Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files

Jim Butcher, Roc, $25.95 (432p) ISBN 978-0-451-46365-4
Fans of Butcher's long-running and bestselling urban fantasy series featuring Chicago wizard PI Harry Dresden were stunned by the concluding events of the 2010 novel Changes. They'll probably want to skip ahead to the last of this collection's 11 stories, "Aftermath," set just hours after the end of that book. With Dresden's fate uncertain, it's his longtime ally, Sgt. Karrin Murphy, who must help find a kidnapped werewolf. This entry is the collection's strongest, full of powerful emotion. The rest of the book is a mixed bag, ranging from Butcher's first attempt at short fiction—"a novice effort" that "wasn't up to par for professional publication"—to more recent tales set around and between the novels. First-timers will be lost, and this uneven volume mostly makes the case that Butcher's talent is best displayed in longer form. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/20/2010
Release date: 10/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
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