Fantasy Book Reviews

Book Review: Brief Cases

Brief Cases

Title: Brief Cases
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: #15
Genre: Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Ace
Page Count: 400
Type of Book: Arc, Physical Copy, Paperback
Received: Publisher
Review Word Count: 500
Rated: 5/5 stars
Notes: Still deserving of the 5 star rating, very nice!

As Sarah J Maas fans say about their author; I’m trash for Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series. It’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s quick light reading for hot summer days. The world building is great, the magic system is easy enough to understand (even if you don’t always agree with it, let alone like it) and the characters are so realistic you almost feel as though you’re there with them in the story.

This is book number 15, though it’s a collection of short stories, so of course I read it anyway. I think there was only one story referencing a book that I hadn’t read that I skipped (though I don’t recall which one, unfortunately), as I’m only on book six of the Dresden Files series.

For those who don’t know what Dresden Files is: it’s about a detective who solves unusual cases in chicago. The twist? He’s a wizard. And he’s listed in the phone book. He’s a sarcastic guy that likes helping innocent people so long as they have the money with which to pay him. Hey being a wizard isn’t easy, after all. Especially when there’s dangerous bad guys out to get you…

These stories all revolve around Harry’s universe, some of them funny, some of them serious. I’m very much hoping there’s going to be another anthology, because I like reading short stories set in my favorite character universes.

5/5 stars, and highly recommended to urban fantasy fans.

Until next time,
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Fantasy Book Reviews

New Release Review: Brief Cases

BriefCases

Title: Brief Cases
Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Anthology/Dresden Files
Genre: Fantasy, Urban, Adult Fiction
Page Count:
Publisher:
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release, Library Loan
Review Word Count: 400
Rated: 5/5 stars

Jim Butcher continues to remain a high favorite of mine in regards to fantasy. I have always loved the Dresden Files verse, and this new anthology is just as good as the series itself. While I skipped a couple of the last stories (spoilers because I haven’t read that far into the series yet), I am happy to report giving this book 5/5 stars for it’s awesome story-building, characters, and plot. Several familiar faces popped up other than Harry Dresdens, as well as new faces that I quickly grew to love. I think my favorites out of the anthology was probably the “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” stories, as they were fun, family-friendly, and fast-paced.

It also reminded me that this is yet another series that I’ve not yet finished. I’m currently lingering over book six? Book seven? And clearly I need to do a re-read, because the last thing that I recall happening in the Dresden Files books clearly was Dresden saving a bunch of puppies from a fire that he didn’t start or was the cause of. (Of course, I think we all know better.)

Brief Cases was one of my most anticipated reads because of the author, not the cover, and because it’s Dresden. While I’m sadly the only one in my family who reads the Dresden Files series, I will swear that it is absolutely worth the time to invest in. It’s fun, it’s full of all kinds of supernatural creatures, and it’s a great way to learn about new kinds of magic.

I definitely look forward to continuing the series, and this just made me wish to continue it further. I’m hopefully going to get more of the series checked out, and am still trying to buy all of it too. I currently have the first four books of the series, as well as book eight sitting on my shelves. So you can definitely see that I am an investor into this world.

As it stands, I give this a 5/5 stars for being its usual awesome fun read!

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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