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message 1: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
This is a Buddy Read for Brief Cases by Jim Butcher starting July 28, 2018.
Brief Cases (The Dresden Files, #15.1) by Jim Butcher


Chris  (haughtc) | 1769 comments In!

By Niki's popular demand....


message 3: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Chris wrote: "In!

By Niki's popular demand...."


😁😁😁


message 4: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Just a quick glance at the table of contents before I dove in, and I noticed I've read the Bigfoot ones in their own compilation earlier this year already. The rest sound interesting though.


Tammie | 4372 comments Niki Hawkes wrote: "Just a quick glance at the table of contents before I dove in, and I noticed I've read the Bigfoot ones in their own compilation earlier this year already. The rest sound interesting though."

I haven't read any of them, but the Bigfoot ones don't sound as interesting to me. I like the weird weird west theme of the first story and it features Anastasia, a character I like a lot.


message 6: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Tammie wrote: "Niki Hawkes wrote: "Just a quick glance at the table of contents before I dove in, and I noticed I've read the Bigfoot ones in their own compilation earlier this year already. The rest sound intere..."

The first one was cute. Honestly I didn't retain the other two because they were just meh. It hasn't even been that long since I read them.


message 7: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Btw, for some reason I can't remember who Anastasia is.


message 8: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
...out of context, anyway.


message 9: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (last edited Jul 28, 2018 09:51AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

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A Fistful of Warlocks: 2/5 stars. Unfortunately I found this one highly forgettable. Dang! I hope I like the next one better. I really liked Side Jobs (the other compilation), so I'm kind of comparing it to that.


Chris  (haughtc) | 1769 comments I've read several of these, including the Bigfoot stories. I've forgotten a lot though. It's been a few years...


message 11: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Chris wrote: "I've read several of these, including the Bigfoot stories. I've forgotten a lot though. It's been a few years..."

I don't think I've done any independed short story reading for this series. Do you recall really liking any of the lineup?


message 12: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Ooh! Anastasia (view spoiler)


message 13: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
2 min in and I'm already more on board with AAAA Wizardry.


Chris  (haughtc) | 1769 comments I believe I've read "AAAA Wizardry," "Curses", "Even Hand", "Bombshells" and all three Bigfoot stories.

I really don't recall a lot of details from any, but I remember enjoying "Even Hand" quite a bit because it's about (view spoiler)


message 15: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Chris wrote: "I believe I've read "AAAA Wizardry," "Curses", "Even Hand", "Bombshells" and all three Bigfoot stories.

I really don't recall a lot of details from any, but I remember enjoying "Even Hand" quite a..."


Haha me too - especially that character. (view spoiler)


Tammie | 4372 comments Yes that's her!


message 17: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Tammie wrote: "Yes that's her!"

Oh good! Haha


message 18: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

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AAAA Wizardry: knee-jerk rating of 4.5/5. I really liked it. :) (view spoiler)


message 19: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Curses: (view spoiler)


message 20: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (last edited Jul 28, 2018 12:50PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Curses: 3/5 stars (view spoiler)


message 21: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
I was only planning on reading a couple a day, but since I already have a head start with the Bigfoot ones and since I'm really enjoying them, I might make a day of it. :)

Looking forward to hearing thoughts from both of you on them too.


message 22: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Just Started Even Hand (view spoiler)


message 23: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Even Hand: 4/5 stars (view spoiler)


message 24: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Bombshell 3.5/5 (view spoiler)


message 25: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Cold Cases (25%) (view spoiler)


message 26: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Cold Case 3.5/5 (view spoiler)


message 27: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Jury Duty 3/5. Nothing really to add other than the sentiment that I'm excited for the 16th book. :)

In these later stories, I'm really enjoying the author's notes at the beginning indicating why he wrote them. I love inside info like that haha.


message 28: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Day One 2.5/5 :)


message 29: by Tammie (last edited Jul 29, 2018 02:38PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tammie | 4372 comments I like that he included why he wrote them too. I'm a little slow this weekend because of other things getting in the way but I've read the first three stories.

Fistful of Warlocks- 3 stars. I thought it was really good in the beginning but it kind of petered out and had a mediocre ending.

