With tales ranging from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious—including an original story for this volume—Side Jobs is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan.
As Chicago’s only professional wizard, Harry Dresden has had cases that have pitted him against insane necromancers, power-hungry faerie queens, enigmatic dark wizards, fallen angels—pretty much a “who’s who” of hell and beyond—with the stakes in each case ranging from a lone human soul to the entire human race. But not every adventure Harry Dresden undertakes is an epic tale of life and death in a world on the edge of annihilation.
Here, together for the first time in paperback, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher—a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time.
“One of the giants of urban fantasy…delivers some great stories in this volume…This is a great collection, featuring a hero who's proven himself over and over again, as well as delving into the odd corners of his fascinating and fantastic world. Highly recommended.”—SFRevu
Fans of Butcher's long-running and bestselling urban fantasy series featuring Chicago wizard PI Harry Dresden were stunned by the concluding events of the 2010 novel Changes. They'll probably want to skip ahead to the last of this collection's 11 stories, "Aftermath," set just hours after the end of that book. With Dresden's fate uncertain, it's his longtime ally, Sgt. Karrin Murphy, who must help find a kidnapped werewolf. This entry is the collection's strongest, full of powerful emotion. The rest of the book is a mixed bag, ranging from Butcher's first attempt at short fiction "a novice effort" that "wasn't up to par for professional publication" to more recent tales set around and between the novels. First-timers will be lost, and this uneven volume mostly makes the case that Butcher's talent is best displayed in longer form.
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This is a great collection of stories that, for the most part, can be found in other anthologies or as stand-alone novellas. It's good to see all these collected here, and I thought Butcher's notes on each story interesting. Well worth the read and a must have for the Dresden fan, if only for the first and last stories.
The entire series is written with a pacing that keeps one from putting the books down. And instead of just a single plot line, there are usually two or three which sometimes weave together into a single close-fitting thread where one marvels at how well they mesh. Or not, depending on the book. It's best to read the entire series in order to get a grasp of how each book slots into place. Ghost Story ended on a cliffhanger and this book, Side Jobs, filled in a couple of tiny plot holes. But I look forward eagerly for more in this series. It's also such a pity that the TV show based on this series got cancelled so early before it could truly reach its full stride.
Good book, not a great book
Enjoyable, but badly formatted and not as enjoyable as many of the other Dresden novels. Honestly, worth at at $6.99, not full price.