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Brief Cases (The Dresden Files #15.1)

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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
Published June 5th 2018 by Ace
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 02, 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
May 23, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

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”
Chris Evans
Oct 24, 2017 marked it as to-read
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.
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
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
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
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
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"—
Review to come on release date, but initial thoughts:

I enjoyed the Bigfoot stories and the random other ones, but the best stories, in my opinion, were the Molly stories, the Butters story, and Zoo Day. :)
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
Kylara Jensen
So I normally am not a huge short story fan, but I do enjoy a good short story set in a world I already love. I especially love it when Jim Butcher writes from other characters povs. Harry is great, but it's just refreshing to see other's povs. The only thing in here I've ready already is Bombshells.

This was a really fun read and I am so pumped for Peace Talks. I will probably to a series re-read before that. I am sad there wasn't more Murphy in it. But we've got a ton of Molly so that makes up
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Whether a read for the beach this summer or a timely one for the cooler, spooky autumn or even from the comfort of your chair in a warm house during the cold of winter, these stories are a glad return to Dresden’s world for fans. They make great, shorter jaunts for new readers wanting to try out Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files novels.

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May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must admit I do love a bit of Dresden, even in short story form. The world building for this series remains for me one of the best out there and I adore that this compilation had stories from other character POV's, especially Marcone! That was definitely a high point for me!

All of these stories were great reads but some definitely stood out for me more than others such as the one mentioned above, and of course more insight into Mouse and Maggie was very well received.

The book is presented as f
Jul 19, 2017 marked it as to-read
Great news! Jim has finished writing his final story for Brief Cases, the second Dresden Files anthology! This anthology collects all of Jim’s Dresden Files short stories that aren’t in Side Jobs and brings us inside the mind of John Marcone, Anastasia Luccio, Molly Carpenter, Waldo Butters, and even Maggie and Mouse! Fans will be delighted to know that this new story (novella, really) is one of Jim’s longest, eclipsed only by “Aftermath” and neck-and-neck with “Bombshells,” so there’s a
Mar 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Each story in the urban fantasy collection is preceded by a brief note from the author. It’s fascinating to think that the school bully, the cute girl in class, or the mean teacher could actually be some supernatural villain. And could that big kid who is being hassled at school actually be Bigfoot’s half-mortal son? I liked most of the stories, but I felt (with disappointment) that those with female protagonists weren’t as interesting or well-written.
Jul 17, 2017 added it
The name for this anthology actually came from one of Jim's reddit fans. It's supposed to include all the short stories that couldn't be included in Side Jobs due to contractual stuff, as well as the short materials that have been written since then, although I don't know for sure if it will have the Bigfoot trilogy, since that is it's own "book."

As for the exclusive story, Jim has said at signings that it's a story about Harry taking Maggie on a trip to the zoo with Mouse, and is written as the
Michael Feeney
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review to come
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Brief Cases is a fun anthology that will help you get your Dresden Files fix while waiting for Peace Talks to publish. A few of the stories are told from the perspective of Harry Dresden but several of them are told from the viewpoints of other characters found in the series. Voices like that of Anastasia Luccio, Johnny Marcone, Molly and Butters. There is a lot to enjoy in this book. I loved all the different voices that are represented in this short story collection and that was such a treat. ...more
John Ross
Aug 21, 2017 marked it as to-read
Woohoo! Confirmed Summer 2018 release date.

I really do hope that before the release of the 21st Harry Dresden novel we do get at least 1 more anthology or compilation.
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of twelve short stories featuring characters from the Dresden Files series. As with most anthologies the quality of the stories varies. The majority of these stories have appeared before in other anthologies, only the last story in this anthology is original to this collection. I had read a number of these stories previously in other UF short story collections.

My favorite stories of the bunch were the ones featuring Bigfoot and his son Irwin; I especially enjoyed “Bigfoot on
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm still not sure how I ended up with an advanced reading copy but I'm very excited.

