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Jim Butcher (1) (1971–)

Author of Storm Front

For other authors named Jim Butcher, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Jim Butcher was born in Independence, Missouri on October 26, 1971. He is the author of The Dresden Files series, the Codex Alera series, Side Jobs, Ghost Story, and the Cinder Spires series. He has also written a Spider-Man novel entitled The Darkest Hours and a novelette entitled Backup. He has show more contributed to numerous anthologies including My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, Blood Lite, and Many Bloody Returns. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Jim Butcher

Storm Front (2000) 14,602 copies
Fool Moon (2001) 10,090 copies
Grave Peril (2001) 8,765 copies
Summer Knight (2002) 8,011 copies
Death Masks (2003) 7,432 copies
Blood Rites (2004) 7,117 copies
Dead Beat (2005) 6,963 copies
Proven Guilty (2006) 6,552 copies
White Night (2007) 6,445 copies
Small Favor (2008) 6,030 copies
Furies of Calderon (2004) 5,496 copies
Turn Coat (2009) 5,493 copies
Changes (2010) — Author — 5,046 copies
Ghost Story (2011) 4,223 copies
Academ's Fury (2005) — Author — 3,698 copies
Cold Days (2012) 3,691 copies
Cursor's Fury (2006) — Author — 3,388 copies
Captain's Fury (2007) — Author — 3,111 copies
Skin Game (2014) 3,029 copies
Princeps' Fury (2008) — Author — 2,874 copies
First Lord's Fury (2009) 2,584 copies
The Aeronaut's Windlass (2015) 2,125 copies
Peace Talks (2020) 1,582 copies
Welcome to the Jungle (2008) 1,288 copies
Battle Ground (2020) 1,262 copies
Mean Streets (2009) — Contributor — 1,089 copies
Backup (2008) 854 copies
Wizard for Hire (2005) 425 copies
Working for Bigfoot (2015) — Author — 373 copies
Shadowed Souls (2016) — Contributor — 346 copies
Wizard by Trade (2002) 306 copies
The Olympian Affair (2023) 281 copies
Wizard at Large (2006) 269 copies
The Darkest Hours (2006) 243 copies
Wizard Under Fire (2007) 228 copies
Heroic Hearts (2022) — Editor; Narrator, some editions — 193 copies
The Law (2022) 163 copies
Restoration of Faith (2011) 146 copies
Love Hurts [short story] (2011) 90 copies
Mirror Mirror 79 copies
Warriorborn (2023) 69 copies
Christmas Eve 39 copies
Codex Alera Complete Series (1990) 25 copies
Twelve Months 21 copies
Even Hand 16 copies
The Warrior 15 copies
AAAA Wizardry 13 copies
Codex Alera Collection 3-5 (2011) 12 copies
Bombshells 11 copies
A Fistful of Warlocks (2017) 9 copies
Heorot [short story] (2007) 9 copies
Cold Case 8 copies
Zoo Day 6 copies
Day One 5 copies
Dabel Brothers Showcase (Free Comic Book Day 2009) (2009) — Contributor; Contributor; Contributor — 5 copies
Monsters 5 copies
Jury Duty (2015) 4 copies
Friedensgespräche (2024) 1 copy
Old Jobs 1 copy

Associated Works

My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding (2006) — Contributor — 1,484 copies
Many Bloody Returns: Tales of Birthdays With Bite (2007) — Contributor — 1,400 copies
Dangerous Women (2013) — Contributor — 1,129 copies
Strange Brew (2009) — Contributor — 1,083 copies
Blood Lite (2008) — Contributor — 891 copies
My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (2007) — Contributor — 779 copies
Dark and Stormy Knights (2010) — Contributor — 647 copies
Naked City (2011) — Contributor — 643 copies
Hex Appeal (2012) — Contributor — 395 copies
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (2012) — Contributor — 315 copies
Blood Lite III: Aftertaste (2012) — Contributor — 209 copies
Urban Enemies (2017) — Contributor — 209 copies
Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations (2013) — Contributor — 145 copies
Unfettered II: New Tales by Masters of Fantasy (2016) — Contributor — 126 copies
The Monster Hunter Files (2018) — Contributor — 112 copies
Unbound (2015) — Contributor — 106 copies
Farscape Forever! Sex, Drugs, and Killer Muppets (2005) — Contributor — 97 copies
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) — Contributor — 90 copies
Dangerous Women 3 (2014) — Contributor — 75 copies
Beyond the Pale: A Fantasy Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 70 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 65 copies
Street Magicks (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Parallel Worlds: The Heroes Within (2019) — Contributor — 22 copies


