Review – Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

Posted January 5, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review – Side Jobs by Jim ButcherSide Jobs by Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #12.5
Published by Penguin Audio on October 26, 2010
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Length: 13 hours 13 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

With tales ranging from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious--including an original story for this volume--Side Jobs is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan.

As Chicago's only professional wizard, Harry Dresden has had cases that have pitted him against insane necromancers, power-hungry faerie queens, enigmatic dark wizards, fallen angels--pretty much a "who's who" of hell and beyond--with the stakes in each case ranging from a lone human soul to the entire human race. But not every adventure Harry Dresden undertakes is an epic tale of life and death in a world on the edge of annihilation.

I enjoyed this collection of short stories. This was a really solid collection and I liked every story in the book. I did like some stories more than others as I expect with this kind of collection. I really enjoyed how the collection was set up with a quick introduction to each story and some background information about how each story came to be. I am glad that I decided to pick this book up.

The stories in this collection fall anywhere from before the first book to after the twelfth book in the series. I don’t think that you absolutely have to read any of the stories to enjoy the other books in the series but I liked being able to see some of my favorite characters in these short works. Most of the stories are told from Harry Dresden’s point of view just like the main books in the series. There were also stories from Thomas’s and Karrin’s points of view which were the highlight of the book for me.

James Marsters continues to do a phenomenal job with this series. He does such a great job in bringing Harry to life and I love the voices that he uses for the supporting characters. He did a fantastic job in making Thomas sound very different from Harry in the story from that point of view and I even think that he did a good job with Karrin’s voice. I think that this narrator really takes this book to the next level.

I would recommend this book to fans of the series. I had a great time with the story and loved getting to see more of my favorite characters. I had read some of these stories before in other collections but this was the first time I read this book as a whole and I definitely found it to be worthwhile. I cannot wait to continue with this series!

About Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and the Cinder Spires novels. He lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

8 responses to “Review – Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

  1. I loved these. James Marsters is awesome. I like the additional development of characters the extra stories provide. I thought the intro to the story was exceptional and really increased my enjoyment of the stories.

  2. I’ve never heard of this book or author before, but I’m glad that you enjoyed it! I don’t read many short stories/short story collections, so I may need to give this one a try. Wishing you a happy new year 🙂

    claire @ clairefy

  3. I love collections like these too. I enjoy the side stories and the stories featuring side characters. I also agree that the intros are a great addition. I find that I miss that when authors don’t include them. Wonderful review.