The Dresden Files: Side Jobs by Jim Butcher is the first collection of short stories I have ever read and to be honest I am quite surprised it took over just over a month to finish this book.
Side Jobs really did capture everything I love about The Dresden Files along with the explanation of why Jim wrote every short story was amazing. It gave you as a reader a real insight into the struggles he had putting the story together and his motives for doing it. While reading is collection however I did feel it was a mistake not make notes about each individual story but the two that stood out for me were Backup and Aftermath mainly because they were from Thomas and Murphy’s eyes and it was nice to explore the world from another character’s eyes.
What I thought that Side Jobs did in the collection of stories, was brought to life, even more, the events that lead to Harry or the characters to being in the positions they are in. Adding extra to depth to the characters of the universe that you wouldn’t always see if we were still in the main storyline and even when Jim mentioned that stories weren’t well written I have to disagree. I still found the stories to be engaging and interesting.
I gave Side Jobs a 4/5 on Goodreads and my only regret of reading Side Jobs was that I didn’t read the book in the middle of the series when it was published because I found it hard at times to fully remember how far along the timeline each story was. Having finished all the main story books and now going back for the short stories.