- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Non Basic Stock Line; Reprint edition (26 Oct. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 045146365X
- ISBN-13: 978-0451463654
- Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,649,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Side Jobs (Dresden Files) Hardcover – 26 Oct 2010
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Praise for the Dresden Files
-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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A fabulously fresh collection of Dresden Files short stories, giving us more on Harry Dresden, the only wizard PI in the Chicago phonebook. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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 ..
I was in a high-street bookshop idly leafing through the same old sameo, as you do. I lifted a Jim Butcher novel, read the words "wizard", "Harry" and put it back pronto. A certain wizard by that name and the accompanying bandwagon just aren't my cup of Earl Grey. Ten minutes later, some unaccountable force drew me back to the shelf; this time I picked up "Side Jobs". So. A collection of short stories, tales written to slot in with the existing chronicle - what better way to assess a new author and gain a feel for the breadth and depth of his oeuvre?
Half way through the collection I was hooked; I`ve picked up four more volumes and just need "Storm Front" and "Fool Moon", then I`m good to go.
Magic - it can get a guy skint.
I see there is some consternation over the appearance of this volume given that some of the material has appeared elsewhere or at a premium price and I`m sorry to hear that; if it's a cynical marketing device the mojo worked on me - I probably wouldn`t have bothered about Butcher otherwise and I`d have missed out, so I can only recommend this volume - it has been a good introduction to Dresden`s world for me.
Then you can sit back with a cup of your favourite beverage and simply read away. The intriguing compilation of snippets and side stories gives even more depth to the characters and the storylines in the books.
I am always pleased to have the new Harry Dresden book in front of me and long may it continue. I just want more, damn it!
Great stuff as always. Simples!
A special treat is the story focusing on Thomas Raith, who has to stop Harry from causing catastrophe, maybe even the end of the world, without even being aware of it-all while making sure Harry never knows it's him doing it. It's always interesting to see Dresden through someone else's eyes and, despite their connection, Thomas Raith is still a White Court Vampire?
Another is a story centering on Karrin Murphy, hours after "Changes", where Murphy has turned up at Harry's new "home"-a boat-dressed and made up for a Date with Harry, only to discover blood everywhere and Harry missing.Read more ›
(This is the first review I've written, hope it's ok!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book - bite-sized pieces of Harry and the crew, set mainly in the early (relative) innocence of the Dresden series, presented in chronological order with individual... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A brilliant addition to the books, a beautiful snapshot of Dresden world as a whole.Published 14 months ago by Kraded
Speaking as a fan of the series I can whole heartedly advise everyone to avoid this book unless they are desperate for another story from Jim Butcher. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Stephen Davies