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“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Superlative.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.”—Cinescape
“Butcher...spins an excellent noirish detective yarn in a well-crafted, supernaturally charged setting. The supporting cast is again fantastic, and Harry’s wit continues to fly in the face of a peril-fraught plot.”—Booklist (starred review)
“What’s not to like about this series?...It takes the best elements of urban fantasy, mixes it with some good old-fashioned noir mystery, tosses in a dash of romance and a lot of high-octane action, shakes, stirs, and serves.”—SF Site
“A tricky plot complete with against-the-clock pacing, firefights, explosions, and plenty of magic. Longtime series fans as well as newcomers drawn by the SciFi Channel’s TV series based on the novels should find this supernatural mystery a real winner.”—Library Journal
“What would you get if you crossed Spenser with Merlin? Probably you would come up with someone very like Harry Dresden, wizard, tough guy and star of [the Dresden Files].”—The Washington Times
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- File Size : 1626 KB
- Publication Date : June 5, 2018
- Publisher : Ace (June 5, 2018)
- Print Length : 444 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B077WYGXPP
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,506 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I'm (and the majority of his fans) desperately waiting for Peace Talks but while we are waiting, Brief Cases is here!
Brief Cases, just like Side Jobs, is a compilation of short stories in the Harry Dresden World.
Most of the short stories have Harry as the protagonist but we also get some of the other very well known players having their own. Molly has two, one before and one after becoming the Winter Lady. Waldo Butters facing his first quest as a knight, Gentleman Johnnie Marcone handling a sticky situation, and even Anastasia Luccio battling evil in the company of Wyatt Earp.
Of course, my favorite was the last one. It involves Harry, Maggie, and Mouse spending a day at the zoo. Why was it my favorite? Because we get the same tale told by each of them in their own perspective. Harry being a wizard and having so many enemies is never going to make his parenting easy.
Bigfoot also has 3 short stories. Bigfoot asks Harry for help with his scion. The first one, when Irwin was a kid, then as a teenager and the last one, as a young man in college. I enjoyed them all. I hope we get to see Bigfoot and Irwin showing up in any of the books to come and helping Harry when he needs it.
"Whenever you've got a choice, do good, kiddo. It isn't always fun or easy, but in the long run it makes your life better."
Don't hesitate to grab Brief Cases if you are a lover of the Harry Dresden files. It's a must!
I just have one question. When is Peace Talk coming out??? I NEED IT NOW!!!!
A complimentary copy was provided by Ace Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I love that Butcher explores other characters lives and problems through his short stories, in ways that he can’t in the main books. Butters’ first mission is a perfect example of something that really wouldn’t fit into the main books but gives us a wonderful look into Butters’ mind and fears and what motivates him. I find this kind of worldbuilding so fascinating.
I was also delighted to see the three Bigfoot stories collected here as well. I adore Harry’s take on Bigfoot and really enjoyed them when I hunted them down previously.
Molly’s stories always kind of break my heart, but “Cold Case” really takes the cake.
The star of Brief Cases is the final novelette, featuring Harry, Maggie and Mouse at the zoo. It’s a sweet story that gives us a layered view of a situation and reminds us that we’re all fighting our own battles at any given time, even in something so casual as a visit to the zoo.
Brief Cases is an absolute must-buy if you’re a fan of the Dresden Files.
Thank you to Ace, Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review.
If you liked one, you'll probably like the other; perhaps even too much, because they share at least one story in common. Despite that there was enough new material to be interesting, including some time with the camera focused on the smaller characters. There's an adorable story featuring Harry's daughter and his dog Mouse at the zoo, with carefully layered viewpoints from everyone, including the dog. There are two Molly stories (one new), and one detailing Butters' first excursion as a polka loving medical examiner and [spoiler].
If you're a fan of the universe already and you enjoy short story collections, there's content to enjoy here. My only caveat is that $15 (as of this posting, in the Kindle Edition) is a bit steep for a collection of short stories where not all the content is new, even when the total page count runs to 450 pages
There is one new short story in the collection, and it knocks it out of the ballpark with a lot more details on Harry’s Daughter Maggie and Mouse. Jim Butcher has mentioned the idea of a juvenile book featuring Maggie and Mouse, and if this is a test - it passed - please write it!
The other short stories have appeared in other short story collections. See comment above, usually the Dresden story was the highlight of the collection. And of course the collections were in hardcover!
The stories have a wide range of characters. The Molly, Marcone, and Sasquatch stories are great. The forwards before each story add a lot of depth. The stories add to the main line and comic books arc. Dresden files are part of a 20 page planned series, and we are only on book 15, with the first chapter of the next book, Peace Talks, around. To be followed by a climatic trilogy.
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There are even three Big-foot tales, which add to the Dresden-lore and are briefly referenced in the aforementioned 15th novel.
A satisfying new collection that genuinely rounds out and enriches the cycle; each has a brief introduction by Butcher explaining where they are placed in the overall narrative structure and why they were written.
Good stuff – looking forward to the next novel(s).
I enjoyed all the stories. I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy recently. Reading “Brief Cases” reminded me what an excellent writer Jim Butcher is.
Just be aware that some of these stories have appeared in other anthologies.
I enjoyed them all, even the ones I was re-reading.