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Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files | [Jim Butcher]

Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.
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The first short-story collection in the number-one New York Times- best-selling series - including brand-new Harry Dresden short stories!

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan, as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago's only professional wizard.

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©2010 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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    Grant gainesville, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-16-10
    Grant gainesville, United States Minor Outlying Islands 11-16-10 Member Since 2008
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    I've found all of the Dresden series to be highly entertaining. The action is intense and the dialog is at times cheesey but believable and actually realistic. The characters, mortal or otherwise are easy to relate to and are fun to interact with. Side Jobs has been a good read thus far and the "writer's comments" in between stories have been a way to relate to the author. I suggest any Dresden file to all readers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2015

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Pretty good for a short story collection"

    I normally do not like short stories. Usually these seem to be the left over bits and pieces that were not good enough to make into the series proper. Being a huge Dresden fan I bought this one anyway and was quite pleased.

    I will say that some of the stories are hit and miss but some (Read: The Warrior) were great and match anything in the series toe to toe. If you are a fan this one is worth a credit and I almost never say that about short story collections.

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    D. E. Dickerson New York, LA, Tucson. It depends. 10-01-12
    D. E. Dickerson New York, LA, Tucson. It depends. 10-01-12 Member Since 2015

    pleasant bald person

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    "For Fans Only"
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    This is a collection of stories that Jim Butcher has written in the "Dresden Files" universe, and they not only presume a lot of knowledge about how his world works, but they also presuppose that you're likely to care about characters that will ring a bell only if you've read the other novels. Not that the stories aren't fine—although the fact that this collection OPENS with a story written in college that Butcher himself apologizes for, and he keeps this apology up for number two as well—gives you a sense that this is really designed for the fans who will get all his references, and not for anyone who might be looking for a digest-sized intro into Butcher's work. Nothing against the stories! Butcher delivers good, smart action, and he sets up his premises really cleanly. But if you're not a fan, the otherwise straightforward stories are often cluttered with scenes where characters you may not have heard of talk about other characters you may not have heard of. Added value for the completist, who will no doubt enjoy it; for the newcomer, it's like a quarter of the book is in a foreign language. It is a testament to Butcher's raw skill as a tale-spinner that the stories work anyway; he never demands that you know all this stuff ahead of time, and he always delivers excelllent monster and whiz-bang magic climaxes and wry funny commentary (EXCELLENT work by the reader, who perfect captures the necessary sardonic and hard-bitten tone). Just know that if you haven't read ALL the books, some of these stories might have a somewhat talky learning curve.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 01-30-11
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 01-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Great addition !"

    I've already read most of the stories included in this book, but listening to it again read by James Marsters makes a whole lot of difference. He just does a wonderful job painting the world of Harry Dresden for me. I can just immerse myself into that world when I listen to him. The last story in the book is a new one for me and the one that made me survive the shock of "Changes."

    I don't think any new fan will be reading this book, but if you are new to the series I recommend you to read the short stories and the books in order to avoid spoilers! Of course this is a MUST for fans. Even if you've read the stories, please listen to the audiobook version. It's fantastic!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Taylorsville, UT, United States 12-10-10
    Thomas Taylorsville, UT, United States 12-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I just love Butcher"

    This might be one of my favorite Dresden books yet, and it's a collection of short stories. This fills in the blanks and wraps up so many threads that I wondered to myself how I was able to enjoy the other books so much without knowing some of this stuff. Please, if you are a fan of the Dresden Files, then this is a must buy. I think one of my favorite things is Butcher giving his thoughts and feelings before each story. It gives insight, not only to the story, but to the author's state of mind as well. I really felt like I knew the author and many of the other characters much better after listening to these short stories. Oh ya, and I should mention that they are every bit as entertaining and intense as you expect a Dresden File to be. You won't be left wanting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert TAMPA, FL, United States 12-02-10
    Robert TAMPA, FL, United States 12-02-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Great To Be With Harry Again"

    Side Jobs is a great listen. I am waiting for the next novel of the Dresden series and Side Jobs helped me get my Dresden fix. It even shows us a bit about how our other favorite characters are dealing with life after their encounters with Harry.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Davis Erie, PA U.S.A. 11-08-10
    Lynn Davis Erie, PA U.S.A. 11-08-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Side Jobs"

    I fell in love with the Dresden files, and ran through them all in no time flat. People will sometimes give me an odd look because I'm sitting there chuckling at Harry's antics while I listen to a book during work, riding the bus, or in line at Starbucks. This collection of short stories is no different, and I am enjoying this read just as much as the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon11675 Ohio 11-06-10
    Sharon11675 Ohio 11-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Keeps the story going..."

    Oh, Harry...

    Side Jobs lives up to its hype and Jim Butcher's introductions to each story help explain where he was as a writer and where the characters were in the Dresdenverse. "Aftermath" is informative and yet wholly frustrating because, as is the norm with Harry stories, you end up with more questions and clues than you had going in, and yet you're completely drawn into the story and wouldn't put it down for the world.

    As usual, James Marsters is a superior actor who happens to be narrating a book for his current gig. I would imagine that watching him narrate the books would be every bit as entertaining as listening to him.

    Definitely worth the credit, or the money, or whatever you have to do to purchase the book. But if this is your first forage into the Harry Dresden series, start with Storm Front and work your way up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jules 11-06-10
    Jules 11-06-10
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    "A MUST listen for any Dresden fans!"

    It was great fun hearing these in-between stories. Many are from the supporting characters' point of view. I had read a few of these stories previously in compilations but James Marsters really brings these stories to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Austin Texas 11-04-10
    Helen Austin Texas 11-04-10 Member Since 2007

    Reading Raven

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    "A Must for Dresden Fans"

    An excellent collection of stories about Harry Dresden and his colleagues. This collection is not excerpts from the Dresden series, some are from other anthologies and some are novellas, all are original from the series. I had only heard one before...so each story was captivating, filled with detail and creative ongoing adventures of Dresden. Directions are given to the listener as to when the stories were written and why (by James Butcher). Included in the first chapter is a story written by Butcher as he was a budding author, how far he has come and taken us with him. The last story picks up immediately after CHANGES...excellent! Thanks Jim Butcher for great entertainment! Narrator is superb...five stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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