Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files. Home · Side Jobs: Dresden Files 1 Side Jobs · Read more Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12). Read more. Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files · Read more · Side Jobs. Read more Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) · Read more · The Dresden Files. Side jobs: stories from the Dresden files/Jim Butcher. p. cm. eISBN: 1. Dresden, Harry (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Wizards—Fiction. 3.
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Jim has written a number of short stories in the world of the Dresden Files! The first anthology, Side Jobs, came out in The second. Side Jobs book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Here, together for the first time, are the shorter from Jim Butcher's. The last set of stories detailing Harry Dresden's Side Jobs sends Harry investigating contaminated beer, love gone wrong, then switches gears.
Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified download. First things first: No big answers here though many of the stories, including Aftermath, will include plenty of small details to please and tease dedicated fans. Instead, this collection is a set of alternate perspectives: A fair number of them were initially written for theme anthologies, so there's a certain amount of "Harry Dresden Does a Wedding Story" or "Harry Dresden Does a Birthday Story" going on, but each stands on its own merits, and fans of the series will be very satisfied with what they get here as long as they aren't looking for answers to major plot arcs.
In fact, I'd go so far as to call this a "must read" for dedicated fans of the Dresden books: Reading this collection first would spoil pretty much every major surprise in the series to date, so yeah, don't do that.
Alternatively, you could pick this collection up and then flip back and forth between it and the novels, reading in proper sequence. If you want to do that, here's a list of the stories in this volume, in chronological order: A Restoration of Faith After Changes. Hardcover Verified download.
There are two reasons for reading this book. The first is that all the previous Harry Dresden short stories are gathered together in one place, including the first, apparently unpublished short story that comes before Storm Front and whose relatively lesser qualities betray its status as one of Butcher's first stories.
And yet it also contains some very good sections and passages. Putting this story first gives a real feel for how Butcher has grown as a writer, and would probably be inspiring to any novice writers out there. But you have "Vignette," "Something Borrowed" in which Harry for once is intentionally, and quite effectively, rude to a wicked stepmother , "It's my birthday too," "Heorot," "Day off" the only genuinely comedic Dresden work , "Backup," "The Warrior," perhaps the most philosophical of the Dresden works , "Last Call," and "Love Hurts.
Along the way it's not hard to be reminded of Butcher's penchant for homage to his favorite stories, films, and TV shows, as well as his gift for creating effective scenes of tension between main characters. Pretty much everyone in Dresden's Chicago appears at one time or another, and some side plots and characters get fleshed out in these stories in ways that would be hard to duplicate in the main novels.
The second reason for reading this book is, of course, the final story in the book. There are no spoilers in this review, but it is probably influenced by the peculiar fact pattern: Perhaps the coincidence between external loss and Harry Dresden's situation at the end of "Changes" colored my appreciation, but I was actually kind of grateful for this story. It's at one and the same time unusually interesting and deeply unsatisfying, a change of pace and a coy hinting at future directions -- much in the manner of a funeral, I realize.
Butcher carries on the narrative from a wholly unexpected point of view, which I found both refreshing and convincing. He answers few of my questions - well, none, actually - while raising still more. What I valued about this little intermezzo was the way it deepened some of the characters in the Dresden universe, central and peripheral, hero and villain. It doesn't really satify my hunger for the next novel, yet it's a healthy dissatisfaction after a worthwhile read.
These are all fun stories, sometimes comedic, sometimes thoughtful, and at the end rather wistful. Thanks, Mr. You made one rather bad day a little better.
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New American Library. Collection inlibrary ; printdisabled ; internetarchivebooks ; delawarecountydistrictlibrary ; china ; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Language English. 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 the new April hardcover, Changes.
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