Side Jobs

Side Jobs

by Jim Butcher
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Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101464533
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Series: Dresden Files Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 2,345
File size: 579 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

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amslogos More than 1 year ago
The hardcover is on my desk next to me, and of course I have all Dresden titles for Nook, too, now. Each short story is headed by an annotation by Jim Butcher himself. Pretty cool. A Restoration of Faith (pg 1) is a pre-Storm Front look at Harry meeting Murphy. Harry saves a run-away pre-teen girl from a Bridge Troll. Vignette (pg 21) is a look at Harry working out a Yellowbook ad with Bob. Something Borrowed (27) is a look at a Faerie revenge move on Billy and Georgia's wedding. It's My Birthday, Too (61) is a fast-paced Black Court Vamp romp of wit, quick thinking, and Little Folk bargaining when Harry tries to celebrate Thomas' birthday. My favorite of the book! Heorot (107) teams Dresden up with Gard. We learn her background, your jaw drops, a damsel is saved, and Mac thanks Harry. Day Off (149) is my second favorite "side job". If artists were contracted to paint this story, they would need to hire the genetic love-child of Norman Rockwell, someone from The New Yorker magazine, and any conceptual artist Sam Rami used in the Spider-Man trilogy. Backup (173) is a Thomas Raith POV. Worth the read. I bought this when it was released seperately, and was not disappointed. It deepens the scope of the non-human realm of the Dresdenverse. The Warrior (211) shows how little choices have big ramifications. And it shows that Michael, though disabled, is still one kick-butt character. Last Call (269) is a Harry/Murphy tag team that stops a maenad from turning a Bulls game into a drunken lovefest. Murphy nearly cleans Dresden's clock. Read it! Love Hurts (303) is a fun read about a Red Court scientist "spreading" love through enchantment, and how Harry/Murphy tag that creature for Death's collection. Aftermath (335) is a Murphy POV after Changes, when Dresden is missing/ presumed dead. Murphy and Billy go after Sea Mutants. Oh, yeah, and Marcone spares Billy's life so he can save others' lives. Look for that debt to be called upon later in the Dresden series. I rated the Book Cover poorly, because Dresden does NOT wear a hat, but ROC's artist can't take it off, apparently.... I had a hard time rounding up these Side Job stories on my own. I ran across "The Warrior" after I read Turn Coat in that small anthology. I scoured the Internet for PDF scans of any other short Dresden story. Now I have them all! :)
harstan More than 1 year ago
Although the quality of the eleven entries varies to an incredible degree, fans of Dresden will want to read the anthology that is a sort of history of the author. No question, the audience will want to read the novella "Aftermath", which occurs a few hours after the end of the stunning Changes. Many of the tales fill the gaps between the novels especially with a close look at support cast in entries like "Backup" focuses on Thomas and "Warrior" on Michael. Some like the first Dresden unpublished tale, A Restoration of Faith, displays Jim Butcher's talent, but not experience as the contribution is a bit confusing; that might be caused by knowing so much about the only wizard in the Chicago phone book. Clearly this compilation is for fans of the series; newcomers would be better off watching the TV show or starting with the novels as that is Mr. Butcher's forte. Harriet Klausner
Shiroikami More than 1 year ago
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).
2cquarterhorses More than 1 year ago
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.
Tyloric More than 1 year ago
This was a welcome distraction while waiting for Ghost Story, I must say, but fans looking for answers to questions that were raised at the end of Changes will not find them here. The new Novella features Murphy and offers no clues as to what happened to Harry. It's a neat little collection, but fans looking for a significant push to the plot will not find it here.
karpomatic More than 1 year ago
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.
DB0412 More than 1 year ago
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.
Nikkiandthedrone More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is a great read between other reads. That's when I catch up with Harry and his antics. Like different T,V. shows. Great stories.
Adam Buecher More than 1 year ago
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.
captBlood More than 1 year ago
Love the entire series
Fast_Reader11 More than 1 year ago
It was great to have all of the stories together!
Rae Childs More than 1 year ago
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!
BookerTD More than 1 year ago
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?
BookmanCox More than 1 year ago
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.
April Mitchell More than 1 year ago
great back story and sidelines for all dresden fans... especially the final story told from karen murphy's perspective!
Anonymous 5 days ago
I love all of these characters. The Dresden Files always has a way of making you smile.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A good book and a quick read. Some stories bring together missing links to the books, while others are quick heartfelt bits of the life of Harry Dresden, Professional Wizard.
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Typical Dresden... I am a rabid Jim Butcher fan and believe he created Harry Dresden to explain Murphy's Law to those unfamiliar with the basic premiss... "Anything the can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible time to the greatest possible extent !!! "
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