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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I was glad to hear more stories, even short stores, about Dresden. The final story opens to possibility for a Murphy series, or the return of Dresden. I hope it is both.
Being a huge paranormal fan, I assumed that I could have skipped this collection having already listened to them in other various anthologies. I am glad I did not, James Marsters is Dresden, and the stories are just so much better in his voice. Plus you get a little insight into each story from Butcher, so worth the credit and now on my favorites list.
I have the other anthologies (Wedding, Honeymoon), and I enjoyed the stories; however, the Dresden stories weren't Harry. The Files are not stories "about" someone, they are a first person narrative. As such, they are a guy (who happens to be a wizard) recounting the tales of his adventures as a detective, and Mr. Marsters *is* the voice of Harry Dresden. He's the storyteller. When he reads a statement like, "Hey, don't look at me like that," I know he is talking to me (the listener), because (in my suspension of disbelief) there's no question that he saw that "What the..." reaction coming. Whether I am reading or listening, it is very important to me (and my hard earned dollars) that the voice of the story's narrator come across clearly and strongly. Well, Mr. Butcher (in the writing) & Mr. Marsters (in the telling) are doing a bang up job & I look forward to the rest (8 -- 10 -- 12...don't make us beg...) of the series. p.s. Thanks, Jim, for the "tide you over" novella. Hope our lovely weather sneaks into a tale somewhere!!
this was wonderful, added some back ground to many of the stories and gives us readers some hope that our favorite wizard is not truly gone. James Marsters who has been narrating this series is perfect. I can't imagine anyone else doing the narration on a Dresden file. Come on Jim give us more.
Not as good as the others. Collection of stories Butcher wrote for various anthologies. Does not advance the main story plots at all. You could skip this one and not really miss anything important.
The best chapters were the POV chapters of Thomas and Murphy. It was fun to get inside their heads and understand them a little better.
Glad I finished this so I can get on with the rest of the series.
Marsters always gets 5 stars though. As others say, he truly IS Harry Dresden. I am actually going to read Ghost story in print because he isn't doing the narration.
I am still laughing at myself for my naivete here - but in the remote possibility that some other reader will be dumb as I, I am herewith warning people who don't like wizards, magic, weird and rather wonderfully amusing flights of bizarre, don't buy this one. I am a big peruser of other people's reviews, and when I saw the high marks for this book, and the mystery-who-done-it blurb, I got interested. Never figured it to be fantasy - sci fi, because none of the other happy reviewers informed me. This book is so far out I was amazed at the author's creative imagination, but totally put off by the wizardry. Just could not get my sense of expectation for serious mystery suspended long enough to finish - or enjoy- this book.
I am a huge Jim Butcher Fan and after finishing the Codex of Alera, I now eagerly look forward to each new Dresden book, as it is released. I very much enjoy Butcher's literary style and think that James Marsters does a Masterful job of narrating them and bring them to life.
Side jobs, however, has come as a major disappointment to me. It is a collection of short stories (as implied by the title) that were, for the most part, released in other publications.
This book very much felt to me as merely an opportunity for the author to 'cash in' without much extra effort. This collection, I think, would have been much more appropriate as a complementary release from the author to his fans.
It may be worth noting that I am admittedly not much a fan of short stories. Even so, I found the stories presented here generally lacking the polish and depth I have come to expect of Butcher. Several, I felt, ended abruptly.
This is pure drivel. I once watched half a Harry Potter movie before giving up. I listened to half of this book before I gave up. My review may be off the mark since I so disliked Harry Potter and Side Jobs that I can't say I really know about either. I can tell you the plot of each of the stories in this book. Dresden meets a goblin, troll, gnome, evil fairy, vampire, or some other evil fantasy character. Dresden is nearly done in by the whatever when by some miracle of magic and strength he overcomes the whatever and triumphs. If you want to have a tutorial on magic powers (good and evil) this is your book, but not mine.
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