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Publishers Weekly

The many fans of Butcher's Chicago-based Dresden Files series (most recently Small Favor) will enjoy this spin-off novella featuring Thomas Raith, Harry Dresden's incubus half-brother. After reluctantly attending a rendezvous arranged by his untrustworthy older sister, Lara, Raith learns that Dresden is being set up by the evil Stygian Sisterhood, but he can't go directly to Dresden's aid without revealing his part in the secret Oblivion War. Raith's resulting plan has something of a slapstick air, and the high cosmic stakes are generally played for laughs. Given Dresden's limited appearance and the significant backstory underlying the series, this is an unlikely entry point for newcomers, but Butcher clearly demonstrates that Raith, usually seen more as Dresden's sidekick, is more than capable of sustaining a story on his own. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596061828
  • Publisher: Subterranean
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Dresden Files Series
  • Edition description: Deluxe
  • Pages: 70
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher
Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is a full-time writer who lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife, son, and ferocious guard dog.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2008

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    "I'm not Harry Dresden..."

    NOTE: Reading at least 'Blood Rites' and the preceding books in the Dresden Files would be a good idea before reading 'Backup', and my review does contain spoilers for 'Blood Rites'.<BR/><BR/>Jim Butcher's newest book, a twelve thousand word novelette called 'Backup', is a very short story from his Dresden Files series, only this time it's from the point of view of Harry's brother, Thomas. One of the best things about 'Backup' is that it gives insight into Thomas' personality, such as how he sees himself and his relationship with his brother. Thomas' opinions of Harry are very amusing and he has no trouble telling them. Just look at Thomas' worry that Bob the Skull doesn't actually talk, and that Harry was pulling his leg using his night job as a ventriloquist. We also really start to understand how much of a hardship it is for Thomas to suppress his demon everyday, and how little he thinks of himself. The story itself is also fun, and Thomas has a similar sense of humor to his brother, though they have little contact. 'Backup' is fast paced and never lets up on its speed, so it feels that it was over before you even realized you started it. It is very easy to read, so it shouldn't take more then a hour to get through. The price tag is a bit extreme for a tiny book, even with such nice binding. Either way, Thomas is a great character in the Dresden Files, despite his small part, so it is nice to see more attention on him. I personally would love to see more stories about Thomas in the future, or at least more appearances from him in the main series. Overall, 'Backup' is a refreshing look at the Dresden Files, since Thomas sees the characters and events in a completely different light then Harry. If you like the Dresden Files you'll almost certainly like this story, though you might want to borrow from a friend or the library due to the price for such a short book.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2008

    a rip-off

    This 'book' is 70 pages long with a lot of white space and a large font. It would barely qualify as a chapter in a real book.<BR/>Wait for it to be remaindered. It's not worth full price.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

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    EPub/Short Story: Three stars. It is too short and I don't under

    EPub/Short Story: Three stars. It is too short and I don't understand why Jim Butcher wrote it and sold it as a solo hardback? It's an expensive book on Amazon and I'm glad I got it for free. It's readable.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    Backup, a novella of the Dresden Files

    "Backup" is a fun, very short novella told by Thomas's point of view, Harry's brother. Thomas is more frightening, scary, and menacing in this than any other of the Dresden Files books I've read. In order to save Harry's life from a trap set by those he can not speak of. Thomas seeks out the help of Bob. This novella is missing the humor that's found in all the Dresden Files books, until the brothers Thomas and Harry meet in the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2009

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    Good but his novels are better.

    It's not as good as his full length novels. The story in this one is much like some of the sub plots in the full length Dresden books. If you are into that series you should definitely read this if not I'd recommend starting with the novels. The TV series was pretty good as well but not up to the books. I'm putting the first novel and the DVD collection on the recommended list below.

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