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Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files #12.5)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  27,163 ratings  ·  1,342 reviews
Harry is the best and technically the ‘only’ at what he does, being the lone professional wizard PI in the Chicago phonebook. So when the Chicago PD has cases that transcend mortal capabilities, they come to him for answers. For the ‘everyday’ world is actually full of strange and magical things - and most of them don’t play well with humans. Yet despite his precautions, H ...more
Kindle Edition, 431 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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The most important thing is that I got my Harry Dresden "fix." Everytime I read one of these books, I tear through it like a hyperactive child in a bulk candy story. Well, this anthology, the thing that is supposed to get me to the next release... it was okay. Some of the stories were better than others. "Aftermath," the anticipated novella told right after the ending of Changes, was a disappointment.

The story itself was a typical Dresden universe tale, with the requisite slime, kicking, intrig
(First read Oct-Nov '10; read again Dec '10; re-read "Day Off," "Backup," "Something Borrowed," and "The Warrior" Oct '14)
Listed in the order I read them, according to my whim.
"Vignette" -- 3 stars. Interesting to see an early draft similar to several Harry-Bob conversations that made it into books.
"Restoration of Faith" -- 4 stars. Cute. I enjoyed seeing how Harry and Murphy met. Despite the apologetic preface about this story being a beginner’s effort, I like it more than either “Last Call” or
Dan 1.0
Side Jobs is a collection of Harry Dresden short stories.

A Restoration of Faith: Harry goes on a missing persons case and winds up tangling with a troll.

Not a bad story but not particularly good either. It's the first Dresden story Jim Butcher wrote and it shows. While entertaining, it has some glaring flaws, like the ten year old talking like she's 25 and the existence of a manhole on a bridge. I may be ignorant of some things but I don't imagine a lot of bridges have manholes on them. Still, a
Mike (the Paladin)
Note: On advice from Sandi, thank you Sandi, I make note here that if you haven't read Changes you should read it before you read (at least the final story in) this book as it will give away the end of said novel. Also it has been advised that I warn you not to read the synopsis of the next Dresden book, due to be released this April.

Thanks again Sandi for the heads up.

This may have been the closest to a 4 star rating I've come for a Butcher Dresden effort. This is a collection of short stories
Feb 28, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy anthology
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy, the Dresden Files

My Thoughts: This is a book of short stories in the Dresden-verse, put into chronological order, and starting back during Dresden’s training with Nick Angel. The stories are:
Restoration of Faith”: in which Harry finds a missing girl, but it’s never as simple as it seems. Butcher complains about the lack of quality in this story, but I think it’s really awesome. It’s also where H
This book is a collection of stories which span from the beginning of Harry's career to just after the novel "Changes". Many things that are mentioned in passing in the novels are told in these stories. The first story tells of Harry's first meeting with Murphy. Another story tells the tale of Billy and Georgia's wedding. Although all of these stories are very good I think that the best is "The Warrior". The reason that I paused in reading the novels at this point is because the last story,"Afte ...more
Alrighty... I've been working on this one as I go along in the series, so technically I've been reading this book for the better part of 4 months. But I have enjoyed it quite a lot, and so I never really felt that draggy "Am I done yet??" feeling that I often do when books sit on my Currently Reading shelf for a long time.

There were some stories in here that were better than others. Some that you could tell were very early stories in the Dresden canon, but they all were enjoyable, and all were
The Flooze
Firstly, I appreciate this type of anthology. Even though I'd read some of the stories before, it's nice having everything gathered in one volume. Secondly, Butcher is quite talented at the short-story format. He crafts believable, contained, complete plots that add much in the way of character development without becoming required reading. Granted, there are certain references within the novels that aren't clear without delving into the shorts, but they generally aren't vital enough to throw of ...more
Benjamin Newland
I’ve never enjoyed short stories as much as novels, though I couldn’t give you any rational explanation of that. I bought Jim Butcher's Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files as soon as it was available, promptly read the last story in the collection (which occurs immediately after the stunning event that ends Changes) to see what new would be revealed, then put the book on the shelf and ignored it.

Over the next couple months my neighbor, also a Harry Dresden fan, kept asking if I’d read any
Ranting Dragon

In addition to the novels, graphic novels, television show, and role playing game, there are The Dresden Files short stories and novelettes. The majority of these are collected in Side Jobs, which was published in 2010. It contains a story set before Storm Front and Welcome to the Jungle, and ends with a novella set just after Changes.

When we were initially discussing our The Dresden Files extravaganza, Garrett and I talked a bit on how we wanted to review
I'm going to start with a warning: Do not read Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files unless you have made it all the way through Changes. Changes ends with a shocking cliffhanger that you really don't want spoiled. Trust me. The very last story in Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files takes place after that cliffhanger and gives it away. I'm also going to tell you to avoid even looking at the blurb for the next Dresden Files book. That blurb spoils the ending of Changes in the first sent ...more
Derek Reeves
While to me there is no such thing as a bad Dresden story, this was probably my least favorite. However, I will admit that it is probably because my love for these books is based around Harry and his thoughts and feelings so when its not in that same sense I tend to get detached.

It was also very interesting to see Harry's world through Karrin's eyes. Reading how her feelings for Harry and the emotions she stowed away bring some validation to the emotional tension between the two.

