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Kent Whittington
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Written by Jim Butcher, who knows my interests so well despite the fact that we have never met! :P  These are the chronicals of Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, Warden of the White Council and Chicago's only professional wizard. If you like a little paranormal (actually a lot!) in your detective fiction, I highly recommend these excellent reads!

September 5, 2010 at 11:37 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things -- and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a -- well, whatever.

 

There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get... interesting.

 

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

September 5, 2010 at 11:44 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work — magical or mundane.

 

But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.

 

A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses — and the first two don't count...

September 5, 2010 at 11:46 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Harry Dresden's faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book.

 

But in all Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble — and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone — or something — is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc.

 

But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....

September 5, 2010 at 11:48 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Ever since his girlfriend left town to deal with her newly acquired taste for blood, Harry Dresden has been down and out in Chicago. He can't pay his rent. He's alienating his friends. He can't even recall the last time he took a shower.

 

The only professional wizard in the phone book has become a desperate man.

And just when it seems things can't get any worse, in saunters the Winter Queen of Faerie. She has an offer Harry can't refuse if he wants to free himself of the supernatural hold his faerie godmother has on him--and hopefully end his run of bad luck. All he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen's right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen's name.

 

It seems simple enough, but Harry knows better than to get caught in the middle of faerie politics. Until he finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case.

 

No pressure or anything...

September 5, 2010 at 11:51 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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HarryDresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But now he's getting more than he bargained for.

 

A duel with the Red Court of Vampire's champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...

 

Professional hitmen using Harry for target practice...

 

The missing Shroud of Turin...

 

A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified...

 

Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend, Susan, who's still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life.

 

Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed, no matter how much you're charging.

September 5, 2010 at 11:54 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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For Harry dresden , Chicago's only professional wizard, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Dodging flaming monkey poo, for instance. Or going toe-to-leaf with a walking plant monster. Still, there's something more troubling than usual about his newest case. the film's producer believes he's the target of a sinister entropy curse--but its the women around him who are dying, in increasingly spectacular ways.

 

Harry's doubly frustrated because he got involved in this bizarre mystery only as a favor to Thomas, his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can't quite figure out, until his investigation leads him straight to Thomas's oversexed vampire family. Harry's about to discover that Thomas's family tree has been hiding a shocking secret: a revelation that will change Harry's life forever.

September 5, 2010 at 11:55 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Harry Dresden must save Chicago from black magic and necromancy--but first, he must locat the Word of Kemmler. Just as soon as he figures out was that is . It's all in a day's work for the city's only professional wizard...assuming he can live to see the end of the day.

September 5, 2010 at 11:57 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Harry Dresden has spent years being watched and suspected by the White Council's Wardens. But now he is a Warden, and it sucks more than he thought...

 

So when movie monsters start coming to life on his watch, it's officially up to him to put them back where they came from. Only this time, his client is the White Council, and his investigation cannot fail--no matter who falls under suspicion, no matter the cost.

September 5, 2010 at 11:59 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Someone is targeting the city's magic practitioners, the members of the supernatural underclass who don't possess enough power to become full-fledged wizards. Many have vanished. Others appear to be victims of suicide. But the murderer had left a calling card at one of the crime scenes--a message for Harry Dresden referencing the book of Exodus and the killing of witches.

 

Harry sets out to find the killer before he can strike again, but his investigation turns up evidence pointing to the one suspect he cannot possibly believe guilty; his half brother, Thomas. Determined to bring the real murderer to justice and clear his brother's name, Harry attracts the attention of the White Court of vampires, becoming embroiled in a power struggle that renders him outnumbered, outclassed, and dangerously susceptible to temptation.

 

Harry knows that if he screws this one up, a lot of people will die--and one of them will be his brother.

September 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Jim says, "Small Favor. Because, y'know, Harry still owes two."

 

No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

 

An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness-and she's calling in her marker. It's a small favor he can't refuse...one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain his skills-and loyalties-to their very limits.

 

It figures. Everything was going too well to last...  

September 6, 2010 at 12:05 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council--and there's only one final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden.

 

Now, Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less-than-agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost somebody his head--someone like Harry.

September 6, 2010 at 12:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover--until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

 

Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry's not fighting to save the world...

 

He's fighting to save his child.

September 6, 2010 at 12:09 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher–a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.


 

“Witty, fast-moving and well worked-out. Butcher’s yarns go along with the standard supernatural repertory while providing enough twists to keep things fresh and intriguing.” –Kirkus, Starred Review


 

“Die-hard fans who can't wait for the next (novel) Ghost Story will want to rush to the final novella, “Aftermath,” starring Harry’s friend Karrin Murphy, but there are many others here worth reading… Adding value to this title are Butcher’s introductions to each story, filling the reader in on its place in the Dresden-verse time line and offering insight into the author.s intentions.” –Library Journal


 

The following stories are included:

 


“Restoration of Faith” (read it for free on Jim-Butcher.com!)

Takes place before Storm Front

 


“Vignette” (read it for free on Jim-Butcher.com!)

Takes place between Death Masks and Blood Rites

 


“Something Borrowed” — from My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, edited by P.N. Elrod

Sinister forces interfere with Billy and Georgia’s wedding.

Takes place between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty.

 


“It’s My Birthday Too” — from Many Bloody Returns, edited by Charlaine Harris

Harry and Molly’s mission to deliver Thomas’ birthday gift goes awry.

Takes place between White Night and Small Favor.

 


“Heorot” — from My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, edited by P.N. Elrod

Harry teams up with Miss Gard to find a missing bride.

Takes place between White Night and Small Favor.

 


“Day Off” — from Blood Lite, edited by Kevin J Anderson

All Harry wants is a quiet, relaxing day off…

Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.


 

Backup — novelette from Thomas’ POV, originally published by Subterranean Press

Harry is being used by an ancient evil, and Thomas must put a stop to it without him noticing.

Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

Note: Side Jobs does NOT include the illustrations by Mike Mignola that accompanied the Subterranean Press release.

 


The Warrior — novelette from Mean Streets

Reveals what happens to the Carpenter family after the events of Small Favor.

Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

 


“Last Call” — from Strange Brew, edited by P.N. Elrod

Harry takes on the darkest of dark powers–the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.

Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

 


“Love Hurts” — from Songs of Love and Death, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois (Released November 16th, 2010.)

Harry and Murphy investigate a series of love spells with deadly consequences.

Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.

 

Aftermath — post-Changes novelette from Murphy’s POV, EXCLUSIVE to this anthology!

 


What’s Missing?


The following stories are NOT included in the anthology:


 

“Curses” — from The Naked City, edited by Ellen Datlow

Takes place between Small Favor and Turn Coat.

Released July 2011.

 

“AAAA Wizardry” — from the Dresden Files RPG, published by Evil Hat.

Harry teaches a group of young Wardens his procedure for dealing with supernatural nasties.

Takes place between ???? and ????.

 

“Even Hand” — from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by Pat Elrod

Gentleman Johnnie Marcone clashes with a rival supernatural power. Told from Marcone’s point of view.

Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.

September 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.

 


But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has no body, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.


 

To save his friends — and his own soul — Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic…

September 4, 2011 at 2:15 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Kent Whittington
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The Graphic Novels

 


There are currently several graphic novels from the Dresden Files universe.

 


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“Welcome to the Jungle” is an original graphic novel story written by Jim Butcher and set before the time of Storm Front.


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“Storm Front” has been adapted into comic form as well. It comes in two volumes, covering the events of the novel Storm Front.

September 4, 2011 at 2:36 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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