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Brief Cases is the sequel anthology of Side Jobs, and will be released before Peace Talks

Set to include the following stories:

An exclusive novellette from the perspective of Maggie and Mouse.

“Curses” — from The Naked City, edited by Ellen Datlow
Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

“AAAA Wizardry” — from the Dresden Files RPG, published by Evil Hat
Harry teaches a g
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ebook, 516 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Ace
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Jessica He does a good job of keeping his personal life private, but he hosted a Q&A on Reddit recently and said:

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He does a good job of keeping his personal life private, but he hosted a Q&A on Reddit recently and said:

"Living without a workspace greatly impacted my ability to perform as a professional, but I fell in love with a girl who is awesome and I was tired of not being near her.

I started building a house that was supposed to be finished in nine months. It took three years. So it's been very difficult to get much work done in that time. Now, finally, I've got a house, and as soon as I'm not promoting Brief Cases I will be kicking of the big middle scene of Peace Talks, and then all I have to do is write the roller coaster to the end of the story.

My goal is to have it in the can before I get married in September. :)"

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NoSanninWa Yep. I haven't read most of the reprinted short stories before now and I enjoyed all of them, but I need to emphasize that the original story, Zoo…moreYep. I haven't read most of the reprinted short stories before now and I enjoyed all of them, but I need to emphasize that the original story, Zoo Day, is truthfully the most moving Dresden Files story I have ever read.

This book is worthwhile just for the concluding novella. (less)

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:
Magic is well and good, but bullets are often swifter.
Brief Cases (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 on
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Chris Evans
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
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

The New Story

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

Dresden - A touching short story about Dresden having to learn to be a father while also being him. Over all good if rather low threat.
4/5 stars

Maggie - The same story but this time from Maggie's po
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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 James Marsters, and it almost made me cry when Brief Cases was over. I MISSED this series. Write faster, Jim Butcher. WRITE FASTER.


"A Fistful of Warlocks" (from Straight Outta Tombstone, edited by David Boon), read by Cassa
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Lori
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I already read most of these in other collections.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.com/2018/06/05/...

Hard to believe it has been four years since the release of the last Dresden Files book, and sure, fans might have a little longer to wait until Peace Talks, but for now, an anthology would tide me over quite nicely. Peace Talks is a collection of new and old (but mostly old) short fiction that takes place in the world of Harry Dresden, collected in one convenient volume. Together with the previous anthology Side Jobs, t
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Karl
May 23, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Contents:

001 - “A Fistful of Warlocks”
029 - “B Is for Bigfoot”
061 - “AAAA Wizardry”
085 - “I was a Teenage Bigfoot
113 - “Curses”
141 - “Even Hand”
169 - “Bigfoot on Campus”
221 - “Bombshells”
277 - “Cold Case”
325 - “Jury Duty”
353 - “Day One”
381 - “Zoo Day”
Steven
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

MORE DRESDEN! FINALLY! Okay, so, I'm not going to get into how much Butcher is driving me nuts over here with his newly found George R.R. Martinism. But I will say YAY, because finally more Dresden.

Let's be honest here, though... most of these shorties were already released in other anthologies. Only one is new and original to this anthology. But, as someone who doesn't usually purchase many anthologies u
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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 me
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Jessica
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Me when I found out that a new short stories book was coming out during the downtime before Peace Talks:



I'll admit, when I started reading this book I was a bit... miffed. Apprehensive. It's been a long time since I'd been in the Dresdenverse, and I'd been spending a lot of time in other universes. I was impatient for a new book.

[Now don't get me wrong -- I understand authors are human beings with lives and other responsibilities and they don't exist solely to entertain me. I have sort of a cogn
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Beth
Brief Cases is a collection of what they call "shorts stories", but I call them a fantastic way to experience this amazing world in novelette length tellings. Every single story had me engaged and invested in the outcome... And, that is hard to do with "short stories".

I received this ARC copy of Brief Cases from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace. This is my honest and voluntary review. Brief Cases is set for publication June 05, 2018.

My Rating: 5 stars
Written by: Jim Butcher
Series: Dresden Files
Har
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Yodamom
Jun 07, 2018 marked it as to-read
OH MY OH MY OH MY ! Lookie what came in the mail for me today ! Squeeeeeee.
C.T. Phipps
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
BRIEF CASES is the second collection of short stories by Jim Butcher. The first one, SIDE JOBS was one I tremendously enjoyed because it was a nice mixture of Harry Dresden stories as well as his supporting cast. I also enjoyed seeing more of the Formor, who are my favorite of Jim Butcher's creations even if they mostly serve as cannon fodder and mooks following the destruction of the Red Court.

Brief Cases is a very entertaining collection of short stories which include three stories introduci
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Assaph Mehr
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of short Dresden stories, just enough to tide fans until the next book (Peace Talks) comes out. I've recently binge read the whole series (full review on my blog), so was eager to grab a copy of this novel as soon as it was out.

What to Expect

Twelve short stories, mostly published originally elsewhere, with one I believe written specifically for this anthology. They represent smaller cases that Dresden took between the main novels in the series. The earliest is set between
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Brief Cases is a delightful anthology of novellas and shorts all set in the Dresden world. While one could listen/read without having read Dresden previously, I think the stories are more meaningful and entertaining for the fans of the series. The tales take place over a wide-ranging time period, from before Harry’s birth, to events that take place shortly after the conclusion of Skin Game, the most recent full-length story. If you are not up-to-date with your Dresden reading, there are huge spo ...more
Michael
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really fun anthology.

