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Little Chicago has written a brilliant five part series (now complete!) that is honestly the best Dresden fic I have ever seen, as well as one of the best in general. The tone, writing and characterization are as close to perfectly original flavor as it is possible to get, and the fics are suitably awesome. The series takes place soon after Turn Coat, and so far it seems to be an AU ignoring Changes. So good, I wasted a large amount of time just sitting, reading madly until I finished the entire series in one sitting. Very highly recommended.
Thomas A has written a brilliant novel-length series (the latest of which is a WIP) which shares Harry's laughable sense of humour. We have The Carpenter Blueprints, a whole series of fics centered around Molly Carpenter, apprentice to Chicago's only professional wizard private investigator. In Axis and Allies,, we see Molly Carpenter striking out on her own to save the day when the wizard's away against a few Nazi sorcerers, golems and an Outsider. Semper Fidelis shows us our perky wizard apprentice racing against the clock to stop a faerie war from starting after an assassination attempt on the Summer Lady and Knight. A great read when you're waiting for Ghost Story is the third installment, Life After Death.
Overall, a must-read for fans of The Dresden Files. We see Molly, perky wizard apprentice, strike out as an independent contractor when Harry's away...and we can tell that Harry's a pretty good/bad influence on Molly too. Indeed, even when facing against an Outsider, or the pissed-off Lady of the Summer Storm the Abagalesidhe, Molly still quips pop culture references into their faces and saves the day...albeit with less Dresdenesque shenanigans.
Eh, this is a serious case of YMMV. I couldn't get into the first one, because Thomas A is apparently incapable of using contractions.
Seconded. Bad grammar and insane walls of run-on text make this unintelligible.
Thirded. These fanfics are really quite terrible. In my opinion. So... when will this be zapped?
Not going to disagree that the grammar needs work, but the stories themselves are original and are definitely worth a try.
I LIKED the fics. The characters are well-written, the villians are epic without being intrusive on canon, and you can definitely tell the amount of effort that Thomas A put into making a great story and in making the characters in-character.
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Broken Mirror by Little Chicago
Synopsis: What started as a small fic it converted in an entire AU series of small novels about the favorite Wizard for Hire. After Turn Coat Harry receives a desperate call from Kincaid. Ivy has been kidnapped again and it rest into Harry and Company to save her before is too late.
Comment: Is a magnificent story, capturing the nonsensical, wry humor and horrific dramatic flair of the original works. You really can feel the true essence of Harry in every line, his sardonic humor and the huge scope of the supernatural world. Time travel, the other vampire courts, the Black Council, eons long plots, the Outer beings, enemies from the past looking for revenge—it has it all. While it started small, it has expanded to another 5 fics, each one adding a new layer of the plots and lies that is about to culminate in the last instalment, Broken Circle. A must read, if only to get an idea of how to write the third person Noir-esque monologue of the Dresden Verse.
Synopsis: The story of Warden Donald Morgan, from his early life to his term as a soldier during the Great War up to the events of the books, shedding a bit of light on his life, his motivations, and his hatred for Harry.
Seconded by Locnil. I honestly did not see the twist ending coming, and a great job was done explaining why Morgan hated Dresden so much (as well as Morgan's behavior in Summer Knight). Also a decent romance story, and a nice bit of Fridge Brilliance about Morgan and Dresden in Turn Coat.
Thirded by Fillede Marius. It is excellent and every word is worth your time.
Recommended by Jack Inqu, Seconded by Sinesofinsanity who goes through moments of not being able to remember whether or not this scene was written by Jim Butcher. Thirded by Rookencounte who went through three different anthologies of fantasy stories before remembering that it was a fanfic.
Synopsis: Most dangerous job in the world? Alaskan crab fisherman have nothing on members of Harry Dresden's army.
Comments: A small slice of adventure set between White Night and Small Favor. Includes Harry, Thomas, Murphy, Ramirez, Molly, and Mouse. Really captures the tone of the novels, and more than that, how messy a car chase would get when there's magic involved.
