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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This book allows us to take a peek into the larger world of Harry Dresden. Not only that, but it also allows us to peek into the world of Jim Butcher as a writer. we get to read a story that was written before he wrote Storm Front, the first book in the Dresden Files, and our trip ends with a story that was written specifically for this book. We see his writing grow as the series does.
I loved every story in this book. They give us insight into the characters and events of the series which weren't present in the books, although I didn't realize those insights were missing until… well… until they weren't. We get stories which couldn't have taken place in the books because they're outside of Dresden's point of view. All in all, this is a must-read for fans of the Dresden files.
As for narration, what can I say? James Marsters it's the ball right out of the park as always. When it comes to narrating books in the Dresden Files series, as Highlander puts it, there can be only one.
In the most satisfying way possible, this book left me wanting more. Sadly for me, I read it after I read Skin Game, the most recent book in the series. So now, I have quite a wait on my hands.
Mother, Wife, Employee, Student, Friend.
I loved it. James Marsters is fantastic at narrating Jim Butcher's work and characters. These takes offer more insight into supporting characters, giving them more depth. Also reminds me that we are the main character in our own tales and Harry is a supporting character in their lives.
I love short story anthologies, but I am bummed that I came to this one after reading 12 Dresden books. These stories take place before book one though book 12, so I would have rather have read these in the proper places among the other books. The start of each book tells you where it should be read, so you have a guide built in, use it! I wish I had.
Really like the background Mr. Butcher gave us between book to fill in some gaps. Was fun to listen too. Great fan of Jim Butcher
This is a collection of short stories that fit in the timeline from before Storm Front to just after the end of Changes. Some stories explain noodle incidents that are referred to in the novels. Most are still from Harry's view point. Backup is told from Thomas's view point and explains the Oblivion War. Aftermath is told from Karrin Murphy's view point that literally picks up seconds after the end of Changes. Jim Butcher gives you some back ground about why the story was written. The stories are book ended by Dresden meeting Karrin in the first story A Restoration of Faith which was actually written before Storm Front and in AftermathKarrin with the help of the leader of he Alpha werewolves Will taking up Harry's mantel after the events in Changes.
Personally I had to look up summaries of the novels that the stories were set between to help anchor them.
James Marster's performance is dead on. He continues a terrific job bringing the Dresden Universe alive.
This is a collection short Dresden stories published for various anthologies that are just as rich and compelling as the larger books. It includes a short story that takes place a few hours after the last book (i.e. Dresden's murder). The book also includes comments by the author concerning the ideas / reasons behind each short story, which are also just as interesting, at least to me.
I have something like 216 books in my library at this time, I always mean to be more active but I go nowhere without a book in my earphones
near the top. its a book of short stories so any one of them isn't a match for a full book but Jim Butcher does it again bringing life to paranormal's favorite hero
Dresden of course how could it be any different
James Marsters is by far the best narrator I have heard to date. and as always he brings life to Harry Dresden in a way no one else could
as they were short stories I was able to listen to each story in one sitting.
keep them coming Jim Butcher please keep them coming.
Yes, I would because I want to see the point of view from other characters in Harry Dresden's world. I enjoyed seeing/listening to the difference between Harry and Thomas (Backup) and I enjoyed Karin's POV (Aftermath.)
I do not know of another book at the moment that I would.
I have listened to James Marster's perform other Harry Dresden books, and I enjoy each one.
I cried at the end of the short story, "Warrior" for a few minutes. I laughed at many parts in the book, especially the stories that included Mac.
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