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Side Jobs

(The Dresden Files #12.5)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  51,532 ratings  ·  2,255 reviews
Here, together for the first time, are the shorter tales 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 ...more
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Roc
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Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 stars

Back Up, The Warrior, and Aftermath were the only noteworthy stories in Side Jobs for me.

“Whenever it gets too dark, think of the good things you have, the good times you've had. It will help. I promise.”

This is a short review. Side Jobs is a collection of short stories and novellas in The Dresden Files series. The title of this collection says it all already; these stories are side jobs, and most of them are, in my opinion, forgettable. Although I do enjoy reading novella
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a series of short stories listed as Dresden 12.5 and after his 12th Dresden novel Changes.

These are a collection of shorter works from throughout the Dresden files but many are around the time of Changes, Turn Coat and Small Favor. Thematically, these are not just short stories related to the series, but actually tie in to the series and build the storyline. That said, I kind of messed up and gave myself some spoilers by reading since I am not that far in the series, so:

Dresden fans, RE
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!!
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2013 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!
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5 stars] All the Dresden fun, but with a few alternate POV’s like Murphy and Thomas to sweeten the deal – sign me up! I enjoyed this compilation of novellas immensely – maybe even slightly more than the last couple of novels. Every story brought something new and interesting to the table, and I kind of wish I had read them alongside the novels chronologically. Overall, I’d say don’t skip this one – it’s every bit as worth your time as the main series itself.

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 Danielle The Book Huntress
I picked up this audiobook read by James Marsters (Spike from "Buffy" and "Angel") because I enjoyed listening to "Death Masks" so much on audio. He has a great voice. Marsters takes you into the world of Harry Dresden in a fully immersive fashion. I always wonder how voice actors remember how to keep the different voices consistent, and Marsters is awesome at it. His pitch and cadence for each character, particularly Dresden, is spot on. He doesn't lose the thread from story to story. I like th ...more
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
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.
Re-read front to back 2018.
Re-read "Restoration of Faith," "Something Borrowed," “Day Off,” "Backup," and "The Warrior" Oct-Nov 2019.

Listed in the order I first read them, according to my whim.
"Vignette" -- Interesting to see an early draft similar to several Harry-Bob conversations that made i
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of short stories ranging from super short to novella length presented in chronological order. The first is before Storm Front, and the last is after Changes. Butcher gives a brief history of how each story came about. Some stories contain spoilers for previous books. I think I like Dresden in shorter chunks. Narrated by James Marsters.

Restoration of Faith ☆☆☆
An early story by Butcher that’s a prequel to the whole series.

Vignette ☆☆☆☆
A very short bit about Harry reviewing hi
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 05, 2010 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
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
Having started the Dresden files series books after buying graphic novels based on them made me read till 14th book and there's still 15th book but I went ahead with this collection of short stories set in the world of Dresden Files set after Changes but contains many short stories based between different books. We have the very first short story with Harry which is mentioned many times and now I finally know the story. Also, there are many interesting short stories showing the story from the pe ...more
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Side Jobs features several short stories in the world of The Dresden Files. Each story takes place before or after a novel in the series. If you haven’t read the series then I’d recommend starting the series and reading them in-between the novels they are showcased or wait until you finished reading up to and through Changes. Some of the short stories can stand on their own, but many fill in gabs or give us a better understand of the world, relationships, and characters.

The one that you should
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Re-Read Update: I can't believe how much of this I have forgotten. The short stories gave more detail on Murphy and Thomas which was nice. I think the author has built a nice little "pod" of great characters that work well together. The whole series benefits from this. Still 5 stars.


It's been a year and a half since I listened to a Harry Dresden book. I have to laugh here because my next statement is such a book-nerd statement. I really really missed HARRY in
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
As usual with collections, some good, some just ok. I liked it overall. My favorites were "It's my Birthday Too" and "Day off" ...more
Assaph Mehr
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an anthology of short stories, that take place throughout the Dresden Files series (in between novels). The writing and tone are on par with the rest of the series, and make up a good read for Dresden fans waiting for the next full novel to come out.

While the stories in this collection are not directly related to the arcs, they do happen in between major events and thus make more sense when you know the background. Conversely, there some references in the main novels that refer to events
Aug 25, 2012 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
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A collection of stories taking place from before the first book to just after Changes. I actually liked it better than Ghost Story. No incoming apocalypse, a lot of actions, and the good guys actually get some breaks, unlike the books in the main storyline.

I am not going to discuss all the stories one by one, but will try to give the whole picture. What is good about them is that they fill some blanks in between the main story. Below are some minor spoilers. How did Harry meet Murphy first time
Sonja Arlow
3 ½ 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 the
Apr 24, 2013 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
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Urban Fantasy Novellas
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*newest review for this anthology
"4.5 stars" overall
A Restoration of Faith - Restoration of Faith is a short prequel novella in the Dresden Files series. It's only about the length of a chapter and tells the story of a case Harry worked before becoming a full-fledged private investigator. At the time he and his partner, Nick, ran Ragged Angel Investigations, an agency that searched for missing children. This was an aspect of the story that I really enjoyed, and I thou
Side Jobs is the first short story collection in the Dresden Files series and combines 11 shorts written between the different entries of the series. Each of them starts with a small foreword from the author and also clearly states where in the chronology the story takes place. Some of the stories presented are really good and enhance the overall perception of the world although that definitely does not apply to everything. A lot of these were written for fun or as requests from Butchers friends ...more
Jun 01, 2011 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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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.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was different. Short stories some even from different POVs. Funny, serious, some evern really short like 3 pages haha but still enjoyable. Only read if youre a fan otherwise give it a miss.
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
Lynn Cahoon
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this view in between the main books. I have always wondered what characters do when they're not on the page. (Which is why I write novellas as well as full length cozies.) Butcher doesn't let us down with this look into the world of Harry. Even when Harry's not telling the story. ...more
Dec 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories definitely contain some interesting character moments but I wasn't really invested in many of the short stories unfortunately.

I did enjoy that we got a couple of stories from other POVs but didn't really feel like those characters' voices were very distinct from Harry's (possibly in part due to Marsters being the narrator for those POVs as well?).
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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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The Dresden Files (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)
  • Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)
  • Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)
  • Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4)
  • Death Masks (The Dresden Files, #5)
  • Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6)
  • Dead Beat (The Dresden Files, #7)
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