Brief Cases

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 05 Jul 2018

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Great author - well loved by our patrons.  Always a favorite.  His characters are well rounded and interesting. The plots are always interesting. Love the way he merges mystery genre with fantasy elements.
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This book contains many short stories from several different authors. Some I’ve read and others were a delightful treat. However, I did request this book for the Dresden short. As a person who has been dying for my Dresden fix this really hit the spot. I highly recommend diving in and getting your fix from your favorite author.
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I've read a lot of Jim Butcher. Listened to the audiobooks, mostly. These stories are good in-between bits, good explorations of the Dresden world.
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Despite all the reading I do, I haven't read very many of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. I've read one book, watched some of the television series, and read a number of graphic novel adaptations ... and I've enjoyed them all.  In part, I haven't read many Dresden Files books because I'm so back-logged with ARC's (Advance Reading Copy) and a long list of books I'd like to read. Fortunately, for me, Brief Cases, a collection of short stories in the Dresden Files world became available as an ARC.

The Dresden Files are fun.

What more needs to be said?  A big part of the appeal to this series is that author Jim Butcher has made it fun.  Harry Dresden is a smart, sassy hero who gets himself into as much trouble as he gets out of - and we're not always sure he's going to get out of trouble.

You don't really need to have read any other books in the series to enjoy this collection of short stories but let's face it ... people don't usually buy collections of short stories so it's most likely that if you pick this up, you are already familiar with the series and the characters.   However, most of these stories have been previously published in other collections, so true fans may already have read them. Butcher introduces each story and lets the reader know where in the order of the books, the story takes place. This didn't mean much to me.  I simply enjoyed them as fantasy stories.

Three of the stories include a Bigfoot character. I think I enjoyed these the most as we see a number of different sides to Harry Dresden and the Bigfoot character fits in so well with the Dresden Files menagerie. I also enjoyed "Jury Duty" in which Dresden sits on a jury and suspects that there is paranormal involved and solves the crime before the case is concluded.

The stories in which Harry is not the narrator/POV, were my least favorite. They just didn't have the charm of a Harry Dresden story.

I like short fiction, and I really enjoyed these stories, even though I'm not a regular follower of the books. We get a good idea of the fun, the danger, and the uniqueness of the series through these stories. It is worth reading if you like fantasy that has some danger and a touch of humor.

This book includes the following:

"A Fistful of Warlocks"
"B is for Bigfoot"
"AAAA Wizardry"
"I Was a Teenage Bigfoot"
"Even Hand"
"Bigfoot on Campus"
"Cold Case"
"Jury Duty"
"Day One"
"Zoo Day"

Looking for a good book? Brief Cases by Jim Butcher is a collection of short stories from the Dresden Files and showcases the fun and mysterious of the series in short snippets.  Each of the stories is worth reading, especially for fans of the series.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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A nice collection of reprints all in one place, and a great new novella makes for a good short story collection. I normally don't like short story collections, but I make exceptions for authors like Butcher.
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I have not read any Dresden Files novels and have only gotten into the comics. But this collection of stories was easy to follow without needing to know a lot about the characters or universe. Sure, fans will get more out of it, but I found it a pretty good read. There is nice variety among the subjects of the stories and they are all interesting enough to make you want to keep reading.
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This book was so much fun! Great stories with well-developed characters and fantastical settings that Jim Butcher is known for. Dry humor was abundant here and I enjoyed every word. This is perfect for someone wanting a fun read but who has to pick up and put down a book frequently and doesn't have time to immerse in a novel with complex character and plot elements. A lover of Jim Butcher or fantasy books with a new baby or a young kid would eat this book up!

And of course fans will love this. One of my favorite parts were the little blurbs at the beginning of each story that explained where the idea had come from. The only sad part was when he said a story could easily turn into a whole novel but he didn't have time to write it, because I definitely agreed that many of these stories could be books, and I would love to read them. Crossing my fingers he ends up writing more from some of these plots. 

