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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for writers and fans of the series, April 19, 2012
This review is from: Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (Kindle Edition)
My husband wants to know if he'll like this one. He's enjoyed the Harry Dresden novels, but he's not so keen on the most recent two and he doesn't like short stories. So how do I answer?

Side Jobs contains a mix of short stories and novellas--are they short novels?--all set in the world of Harry Dresden. Most of them are told from Harry's point of view, just like the novels. Some are really too short to appeal to my husband. Others are easily long enough to read like half a novel--plot without subplot perhaps. But best of all are two stories written from different points of view. The vampire of the White Court has a tale of his own to tell, and his (definitely) different view of the characters around him is refreshingly scary and odd. Then Murphy gets to stand alone--yes, this story comes after Changes and before Ghost Story. Even though my husband didn't like the end of Changes, I think he'll like this tale.

It probably helps to know the characters before reading this book. But the author's introductory paragraphs might provide enough interest for aspiring writers not yet familiar with the series. How do stories get into anthologies? Where do authors get their inspiration for tales that follow set themes? And even, how does writing evolve at the same time as character?

Starting before Jim Butcher was famous with a tale set prior to the opening of the first book, ending before the opening of the most recent novel, Side Jobs is intriguing, a pleasingly quick read, and an essential addition to any Harry Dresden library.

In answer to my husband's question, you'll at least like some of it.

Disclosure: We've been planning to buy this book for a while and finally spent a coupon on it.
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