Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

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New in the Blacktop Cowboy series.

Here, together for the first time, 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. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a novella exclusive to this collection that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every ...

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Overview

New in the Blacktop Cowboy series.

Here, together for the first time, 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. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a novella exclusive to this collection that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the April 2010 hardcover, 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451463845
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Series: Dresden Files Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 71,561
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher

A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    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 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).

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    I can't get enought Harry Dresden!!

    These stories are wonderful, they fill in some gaps between books. They're funny and entertaining. I don't know how Jim Butcher does it, but he hasn't written a bad Harry Dresden story yet! I highly recommend to any Dresden fan.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Great Antholgy

    I am glad i waited for this book instead of buying all the other ones for a single Dresden story. Its a nice diversion until Ghost Story is released.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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 December 1, 2010

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    The Dresden Files series is at it's best when it sticks to what it does best.

    The Dresden Files series is at it's best when it sticks to what it does best. Harry doing his best to try and help people with the aid of his close friends and allies. Here we get about 11 short stories, and some of those stories play around with what works, to varied success.

    Two of the stories don't feature Harry Dresden heavily. One for a very good reason, given when the story is set. But there's a reason why the series is named after the guy, so when he's missing, it isn't quite as good.

    One of the stories is Harry talking about his life and job. Nothing happens. It's Seinfeld and his friends at the restaurant. They're talking about stuff that's important to them, but there's no plot here.

    One of the stories is pre-book 1 Dresden. Many people I've heard recommending the series have said that it doesn't get good until the third book at the earliest. So...

    One of the stories is Harry working with... an occasional enemy? An underling for one of the less than good guys in the universe? It falls back on Harry's personality quirk of having to rescue damsels in distress to get him involved and keep him there.

    The rest work well, with a few standing out for me due to bringing in some of my favorite side characters (Michael Carpenter) or playing with plot elements that I got a kick out of (LARPing).

    Over all, I liked it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Page turner

    Fast paced action, nerd humor, and interesting plotlines have hooked me on the Dresden series. Although this is a set of short stories it is no exception.

    1 out of 1 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 April 2, 2011

    Never disappoints!

    These stories fill in the gaps between books ... Great idea! Now we know what happened to Michael and how Harry found out more about Gard! Big fan, and can't wait for Ghost Story!

    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 February 18, 2011

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    Impressive, as always.

    As I am a huge Dresden fan i am biased, but this book is as solid as all of his work. nice to read some of the shorts to fill in those pesky gaps between books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2010

    dresden fans must read!

    great back story and sidelines for all dresden fans... especially the final story told from karen murphy's perspective!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Stonefrost

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Great addition to Dresden Files

    Interesting inside looks at previous adventures.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Awesome Stories.

    I had not read all of these stories before.
    I really like the characters.
    The premise for the series is great.

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

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    Excellent read!

    I don't normally do short story compilations, but this one was as good as his full novels, with lots of backstory to the characters. I would definitely recommend to any fan of Dresden.

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    A fun romp with Harry

    I found this book to be a very nice collection of stories which gave me some insight into Harry Dresden. It allowed me to picture Harry as more of a regular guy who at least got a little rest (?) in between his adventures outlined in the novels. The book also allowed us readers to see how Mr Butcher's writing of the wizard's stories evolved over time which was great. I greatly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to Dresden fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Sweet

    It's a great read full of awsome stories.

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  • Posted July 17, 2012

    just buy it..

    a must have for Dresden readers...

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