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Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A great read

Side Jobs is both alike and completely different from all of the Dresden Files books up to this point. It's a collection of short stories, written by Jim Butcher, which take place at various points in the continuity of the Dresden Files universe, each one prefaced by a ...
Side Jobs is both alike and completely different from all of the Dresden Files books up to this point. It's a collection of short stories, written by Jim Butcher, which take place at various points in the continuity of the Dresden Files universe, each one prefaced by a short explanation.

It's the same, most obviously because it involves the characters and locations that readers have come to know and love through the main series of novels, but also because of the writing itself, which pulls you in and never wants to let go. The difference comes through the feeling and the ideas behind each story. The ones written in the usual manner, from Harry's perspective, feel lighter and less serious, while the ones NOT written from his perspective (of which there are two - one from Thomas's viewpoint and the other from Murphy's) actually have a different texture, and really do feel like they are being narrated by someone else while still keeping with the usual Dresden Files tone.

In all, Side Jobs is definitely a book to pick up if you've read the other Dresden Files novels (if you haven't, some of the characters and events referenced in the short stories will be a bit confusing, although Jim Butcher does his best to explain them in the narratives).

posted by Shiroikami on October 29, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

If your a fan of the series an good read

The quality is not consistent in the stories and the book is written for fans well versed in the series. Newcomers would be better off starting with the novels as that is the arena where Jim Butcher's really shines. Nikki

posted by Nikkiandthedrone on December 1, 2010

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Dresden files in short form

    Jim Butcher has once again given beautiful stories of the wjizard PI that is Harry Drrsden. These shorts are true Dresden which will delight every fan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Awesome

    Love the entire series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Good read, however, not what I expected

    As always Jim Butcher delivers. This book was composed of small works written between his more major Dresden novels. The shorts were very entertaining. However, I was disapointed that the story didn't pick up where the last book in the series left off. C'mon Jim, what happened to Harry?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    just buy it..

    a must have for Dresden readers...

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This book fills in the little cracks between the books in the series. I have read all of them, and it enlightened me on some of the things eluded to in the book series. If you haven't read the series this would be a great book to read to get you to want to read the whole series. Love Harry Dresden series. Hope he continues on with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    nice change

    it was really nice to see the world from Harry's cohorts in this collection. Gives Dresden a dimension to explore. I'd love to see and entire short from Mouse's POV

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Good stories with all the details of his regular books.

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