Synopsis: A lifelong New Yorker makes deals with ancient, powerful beings and solves mysteries.
Comments: While not strictly a fanfic, the series clearly takes a lot of inspiration from our favorite snarky detective. It's well-written enough to be a series in its own right, barring the obvious copyright concerns
Synopsis: Maggie has known who her father was for five years. When she finally confronts him, she's only given reason to hate him. But what happens when the only man who can help her and her school is her father? Takes place twenty years after the events of Changes
Comments: A gut-punching story based around a great concept. The interactions between Harry and Maggie are phenomenally well-written, especially when Maggie reveals that she still had nightmares from her time as a Red Court captive, as well as her anger when Harry confesses to killing Susan. The Harry Potter jokes are also pretty funny and well placed, and Maggie is a well fleshed out character.
And now we dance Synopsis: As the Reynolds' School of Magic prepares for its Midsummer Ball, a Warden turns up dead and the evidence points to the school. Can Harry both catch the bad guy and protect his daughter as the White Council closes in? Sequel to Reunion.
Synopsis: So I'm the only spiritwalker north of the Oyo who has no village and works only for hire. I'm not proud of that, but despite what the priests might tell you, the medicine paths still work when you walk them for pay. And a man's gotta eat.
Comments: Dresden Files AU set in the geographical location of Chicago ... circa 800AD. Hilarious yet meticulously researched fun.
Synopsis/Author's Chapter Notes: It started when I was reading 'Bridge of Birds' and enjoying the names of the characters. Pretty Ping, Miser Shen, Fang's Flea and Fang's Fawn— and the narrator, Number Ten Ox. Descriptive and enjoyable. And then I started making up Chinese-Fable names for Dresden Files characters. And then I had to put a story to the names. And then ten thousand words later I'd written a quest fable with a bunch of references to other books and movies because why not.: .
Comments: Dresden Files AU set in a magical ancient China. Pure unbridled brilliance.
Synopsis: It started out with a simple case to find a missing knife. Then Dresden got called in to look at a corpse that had fangs and no blood in its body. Now he found himself walking into a case the White Council thought it had closed centuries before.
Comments: The story captures the feel of the Dresden universe beautifully. Mouse seems to be enjoying the status he attains during the fic far too much.
Synopsis: The story isn't about Dresden. It's about a runaway wizard apprentice, George Saga, who, in the process of disentangling himself from a star-crossed selkie, ends up lost within the dark alleys of Miami politics. With a twist of demon.
Comments: This author's worldbuilding is simply amazing. He seamlessly inserts his OC (possibly the coolest OC I've ever read) into the Dresdenverse. The writing captures the dry humor and sheer "O SHI-" of canon, and it shows that everything bad doesn't always happen to Harry. Also: this is a long fic. Over 120,000 words. And well worth the read.
Novel-length work in pdf format, this tells the tale of a runaway wizard apprentice, George Saga (True Name something else). Through some fault of his own, Dorje (he's from Tibet) gets himself involved with selkies, White Court, demon-enhanced lawyers, the differences between Asian magical traditions and the Western variant we've seen so much of in canon, Red Court, certain prominent figures in organized crime, dark wizards ... and Miami politicians. In other words, shenanigans worthy of Harry Dresden himself. Highly recommended.
Synopsis: Molly and Luccio discuss trauma and sexual desire, and Luccio helps Molly deal. Spoilers for Small Favor.
Comments: This fic examines a facet of the story that the novels didn't even consider: having a psychic impression hijack Molly's senses and force an orgasm on her is flat-out disturbing, and Harry's ban on both sex and masturbation only made things harder to deal with. Luckily for Molly, Luccio is in a position to help.
Synopsis: The story of Justin's adoption and raising of Elaine, from Elaine's POV. Ongoing.
Comments: While the mood of this fic is far quieter and more personal than a typical DF story, it suits the story perfectly. The young Elaine manages to be both interesting and like an actual child of her age, and Harry... Harry is exactly what you would expect him to be like as a kid.
