Brief Cases

Brief Cases

Brief Cases is the sequel anthology of Side Jobs, and will be released before Peace TalksSet to include the following stories:An exclusive novellette from the perspective of Maggie and Mouse.“Curses” — from The Naked City, edited by Ellen DatlowTakes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.“AAAA Wizardry” — from the Dresden Files RPG, published by Evil HatHarry teaches a g...

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Title:Brief Cases
Author:Jim Butcher
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Brief Cases Reviews

  • Montzalee Wittmann

    Brief Cases (The Dresden Files #15.1) by Jim Butcher is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I have loved his books even before he had the TV show. I love the imagination, creativity, and the humor. This book is another one of those books! Several short stories creative characters and plots that kept me interested from beginning to the end. They also have just enough snark and wit! There were several stories about Bigfoot and a really great one about Dodge City and Mr.

    Brief Cases (The Dresden Files #15.1) by Jim Butcher is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I have loved his books even before he had the TV show. I love the imagination, creativity, and the humor. This book is another one of those books! Several short stories creative characters and plots that kept me interested from beginning to the end. They also have just enough snark and wit! There were several stories about Bigfoot and a really great one about Dodge City and Mr. Earp. But in that last story there were wizards and strange creatures to ride on that did not sound like horses! That was my favorite. A fun read.

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Okay, a review... ah, screw it.

    I gave this compilation 5-stars even though I've heard a number of them before and some were better than others. Do you know why? Because I DID NOT want this audiobook to end. I LOOOOOOOVE the narrator of this series, the super, super talented

    , and it almost made me cry when

    was over. I MISSED this series. Write faster,

    . WRITE FASTER.

    Okay, a review... ah, screw it.

    I gave this compilation 5-stars even though I've heard a number of them before and some were better than others. Do you know why? Because I DID NOT want this audiobook to end. I LOOOOOOOVE the narrator of this series, the super, super talented

    , and it almost made me cry when

    was over. I MISSED this series. Write faster,

    . WRITE FASTER.

    I loved listening to

    narrate this short story. My chief complaint? I WANTED MORE! Too short, but extremely promising. I'd listen to an entire series of her Wild West adventures.

    I already listened to these stories in

    and I loved them then. Same rating. Still loved these short stories.

    Good, but not particularly memorable. Again, I just wanted more!

    Fun, fun, fun! Baseball fun. This was a great short.

    Jim Butcher did a great job narrating this! Loved hearing a story from Gentleman Johnnie Marcone's POV. I could use a whole book of this stuff. Very well done.

    LOVED Julia Whelan's narration and adored this new-to-me story from the POV of Molly. Exciting, fun, and dangerous enough to keep me on my toes. I want more, more, more stories from Molly's POV.

    Yes, yes, yes! Love you, Lady Molly.

    Very solid, awesome narration as always.

    Polka will never die!

    Loved this complex story, excellent reading. What a way to end!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Final review, first posted on

    :

    (just published in June 2018) is a collection of a dozen short stories set in the world of Harry Dresden, a private investigator and talented wizard living in Chicago. Harry is the main character in most of the stories, but not all; a few other characters in Jim Butcher’s DRESDEN FILES universe get their chance to relate their adventures in their own voices.

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    Final review, first posted on

    :

    (just published in June 2018) is a collection of a dozen short stories set in the world of Harry Dresden, a private investigator and talented wizard living in Chicago. Harry is the main character in most of the stories, but not all; a few other characters in Jim Butcher’s DRESDEN FILES universe get their chance to relate their adventures in their own voices.

    This is the case with one of my favorite stories, the first one, “A Fistful of Warlocks,” set in the American Old West in the late 1800s, long before Harry Dresden’s time. Anastasia Luccio is a wizard and a Warden of the White Council of Wizardry, sent by the Council to Dodge City to take a murderous warlock into custody. Anastasia is a woman with attitude:

    The warlock she’s been sent to apprehend turns out to be a lot more trouble, and have more friends helping him, than Anastasia anticipated. For her part, she gets some assistance from a

    , a treacherous shapeshifting water spirit (usually in the shape of a horse) who lost a bet to her, and a particular deputy who will be familiar to anyone who knows anything about the Old West. I was tickled pink to meet him in this tale!

    Another particular standout is the last novelette,

    , where the same period of time and overlapping events are related by Harry Dresden and two other characters, a young girl named Maggie (who will be familiar to readers of the series) and an enormous and magical dog ironically named Mouse. Harry, Maggie, and Mouse take a trip to the zoo one day, where several different magical threats turn up to disrupt what was supposed to be a pleasant outing. Each of these three characters offers his or her own perspective on the events of that day, building on each other’s stories. It was insightful and even touching.

