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Title:
Brief cases : more stories from the Dresden files
Uniform Title:
Short stories. Selections
ISBN:
9780451492104
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Ace, 2018.
Physical Description:
437 pages ; 24 cm
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Contents:
Fistful of warlocks -- B is for Bigfoot -- AAAA wizardry -- I was a teenage Bigfoot -- Curses -- Even hand -- Bigfoot on campus -- Bombshells -- Cold case -- Jury duty -- Day one -- Zoo day.
Summary:
"An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue--and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you'll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day," Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales. With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry's funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold. The collection includes: *"Curses", from THE NAKED CITY, edited by Ellen Datlow *"AAAA Wizardry", from the Dresden Files RPG *"Even Hand", from DARK AND STORMY KNIGHTS, edited by P.N. Elrod *"B is for Bigfoot", from UNDER MY HAT: TALES FROM THE CAULDRON, edited by Jonathan Strahan. Republished in WORKING FOR BIGFOOT *"I was a Teenage Bigfoot", from BLOOD LITE 3: AFTERTASTE, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Republished in WORKING FOR BIGFOOT. *"Bigfoot on Campus", from HEX APPEAL, edited by P.N. Elrod. Republished in WORKING FOR BIGFOOT. *"Bombshells", from DANGEROUS WOMEN, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois *"Jury Duty", from UNBOUND, edited by Shawn Speakman *"Cold Case", from SHADOWED SOULS, edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes *"Day One", from UNFETTERED II, edited by Shawn Speakman *"A Fistful of Warlocks", from STRAIGHT OUTTA TOMBSTONE, edited by David Boop *"Zoo Day"--Brand-new novella, original to this collection"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Summary

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard.

The world of Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is rife with intrigue--and creatures of all supernatural stripes. And you'll make their intimate acquaintance as Harry delves into the dark side of truth, justice, and the American way in this must-have short story collection.

From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day," Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

With twelve stories in all, Brief Cases offers both longtime fans and first-time readers tantalizing glimpses into Harry's funny, gritty, and unforgettable realm, whetting their appetites for more to come from the wizard with a heart of gold.

The collection includes:

* "Curses," from Naked City , edited by Ellen Datlow
* "AAAA Wizardry," from the Dresden Files RPG
* "Even Hand," from Dark and Stormy Knights , edited by P. N. Elrod
* "B is for Bigfoot," from Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron , edited by Jonathan Strahan. Republished in Working for Bigfoot .
* "I was a Teenage Bigfoot," from Blood Lite III: Aftertaste , edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Republished in Working for Bigfoot .
* "Bigfoot on Campus," from Hex Appeal , edited by P. N. Elrod. Republished in Working for Bigfoot .
* "Bombshells," from Dangerous Women , edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
* "Jury Duty," from Unbound , edited by Shawn Speakman
* "Cold Case," from Shadowed Souls , edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes
* "Day One," from Unfettered II , edited by Shawn Speakman
* "A Fistful of Warlocks," from Straight Outta Tombstone , edited by David Boop
* "Zoo Day," a brand-new novella, original to this collection


Author Notes

Jim Butcher was born in Independence, Missouri on October 26, 1971. He is the author of The Dresden Files series, the Codex Alera series, Side Jobs, Ghost Story, and the Cinder Spires series. He has also written a Spider-Man novel entitled The Darkest Hours and a novelette entitled Backup. He has contributed to numerous anthologies including My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, Blood Lite, and Many Bloody Returns.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

This entertaining collection assembles 11 reprints and one brand new novella, all set in the world of Butcher's popular Chicago-based wizard PI, Harry Dresden (last seen in 2014's Skin Game). In a trio of lighthearted Bigfoot-centric stories, Harry helps out an erudite Sasquatch named River Shoulders on behalf of his half-human son, Irwin. In "Bombshells," Harry's apprentice, the quick-thinking Molly Carpenter, goes up against a powerful foe (while wearing a little black dress, no less), and in "Even Hand," Harry's sworn enemy, dapper crime boss John Marcone, takes drastic steps to protect an innocent child. The Wild West-set crowd-pleaser "A Fistful of Warlocks" features White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, who teams up with Wyatt Earp to put a stop to some very dark deeds. The standout is the tender original novella, "Zoo Day," in which Harry takes his 10-year-old daughter, Maggie, to the zoo. First they encounter a young warlock in need of Harry's help, and then Maggie is attacked by a group of haunts. This collection mostly serves to whet longtime fans' appetites while they wait for the next full-length installment, and newcomers will find little of interest here. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Whether you are a devoted fan of Chicago wizard Harry Dresden or a newcomer to the series, this short-story collection is worth reading. Longtime readers will have the opportunity to rekindle love for old favorites like Mab the Winter Queen, Bob, Harry's sometime-apprentice Molly Carpenter, and even Marcone's bodyguard Hendricks. For new readers, this book is an opportunity to get acquainted with the sense of humor and gritty voice that Butcher has developed over the series. Each story begins with a short foreword by the author to help the reader understand its place in the Dresden universe. Most of the stories revolve around Harry, extending his adventures and even broadening the universe he lives in. But a few standouts keep Harry in the background while Butcher focuses on Carpenter. Bombshells follows the events of Changes (2010) and shows Carpenter at a low point in her life. Cold Case showcases the interplay between Carpenter and Mab. These trips through the perspective of side characters will really appeal to readers who need a Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden fix and to all urban-fantasy readers.--Kuczwara, Dawn Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

In a collection that follows Side Jobs, 12 stories, including a trio of Bigfoot tales and the never-before-published "Zoo Day," star wizard Harry Dresden and his associates once again. John Marcone shows that even criminals have rules when he defends those seeking shelter with him in "Even Hand." Apprentice Molly Carpenter learns WWHD-What Would Harry Do?-as she searches for vampire Thomas Roth in "Bombshells," then uncovers the truth of her new role as the Winter Lady in "Cold Case." It's been four years since the last full Dresden novel (Skin Game) was released, so readers will become reacquainted with -Dresden's gritty wit, the Chicago setting, and the not-so-happy endings typical of these urban fantasy tales. Butcher shows there is a dark side, even to those considered heroes. And while these pieces will be familiar to those already acquainted with the series, as many have been previously published, newbies meeting the author's iconic protagonist for the first time will not be too lost within the pages. -VERDICT Butcher's die-hard fans, along with fantasy short story enthusiasts, will find this compilation irresistible. [See Prepub Alert, 12/11/17.]-Kristi Chadwick, Massachusetts Lib. Syst., Northampton © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.