We had a great chat about getting characters into trouble for an interesting plot on The Secret Library podcast... Jim is a really fun conversationalist and he was great to interview and very insightful about writing.
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Though these are short pieces, I don’t recommend a new reader begin with these. Many, if not most, of the stories rely on readers being familiar with Butcher’s long-running series about Harry Dresden, mage and warden.

All but one of the stories are reprints. In gathering them together, Butcher is able to supply introductions to them, sometimes explaining the history and or impetus behind the stories, and sometimes acknowledging more thoughtful themes running through them..

The stories range from funny to harrowing to thoughtful. Readers should be warned that there are significant spoilers relating to events in the books. I enjoyed them, perhaps the more because they were short, so that I could read them spaced far apart; unfortunately, though I love Butcher’s characters, great pacing, and wry humor, he has a consistent tic that throws me right out of the story, which is that at least once a page, sometimes every paragraph, Harry, or someone else, “said softly.” When there are five “I said softly” repetitions on one page, I find it hard to immerse.

I fully realize that this is petty, and shouldn’t bother a better reader—his success proves that.
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My review can be found on our website

I LOVED this book as I do all Dresden Files stories and book
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I've spent a lot of time over the last decade with Chicago's only professional wizard.  Jim Butcher's urban fantasy series really sets the bar for what the genre can be.  It's full of snark, spirit and spells, but without being overly geeky.  So, I was especially pleased to get an advanced reader's copy of the new Harry Dresden short story collection, Brief Cases.  Collected from the live of the series, Brief Cases delivers a group of short stories featuring not only Harry, but other characters such as Butters, Molly Carpenter and Mouse doing what they do best.  Especially fun was the trio of stories featuring Harry's interaction with a Bigfoot scion through three different stages of his life.  While this is not an ideal jumping on point for new fans (too many spoilers), it is necessary reading for longtime fans of the series.  Brief Cases will hit bookstores tomorrow, June 5.  Grab one early.  You'll be glad you did.
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I was already familiar with some of these stories, having gobbled them up in other collections, but they are a delight to read again. What can I say, I'm a sucker for Harry Dresden, and I absolutely love the short stories, as they tend to be just as funny and as interesting as the novels, but a little less exhausting (and sometimes, less upsetting!) for the reader. Harry's life is non-stop, and the novels only get faster-paced and gain higher stakes with each subsequent publication. Some of the short stories offer a breath of Harry-scented, mania-tinged air, while still being more on the fun side than the tragic. 

What else is there to say? I love this book.
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What a fun collection! I was watching The Dresden Files, via a streaming service, but they moved it to pay for before I finished. That made me even more excited to get to read this collection. I liked it! These are short stories and it's a fast read. Great for a trip or a rainy day! 

My copy came from Net Galley. My thoughts and opinions are my own. This review is left of my own free volition.
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A bunch of fun stories to whet your whistle while ....still waiting for Peace Talks.... :)  Some I had read in other places, but they're all short and fun!
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What's not to love!! Jim Butcher is great! LOL can you tell I love him.  I love this collection of short stories and the time and places he has selected to highlight his characters.  Anyone who is a fan of Jim Butcher or urban fantasy will love this book.!
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Thanks to Netgalley and Ace for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly, I don't think I can get enough Dresden Files. He just gets better and better. Often when you are reading a long-running serious, it gets stale and stagnates. This hasn't, it has gotten better. The characters flesh out more with each book, and in this book particularly we got a great story written from the point of view of "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone. Yes! It reads even better than it sounds. I know this is a re-release, but I haven't read the other anthologies so this is brand new to me. Plus, we have stories from Butters, which is fantastic, and Molly which are just as good and fleshed put as Dresden himself.  

This was a great holdover for when the next book comes out, and I definitely suggest reading it. It isn't absolutely necessary to read the Dresden Files before picking this up, but it would help understand the characters a bit more. There. That is your excuse to get into this fantastic series. Dooooo itttttttt.
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Jim Butcher is a favorite author of mine and I love the Dresden Files series.  It was great to read these short stories and get more info on some of the other characters.
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A great way to dip your toes into the world of Harry Dresden. I'm a huge Urban Fantasy fan but believe it or not, I've never read any of the Dresden Files books. I know! Its hard to believe. But here comes Brief Cases and something in me says "Hey, why not give it a try?"