    “B is for Bigfoot,” “I Was a Teenage Bigfoot” and “Bigfoot on Campus” are an enjoyable trio of stories about the son of Bigfoot by a human woman, a six foot-four inch archaeologist. Irwin, their son, is an intelligent and (understandably) physically strong young man, but has typical growing-up troubles with bullies, school teachers, and first love. Of course, there’s a magical twist to all of these problems. These stories explore some of the problems and concerns of parenting, with a Sasquatch spin.

    Another particularly memorable story was “Curses,” a tale with a distinctly Chicago flavor, which relates the “true” story of the Chicago Cubs and the infamous Billy Goat Curse of 1945. Bob the Skull makes an appearance here to good effect, helping Harry analyze the long-running curse. In addition, there are a couple of stories featuring Harry’s friend Molly (one of which, “Cold Case,” is a bleak and distinctly Lovecraftian tale set in Alaska); “Day One,” a story about Waldo Butters and his first outing as a Knight; and “Even Hand,” from the point of view of Gentleman Johnnie Marcone, a crime lord with ties to the magical underworld.

    These twelve stories in

    are set at various points in the DRESDEN FILES series and, fair warning, there are some significant spoilers relating to things that happen to some key characters in some of the later books of the series. It’s also helpful to be at least somewhat familiar with the series before launching into reading these stories. I’m somewhat a newbie to Harry Dresden: so far I’ve read only the first and fourth books in the series, but that was enough to anchor me for these stories.

    Though these stories are fairly light action and mystery fantasy tales, there are deeper themes running through them. Butcher touches on some of these themes in his introductions to each story.

    Other than

    , which is new, all of these stories have appeared in various previously published anthologies.

    is well worth reading for fans of the DRESDEN FILES series, but might be slightly confusing for readers who aren’t at least a little familiar with the Dresden universe and characters.

    I received a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Thanks!!

  • Chris Evans

    I remember a time when these nice short stories use to be fun little reads between the yearly main line books... instead of the only thing published for years.

    Update: Read the book

    - This story is told three times from different points of view so I'll be rating them separately.

    - A touching short story about Dresden having to learn to be a father while also being him. Over all good if rather low threat.

    - The same story but this time from Maggie's po

    I remember a time when these nice short stories use to be fun little reads between the yearly main line books... instead of the only thing published for years.

    Update: Read the book

    - This story is told three times from different points of view so I'll be rating them separately.

    - A touching short story about Dresden having to learn to be a father while also being him. Over all good if rather low threat.

    - The same story but this time from Maggie's point of view. This gimmick is a little tiring but the way Maggie sees the world is interesting enough to keep this story engaging. Butcher doesn't do a very good job of making kids talk and act like kids but it did make me want more stories from her point of view.

    -Again? :/ The same story for a third time but from mouses pov. At this point the premise has worn thin and Mouse as a character and the differences in his part of the story just weren't enough to carry it.

    - The Luccio takes on necromancers in the Wild West story. Honestly the worst of the short stories. This one being first was a really bad idea and gives a terrible first impression.

    — A Dresden Short story, and this one was really good. The mundane setup is fun and the supernatural payoff is really good.

    — Teacher Dresden as a framing device is pretty good and the story had a decent punch to it.

    — A neat little short story about Butters and his new (Jedi) Knight status. This one is really good but very short. -1 star due to length.

    — The Dresden, Wrigley Field curse story. I'm just not interested in Chicago Cubs and the story doesn't do anything to make me care.

    — A Marcone story, it's pretty good, but Marcone is one of those characters who's inner workings are better left a mystery. I kind of wish I hadn't read this story as I prefer not entirely understanding his motivations.

    — First of the Bigfoot trilogy. It's got some neat ideas in it but not a lot happens.

    — Second of the Bigfoot trilogy, it's easiestly the weakest of the three as there's barely any conflict in the story.

    — Last of the Bigfoot trilogy and the best of them. You can tell Butcher as an author and The Dresden Files as a world had really matured by this point.

    — A Molly short story where she's trying to fill the shoes of Dresden while he was 'dead'. It's pretty good.

    — A Molly short story where she has to learn how to be the Winter Lady and deal with some C'thulhu monsters. This one was fine, but nothing special

    I think the idea behind this book is rather cynical. While collecting short stories published in other places together is a good idea (I'm not going to buy his rpg book to read one short story), More than half of the stories here were already collected in his short story collection books. 7 out of the 12 stories (MORE THAN HALF) are ones I'd read before. If I had bought the book instead of renting it I would have been very annoyed.

    Just be aware of what you're getting here. If you're a big fan and go out of your way to read his short stories, you're going to get almost nothing out of this book. If you've only read the main series stories, this is a good one to pick up.

    Final Score:

    rounded down due to all the repeat stores.

  • Lori

    I already read most of these in other collections.

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