[…]the spines bent and the pages mangled. I’m terribly hard on books. I was eyeing the piles of unread books, considering which to start next, given that I had no real work to do, when my phone rang.
I stared at it in a surly fashion. We wizards are terrific at brooding. After the third ring, when I thought I wouldn’t sound a little eager[…]
Storm Front (Harry Dresden), Jim Butcher.
So far, I can say that, except for the wizard thing and the disdain for science, I relate to Harry Dresden on a near-spiritual level.
Harry doesn’t disdain science! He actually reads tech magazines like other people read science fiction, it’s just none of it works when he’s in the room. But I think I remember the soapbox you mean, ^_^ young!Harry kinda thinks he knows everything and convinced himself it’s the reason why people laugh at him.