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

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Here, together for the first time, are the shorter from Jim Butcher's DRESDEN FILES series — a compendium of cases that Harry 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 h ...more
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Roc
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)


Nice, well rounded short story collection featuring some of the side characters from the series. I liked seeing the growth of the author as well as some other POVs. Made me hungry for more Harry!!
Phrynne
Jan 25, 2017 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4000-books
This is an excellent collection of short stories, all part of the Harry Dresden universe, and each one introduced by the author showing where it fits the overall story line and why he wrote it. The final one, Aftermath, is a massive spoiler for his book Changes, but as long as you have read past there then it is not a problem:)
I have read the whole series and wait each year in anticipation of the next book so this was an ideal read for me. All of the stories are good, some short, some long, some
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Stacey
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
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Lightreads
Nov 12, 2010 Lightreads rated it it was ok
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Dan Schwent
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
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Nicole
(First read Oct-Nov '10; read again Dec '10; re-read "Day Off," "Backup," "Something Borrowed," and "The Warrior" Oct '14; re-read "The Warrior" 6/6/15; re-read "It's My Birthday, Too" Valentine's Day 2017.
Listed in the order I read them, according to my whim.
"Vignette" -- Interesting to see an early draft similar to several Harry-Bob conversations that made it into books.
"Restoration of Faith" -- Cute. I enjoyed seeing how Harry and Murphy met. Despite the apologetic preface about this story be
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Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 05, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
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
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Becky
Aug 25, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dresden Fans
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
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Niki Hawkes  - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5 stars] RTC
Katy
Jun 01, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sonja Arlow
3 stars

I have read 11 books in this series and have developed a soft spot for Harry Dresden but never once considered listening to this series in audio. That is until a GR friend wrote a glowing review of how much fun the audio versions are.

I now understand why.

James Masters does an excellent job narrating this popular series. I also enjoyed the short intro by the author before each story, explaining why he wrote this or where the idea came from.

I won’t go into detail about each story as they
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Michael
Apr 24, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
This book was a great way to give you snippets of information in between the other books and the people, Harry, Michael, Butters, Murphy and others.
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
David Sarkies
Apr 10, 2017 David Sarkies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Harry's Other Adventures
10 April 2017

I’m not really sure if I can say all that much about this book, namely because it really didn’t seem to sit well in the flow of things, and like a lot of rather dull books that I have read in the past I started finding myself becoming rather bored with it, especially when I got to the last story, or rather novella. The thing is that while I have appreciated the adventures of Harry Dresden up until this point, these ‘side jobs’, or adventures that he has had
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Darren
Jul 09, 2014 Darren rated it liked it
Well, it took a while - read this in chronological order (in between the appropriate stories) as I worked my way through the first 12 books of the Dresden series these past few months - but it was worth it. I am a fan of backstory and the exploration of secondary arcs, and this compendium of shorts and novelettes delivered. I've captured my thoughts below for each of the individual stories:

"Something Borrowed" An interesting jump into Billy and Georgia's "challenged" vows. I enjoyed how these st
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Wayland Smith
Dec 20, 2016 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it
I'm a huge Dresden Files fan, I'll admit that up front. This is a fantastic collection of short stories that take place between the various novels that make up the series. It ends with a new one that takes place after the major cliffhanger at the end of Changes.

It's fun seeing some of the minor things Dresden deals with between his major adventures. Dresden's trademark sarcasm, geekiness, and determination to do right are in every tale. If you like the adventures of Chicago's resident wizard, y
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Paulina
Jan 05, 2014 Paulina rated it it was amazing
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
Steven
Nov 14, 2013 Steven rated it it was amazing
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!
Ranting Dragon
Nov 28, 2012 Ranting Dragon rated it liked it
Shelves: janea
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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
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Julianna
Aug 20, 2015 Julianna is currently reading it
Reviewed for THC Reviews
When reading anthologies, I usually pick up one novella here and there to fill in gaps between longer books and rarely read them straight through. With that being the case, I've decided to post reviews of each story as I finish it. Reviews on the remaining novellas and the overall book rating will be forthcoming.:-)
*newest review for this anthology

A Restoration of Faith - Restoration of Faith is a short prequel novella in the Dresden Files series. It's only about the le
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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
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
After the cliffhanger-esque ending of Changes, I wasn’t sure I wanted to sift through a “side story” rather than going straight to the next book to find out what becomes of Harry. However, I am so glad I took the time to listen to this wonderful anthology from the Dresden Files. The book contains a set of mostly previously released short stories and novellas, ranging chronologically from before the first Dresden book up to a brand new story that takes place after the conclusion of Changes.

The st
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Sandi
Nov 08, 2010 Sandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010, audiobooks
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
Mary
Nov 02, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
I'm not a huge fan of stand alone short stories but absolutely love them as part of a larger series. You can find out all kinds of delicious bits and pieces about your favorite characters that the author hasn't been able to include in the main books.

Overall, Side Jobs was a solid winner full of tales of Harry, Thomas, Karrin, Michael, Billy / Georgia and more from the Dresden world.

The best were:

Warrior - I seriously loved, loved, loved this story. Michael dealing with life after his injuries
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Saphirablue
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Derek Reeves
Mar 12, 2013 Derek Reeves rated it really liked it
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
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Rob
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.
Lindsayann
Aug 04, 2015 Lindsayann rated it it was amazing
What I enjoy most about this anthology is Jim Butcher's explanations for each short story. I wish I got this book first, so I could read this in order after each novel. But I am thoroughly enjoying this little flashback throughout the series. I am also reading this at the same time as Ghost Story.
Ashley
Sep 08, 2014 Ashley rated it really liked it
Day off and Aftermath were my favorite. Murphy's point of view was a nice change.
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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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