My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Dresden Files is one of my favorite ongoing series. I’ve pretty much loved every novel so far. It doesn’t hurt that they get better with each successive novel.
Side Jobs was interesting, because it is a compilation all of the short fiction that Jim Butcher has written set in the Dresdenverse AND includes a new story that takes place right after Changes. That said, if you haven’t read Changes, don’t read the final story until you have done so.
As expected some of the stories were better than others. The first story was an unpublished work that Jim wrote prior to publishing Storm Front. It was the first Dresden story. Honestly, it wasn’t anything special, but it give a unique look at Harry’s life before Storm Front. I found that to be rather interesting.
The stories that I liked best however, where those that there were viewed through the eyes of secondary characters. Thomas’ story involving the Oblivion War was very cool. It left me wanting to know a whole lot more about that situation. It was also interesting seeing things through Thomas’ perspective, which actually turned out to be not that different than Harry’s.
I have to give the highest praise for Murphy’s story though. It takes place right after Changes so it delivers the content that we are all dying for and it simply tells a great story through the eyes of Murphy, one of the strongest characters in Butcher’s arsenal.
Overall, I thought Side Jobs was a lot of fun. It wasn’t quite as awesome as a typical Dresden novel though so I couldn’t give it 5 stars, but it was definitely worth a solid 4. I would definitely recommend it for any Dresden fan.