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Brief Cases

(The Dresden Files #15.1)

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Brief Cases is the sequel anthology of Side Jobs, and will be released before Peace Talks

Set to include the following stories:

An exclusive novellette from the perspective of Maggie and Mouse.

“Curses” — from The Naked City, edited by Ellen Datlow
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

“AAAA Wizardry” — from the Dresden Files RPG, published by Evil Hat
Harry teaches a g
ebook, 516 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Ace
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Jessica Rodrigues He does a good job of keeping his personal life private, but he hosted a Q&A on Reddit recently and said:

"Living without a workspace greatly impacted…more
He does a good job of keeping his personal life private, but he hosted a Q&A on Reddit recently and said:

"Living without a workspace greatly impacted my ability to perform as a professional, but I fell in love with a girl who is awesome and I was tired of not being near her.

I started building a house that was supposed to be finished in nine months. It took three years. So it's been very difficult to get much work done in that time. Now, finally, I've got a house, and as soon as I'm not promoting Brief Cases I will be kicking of the big middle scene of Peace Talks, and then all I have to do is write the roller coaster to the end of the story.

My goal is to have it in the can before I get married in September. :)"

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NoSanninWa Yep. I haven't read most of the reprinted short stories before now and I enjoyed all of them, but I need to emphasize that the original story, Zoo Day…moreYep. I haven't read most of the reprinted short stories before now and I enjoyed all of them, but I need to emphasize that the original story, Zoo Day, is truthfully the most moving Dresden Files story I have ever read.

This book is worthwhile just for the concluding novella. (less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:
Magic is well and good, but bullets are often swifter.
Brief Cases (just published in June 2018) is a collection of a dozen short stories set in the world of Harry Dresden, a private investigator and talented wizard living in Chicago. Harry is the main character in most of the stories, but not all; a few other characters in Jim Butcher’s DRESDEN FILES universe get their chance to relate their adventures in their own voices.

This is the case with on
Chris Evans
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I remember a time when these nice short stories use to be fun little reads between the yearly main line books... instead of the only thing published for years.

Update: Read the book

The New Story

"Zoo Day" - This story is told three times from different points of view so I'll be rating them separately.

Dresden - A touching short story about Dresden having to learn to be a father while also being him. Over all good if rather low threat.
4/5 stars

Maggie - The same story but this time from Maggie'
Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brief Cases (The Dresden Files #15.1) by Jim Butcher is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I have loved his books even before he had the TV show. I love the imagination, creativity, and the humor. This book is another one of those books! Several short stories creative characters and plots that kept me interested from beginning to the end. They also have just enough snark and wit! There were several stories about Bigfoot and a really great one about Dodge City and Mr. ...more
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I already read most of these in other collections.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

Okay, a review... ah, screw it.

I gave this compilation 5-stars even though I've heard a number of them before and some were better than others. Do you know why? Because I DID NOT want this audiobook to end. I LOOOOOOOVE the narrator of this series, the super, super talented James Marsters, and it almost made me cry when Brief Cases was over. I MISSED this series. Write faster, Jim Butcher. WRITE FASTER.

"A Fistful of Warlocks" (from Straight Outta Tombstone, edited by David Boon), read by Cassa
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just when I thought I would never see another Harry Dresden book, I get an ARC for number 16! So what does that mean?


A short story collection featuring Harry and a few of the other personalities? The one I didn't read when it came out a few years ago? Yep. That sounds like just the ticket. :)

And after reading it, it made me realize that I really did miss Harry. A lot.

And now I'm STOKED.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Hard to believe it has been four years since the release of the last Dresden Files book, and sure, fans might have a little longer to wait until Peace Talks, but for now, an anthology would tide me over quite nicely. Peace Talks is a collection of new and old (but mostly old) short fiction that takes place in the world of Harry Dresden, collected in one convenient volume. Together with the previous anthology Side Jobs, t
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

MORE DRESDEN! FINALLY! Okay, so, I'm not going to get into how much Butcher is driving me nuts over here with his newly found George R.R. Martinism. But I will say YAY, because finally more Dresden.