Other than obta
I usually end up rating short stories a star lower than the rest of a series because they are usually too short to adequately portray characters or include and interesting enough plot. But Butcher manages to add more depth into his characters with each of these stories, and makes them interesting enough to engage you throughout this collection. None of these stories has a major effect on the main series (they are, as the title describes, "side jobs"), but they are occasionally referred to in pas ...more
A collection of all (most?) of the Dresden Files short stories thus far, including one brand new one taking place right after Changes.

Overall the stories are pretty good, the new story being the best of the lot. In general I favored the stories involving the alphas.

Since I only own/read one of the short stories before, this was a good pickup for me. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the series.
Great collection of short stories. The best was the last one, for sure. I love Karrin Murphy.

I really liked those from other characters' perspectives. It was nice to see through someone's eyes other than Harry's!
Day off and Aftermath were my favorite. Murphy's point of view was a nice change.
My husband wants to know if he’ll like this one. He’s enjoyed the Harry Dresden novels, but he’s not so keen on the most recent two and he doesn’t like short stories. So how do I answer?

Side Jobs contains a mix of short stories and novellas—are they short novels?—all set in the world of Harry Dresden. Most of them are told from Harry’s point of view, just like the novels. Some are really too short to appeal to my husband. Others are easily long enough to read like half a novel—plot without subpl
Side Jobs is a collection of short stories from THE DRESDEN FILES. Some of the stories have been previously published in other collections, and some are being published for the first time. The timeline for the stories range from before Storm Front to after Changes, so aspects from every possible point in time in Harry Dresden’s life are represented.

There isn’t much of a central theme to Side Jobs, besides Harry himself. This collection is exclusively for Dresden fans — it makes no sense for anyo
This book is a collection of all of the stories Butcher has written about Harry Dresden in supplement to the novels. There are stories from multiple anthologies and his website, as well as a brand-new story taking place right after the very frustrating ending of Changes. The stories are chronologically ordered in the book, which is really nice for people who haven't read them yet, or even me who read them somewhat out of order the first time. I also really like the notes Butcher put in about the ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Mark rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the fantastic
A short story collection generally can be hit and miss, this particular one is mostly hit and contains some beauties in the short story/ novella department. It gave me worth for value.

A Restoration of Faith An early attempt in writing about Harry Dresden by his creator who admits it being subpar but at the same time it is part of a growing world of Harry Dresden. It is about Harry working for his PI license and him meeting Murphy for the first time. Not the greatest story but one that will be en
I got round to this one eventually and it was nice to be reminded of the Dresden 'world'. Most of the stories work well except for the one that was supposed to be from the viewpoint of Thomas (Harry's White Court Vampire brother). All the dialogue and thoughts coming out of Thomas just sounded far too much like Harry - maybe Jim can't divorce the two characters from each other. Overall, a decent addition to the canon, but not for the reader who isn't steeped in Dresden Lore.
A fine collection of short Harry Dresden tales collected together in this anthology, previously they have appeared in other collections but thankfully they are now altogether where they belong. They dovetail very nicely between many of the Dresden Files, and often give more emphasis to another character or see things from their viewpoint. The reader is even treated to Harry's very first appearance before he even gained his PIs licence. There is also the storyline about the first few days followi ...more
I have totally enjoyed this short stories collection from Dresden files.

In the series I have only just recently read book 4and the stories have some stuff mentioning that happened in the books that followed, I believe the last one is book 12.

I was surprised to find out that it seems that (view spoiler)
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Local library

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 s
I liked getting the insight into the secondary characters that a lot of these shorts provided. I enjoyed watching Murphy and Billy having their own adventure and the set up for "Dresden is gone" which I hope to resolve in the next book.

I have to be honest - the next book is the only one in the series that isn't narrated by James Marsters and I'm a little apprehensive about starting it. I don't want to be disappointed! hahaha

Listening to these books back to back is going to give me serious book d
Side Jobs collects several short stories published in anthologies and on Jim Butcher's website that detail some of Harry Dresden's adventures between books. The lesser cases that can be solved fairly quickly and don't involve lots of machinations and the fate of the world. It begins with a real treat: the very first Harry Dresden short story. It's impressive how much of the worldbuilding is present in this first outing (the Unseelie Accords are mentioned, for crying out loud), and although Butch ...more
I enjoyed the introduction of each story by Butcher. He shared some of his thoughts, why the story was written and other little bits of trivia. Overall, I liked all the stories. Most are fairly forgettable since they don't have major events in them. With most books this would be a bad thing but since this is a collection of short stories I'm glad there aren't any major revelations. The Warrior and Love Hurts were by far my favorite.

Some notes on the stories, mostly for myself.
Restoration of Fai
To echo the many that have already said this: don’t read this until you’ve finished Changes. That would be book twelve in the series, so this would be the lucky thirteen, except it is a collection of short stories in the Dresden-verse, and doesn’t count. According to Butcher’s website, his Ghost Story fills that role, due out in July of 2011. And don’t go looking at the book , or even it’s blurb, either — massive spoiler there, too.

That said, this is a nice set of short stories spanning the e
I was asking myself the other day why I like Jim Butcher so much. The fight scenes are longer than I would like, Harry can be frustrating when it comes to women, and every now and then his worldbuilding just...collapses. Reading this collection helped me figure out why; Butcher changes. He grows. His series do not collapse into repetitive drivel.

The first collection in this story is really mediocre, and by the end of the first beer story, I was really annoyed by the constant sexism. I can under
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi ...more
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