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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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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 11-02-10

I have read and listened to every Dresden

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.

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Great collection

Like others I was very pleased to get all the stand-alone stories without having to buy compilations with other authors included. It was great fun to see how much of Harry and his world was present in Butcher's first story. Some of my favorite "extras" are featured in these stories -- Gard, Billy and Georgia, Thomas and even Mac. While not as polished as his novels, the stories fill in the little niches between novels. As always, James Marsters is the voice of Harry Dresden. Highly recommended to fans. If you haven't experienced Harry yet, start at the beginning with "Storm Front" and enjoy!

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Dresden Files done bite sized.

Best side stories that focus on the side characters.

Without getting spoilery:
Story written from Thomas's perspective. Marsters does a good job using his Thomas voice
Same with Murph.

And two stories written following Mac and his brewing.

All good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awesome awesome awesome.

I want another set of these they helped fill the blanks in the main story.

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  • Tanisha
  • ORANGE, CA, United States
  • 05-20-15

OH WOW!!!

DO NOT SKIP THIS BOOK! It really is an amazing seague into Ghost Story...Very well done. Such a great listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This book shouldn't be ignored

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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  • Chuck
  • United States
  • 01-03-13

Very fun set of Dresden Short Stories

This was a very fun book to listen to. I could tell Butcher had fun writing these little one off short stories, and I loved hearing the stories from Thomas's and Murphy's perspectives. That was a neat switch from normally seeing things from Harry's point of view. This was a great little side jaunt away from the regular series and definitely adds to the enjoyment of the entire Dresden story line.

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  • tina
  • cokato, MN, United States
  • 10-16-12

Side Jobs rocks

Love the short stories. If your a dresden fan you can't go wrong. If you are new to the series, don't start with this one.

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Short stories aren't my thing, but this was great!

If you are a Dresden fan then I guarantee you will enjoy these stories. I don't generally like short stories a lot because there is so little chance in a short story to really develop characters and plot. However, these are really Dresden vignettes that fill in spaces in the characters and plot lines you already know so it reads more like extra chapters to the the books that have come before. The last novella in this collection is really a bridge between Changes and Ghost Story so it's great to read Side Jobs in between book 12 and book 13. Highly Recommended!

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  • JB
  • 08-21-12

Filling in the Gaps!

Side Jobs is a great filler for the rest of the books in this series. Jim Butcher does a fantastic job of connecting the stories here with the rest of the series even though a large majority of them were written for other purposes and publications. This is a must have for any Dresden Files fan.

James Marsters does his signature job on this piece and really brings the stories to life. Marsters uses his knowledge of the characters and story content to really make this an enjoyable listen.

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