Let's be honest here, though... most of these shorties were already released in other anthologies. Only one is new and original to this anthology. But, as someone who doesn't usually purchase many anthologies u
May 23, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

001 - “A Fistful of Warlocks”
029 - “B Is for Bigfoot”
061 - “AAAA Wizardry”
085 - “I was a Teenage Bigfoot
113 - “Curses”
141 - “Even Hand”
169 - “Bigfoot on Campus”
221 - “Bombshells”
277 - “Cold Case”
325 - “Jury Duty”
353 - “Day One”
381 - “Zoo Day”
4 Stars

It was so awesome to be back in this world (yes, even if this wasn't Peace Talks) and I really enjoyed these short stories.
What I liked most is that Harry isn't the only pov character in these. Molly, Maggi and Macrone (and even Mouse!) have their own stories or at least pov scenes and tell stories, that aren't necessarily connected to Harry.
Of course some stories were more enjoyable than others, with Cold Case (Molly's first real assignment after what happened in Cold Days) and Day One
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I had a great time with this book. I knew that this was going to be a book that I would need to read as soon as I saw it. I have been a fan of The Dresden Files for quite some time so spending a bit of time with Harry Dresden and company was something that I was quite eager to do. I went into this book with pretty high expectations simply because I have come to expect great things from this series. I am happy to say that this book me
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
"“May I present Harry Dresden, magus, a commander of the Order of the Grey Cloak, sometime mortal Champion of Queen Mab and Esquire of the Court of Queen Titania."

I have read many of the “Dresden Files.” Some were better than others. I like this collection of short stories for two reasons:
-----First, it fills in some of the gaps and gives context to what happened in those novels.
-----Second, the introductory pieces provide some insight into what Butcher is trying to accomplish. For example:

Jessica Rodrigues
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Me when I found out that a new short stories book was coming out during the downtime before Peace Talks:

I'll admit, when I started reading this book I was a bit... miffed. Apprehensive. It's been a long time since I'd been in the Dresdenverse, and I'd been spending a lot of time in other universes. I was impatient for a new book.

[Now don't get me wrong -- I understand authors are human beings with lives and other responsibilities and they don't exist solely to entertain me. I have sort of a cogn
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
A lot of these stories I'd read before in other anthologies, but Jim Butcher's a good enough writer I didn't mind reading them again. The other 4 or 5 were brand new to me. Only about half of them feature Harry while the others star his supporting cast. Standouts include the one where Jim Butcher took on explaining the Billy Goat Curse on the Cubs. As a lifelong Cubs fan, I really enjoyed this. He needs to write a followup now that the Cubs broke the curse. I also really like the Molly and the B ...more
Brief Cases is a collection of what they call "shorts stories", but I call them a fantastic way to experience this amazing world in novelette length tellings. Every single story had me engaged and invested in the outcome... And, that is hard to do with "short stories".

I received this ARC copy of Brief Cases from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace. This is my honest and voluntary review. Brief Cases is set for publication June 05, 2018.

My Rating: 5 stars
Written by: Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short tastes of Harry Dresden's world. I can't wait for the next novel in this brilliant series!
C.T. Phipps
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
BRIEF CASES is the second collection of short stories by Jim Butcher. The first one, SIDE JOBS was one I tremendously enjoyed because it was a nice mixture of Harry Dresden stories as well as his supporting cast. I also enjoyed seeing more of the Formor, who are my favorite of Jim Butcher's creations even if they mostly serve as cannon fodder and mooks following the destruction of the Red Court.

Brief Cases is a very entertaining collection of short stories which include three stories introduci
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Actual rating: 3.50
Assaph Mehr
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of short Dresden stories, just enough to tide fans until the next book (Peace Talks) comes out. I've recently binge read the whole series (full review on my blog), so was eager to grab a copy of this novel as soon as it was out.

