Friday, June 8, 2018

Review - Brief Cases by Jim Butcher @longshotauthor

Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #15.1
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Date Read: June 6, 2018
Length:  448 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard.

The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue--and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you'll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection.

From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day," Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry's funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.
My Review

I had a great time with this book.  I knew that this was going to be a book that I would need to read as soon as I saw it.  I have been a fan of The Dresden Files for quite some time so spending a bit of time with Harry Dresden and company was something that I was quite eager to do.  I went into this book with pretty high expectations simply because I have come to expect great things from this series.  I am happy to say that this book met every one of those expectations.

Of the 12 stories included in this collection, 11 have been previously published.  I was lucky enough to have missed all but one of the stories so almost everything was new to me.  The one story that I had read previously was one that I really enjoyed the first time so I decided to go ahead and read it again and ended up enjoying it just as much the second time around.

I loved how varied and original each of the stories were while giving me the taste of much loved series that I was looking for.  Some of the stories feature Harry as the lead character but we do get the chance to see other characters take that role including Molly, Butters, Maggie and Mouse, and Warden Luccio.  I loved getting the chance to see these other characters take the lead and enjoyed spending a moment hearing some of their thoughts.

When I pick up a collection of stories, I have discovered that I will probably like some of the stories more than others.  I usually come across a few that I don't really care for as well but that didn't happen with this book.  I really liked all of the stories pretty equally and can honestly say that every story in the group is solid and if rated individually, I would give them all either 4 or 5 stars.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  These stories take place at various spots within the series but I think readers new to the series would appreciate this book.  Fans that are up to date with the series will enjoy seeing favorite characters as we remember them.  I can't wait to read more from this amazing series!

I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.
About the Author

A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

25 comments:

  1. I've read the first 3 books in this series. I love it and really have no excuse for not continuing it. Glad you enjoyed this collection!

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    1. Same here. I always do that with series and I hate that about myself :(

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    2. It is a great series, Barb, but I completely understand. I have so many series that I liked but got distracted or something.

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  2. I've been meaning to start this series for quite a while now, but I still have to put my hands on the first book . . . *sigh* I'll get to it at some point, I'm sure of it! Glad you loved this collection and want to read more :)

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  3. Neat how they brought all the short stories together in one spot. I love when they do that for series. Yay that they were all good ones for you.

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    1. I do like it when they put all of the stories for a series together in a single collection as well.

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  4. I've been seeing this series lately and now I can see why. My, I should try the first book soon <3

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    Vanessa
    Blushing Geek

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  5. I have not tried him! Ack, about time I say

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    1. The audiobooks are really well done if you wanted to go that route!

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  6. I loved this. I had not read any of the stories. I did listen to Side Jobs which is another short story collection. I love when authors put the shorts together to make it easier to find / read/ buy than getting them in 15 different anthologies. I read this but bought the audio. Audio always for my purchase of this series. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I haven't read Side Jobs yet. I do love the series on audio. Marsters does such a great job with the series. I will be picking up the audio for this one at some point.

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  7. I've seen quite a few bloggers loving this author but I haven't read him yet.

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    1. I read most of the series in my pre-blogging days. I am working my way through the series a second time in audio over the past several years.

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  8. I love finding a story collection by a favorite author that I haven't read. It's such a treat. I haven't read any of the Dresden series but I do want to try it. It sounds really good.

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    1. It is such a well done series and you are right - this book was a treat!

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  9. I love the Dresden Files! I can't wait to read this and am so glad you liked it so much, Carole.

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    1. I hope you love it when you get the chance to read it!

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  10. I am happy to hear that this one managed to live up to your expectations! I haven't read many good short story collections but I recently read a great one this year and have been on the lookout for more. I will have to look into this one now.

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    1. It is great when you can find a great collection like this one.

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  11. Short story collections can be really hit and miss so I'm glad this one had so many great stories - and only one reread!

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  12. This series sounds so fun! I'm always hesitant to start the ones that already have a ton a books out. I feel like I'll never catch up unless I want to binge-read everything back-to-back. I'm happy this one was enjoyable for you! I'm adding this author and the series to my list. <3

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. It can sometimes be intimidating when thinking about starting a long series but this is one that I think would be worth it.

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