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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Parker Sydney, Australia 08-31-13
    Parker Sydney, Australia 08-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Damn I miss Harry!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    I held off on this book for a few months after I finished Cold Days to make the wait to the next instalment not as painful. I have to admit that this book gives you such a good insight into some of the other characters in the book, especially the last story. Builds the appreciation for Harry!! Now the wait until the next instalment... Hurry up Jim!!!!

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    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 07-28-13
    Maggie McMeekin Arlington Heights, IL, US 07-28-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology

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    "Interesting little side storylines"
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    This is a must-read for Dresden Files fans, and is best read between book 12 and 13. Loved the storyline about Thomas in particular!

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    William New Bedford, MA, United States 05-23-13
    William New Bedford, MA, United States 05-23-13

    This also ends up on Amazon, so I'll make it short.:)

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    "Collection of short stories"
    If you could sum up Side Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Tidy up lose-ends. Does that have a hyphen, or is that 4 words?


    What did you like best about this story?

    The stories told from the perspective of other characters is cool.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story following the newly retired Carpenter getting pissed off and needing Harry to talk him down in the end was my favorite. I thought that character from a Black and White morality getting crippled in a Grey morality Dresden story was harsh.


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    TARA Kennesaw, GA, United States 04-17-13
    TARA Kennesaw, GA, United States 04-17-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Love the Jim Butcher/ James Marsters combo."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Side Jobs to be better than the print version?

    I only listen to books these days. Don't have time to sit down and read. The Harry Dresden series is one of my favorites. The stories are captivating and the narration is superb.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed seeing different perspectives on characters other than Harry.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does an incredible job bringing the characters to life.


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    Sandra R Summers BLUE SPRINGS, MO, US 04-03-13
    Sandra R Summers BLUE SPRINGS, MO, US 04-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "James Marsters is the voice of Dresden"
    If you could sum up Side Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Great! Very insightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Side Jobs?

    I loved Thomas's point of view on Dresden. They were all memorable though.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    I love James Marsters's performance. He give each character a unique voice. He is the voice of Dresden. I listened to Ghost Story, which was not read by James Marsters and was very disappointed. No one can give the same unique voice to Dresden or any of the other characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Obviously the last story where Murphy knows something has happened to Dresden but doesn't want to admit it to herself. You truly understand how much she loves Dresden and how much she understands that important work Dresden did. So much so that she takes up where he left off.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the Dresden file books from book 1 to Ghost Story. I also read the books first myself. I love listening to the audio books after I have already read the books because I always hear parts that somehow I missed while I was reading. The Dresden File books are wonderful and entertaining books.

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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-27-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "More Depth"

    I usually love stories by Neil Gaiman and this one is no exception. The story of Nobody Owens told in The Graveyard Book has its dark moments but falls just short of being scary.

    You can watch videos of Mr. Gaiman reading chapters from the book at his web site for young readers “Mr. Bobo’s Remarkable Mouse Circus” where you can also find his other YA books and games.

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    Derek Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 02-12-13
    Derek Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good for in between information"

    James Marsters is the best narrator for this series. It fills in so missing pieces of information.

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    sharriene United States 01-25-13
    sharriene United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, and series,"

    i am glad i waited to hear this book at the end of the series, after book 14, i would like to hear more about Thomas, Harry's brother and all the other characters ie. butters, molly, the Alpha's maybe their own book or more short stories about them.

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    Lauren Lone Tree, CO, United States 12-23-12
    Lauren Lone Tree, CO, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Really entertaining in typical Jim Butcher fashion"
    Would you listen to Side Jobs again? Why?

    Yes. just really entertaining and humorous!


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    James Marsters's performance is great. He just makes Harry Dresden a really aloof, likeable character! I can't imagine listening to any Dresden files books with any other narrator.


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    Amazon Customer Lehi, UT, United States 11-17-12
    Amazon Customer Lehi, UT, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun character, great narration"
    Where does Side Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Really enjoyed this narrator! I didn't realize that it was Spike from Buffy until I looked it up--his real accent is American. James Marsters sounds just like I imagined Harry would sound.

    This is a collection of short stories that fit throughout the series. You can start here without having read the series. If you've read the series, it's a fun addition to the characters you know. Harry is a wizard in Chicago with a fascinating collection of friends and family. I wait for the next installment with great anticipation each year. Enjoy!


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