Side Jobs, by Jim Butcher
Side Jobs is a collection of eleven short stories set in the Dresden Files universe, one of which is the first time in print. All but a couple are narrated in first person by Harry Dresden, just as the full length novels are. One is written from Harry’s brother’s point of view, as he tries to help Harry – without Harry knowing. And the final, original story is written from former Chicago cop Murphy’s point of view, following last year’s events in the book Changes.
There are some spoilers in the short stories, if readers aren’t up-to-date in the books. But each story is certainly fun, humorous, suspenseful, and exciting with plenty of magic and adventure. From rogue vampires to tampering with Mac’s beer, Harry’s adventures are diverse and never dull. Each story has an intro by Butcher with a brief and interesting explanation behind the tale. I don’t usually read anthologies by multiple authors, but as a Dresden fan, this gave me a chance to catch up on what I’ve missed. This is a fantastic collection of short stories that are a must read for any Dresden Files fan.