This book, the first of 11 (soon to be 12, I think), was a lot of fun to read. Good brain-candy, in a way. There was also a short-lived Sci-Fi Channel series based on the books, also called The Dresden Files. You can find the series up on YouTube. Well worth checking out, on both counts.
This book was decent, and definitely had an infusion of puns and absurdities in it (think Shakespeare's _Richard III_ being performed in similar fashion to _Rocky Horror_ with audience participation), but for some reason it didn't really engage me. And I wanted it to. Not sure why. I don't begrudge the time reading it, but I don't know that I'd pick up the rest of the series.
These two books, telling stories within a story, is very similar in fashion to the Arabian Nights, and many of the tales lead to other tales (so you sometimes have a story within a story within a story within...well, you get the picture). The prose was beautiful, the tales wove together well, and I found it very enjoyable. Definitely worth reading for lovers of fantastic tales. (This was also #3 completed on my 101List :)
One of the more recent entries into epic children's fiction, I read this in its entirety during the long layover in Atlanta, and enjoyed it. It's not tremendously high fantasy, but it was a fun read. I can also definitely relate to the book-obsession displayed by several characters in the book. This book has also been made into a movie, apparently, but I've not yet seen it.
So, dear readers - what is on *your* summer reading list?