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Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files (edition 2011)

by Jim Butcher

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Title:Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files
Authors:Jim Butcher
Info:Roc Trade (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 432 pages
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This anthology contains 11 short stories from before Storm Front to just after Changes.

While everyone agreed that it was nice to have a bunch of short stories in one volume, when I mentioned that they aren’t *all* in here the consensus was that there should be a one-stop read (or listen) for all the shorts. At least up to a certain point and then start a new one for any more that follow. Because, you know, the series isn’t over yet.

I’m not sure if my title numbering system is correct because I can’t seem to find more than one list with matching numbers, so don’t take the numbers as gospel. And someone needs to clean that shit up. Seriously. It’s annoying to fans to not have books/shorts numbered properly.

Restoration of Faith, #0.5 ~ Everyone enjoyed seeing how Harry and Murphy met.

Vignette, #5.5 ~ Short and meh. Least favorite.

Something Borrowed, #7.5 ~ Jenny Greenteeth. lol

It’s My Birthday, #9.2 ~ That teaches Harry to leave home without his wizarding toys. Liked seeing the cobbler elves. Cobbler not Keebler. hehe

Heorot, #9.5 ~ A story with Gard. Nice!

Day Off, #10.3 ~ Very funny! A favorite with everyone.

Backup, #10.4 ~ Thomas tells this story. A & T prefer Harry’s POV though K & I liked this one.

The Warrior, #10.5 ~ A’s favorite since she loves Michael, but everyone else really liked it, too.

Last Call, #10.6 ~ Third least favorite, but at least Mac is in it.

Love Hurts, #11.5 ~ Second least favorite.

Aftermath, #12.6 ~ Told from Murphy’s POV immediately following Changes, T didn’t like it because Harry’s not in it at all. Everyone else enjoyed it. ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Feb 4, 2015 |
A nice collection of stories featuring Harry Dresden's world. Butcher introduces each one and tells us where in the Dresden timeline the story falls. Most of them take place after the last of the novels that I've managed to read but since spoilers don't bother me I went ahead and read all of them and enjoyed them. I liked the one narrated by Thomas which told us some things even Harry didn't know. The last one with Murphy telling the story was also pretty good (takes place just after Changes). Definitely for Harry's fans.
  hailelib | Nov 18, 2014 |

*squealing in fangirlish glee!*
I was so glad to find this. I love the series, but was always so disappointed to miss out on the short stories and novellas. Like in the short "It's my Birthday Too." I love the fact that you see more creature features in the shorts.
The very last story was a spoiler for me because I didn't know that I needed to read past the 11th book. So I'm automatically off to reading book 11.
But where in the Hell's Bells can I read about the Fungus demons?
Cheers people! ( )
  wickedshizuku | May 12, 2014 |
If you are a fan of the Dresden Files, you will appreciate the title of this collection of short stories based on the series as each of the stories falls between the time spans covered in some of the full-length novels. If you have never experienced the Dresden Files, but still have a taste for the supernatural, this is a great way to sample the series. Be aware, though, that if you are not a regular you may be a little lost as to some of the relationships.

Over all I have to rate this anthology as very good, just short of excellent, in fact. Ironically, my favorite story, Aftermath, is the one that keeps me form giving the anthology full marks. In the Dresden Files chronology, Aftermath takes place right after the novel Changes . . . and I mean right after the end of that book. If you have not read the full-length novel, you may be real lost as to what’s happening as it is hard to imagine a Dresden File story without Harry. In the anthology, this story is at the end of the collection, so you will have some basis for what’s going on, but it may be vague.

Some very early Dresden stories are included and while they are diamonds in the rough by comparison to the current style, the character comes through just fine. Very nice background material. I also enjoyed finding out how Thomas feels about his brother and the relationship Harry wants for both of them.

For fans of the Dresden Files, this is truly essential reading. If you are a fan of tales a little out of the ordinary, and don’t really expect your vampires to glow, this is also for you. As I said, just short of excellent, so I have no problem calling this four and a half stars. ( )
  PghDragonMan | Mar 12, 2014 |
There are no words for how much I love Murphy. No words at all. ( )
  iliadawry | Feb 6, 2014 |
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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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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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  • "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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