What to Expect

Twelve short stories, mostly published originally elsewhere, with one I believe written specifically for this anthology. They represent smaller cases that Dresden took between the main novels in the series. The earliest is set between
~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this review and more at Book Geeks Uncompromised!

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

So apparently anthologies and short story collections are just not my thing. Not through any fault of their own but because after reading one story, I kept treating it like an entire book and moving on to something else. So in case anyone has wondered why this has sat on my "currently reading" shelf on Goodreads for so long, that's why.

At first, i
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brief Cases is a compilation of twelve short stories in the Dresden Files universe. At the beginning of each story, the author adds a note about why he decided to write the story and where it fits on the timeline. About half of these stories are told from Harry's point-of-view. The others feature Molly, Carlos Ramirez, Waldo Butters, Justine, Anastasia Luccio, John Marcone, Harry's daughter Maggie, and his dog Mouse.

I think all of the stories were above average. A highlight for me was three sho
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
That might have worked to help hold me over for the next Dresden book. RTC
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Brief Cases is a delightful anthology of novellas and shorts all set in the Dresden world. While one could listen/read without having read Dresden previously, I think the stories are more meaningful and entertaining for the fans of the series. The tales take place over a wide-ranging time period, from before Harry’s birth, to events that take place shortly after the conclusion of Skin Game, the most recent full-length story. If you are not up-to-date with your Dresden reading, there are huge spo ...more
Sonja Arlow
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Ahh Harry Dresden you are my favourite anti-hero.

I have not listened to a Dresden book in AGES, so I was very excited to get my hands on another short story collection. BUT I was a little disappointed that not all the stories were narrated by James Masters.

Some of the stories like Working for Bigfoot, and a few others, also appear in another collection so the repetitions also didn’t impress me. But beggars can’t be choosers and I was just happy to be able to have found some new material on this
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Re-read Update: This time around, I think Butters' short story was my favorite. I liked how the author stated that when he created that character, he wasn't created for a long term presence. Then somehow, he grew into a permanent position. Still 4 stars.


This was another collection of short stories from Jim Butcher. I liked this one, but I think I liked "Side Jobs" better. I love Harry and the world he lives in. The author has managed to keep things in motio
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really fun anthology.

Most of these stories were new to me so it was great to get some more views into the world of Harry Dresden. I think my favorites were the three Bigfoot stories, but really there wasn't a bad story in the bunch. If you are a fan of the Dresden Files series I think this is a must read.
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

BRIEF CASES is another anthology by Jim Butcher that contains various short stories in the Harry Dresden world. If you’re familiar with the SIDE JOBS anthology, this is a bit of the same thing and considered a sequel to it. As this will release before PEACE TALKS, the stories all take place before then and kind of j
Curses, from THE NAKED CITY, edited by Ellen Datlow. Hilarious! Dresden is hired to remove the curse plaguing the Chicago Cubs.
AAAA Wizardry, from the Dresden Files RPG. Harry teaches a group of young wardens a valuable lesson as he retells a case involving the boogeyman.

Even Hand, from DARK AND STORMY KNIGHTS, edited by P. N. Elrod. A story told from John Marcone’s POV. A young assistant requests safe haven for herself and a young child she freed. It was interesting getting Marcone’ perspective
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

If you're a fan of Jim Butcher, you'll likely enjoy this book of short stories set in the world of Harry Dresden. Note that they are not all stories about Harry Dresden! Several of them are from the viewpoint of other characters like Molly, Butters, Anastasia Luccio, and Gentleman Johnny Marcone. Each story features an introduction by Jim Butcher that places the story in context and time in the series. These were pretty helpful, an
Bryan Alkire
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Ok collection. I actually give all collections a default 3 rating. This is because I tend to like and not like different stories and so it generally works out that a balance is reached concerning quality. Also, collections tend to have shortcomings which isn’t the fault of the author or editor. For one thing, collections by a single author have the shortcoming of sounding all the same in writing style and thus, for me, get boring after a while. For collections based on series, the issue becomes ...more
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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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