apology, Harry succumbs to his fatigue and injuries and promptly faints dead away. Storm Front Chapter 12 Summary: Dresden comes to, achy and nauseous, on Murphy’s office floor. After a brief discussion (wherein Harry claims he’s fine as Karrin calls bullshit), and a round of vomit (courtesy of the worse off of the two), Karrin bundles Harry into her car and drives him home. Shortly after arriving, Harry receives a phone call from Linda Randall, who has decided to confide in Harry. They make arrangements to meet later that night and disconnect. Harry feel he should update Monica Sells, but is rather taken aback when Monica seems uncomfortable, and tells Harry not to worry about continuing the investigation into her supposedly missing husband, and tells the forget the whole thing; $500 retainer included. Harry finds this more than a little odd, but isn’t up to the mental exertion required to...

 1.6 Storm Front: Vampire Bat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:16

McAnally's Pubcast - A Dresden Files Podcast Episode 6: Vampire Bat In this episode we have a guest speaker help us discuss Bianca the Vampiress in Chapter 9. Storm Front Chapter 9 Summary Dresden wakes up to a phone call from a miffed Murph who is itching for answers, as the higher-ups are leaning on her hard. Harry puts off Murphy, fuels up on a hearty breakfast of Spaghetti-O’s and Coke, and gears up to pay a visit to the local brothel. Harry is patted down at the entrance to the Velvet Room and divested of some important defenses he’d brought with him, but none-the-less manages to survive his encounter with Mistress Bianca. She is one vexed vampiress, though, and Harry realizes the cost of the information he obtained was paid with a young girl’s life. With that weighing heavily on his conscience, Harry heads off to track down the lead Bianca grudgingly provided: Linda Randall.

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