B is for Bigfoot- 3.5 stars. For some reason Bigfoot didn't sound that appealing to me, but I really liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. (view spoiler)

AAAA Wizardry- 4 stars. This one was really good. I liked the unexpected thing that happened. (view spoiler)


Tammie | 4372 comments Niki Hawkes wrote: "Curses: [spoilers removed]"

It's Llyny y Fan Fach. I have no idea how to pronounce that!


Tammie | 4372 comments Finished reading 2 more.

I was a Teenage Bigfoot- 3.5 stars. This one made me laugh several times. (view spoiler)

Curses- 3 stars. (view spoiler)


Chris  (haughtc) | 1769 comments I meant to start this, but the only thing busier than my work life is my home life.😖


message 33: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Tammie wrote: "I like that he included why he wrote them too. I'm a little slow this weekend because of other things getting in the way but I've read the first three stories.

Fistful of Warlocks- 3 stars. I tho..."


Yes about the bullying. X10

AAAA granted, I really wasn't trying that hard to figure it out, but I like that perhaps I could have haha. The fact that we don't have the same arsenal about what's possible as Harry (such as sensitives and empaths) made our job a little more difficult, but not impossible. :)


message 34: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Tammie wrote: "Niki Hawkes wrote: "Curses: [spoilers removed]"

It's Llyny y Fan Fach. I have no idea how to pronounce that!"


Lol "Fach" is pronounced like "Bach" so it sounded likes someone with an accent cursing. Made me laugh.


message 35: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (last edited Jul 30, 2018 07:02PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Tammie wrote: "Finished reading 2 more.

I was a Teenage Bigfoot- 3.5 stars. This one made me laugh several times. [spoilers removed]

Curses- 3 stars. [spoilers removed]"


Honestly I don't remember the Bigfoot ones very well. They were speed reads while I was also trying to do yoga so my attention was only half on them. (view spoiler)


message 36: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Chris wrote: "I meant to start this, but the only thing busier than my work life is my home life.😖"

Doh! That's okay, totally understand. I'll look forward to your input when you do have a chance to read it. :)


Tammie | 4372 comments Niki Hawkes wrote: "Cold Cases (25%) [spoilers removed]"

(view spoiler)


Tammie | 4372 comments Niki Hawkes wrote: "Cold Case 3.5/5 [spoilers removed]"

Yes that was well played!


message 39: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Tammie wrote: "Niki Hawkes wrote: "Cold Case 3.5/5 [spoilers removed]"

Yes that was well played!"


Caught me off guard haha. I thought for sure it was just more of the senseless stuff like in the first couple of books. I really love it when authors surprise me. :)

Zoo story (view spoiler)


message 40: by Tammie (last edited Aug 02, 2018 01:12PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Tammie | 4372 comments Here are my thoughts and ratings on the rest of the stories:

Even Hand- 4 stars. I loved having a story from Marcone's POV.

Bombshells- 4 stars. I always enjoy reading about Molly and I thought this story was really good.

Coldcase- 3.5 stars. (view spoiler)

Jury Duty- 3 stars. Nothing really stands out about this one, but it was entertaining.

Day One- 4 stars. (view spoiler)

Zoo Day- 4 stars. This was a great look into harry's relationship with Maggie. (view spoiler)


Tammie | 4372 comments Niki Hawkes wrote: "Tammie wrote: "Niki Hawkes wrote: "Cold Case 3.5/5 [spoilers removed]"

Yes that was well played!"

Caught me off guard haha. I thought for sure it was just more of the senseless stuff like in the ..."


I agree with everything you said about Zoo Story. (view spoiler)


message 42: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
Tammie wrote: "Here are my thoughts and ratings on the rest of the stories:

Even Hand- 4 stars. I loved having a story from Marcone's POV.

Bombshells- 4 stars. I always enjoy reading about Molly and I thought ..."


Zoo story: (view spoiler)
The Butters story didn't really thrill me that much for some reason, but that might have been because I was heavily multitasking at the time (view spoiler)


message 43: by Niki Hawkes, I made it past GOTM... barely (new) - rated it 4 stars

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller | 7557 comments Mod
My final rating will probably be a 4 starts as well.


Tammie | 4372 comments I left out Bigfoot on Campus -3.5 stars. (view spoiler)


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