Harry is the best and technically the 'only' at what he does, being the lone professional wizard PI in the Chicago phonebook. So when the Chicago PD has cases that transcend mortal capabilities, they come to him for answers.
For the 'everyday' world is actually full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. Yet despite his precautions, Harry tends to stumble from crisis to drama in his dealings with the supernatural world - call it an occupational hazard.
Here, he unfailingly manages to get on the wrong side of werewolf, fae, and vampires alike. And that's where his own rather special powers come into play....
These bite-sized stories are tremendously entertaining and will leave you itching to explore more of Harry Dresden's world. And as well as eight short stories, this collection includes an all-new Dresden Files novella.
©2010 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin Audio
"Good for filling in time"
snippets of Harry.
seeing the world through Thomas the Vampires eyes and learning about the oblivion war. I'm hoping more of the oblivion war will be introduced in future Dresden novels. I enjoy the character Thomas in the main novel, but having a story told in Thomas's voice help show where his loyalties lie and how he feels about his family, his demon, and Harry.
James Marsters brings all the characters to life, and help emulate their actions and intentions though his performance. In my eyes, or should i say ears, James Masters' version of Harry Dresden is Harry Dresden.
It is difficult to say as the book is a compilation of many stories and i don't want to give anything away.
This is a must read after Changes and before Ghost Story, as it contains the novella 'Aftermath' which shows the few hours after Changes. I made the mistake of reading Ghost Story before this book and felt that I had missed something from the beginning.
Also this book brings together a lot of Jim Butchers short stories and Novellas which are contained in other Anthologies, so its good to have them all in one place.
"An indispensable part of the Dresden canon."
I recently re-listened to all the Dresden novels but missed out Side Jobs. Error. Despite the difference in format, Butcher pours all his characteristic wit and skill into every sentence - moreover, there are nuggets of Dresdenverse knowledge in here that no fan will want to miss. Indispensable stuff from the master of 21st Century Wizard Noir. Probably not for those new to Dresden, sadly - just bite the bullet and buy Storm Front.
"A MUST for Dresden fans"
Quite often in the Dresden books there are references to little things that have happened in Harry's past, and if you're like me, you think "it'd be interesting to know about that", well, THIS is the book that lets you know about those things
The book opens with the first job that Harry did with his old mentor, and goes on from there, including stories with Thomas or Karrin (listening you'd think it's "Karen", but it's not), but knowing about the little back-stories that happen before or between jobs is just FANTASTIC
I wasn't sure what this would be like, but was pleasantly surprised, this book of short stories really made me smile!
If you take Jim Butcher's brilliant writing, James Masters' amazing reading, and stories that fill in gaps, you end up with Side Jobs - not only a good addition to the series, but something that all fans should read
"Quite superb entertainment"
I don't often bother to review books, but I enjoyed this one so much that I felt that I had to encourage others not to miss out on such great entertainment. This is a series of short stories whereby Jim Butcher provides some back info. about some of the regular characters in the Dresden files - Murphy; Dresden's brother, Thomas; Billy and Georgia, the werewolves and others. I don't normally like short stories because I am just getting caught up in the plot and atmosphere and then it is over, but these anecdotes are different. Each comfortably stands alone and there is no sense of let down at the end. James Masters exceeds even his normal superb performance and really brings the characters to life. I have already listened to the stories several times and found something new each time. This is a compilation I will be able to listen to again and again without getting bored. 5*? I would give it 10.
"Very enjoyable... for short stories!"
Personally I've never been a big fan of short stories as I always want more background/storyline. However, as I'd just finished a marathon run with the final three books in the series and was having withdrawal symptoms, I was very grateful to happen upon this book and Working for Bigfoot, both of which I enjoyed and helped delay the final feeling of loss at not having any more stories to read!! I'd recommend it!
"Great stories and saves you money!"
James Marsters is perfect for The Dresden Files.
This is a collection of all the short stories that Butcher has contributed to other books. They are all on par with the main books and fit into the narrative at different points.
It also offers insight into some of the other characters, mainly Thomas and Murphy.
If you're a Dresden fan, this book is is a must, if your new to Dresden, start with the Files books first.
One thing I really like about this audiobook was that you get to hear stories from other characters perspectives, like Tom's and Murphy's.
I found it more difficult to really get immersed in the book compared to the others because it's an anthology, but maybe that's just me.
"some fantastic backstories"
if like me you're working your way back through dresden after reading them the first time, you'll find this collection of tales lacks the pace and arc that a normal dresden outing does, purely because it's a collection.
that said, some of the tales are great- for me, Heorot and backup are great examples of pint sized dresden, with aftermath being a poignant end. roll on ghost story....
"Side Jobs ... short stories for background."
This is a collection of tales as background to the Dresden world and where they fit within the reading order. They all add a little something and I especially enjoyed the last novella of the collection which is set after Changes and before Ghost Story. You do need to listen to this after Changes as there is a major spoiler in this tale. An excellent collection that I believe adds to the overall series. Top marks to James Marsters for his usual excellent narration.
"Side Jobs, wonderful."
A great collection for the Dresden fan, each short story is introduced with a brief explanation of when and why it was written. The quality of the dramatic performance, by James Marsters, is, as always, flawless.
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