I love me some Harry Dresden, so Jim Butcher’s new collection of three short stories featuring my favourite wizard was a must-read. And read it I did – head over to SFFWorld to see my full review!
The events of the stories in Working for Bigfoot follow the same supporting characters over a period of time. Due to this they fit in to different points of the series: B is for Bigfoot takes place between the second and third novels (Fool Moon and Grave Peril); I Was a Teenage Bigfoot takes place around the same time as the seventh novel (Dead Beat); Bigfoot on Campus takes place after the eleventh novel (Turn Coat). Those familiar to the Dresden Files will see this through some aspects of the stories, while anyone new to the series (or only partway through) will have no trouble picking them up for a quick read. There are very few spoilers for later novels present, with only Bigfoot on Campus giving some details on recent events, and as such this makes the collection a very good taster of Harry Dresden.
Over at SFFWorld.com myself, Rob, and Mark have done a joint review/discussion of Jim Butcher’s latest novel, The Aeronaut’s Windlass. It’s not often we find we’re all reading the same book at the same time – it’s only happened once before with Libriomancer by Jim C Hines – so when the opportunity arises it’s always good fun to do this. Head over and check it out in full, it’s nice and long!
Considering how touch-and-go I can be with anything outside of Science Fiction, and how a recent Steampunk novel by a favourite author of mine didn’t quite hit the mark, I was very pleasantly surprised – here is much more here than gears, steam power, and airships. Add in Jim’s prose and storytelling ability to a world that asks many more questions than it answers, and there really is very little (if anything) that left me wanting.
As you might expect with a book that starts at the end of someone’s life, a portion of the story will revolve around what came before. The main part of the novel is focused on what recently happened to Harry, but what I wasn’t expecting and was delighted by was the call-backs to very early moments, characters and places that were scattered throughout the book. I’m a fairly big fan of the series and I spotted a few moments of serendipity, but I’m sure there are probably some less obvious Easter eggs for the super fans out there. Continue reading “Ghost Story by Jim Butcher”
Side Jobs is a collection of short stories that not only chronicle moments of Harry Dresden’s life in between the novels, they also show the growth of Jim Butcher as a writer. Before each story there is a brief note from the author outlining where it sits chronologically, but also how the project came about and what he thinks about each story, looking back with hindsight. The first story is a bit rough, which Butcher admits, but you can see the core of the story follows a similar pattern to future installments, and while it needs a bit of a polish it is still an interesting early adventure of Harry Dresden. Continue reading “Side Jobs by Jim Butcher”
Changes is the 12 book in the Dresden files and not to sound like a broken record but this was a fantastic addition to the series and an amazing read. The Dresden Files are now one of my top ten series of all time. Also, if you’re reading this I’m assuming you’ve read the previous eleven books so there will be some spoilers about them but only minor ones about Changes. It’s also hard to talk about the book too much as the blurb actually gives away a massive spoiler, so I’ve not included it on purpose this time, but I can talk about some of the book’s themes and the characters. Continue reading “Changes by Jim Butcher”
This is the 11th book in the series so there will be some spoilers for previous books and minor ones about this book. Given that the next novel in the series is called Changes, I thought it would be the one that shakes everything up, but in Turn Coat there are some serious, and perhaps irreparable, changes. Continue reading “Turn Coat by Jim Butcher”
This is book 10 of the Dresden files and will contain some spoilers for the previous books. As with many of Dresden’s cases, the story starts with something fairly simple. Mab, the Winter Queen, asks Dresden for a favour, and because he owes her two favours and she is one of the most powerful Sidhe around, who could freeze his blood in the blink of an eye, he can’t really refuse. The only problem is he’s been asked to find and save Gentleman Johnny Marcone, a Chicago mobster who is a thoroughly ruthless and unpleasant man who Harry has run into several times in the past. He doesn’t like Marcone, he finds what he does deplorable, and now Mab has told him Marcone has been kidnapped and Harry has to save him to wipe away one of the favours. Continue reading “Small Favour by Jim Butcher”
A series of apparent suicides rings alarm bells with the police. And before he knows it Harry Dresden, professional wizard, is hired to investigate. At the first crime scene he finds an unmistakable magical taint – and a message specially designed for him, referencing the killing of witches. Harry is desperate to hunt down his tormentor and halt the killings, but instead finds evidence implicating his half-brother, Thomas. To Harry, this just doesn’t add up, so he must add clearing his brother’s name to his expanding list. Something that didn’t make the list is subtlety, and Harry’s search attracts the attention of the White Court of vampires …Soon, whichever way he turns, he faces a power struggle that will render him outnumbered, outclassed and dangerously susceptible to temptation. And if he screws up, his friends will die. Continue reading “White Night by Jim Butcher”
Harry Dresden is the only wizard in the Chicago phone book and consults for the police department on those so-called unusual’ cases. But there’s no love lost between Harry and the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined. Yet now the vampire wars have thinned the ranks of wizards, the White Council needs Harry, like it or not. He’s drafted as a Warden, and assigned to look into rumours of black magic in the Windy City. And, if that isn’t enough, another problem arrives for Harry in the form of the tattooed and pierced daughter of an old friend, all grown-up and already in trouble. Her boyfriend was the only one in the room when an old man was attacked, but in spite of this, he insists he didn’t do it. What looks like a supernatural assault straight out of a horror film turns out to be well, something quite close to that, as Harry discovers that malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in Chicago. All in a day’s work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob. Continue reading “Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher”
Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Reasonable rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment. Harry Dresden is the best and technically the ‘only’ at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal capabilities, they come to him for answers. For the ‘everyday’ world is actually full of strange and magical things – and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a – well, whatever. The first six Dresden files novels will be published over three months – a great introduction to Harry Dresden, a modern-day wizard who manages to get into some seriously tricky situations. Continue reading “Storm Front by Jim Butcher”