“That was silly, to think that they would not love each other—but sometimes humans are slow to figure things out, because they are heart-stupid. You are, too. That’s okay. Just get a dog. Dogs can teach you all kinds of things about your heart.”
Author: Jim Butcher
Category: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
So apparently anthologies and short story collections are just not my thing. Not through any fault of their own but because after reading one story, I kept treating it like an entire book and moving on to something else. So in case anyone has wondered why this has sat on my “currently reading” shelf on Goodreads for so long, that’s why.
At first, it kind of bothered me that this collection is mostly stories that had previously been published elsewhere rather than all new stories. On further thought though, that would just prolong the completion of Peace Talks so I can deal with it. :)
As for Brief Cases itself, much like the main series, some stories I really enjoyed, others I found okay.
There are several stories (3 I think) that deal with Bigfoot that I am kind of sad never made it into the main storyline. The story itself was on that was okay for me but I liked seeing Harry helping a supernatural creature in the way he is typically helping just humans, especially in the earlier books.
But the stories from Marcone and Molly! I was really unsure how I would feel about a Dresden Files story from another POV but I actually really liked these stories.
Molly is a character that I have liked since her introduction but never really connected with her. Never disliked her but was never overly excited to see her either. Because of this I was not too excited about reading her stories but again, I was pleasantly surprised by them.
However, Marcone’s story was the true gem for me. He is such a shadowy figure in the Dresden Files universe and his character is very…fluid. Very unpredictable to me. I absolutely loved reading from inside his mind. I would probably read a standalone novel entirely from his perspective.
So although these short story collections are not usually my thing and it did take me a while to get through it due to my own bad habits, this was a great way to hold over this fan of the Dresden Files until Peace Talks is released.