Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

May 17th, 2019 Kimberly Review 16 Comments

17th May
Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Side Jobs
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #12.5
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 13 hours and 13 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.35x

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter from Jim Butcher's DRESDEN FILES series — 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 new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes.

Book Series Fave Narrator Novella urban

My quest to listen to the Harry Dresden Files continues and Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher is a compilation of novellas.

I usually like to save the novellas for last but because of what happened in Changes, I decided to listen now before begin Ghost Story.

  • Restoration of Faith– This tale is set before Storm Front and Harry is working to obtain his private detective license. He finds a young, feisty runaway and battles a bridge troll. This showcases Harry’s humor and compassion.
  • Vignette– I think this was originally written for a PR piece, something that is handed out at a con. It is Harry and Bob discussing business cards. I love Bob.
  • Something Borrowed– from My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding Billy and Georgia’s wedding. I loved finding out how Butcher came to name them. It made me roar with laughter. And who says supernaturals are scary. Wait until you meet the MIL. We battle a seriously pissed off enemy bent on revenge.
  • It’s My Birthday Too – from Many Bloody Returns Shoes and Molly play a major role in this tale as Harry tries to give Thomas a birthday present.
  • Heorot – from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon In which there is beer, Gard and a terrible monster to battle. This was creepy but we got to see Harry do a transference spell and save a young bride.
  • Day Off – from Blood Lite This was hilarious. Poor Harry tries to take the day off, but you know how that goes. Werewolves, explosions and mites ensue.
  • Backup – Thomas’ point of view This was my least favorite, but it was interesting hearing and seeing how Thomas experienced the events.
  • The Warrior – novelette from Mean Streets This story focuses on Michael and a threat to him. I loved the story from beginning to end.
  • Last Call – from Strange Brew Take me out to the ballgame. Murphy and Harry team up to catch a creature who is manipulating beer.
  • Love Hurt -from Songs of Love and Death Harry and Murphy team up to solve some murders and end up at the county fair. I need more from this one.
  • Aftermath – novella from Murphy’s point of view, set forty-five minutes after the end of Changes. Suspenseful, touching and it all made me what to dive into Ghost Story. Murphy only confirmed the grizzly ending of Changes. UGH!

This collection was fantastic, but even more than that I loved the brief explanations and insider info Butcher gave us at the beginning of each story. We learn how stories came about, how long it took him to write and heard awesome things about other authors.

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About Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri. Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

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16 Responses to “Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher”

  1. Mary Reiss

    I know how much you like this series. I will have to start it on my break I hope. I am going for surgery then and hopefully will have lots of time to read! =) Great review!

    Mary

  2. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    These shorts sound fantastic! I can tell you love this author and series! I love you quick short book synopsis and opinion format for each story. Great Review Kim!

  3. Jen

    Getting Murphy’s POV after that shocking ending was a good move! There is another set of novellas that just came out in the last year (to listen to after you have caught up), I liked it a lot. I hope you continue to enjoy!

  4. Stormi Johnson

    I will have to remember this when I get to this point in this series to read these first before continuing the series. I am very behind and it’s taking forever to get these audios on overdrive! 🙂

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    • Kimberly

      I only have Brief Cases left to listen to 😭then I will have to wait with everyone else. I need to decide what back series to tackle next..lol

      • Angela

        I think you should tackle the Elemental Assassin series. I think you’d like it! Not sure how the audio is; since I have’t listened, but many audio blogger friends have enjoyed it that way or maybe Jane Yellowrock. Not sure if you have read that series yet.