Most of these stories were new to me so it was great to get some more views into the world of Harry Dresden. I think my favorites were the three Bigfoot stories, but really there wasn't a bad story in the bunch. If you are a fan of the Dresden Files series I think this is a must read.
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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


BRIEF CASES is another anthology by Jim Butcher that contains various short stories in the Harry Dresden world. If you’re familiar with the SIDE JOBS anthology, this is a bit of the same thing and considered a sequel to it. As this will release before PEACE TALKS, the stories all take place before then and kind of jump around in the series. So so
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Jacqie
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

If you're a fan of Jim Butcher, you'll likely enjoy this book of short stories set in the world of Harry Dresden. Note that they are not all stories about Harry Dresden! Several of them are from the viewpoint of other characters like Molly, Butters, Anastasia Luccio, and Gentleman Johnny Marcone. Each story features an introduction by Jim Butcher that places the story in context and time in the series. These were pretty helpful, an
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Robin
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's Molly Carpenter's first week as the Winter Lady. Mab has tasked her with collecting a tribute from the Miksani, a small group of Fae who live in Alaska. When Molly arrives at the town, she finds Warden Carlos Ramirez is also there. He has been sent to help the Miksani. Molly and Carlos soon discover that something strange is going on. Some local fishermen have been possessed by some scary creatures. Molly is hoping this doesn't ruin her first assignment as the Winter Lady.

I've been waiting
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Krista D.
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
(audiobook review)

First, I had no idea that James Marsters wasn't narrating all of the stories. While I was OK with the narrator for the Molly POV stories, the Lucio story was unlistenable for me and I had to skip it. That was also the only one of the previously-published stories I had not read, which is really irritating.

I liked the Harry and Mouse scenes in Zoo Day, but not Maggie. Honestly, I don't read the Dresden Files for its female characters - and that includes female children. Likewise
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Rob
Review
What I really want (like I'm sure all Dresden fans do) is for Peace Talks to come out. In the meantime, it was nice to get this collection. It also helped a lot that I got to meet Mr. Butcher on a tour for the book!

I've really enjoyed his last few books a lot, but I've always had a bit of mixed feeling about the short stories. This book contains 11 stories that have been published since Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files and one brand new story. As such I'd read about half of the
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Ami
A Fistful of Warlock: 3 stars
Luccio teaming up with Wyatt Earp (!) in Wild Wild West. The thing is, I don't really pay a lot of attention to Luccio in the series. Even if she said something awesome in here...

“I am a lot of woman. I assure you, Deputy, that I am more than capable of handling it.” (It refers to Luccio's guns)

B Is For Bigfoot; I Was A Teenage Bigfoot; Bigfoot On Campus: 4 stars
Read and reviewed through Working for Bigfoot

AAAA Wizardry: 4 stars
I always think of Harry being an EXCELL
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Emily
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Advance copy provided by NetGalley.

This is one of those times that I wish GR had half stars. This collection deserves better than 3 stars (at least my 3-star rating), but I don’t know if it really deserves 4. I’ll break it down by story, do some Goodreads math, and see how it comes out.

"Fistful of Warlocks"—3.5 stars. Loved the idea, but it was a little underdeveloped. (view spoiler)
"B is for Bigfoot"—
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Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I am up-to-date in my  Dresden Files series  reading, so for the first time I could request and review one when released.  I totally love this series and all its wonderful characters.  I started to read this with excitement a few weeks ago and couldn't seem to get going on the first story.

So I began again with trepidation, rather
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Mark
It seems such a long time ago we got some new material starring everybody's favorite PI/Magician. And while they are a collection of short stories and most of them have been published before I am the kind of person who waits for a collection before buying them in a 100 different publications.
It felt kinda nice to hear his voice again after the long time ago after his last adventure in book form.
The stories are generally good and the Bigfoot trilogy is such great fun, and the Molly story when sh
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Suz
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to be back in the Dresden world. I haven't read the short stories for a very long time, preferring to not be teased while I waited for the novels.

This collection drove home how much is happening off the novel page in Dresden's world that is germane to the story and the characters. It also drove home my need to marathon the series again before the next novel. I am overdue for Dresden immersion.
Sheyla ✎


I'm a HUGE Jim Butcher's fan. Both series I have read by him are in the top10 favorites of all times.

I'm (and the majority of his fans) desperately waiting for Peace Talks but while we are waiting, Brief Cases is here!

Brief Cases, just like Side Jobs, is a compilation of short stories in the Harry Dresden World.

Most of the short stories have Harry as the protagonist but we also get some of the other very well known players having their own. Molly has two, one before and one after becoming the
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Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
Another fun compilation of short stories and novellas set in the Dresden universe. I finished my read of the currently available books almost three years ago and have been waiting impatiently for Peace Talks ever since, along with everyone else. So I was happy to see this come out to break the dry spell a bit - and also impress upon me the need to do a relisten at some point in the near future. :D

A Fistful of Warlocks - 3 stars

I spent the first half of this trying to remember who Luccio was. Who
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Joan
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Harry Dresden fans
This is a collection of short stories Jim Butcher has written over the years and finally collected into one volume. Actually, this is a sort of sequel to his last collection of short stories, Side Jobs. All of them are pretty good. I've been wanting to find out about the Bigfoot he met so those 3 stories made an impact. However, the two stories about Molly, the new Winter Lady, were fantastic. So was the one newly published story, Zoo Day! This was told from 3 points of view: Harry, Maggie and M ...more
Sean Talbot
Brief Cases is book 15.1 in the wonderful Dresden Series.  The reason for the decimal is because this isn't a full novel but instead a compilation of short stories that the author has written and previously published in other areas plus an all new story of Harry Dresden.
While I enjoyed the stories there were only 3 stories that really kept me wanting more.  The one about Molly was super as I always wanted to see just what she would do after Ghost Story.  The one about Butters was strange and sho
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