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loved all the stories in side jobs and can't wait for the next one's, looking forward to the molly story.
i would also add to my original review for ghost story. i did listen on audio and john glover did a very good job filling in for james marsters. to me it sounded like mr glover listened to older books to try to be as close as possible to mr marsters. so give it a try, i did enjoy it and at times didn't even notice the difference in the voice.
Good stuff..I read this to get a feel for the series..good stories, good characters, great fun.
I have fallen in love with this series, though I’m bummed that they switched narrators in the final book. I already own some of the anthologies that include stories from this book so I wasn’t sure it was worth buying this one. Even though it’s not the best book in the series, I’m glad I bought it. These stories aren’t as engaging as the main books, but they fill in some gaps so if you love the series and want to know everything you can about the characters this is worth buying. If you haven’t read the series I’d skip this until you do.
I’d listened to the first couple of stories in other books, before I started listening to this anthology. They were OK, but didn’t stand out to me at the time. I think that’s because I didn’t know the characters then and you miss too much in a really short story. I’d tried to watch the TV series before I listened to the books and I couldn’t figure out why it just didn’t click for me. Now I understand that the best part of this series is the nuance of the characters and the sardonic, clever humor of Dresden, Murphy and others. I laugh out loud in the main books of this series more than I have in a long while and I just love all the subtle (and some not so subtle) references to books, movies and music Dresden often throws out. I swear I even caught one to the movie Clueless in an earlier book, which seems funny coming from Dresden. You will miss many of those references if you don’t listen closely, but I get a kick out of them as they really show off Dresden’s (and Butcher’s) personality. In short stores or brief TV shows the nuance is lost and you just have one monster after another without the chance to get to know the characters.
I really enjoyed the brief author introductions to each story. That background made me like Butcher even more and really added to my understanding and enjoyment of the stories. Sadly, this is also your last chance to hear James Masters narrate. John Glover does a good job in the next book, which is saying a lot for me since a change in narrator usually ruins the series for me, but in my opinion, Masters IS Dresden. Glover does a good job, but he just doesn’t bring across the humor like Masters does and that’s one of my favorite things about this series. I’m thankful they didn’t switch narrators sooner.
As to filling in some gaps, you learn who Nick is (comes up in the last book), learn how Murphy and Dresden first met and you even get a story to fill in the gap between book 12 and 13. That cliffhanger ending in book 12 was a big one and though you can definitely jump into book 13 without hearing the short story between them, I thought it was worth hearing what happened between the books.
I got "Side Jobs" to tide me over the long time between Changes and number 14 (yet to be released) which hopefully will be read by James Marsters again.
Although Jim Butcher states that, in his opinion, some of these stories are not up to scratch, I immensely enjoyed every single one of them. Each story comes with information about its place in the series' timeline, the latest one being placed just after "Changes".
For anyone new to the series: I'd suggest to get a full length book as this collection of short stories works best if you already know the characters.
For anyone already stuck into the Dresden files: definitely spend a credit on this one. I'd originally intended to get the paper version as I like to go back and read specific stories again, but I like these so much that there's no need... I'm quite happy to simply listen to the whole thing again ;-)
I really liked having some of Jim's insights as to why he wrote the short stories. Each helped with context. Also it was great hearing the story of Harry meeting Murph the first time.
Really fun set of short stories. James Marsters IS Harry Dresden. I love the narration. The stories were great, it was especially good to have the introduction before each story with a description of where it fit in the Dresden 'timeline'.
These are all great short stories and give more background to the Dresden Character.
I know this is a book of short stories that fit between Jim Butcher's novels but it got me started reading Butcher's books and is great fun on its own.
OK, The promo was misleading. The main story does happen right after Harry is shot in "Changes", but it answers few questions. Whereas, all the other stories answer many questions about Harry, his family and friends. I appreciated Butchers commentary, it provides a little reality check. Harry is fiction and Butcher writes to pay the bills.