Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)
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Small Favor (The Dresden Files #10)

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Gumshoe wizard Harry Dresden has had one quiet -- make that dull -- year. For 12 whole months, nobody has tried to kill him. Just as he's settling into these doldrums, Mab, the monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, calls him in for a small favor. (Favors, it seems, are the main currency of Dresden's universe.) What begins as a tip of the hat quickly escalates into dead...more
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Published January 14th 2009 by Penguin Audiobooks (first published April 1st 2008)
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Reed
As I began reading the 10th Harry Dresden novel, I started ticking off little mental bullet points:

Sarcastic dialogue.

Harry in more trouble than any 3 urban fantasy characters.

The frenzied "first climax" that always happens in the middle of a Dresden novel.

Repetitive info-dumping (description of Harry's beat up Volkswagen, Mouse the huge-ass dog, his big-ass cat, his pretty-boy vampire brother, his burned hand, his terrible youth, the tavern for supernaturals . . . you get the point)

I began to...more
Chris
"Hell's Bells" count: 21

This is the tenth book in the series, and if Butcher's own plan can be trusted, it marks about the halfway point for the series as a whole. Having made it this far with the series is a remarkable achievement, and if he can keep it up all the way to its projected end, I will be a very happy and impressed reader. So, a few words about the book itself, and then some thoughts on the series.

Honestly, if you've been following my reviews of this series, you can be pretty sure wh...more
Becky
OH shizzle! This book was intense. Excellent though, and I loved the humor.

I actually really enjoy the faith aspects of these books too, which isn't something that you'll see me say very often. I just really appreciate how Butcher manages issues of Good and Evil and God, god(s) and religion, or not so much religion but faith.

I love Harry and I love these books. That's all that really needs to be said.
Michael
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files takes a bit of a break from the supernatural conflict that has been the focus of the last several novels with great success. The entire conflict isn't ignored and it is always present, though it may be on the back burner for "Small Favor."

During an October blizzard, Harry is called on to deliver one of his two remaining favors for Mav. Gentlemen Johnny Marcone has disappeared and Mav tasks Harry with finding him and returning him safely. But another side is out for Ha...more
David Sven
Another great entry in the series. Great audio narration from James Marsters as usual.

Plenty of action this book starting from the first few minutes. The war with the Red Court might have cooled down temporarily but Harry has peeved off quite a few nasties so far in the series and a lot of them come back round to bite him in the ass. Good thing it's tough as leather. Or at least it's covered with leather infused with magic shielding.

It's a bit hard to review this one because mentioning the bigg...more
Seth
About 1/4 into Small Favor I found myself wondering if Harry Dresden was about to magically jump a shark. By the end, I had decided it might be the best book in the series.

Well, he actually does kind of jump a shark, but he was in an aquarium at the time.

Favor put us firmly back in Dresden's home territory. Someone has kidnapped his least-favorite sometimes-ally "Gentleman" Marcone and he's being coerced into saving him by an old enemy. His allies in faerie-land are trying to kill him. His frie...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
Some Big Ideas Get Messy - 3.5 Stars

Random Ramblings

The 10th installment of the Dresden files is a story of two book (well, three if you are counting storylines). Jim Butcher was flexing his storytelling muscles with what was probably his most complicated plot. I have said it many times in my reviews of the previous 9 books and I will say it again. While the Dresden Files may not be my favorite UF Series and while Jim Butcher may not be the best writer of UF, I think he stands alone as the...more
Ben Babcock
Second review, read from June 7-8, 2010.

When I re-read a book I've already reviewed, I tend to write a new review to reflect how my opinion of the book has changed with a second reading. In this case, my opinion hasn't changed much. If anything, my admiration of Small Favor has increased. I stand by my original review, and I recommend you read that for my full thoughts on this book.

Some addenda though.

Reading the series in near succession like this gives me a new appreciation of how Small Favor...more
Michael
Lots of battles and soul searching is this 10th episode featuring Harry Dresden, Chicago wizard for hire. Here the mean faerie Queen Mab calls in a favor he can’t refuse: to save the entrepreneur Marcone who has been kidnapped by what turns out to be a motley crew of ancient badass Fallen Angels. Harry teams up with the Knight Michael, his vampire brother Thomas, policewoman Murphy, and others for the coming rumble. Later the bad guys, led by Nicodemus, capture a little girl who is a living repo...more
Rob
Executive Summary: Another great entry in the series. Instead of running on too long and rehashing old ideas, Mr. Butcher keeps ratcheting things up and making you want more.

Audio book: James Marsters? Check. Awesome reading? Check. He has me dreading Ghost Story, because I know he won't be reading it. I really can't imagine anyone else doing this series justice.

Full Review
This one is even better than I remember, but still not quite as enjoyable for me as White Night is. I'm not really sure why...more
Lee
As a tenth book in a series, I would be expecting some re-generation of stories, padding and generally the author just finding ways to keep the dollars rolling in. Yes I am looking at you Laurell K Hamilton. However, Butcher is leading us on a story that not only is giving great short sotries during each novel, but giving us a glimpse of the overall story and just how large it can become.

In this story, Dresden actually has to go rescue Marcone, but just about everyone we know is involved. Maab...more
Katy
Feb 26, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of Urban Fantasy

My Thoughts: The Dresden Files books that deal with the Sidhe always amuse me. I can’t say why I find them particularly amusing, other than Butcher does a fabulous job of following the traditional faery lore, but I tend to enjoy these the most.

I loved Sanya’s reaction to Murphy. “I like her... she is tiny, but fierce.” Tiny but fierce women seem to appeal to Russians, as least based upon my limited experien...more
Nicole Prestin
If you like the Dresden Files series then you should be mostly satisfied with this book since it's basically more of the same. That's the problem really, these books are really getting formulaic, to the point where I'd really love to see something truly different from the author.

