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->''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDJDn-ggqOo I don't have a muse. I have a mortgage]]."''

Jim Butcher is a fantasy author, best known for writing ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' and ''Literature/CodexAlera''. His books are notable for their high levels of [[GenreSavvy genre savviness]], {{Crazy Awesome}}ness, and {{shout out}}s, as well as the frequency of Crowning Moments of [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Awesome]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Funny]], and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]]. He attended a writing course taught by Creator/DeborahChester, and, in the attempt to prove her wrong, followed her instructions to the letter, which resulted in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.

Jim Butcher has also written a ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' novel, entitled ''Literature/SpiderManTheDarkestHours'', and is currently working on a SteamPunk series, ''Literature/TheCinderSpires''.

He is now a big enough name that recommendations from him show up on the covers of other writers' novels, and other writers do [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to him.

You should read his stuff. Yes, that means [[BreakingTheFourthWall you]].
* ActionGirl: 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.
* DarkActionGirl: He's had plenty of these show up. Lara Raith of the White Court vampires is probably the best example.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: 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 [[spoiler: 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.