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Butcher, James D.
Independence, Missouri, USA
Butcher, Shannon K. (wife)
Butcher, James J. (son)
Ricia Mainhardt
Jennifer Jackson
Short biography
Jim Butcher read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old-- the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight, he'd added the rest of the Narnia books, the Prydain Chronicles, every book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels and the Lord of the Rings to his count.

So he was pretty much doomed from the start.

Love of fantasy, his personal gateway drug, drew him toward a fairly eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding (including trick riding, stunt riding, drill riding, and competitive stunt racing), archery, martial arts, costuming, music and theater. He played a lot of role- playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and eventually got into live-action roleplay where players beat each other up with boffer weapons.

So, really, he can fly his nerd flag with pretty much anyone, and frequently does.

He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until, just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every piece of her advice; fill out outlines and worksheets, and design stories and characters just the way she'd been telling him to do for about three years. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways. The result was the Dresden Files, which sure showed *her*.

She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on writing.

Jim has performed in dramas, musicals, and vocal groups in front of live audiences of thousands and on TV. He has performed exhibition riding in multiple arenas, and fallen from running horses a truly ridiculous number of times. He was once cursed by an Amazon witch doctor in rural Brazil, has apparently begun writing about himself in the third person, and is hardly ever sick at sea.

He also writes books occasionally.

Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. He's plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one. He lives in Missouri with his wife, romantic suspense and paranormal romance writer Shannon K. Butcher (who is really pretty and way out of his league), his son, and a ferocious guard dog.



Dresden Files Series Order in Jim Butcher (June 2020)
Dresden Files Group Read in 2019 Category Challenge (May 2019)
Storm Front, Jim Butcher in World Reading Circle (June 2018)
Ghost Story (Potential for Spoilers) in Jim Butcher (December 2015)
Dresden Files Heirarchy in Jim Butcher (January 2013)
The Dresden Files in FantasyFans (August 2011)
Storm Front in Jim Butcher (June 2011)


This had be a string contender for the best of the Dresden novels. Then the gimmick ending came along, dropping this from a high four to a middling three stars.
crowsandprose | 198 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
One of the best Dresden books -- definitely blowing the lackluster Cold Days out of the water; this is Harry Dresden as he should be-- without thinking weird rapey thoughts every few pages. Butcher seems to have really taken the criticism about the male gaze / rape thoughts -- to the point that Harry literally thinks consent is sexy.

I was really scared that this book, with the set up of Cold Days, was going to go some gross places. Instead it went 'No, gross is a thing of the past!' instead it gave us a rollicking heist book, and one of the best Dresden Files books to date. There's action! Adventure! Intrigue! Double cross! Sex that isn't gross! Faith and hope! Women who are awesome! Women who are terrifying! Women who are terrifyingly awesome! Harry manning up and handling his bullshit!

In short, it was everything I didn't think I was going to get, and the super amazing surprise made it all the more awesome. This is a must read Dresden Files book.
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crowsandprose | 140 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
In the Cinder Spires series, Jim Butcher trades in commercial wizardry on the mean streets of Chicago for a postapocalyptic aero-punk world with large talking cats, duels, flying beasties called mistmaws, and sword-slinging duelists on giant airships. The Olympian Affair is a delayed sequel to The Aeronaut’s Windlass (2015). Palace intrigue, aerial battles, mysterious etherialists, and ominous magical pronouncements from wise old cats spice up the adventure. If you like Windlass, you will like this one.… (more)
Tom-e | 8 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |
I vaguely want to give this book 3 stars, but really think that would be undeserved. It wasn't very well written, the characters were badly fleshed out and all seemed like caricatures, and the plot was actually too fast paced. overall, pretty juvenile, though I will probably read more at some point because I am told they improve.
mrbearbooks | 608 other reviews | Apr 22, 2024 |


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