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.
Tropes associated with Jim Butcher:
- Achievements in Ignorance: No publisher in their right mind would buy a twenty book series from an author. It just doesn't happen. Fortunately for all of us, Jim didn't know that.
- Pyrrhic Victory: He is the "loser" of this situation. When he was on a forum where he got the bet on making a great story based on two bad ideas, he wrote some ideas and basis and realized it was a good concept and one he could get published eventually. So, he told the guy who made the challenge he had one but wouldn't tell it now. So the guy mocked him and said he had nothing. Jim bowed out of the debate. He lost the internet argument and made a best-selling series.
- Running Gag: For several years, someone was bound to bring up the publishing/adaptation rights at every public talk Jim gave, prompting him to quip "My publisher still owns the rights to that for N years and M days... not that I am counting." He has since gotten the rights back, so the gag has been honorably discharged.
- Springtime for Hitler: Once upon a time, Jim Butcher was the unsuccessful author of High Fantasy novels that was told by the teacher of his writing class that, seeing as he liked Anita Blake and Buffy so much, he should write a novel like those using that teacher's method of book creation.
- World of Snark: If its written by Butcher then expect lots of it from either the main character or others within the world the main character lives in. Especially since Jim Butcher has a PHD on snark.