For instance, Jim Butcher is hitting the limits of keeping his series in a first person perspective. Some of his supporting characters are just as interesting, if not more interesting than the main character - and it's a...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Fitting
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Solid installment that held most of my attention
Characters: Well Written
Plot: Harry’s in his usual trouble
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Nathaniel

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
I can’t say I was blown away by this installment. But it was interesting. I was entertained as always. And the tension that was created was interesting. Sometimes I wish for a bit more romance. And this was one installment that I di...more
Dawn
I'm getting pretty close to caught up! This wasn't my favorite by any means, but it was still pretty darn good. What can I really say about this series, ten books in? It hasn't disappointed me ever, that's for sure. On to the next!
Steven
Loved it. The Denarians, the fae, the Knights of the Cross, the Marcone gang, the Archive... pretty much everyone is present except the vamps (and of course Thomas is here, so that counts!)... awesome!
Justin
Small Favor is the 10th installment in the Dresden Files series. Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire, and he likes to take on the things that go bump in the night. Like the rest of the series Small Favor takes place in modern day Chicago, where the general populace remains blissfully ignorant of the dark magical underbelly Harry deals with on a day to day. In the opening of the book Harry is attacked by Gruffs, lethal enforcers of the Summer Faerie court. As he investigates further into the motiv...more
Sarah
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Gabriel
2012 reread:

It's funny, looking back over my original recommendation and thinking the opposite on almost everything. As the 10th in the series, Small Favor adds very little to the storylines (while hinting at grander things ... like everything in the last few books) while playing with the character relationships.

Yeah, the Billy Goats do provide a little levity ... but only so much. Maybe when read one after the other (with the short stories interspersed as appropriate), the flaws and cracks show...more
Alex Ristea
If you haven't figured it out by now, these are no longer the random detective cases.

Harry is now in the big leagues, and this story has suddenly exploded. Threads and ideas that we saw in previous books are converging, and it's a deeper story on many levels.

It's not quite epic fantasy, but it certainly has taken a step up from Storm Front.
Mary:   Harry Dresden's Love Slave
OK I still love this series. I love Harry. I want to move to Chicago and be his love slave. I'm glad I have the next 2 books on hand so I can read them ASAP. Usually I get tired of a series when they get this long. But Butcher is such a great writer and it doesn't feel like I'm reading the same book over and over again.
Chris
I was a little tough on the last Dresden book I read, White Night, but I didn’t really like that one. Small Favor is heaps (that’s heaps, not peeps) better.

The problems that I had with Night and with a couple Dresden short stories in two collections (Strange Brew and Blood Lite) are either restrained or non-existent here. True, Harry has yet to meet a truly ugly woman, but Gard and Loccio are described in terms that make it clear they are not porn stars. In other words, the description is real...more
Tara


3/10- 3/13/11-
I both enjoyed and didn't enjoy this book. Small Favor was a mythology book. What I mean is that there is a lot of history gone over. We revisit a lot of characters, except this time we get their history. Not to mention there is a fair amount of mythology that is revealed as well. Information about the Knights and the swords. About the fallen angels and who is pulling their strings. About the Winter Queen and what she seems to be after. I think it was also a set up book. There seem...more
Susan
Yet another satisfying romp into the world of the weird, funny, and scary with Harry Dresden.

One thing I decided while reading this book is that Butcher doesn't try to pretend that dark things aren't out there and he doesn't try to take darkness and make it light. Butcher sees and writes that there are dark things in the spirit world and that they are - and ought to be - scary. I also truly appreciate that Butcher writes people of faith having great power over the powers of darkness. Belief in s...more
Callista
This one felt a little slow out of the starting gate, but it definitely picked up momentum as it went along. There are so many irons in the fire now, along with a number of significant things that I’m still wrapping my head around, that it feels premature to comment in a lot of spoiler-y detail about what went on in this installment.
I like Butcher's inclusion of Christianity in Harry's world. Although I'm rather nominally Christian and my worldview is closer to Harry's than Michael's, I really...more
Ashley
Apr 13, 2008 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: avid readers of the Dresden Files
This book was typical. I know describing books as "typical" is not usually a good thing, but Jim Butcher is good enough that typical for him is several notches above the norm. Still, the series has hit a plateau for me. Jim Butcher has never written a bad novel, but I've yet to be blown away by the series as a whole or by an individual book. I don't know what's stopping the series from progressing into fabulousness, but it's definitely slammed against its glass ceiling for me.

I realized this bec...more
Mick
I'm a pretty big fan of the Dresden Files. And I also happen to have a weak spot for stories dealing with the fair folk, so I looked forward to Small Favor because I knew it would involve some sort of intrigue with Queen Mab. And, it did.

You know what, though? I spent the first several chapters convinced that Butcher had just phoned this one in. And there was even a slight whiff of shark in the water, and I began to worry that I was about to be handed a set of water skis.

Then, somewhere - I'm no...more
Peter
Jim Butcher still grows as a writer and thus this is the best written Dresden novel I read so far. And even though it is a very good one, it isn't the best one. The story takes a long time to get really going. Don't get me wrong, this is a fast paced, action packed novel. But it takes some time to maneuver all the characters into the right place and right emotional state for the finale.

But the last 150 pages or so are breath taking. excellent book.
Emily
It is tough to truly review the 10th book in a series. Suffice to say that I thought this one started a lot more slowly than the more recent ones and I didn't love it AS much. While it had a lot of action, it felt a bit more like a bridge book to me. That said, it was still very enjoyable and I really love this series.
Mary
I love this series. I don't think they count as high art or anything but I really enjoy them.
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A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife, his son, and a ferocious guard dog.
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