The Dresden Files and Codex Alera. His books are notable for their high levels of genre savviness, Crazy Awesomeness, and shout outs, as well as the frequency of Crowning Moments of Awesome, Funny, and Heartwarming. He attended a writing course taught by Deborah Chester, and, in the attempt to prove her wrong, followed her instructions to the letter, which resulted in The Dresden Files.Jim Butcher has also written a Spider-Man novel, entitled Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours, and is currently working on a Steam Punk series, The Cinder Spires.He is now a big enough name that recommendations from him show up on the covers of other writers' novels, and other writers do Shout Outs to him.You should read his stuff. Yes, that means you.
- Action Girl: Extremely prevalent throughout his work, it'd probably be easier to list the non-action girls. Fine examples include:
- Karin Murphy from The Dresden Files, an otherwise normal human woman that's helped take on vampires, werewolves and fairy queens.
- Kitai from Codex Alera.
- The Cinder Spires gives us Gwendolyn Lancaster and Bridget Tagwynn.
- Author Appeal: The name "Margaret". The Dresden Files has three Margarets, The Cinder Spires has one (Gwen's second name is Margaret).
- Similarly, Gwendolyn. (Gwen Lancaster in The Cinder Spires, Margaret Gwendolyn LeFay in The Dresden Files).
- Action Girls, in particular those who are either very petite or amazonian. Try finding a woman between five and six feet in height anywhere in a Jim Butcher novel. Go ahead. We'll wait.
- Catch Phrase: "I'm not gonna tell you." His answer to questions he doesn't want to answer. It has started getting applause at his Q&A Sessions.
- Dark Action Girl: He's had plenty of these show up. Lara Raith of the White Court vampires is probably the best example.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: All three of his series so far have included people of royal standing (or near enough to it) willing to get their hands dirty.
- In Codex Alera being an almighty badass is pretty much a job requirement for any High Lord or Lady.
- The Dresden Files has the fairy Queens, one of whom saved Harry's life.
- It also gives us a meta-example with the Knights of the Cross, wielders of divinely powered swords who are apparently always descended from royalty.
- Spirearch Addison Albion of The Cinder Spires puts on a front of absent-mindedness, but the events of the first novel make it clear he still has a lot of influence.
- Deadpan Snarker: The defining trademark that each of his main characters posses.
- The man himself is no slouch either.