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.
- 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.
- From Codex Alera there are the Aquitaines, as well as First Lord Gaius Sextus, his son Gaius Septimus and his son, Gaius Octavian AKA Tavi.
- The Dresden Files has the fairy Queens, one of whom saved Harry's life.
- 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 pull.
- Deadpan Snarker: The defining trademark that each of his main characters posses.