This is not a good book to read if you haven’t read any of The Dresden Files before. There are too many spoilers. However, if you are familiar with the books this is so good. Most of the stories in Brief Cases were completely new to me. I have this problem with returning library books on time. Between the library not letting you check books out after accumulating a certain amount of fines, and a very finite amo
Adam Fisher
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: In this collection, I only read "AAAA Wizardry" and "Zoo Day", as I had read all the other stories before. Please see my reviews for information or opinion on the other tales.

AAAA Wizardry:
Taking place between "Small Favor" and "Turn Coat", we see Warden Harry teaching a group of young wardens what he calls the 4 A's of Wizarding (though he tells them 5 actually)
Ascertain, Analysis, Assemble, Act, Arrogance, or... Figure out whether or not the threat exists, Know what you are dealing with/
Britney Dillon
*** I was sent an eARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Berkley Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you!***

Ahh, Harry Dresden, my old friend. It's so good to see you again. I almost forgot what you look like, it's been so long...

I grew up reading the Dresden Files. And by that, I mean I discovered them when I was in high school (never mind how many years ago), and wait impatiently for each new entry in the series. They are multiple-time rereads for me, and I love how James
Shaline Lopez
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was really nice to revisit Harry Dresden’s world. I understand that many of the stories in this anthology were previously published, but they were all new to me and this collection was a joy to read.

The stories from Dresden’s point of view were like putting on an old favorite hoodie from the back of the closet, comfortable and familiar. That’s a real achievement from the author, because writing a successful short story is an entirely different skill set from writing a novel. The fact that Bu
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the TV adaptation of Jim Butcher's the Dresden Files, and had always intended to read the books. So this is my first foray into them. Brief Cases is a collection of short fiction (some of them take over an hour to read, so I don't think "short story" is appropriate, but they're probably not novella-length, either). They feature several characters from the series, set in different times. Butcher's introductions set up the stories, including where they fall in the sequence of the main bo ...more
My very first taste of the Dresden Files is with this book, Brief Cases, which is a series of short stories. Some I found quite entertaining, others I found a bit, well not quite sure of the point. Not all stories contained Harry, which was quite okay because they gave me a sense of the writer’s style. Each story has a little ‘warm up’, shall we say, from the other of the purpose or thought of the author that led up to the why of writing each story. That somewhat threw me at first because initia ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brief Cases is a collection of short stories set in Harry Dresden's world. Most have seen the light of day previously and are now being collected together. One, Zoo Day, is brand new.

I'm not normally a fan of short story collections, but I love Harry and his world. It is a compelling world filled with amazing characters. I had only read a couple of the stories within the book previously, so it was a true pleasure reading each story in the book. I'm also very appreciative of the context Jim Butc
Darcia Helle
Each of the stories in this collection is preceded by a brief explanation of the story's origin, as well as it's approximate placement within the ongoing series. That being said, it's absolutely not necessary to have read any of the books in the series to enjoy these stories.

All the stories are written in first person. Most are from Harry Dresden's perspective, though some are from other characters within the series.

What I liked:

Jim Butcher has an engaging writing style that immediately draws
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

Honestly? I liked it a lot.

I’ve read most of these stories before — in many cases I bought an anthology solely because there was a new Harry Dresden book on it — but this collection is a nice combination of tales of the wizard Dresden and his friends (and enemies) complete with introductions to each one, plus a brand new story that includes viewpoints from his daughter Maggie AND her dog, Mouse.

The other stories tell about his apprentice Mol
Sara Diane
I got this from NetGalley to preview.

I love Dresden--deeply, madly, completely. That doesn't mean he (and by extension, Butcher) can do no wrong...but it does mean that I'm likely to love everything that comes out in the Dresden universe. This collection is no exception, except it's like love with whipped cream and a cherry on top.

There were a few of these stories I'd encountered before (the Bigfoot ones), but several I hadn't had the chance to read. I have to say, as much as I adore Dresden's P
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