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Series: The Dresden Files (Short Story Collection 1)

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First off, I think it is hilarious that all the book covers show Harry with a hat, but he doesn't wear one in the novels. This collection of stories give Mr. Butcher the chance to show us some different takes on Harry's world - what a day that isn't part of an "end of the world" conflict might be like. There is some humor, some backstory, and even a couple of tales from other characters view points (Thomas & Karrin). ( )
  tjsjohanna | Jul 13, 2018 |
These are "background" and "prequel" stories that help fill out the world of Harry Dresden. Some are about the supporting cast, that didn't quite fit in the novel narratives. Each has an explanatory introduction, and placement in the timeline. Some were written for anthologies, by request.
"Day Off" was deliberate comic relief. No villains for a change.
Butcher explores more of the juxtaposition of faith in God and faith in Magic with the story of Michael after his forced "retirement". Mankind lies on a continuum of good, enclothed in an evil "fallen" nature.
Most stories explore the difference in deeds that are malum in se v. malum prohibitum.
Harry strives to honor, obey, and sustain The Law, not just the temporary statutes of man.
One could use the formulation "the end rectifies the means" instead of "justifies" when the means is not itself evil.

(As a side note, the books by Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin don't see to have any grounding of right & wrong, just what is expedient or personally advantageous. We have to overlay our own morality on their works, but Dresden's moral code is explicit and traditional.)

NOTES: p 101: magic and belief explained an differentiated.
p. 112: psychology of magic
p. 126: need to know
p. 133: ouch & Oz quote
p. 178, 181, 186, 200, 208 (hat tip to Skeeve): all have ties to Story 1.
p. 212 the influence of small things (morality fable)
p. 221: reation
p. 228: the rules of the Magical Council - and who gets to bend thm.
P. 232?
p. 254: irrational reasoning
p. 261: faith, 264 knowledge, 266 choices
p. 313: (topical references will either date a work, or be endearing to later readers for nostalgia; but if it lasts long enough, it's considered a plus so long as the narrative isn't harmed by unknown references)
p. 333 ?
p. 396: You ARE the magic. ( )
  librisissimo | Sep 14, 2017 |
These are delightful. Little snippets filling in between novels. If you are reading the series, don't skip this thinking the short stories are inconsequential. ( )
  Kitty.Cunningham | Jul 19, 2017 |
A series of short stories.

It was nice to get stories from Thomas and Karrin's point of view. I loved how Karrin struggles to handle things herself. ( )
  nx74defiant | Apr 30, 2017 |
I can't believe I waited so long to read this. A must for any Dresden fan. ( )
  oswallt | Nov 25, 2016 |
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Butcher, Jimmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Chong, VincentIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsters, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McGrath, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I struggled to hold on to the yowling child while fumbling a quarter into the pay phone and jamming down the buttons to dial Nick's mobile.
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If knowledge is power, then it follows that ignorance is weakness.
It was always good to get as much thinking done as you could, before the actual mind-boggling crisis came down. That way, when it got there and you only had half a second to decide what to do before something from beyond the borders of sanity started ripping at your soul, you could skip the preliminaries and go straight to the mistake.
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Contents:
  • "Restoration of Faith"
  • "Vignette"
  • "Something Borrowed"
  • "It's My Birthday, Too"
  • "Heorot"
  • "Day Off"
  • "Backup"
  • "The Warrior"
  • "Last Call"
  • "Love Hurts"
  • "Aftermath"
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Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher -- a compendium of cases that Harry Dresden 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.… (more)

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