So I do. And I loved it. And now I need to go and binge the entire series because its just that good!

Brief Cases is a collection of short stories from the HD world—the one with Maggie and Mouse was my favorite—but whether you're a new reader of the series or a current one, I think you'll easily find something to enjoy here.

The shorts are full of compelling characters, both good and devious, and give an exciting peak into the world without the fear of a 16 book series commitment (because yes thats how long the series is at the moment once Peace Talks come outs.) But trust me when I say that you're going to happily walk into that 16 book series commitment after you read Brief Cases. 

If you love edge of your seat adventures, witty one-liners, and exceptional character development, you'll love Brief Cases
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I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

So apparently anthologies and short story collections are just not my thing. Not through any fault of their own but because after reading one story, I kept treating it like an entire book and moving on to something else. So in case anyone has wondered why this has sat on my “currently reading” shelf on Goodreads for so long, that’s why.

At first, it kind of bothered me that this collection is mostly stories that had previously been published elsewhere rather than all new stories. On further thought though, that would just prolong the completion of Peace Talks so I can deal with it. :)

As for Brief Cases itself, much like the main series, some stories I really enjoyed, others I found okay.

There are several stories (3 I think) that deal with Bigfoot that I am kind of sad never made it into the main storyline. The story itself was on that was okay for me but I liked seeing Harry helping a supernatural creature in the way he is typically helping just humans, especially in the earlier books.

But the stories from Marcone and Molly! I was really unsure how I would feel about a Dresden Files story from another POV but I actually really liked these stories.

Molly is a character that I have liked since her introduction but never really connected with her. Never disliked her but was never overly excited to see her either. Because of this I was not too excited about reading her stories but again, I was pleasantly surprised by them.

However, Marcone’s story was the true gem for me. He is such a shadowy figure in the Dresden Files universe and his character is very…fluid. Very unpredictable to me. I absolutely loved reading from inside his mind. I would probably read a standalone novel entirely from his perspective.

So although these short story collections are not usually my thing and it did take me a while to get through it due to my own bad habits, this was a great way to hold over this fan of the Dresden Files until Peace Talks is released.
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Fans of Harry Dresden will enjoy this tid bit - and will be crying desperately for more.  I know, because I am one of them!  Several shorts in here are new, while some were published in between his other books. His relationship with Big Foot is filled out, and we learn a bit more about Mouse.  But with Dresden's forays into the gaming world and his new series, Dresden fans suffer long waits in between new novels.  

Take this offering, and enjoy it.  It may have to last a while.
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This is considered #15.1 in the Dresden Files series. The stories are enjoyable even if you haven't read the complete series yet. Though if you haven't read all of the series, there are spoilers. It contains 11 short stories that were previously published and one novella that is new. The entry for Brief Cases on Goodreads has a list of all of the stories with about a one sentence summary of each.

I enjoyed all of the stories, but maybe in particular that there were 3 of them about a Bigfoot. They were mostly lighter than some of the others in the collection. I also found that I liked the story "Even Hand" which is told from Johnnie Marcone's point of view. It was nice to see another side of him, a deeper side.

The novella, "Zoo Day," I probably would have skipped if I knew ahead of time that it was in part a dog story. I generally don't read those in case something happens to the dog. But, the story was good.

The stories are all from various points in the series. Goodreads again includes where each story falls in the series in their synopsis here.

I'd have to say overall I give the book 4 out of 5 stars. The stories are well-written. You can enjoy them without having read the series, but you will encounter spoilers. There is a variety. Not all of the stories are from Harry's point of view. I would recommend this book and the series to fans of urban fantasy.

Brief Cases by Jim Butcher was released June 5th, 2018 from Ace.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. This did not affect my opinion of the book. The review is unbiased and honest.
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