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“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff will love this series.”—Midwest Book Review
“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 : 761 KB
- Publication Date : October 26, 2010
- Publisher : Roc; Reprint Edition (October 26, 2010)
- Print Length : 434 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B0043RSIV4
- Lending : Not Enabled
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The second reason for reading this book is, of course, the final story in the book. "Aftermath" takes place shortly after the end of "Changes," a book certain to win the World Fantasy Award for Most Apt Title. There are no spoilers in this review, but it is probably influenced by the peculiar fact pattern: due to a death in the family of a close friend, I had taken Monday off from work, and somebody at the post office screwed up and delivered my copy one day early. Perhaps the coincidence between external loss and Harry Dresden's situation at the end of "Changes" colored my appreciation, but I was actually kind of grateful for this story. It's at one and the same time unusually interesting and deeply unsatisfying, a change of pace and a coy hinting at future directions -- much in the manner of a funeral, I realize. Butcher carries on the narrative from a wholly unexpected point of view, which I found both refreshing and convincing. He answers few of my questions - well, none, actually - while raising still more. What I valued about this little intermezzo was the way it deepened some of the characters in the Dresden universe, central and peripheral, hero and villain. It doesn't really satify my hunger for the next novel, yet it's a healthy dissatisfaction after a worthwhile read. These are all fun stories, sometimes comedic, sometimes thoughtful, and at the end rather wistful.
Thanks, Mr. Butcher. You made one rather bad day a little better.
For those who may not know - Side Jobs is NOT a full-length Dresden Files book, it's an accumulation of all of the short stories and novellas Butcher had written in the Dresdenverse up to this point.
I'm not going to review each story (some were as short as 5-6 pages), but suffice it to say I really enjoyed them all. If you've come this far (13 books), then I assume you are a huge fan of everything that makes this series great, which means you'll enjoy them too.
I do want to call attention to a few of the stories that stood out to me, though.
'Restoration of Faith' was great, simply because we finally get our 'When Harry met Murphy' moment. You know you wanted it.
'Backup' was enjoyable, because we finally got a story from the perspective of someone other than Harry - his brother Thomas. It was very interesting/hilarious to see Harry from someone else's perspective. This story also stands out because it details much more about the Oblivion War, something I expect to come much more into play in the following novels.
'The Warrior' was probably my favorite story of them all, but then again I am openly biased towards the Carpenter family. I had been impatiently waiting to find out what happened to Michael following the events of Small Favors, and this story did not disappoint. Many people point to Harry and Thomas's friendship as the best in the series, but my money is always on Harry and Michael. This story was everything that makes Dresden Files my favorite series.
Finally, we have 'Aftermath', which is exactly what it sounds like. It is the story of the first couple of hours after the events at the end of 'Changes', from the perspective of Karrin Murphy. The best part of this story was getting inside Karrin's head (didn't think I could love her more - I was wrong), but honestly the story didn't do much for me. Maybe it will be better once I get Harry's side of things in 'Ghost Story'.
Either way, I would encourage any new reader to NOT skip this book on your way to 'Ghost Story', tempting as it may be. There are some great stories here, and more than anything it justs so nice to enjoy things the way they were before 'Changes', because you know nothing will ever be the same now.
This book (and series) get my highest recommendation.
Now, I want to know why Dresden isn't aging like we all are? I want to know him as well as an older man as I think I do as a younger man. Aging isn't bad and having a character age and be able to articulate the wisdom of the elderly could be a very interesting personality and fun..especially as an aging wizard and recognized guru of the fantastic and magical.
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There's nothing here that will rock your world, uber-Dresden-fan or not, but the stories are generally pretty entertaining and offer a different spin on Chicago's favourite fictional wizard. Depending who your favourite supporting character is some stories will appeal more than others. Personally my favourite was 'Heorot' if only because focusing on the very minor character of Ms Gard seemed such an off the wall choice but worked so well. I hope we get to see more of her in future Dresden novels.
Now roll on Ghost Story: A Dresden Files Novel
Haven't read Butcher for a while, and thought it would be good to get some short stories to read on my new Kindle.
These shorts are a great way to get your head back into the Dresden universe, and learn more about some of the characters.
Each one is self-contained, and I enjoyed them all, without remembering or worrying about which books they were set around - as long as you have read the first 6 or 7 of the Dresden files then I don't think you'll find any spoilers here (but if you're worried about that, each story is preceded by author comments, and tells you when they are set - i.e. between book X and book X + 1, so you can check you're read the back stories in the main series before reading each short story if you're worried about the 'proper' sequence for first time reading).
I'm now going back to book 1 of the Dresden files to re-read the whole series.
.. matt ..
Several of Harry's regular cast turn up to aid him in battling malevolent fairies, renegade priests and vicious monsters. As well, Harry's brother Thomas and his oft-comrade/almost love interest Murphy get to star in tales of their own, the latter in a story set immediately after the last novel, Changes.
The standard is, as you would expect, uniformly high, and the short length of these tales means they're punchy and exciting to the last page. None of them are strictly necessary to enjoy the 'main' Dresden storyline (although some of them are mentioned tangentially), but if you're already a fan of the books, you'll need no other incentive to pick up these side jobs.
I found the first story lack the easy style of the books so far in the series but then it was the first attempt so fair enough.
I would say that the stories don't actually enhance the series for me but that doesn't make them any less enjoyable.