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Friday, January 16, 2009

Backup by Jim Butcher

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

Publisher: Subterranean
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN: 1596061820
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 72

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I have been a fan of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher for a number of years now. Harry is a kick ass wizard with an attitude in present day Chicago. Over the course of the series you meet a character named Thomas. Backup is a short little novella told from Thomas’s point of view. I’m not going to say anything about the plot here as anything I say will probably give things away…the book is one 72 pages after all. I will say this though.

I really enjoyed reading a story set in the Dresden-verse told from the point of view of another character. It added some freshness to the story and it was like entering Harry’s world for the first time all over again. My only real problem with this book was that it was too short. The plot was really solid but because this was a novella it all seemed a little too rushed. Events were over before they really began and as a reader I was left feeling a little dissatisfied at that. I think that this story would have been stronger if Butcher had made it into a full length novel. Perhaps he was unsure how a story told from the POV of someone other than Harry would stand….but this novella shows that it can work. I hope that one day Butcher will revisit Backup and flesh out the details a bit. But until then I will enjoy the novella for what it is and be satisfied with it.

3 Responses to “Backup by Jim Butcher”

  1. J. Kaye

    Love your new look! I can’t wait to start this series. I really loved the show. That’s what got me excited about reading the series.

  2. Literary Feline

    Thank you for the review! I really enjoy The Dresden Files (book series) and need to get my hands on this one. I’m really curious about learning more about Thomas. I find that all of the books in this series leave me a little out of breath at the end. Harry rarely ever gets time to rest.

  3. Irish

    JKaye – its a great series. Filled with action and humor and so so much better than the tv series!

    Literary – This one is a bit pricy for buying…72 pages and full retail price around $20?!?! Insane!! I got mine from the library. Its a definite read for fans of the series but far to short. Give me more Thomas!