Saturday, June 21, 2014

Review: Side Jobs (Harry Dresden Series Anthology)

Side Jobs, by Jim Butcher, is the first anthology of the Harry Dresden files. It contains 11 short stories plus a never-before-published novella that takes place right after the latest installment, Changes. Here is the synopsis:
Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher-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 novella exclusive to this collection that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago's only professional wizard.

Fans of the Harry Dresden series will appreciate this collection. This anthology is a mixed bag, ranging from Butcher's first attempt to fiction that wasn't of professional publishable quality to short stories around and between novels. First-time readers will feel lost reading this anthology; you are better off starting from the beginning with Stormfront. Loyal fans will appreciate the clarification that the short stories offer, including hearing another major character's point of view of Harry Dresden. There's also a special treat for fans who may want to skip the short stories and head straight for the never-before-published novella taking place after the wild and pivotal breaking point in Changes. I highly recommend this novel to Butcher fans who just want to learn more about crazy, wizardly world of Harry Dresden.

Stay tuned for the next novel in the Harry Dresden series, Ghost Story.

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