Revlid: Please note that your mileage may heavily vary with this story—Harry Potter is a fairly blatant Mary Sue, and his "snark" mostly comes across as simply being rude and mindlessly arrogant, which aren't appealing traits for the main character of a story spanning 30+ chapters to begin with. The final twist in the first story is also eye-rollingly stupid; see "Mary Sue". In short, if you're hoping for Harry's attitude or the attitudes of others toward him to change in any way from the first few chapters onward... Look elsewhere.
It's also worth noting that, while this story is worth a read, it's not really a Dresden Files story. It has a few Dresden characters in it, but most are either OCs or badly OOC by virtue of not existing when the story started.
However, in response to Revlid, the story does not claim that Harry is in fact a Deadpan Snarker. It is very clear that he's just an arrogant kid, and most of the other characters (especially his Denarian) note that "you know, just saying that Dumbledore is a pedophile who has sex with a turkey isn't actually funny"; he himself notes that he doesn't actually do sardonic too well. He also couldn't easily be described as a Mary Sue: At best he's overconfident and frequently gets his arse kicked; at worst he's an unsympathetic Jerkass who few people like particularly and who isn't shilled by the author or other characters.
Now has three sequels, The Denarian Knight, The Denarian Lord, and lastly The Denarian Apocalypse.
Synopsis: Crossover with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. While escaping denizens of the Nevernever, Harry Dresden ends up in Equestria. While his first encounter with the Mane Cast begins rocky, he begins to befriend them, and none to soon. Two of the Mane Cast's old antagonists return to threaten them, and Harry finds himself helping them in their quest to stop them, all the while trying to reconcile his methods with the world of Equestria.
Comments: A fantastic fic. Dresden's characterization is absolutely spot on, almost perfect. All of his character attributes, his snarkiness, loyalty to his friends, his Good Is Not Nice attitude, and his struggles with darkness, are exquisitely captured. Seriously, it has to be read to be believed. The Dresden-centric parts of the story almost read like Butcher's prose. Having not seen the show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic myself, I cannot speak on whether or not the ponies' characterization is as good as Dresden's, but as characters who have real personalities and contribute to the story psychicscubadiver writes them quite well. The fic is completed, an a sequel, The Dresden Fillies: False Masks, is being written.
Comments: pure crack, with everyone in character. Possibly the funniest MLP crossover around. "Did you really invite Cowl to the party?" Now has a sequel, My Little Denarians, which is quickly becoming much darker.
Synopsis: Ms. Summers might as well have worn a sign reading 'Danger to Life and Limb' in large, neon print. Fusion-fic.
Comments: A nigh-seamless fusion of the Dresden Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer where the events of Buffy up to Season Six happened within the metaphysical rules of the Dresdenverse. Buffy joins Team Dresden for the raid on Arctis Tor, Spike and Angel are White Court and Willow ... well. Ships Harry/Buffy.
Synopsis: Crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Takes the place of (meaning "completely ignores") Ghost Story and ignores the Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight comics after the arc titled Time of Your Life. In the last stages of returning from the death he suffered at the end of Changes, Harry Dresden meets Buffy Summers, her sister Dawn, and their friend Xander Harris in the Nevernever. To Harry, Buffy and Co. are known TV figures, and Xander has read some of the Dresden Files novels. The Scooby Gang help Harry return home, and become a part of his life, eventually help him solve his murder.
Comments: A very credible substitute for Ghost Story. The author does an excellent job of imitating Jim Butcher's "voice," works Buffy, Xander and Dawn seamlessly into the Dresden-verse, and offers a more satisfying ending to the BtVS: S8 comics than the actual comics did. It's a little uneven in the middle, and the author does some things I don't think Jim Butcher ever would— but the internal logic holds up well, and it's still a very, very good read, worth it just for the combat scenes and the utterly disgusting monsters. Does have a love relationship between Harry and Buffy that grows believably. The story is complete.
Synopsis: Crossover with Neon Genesis Evangelion of all things. Things changed in the year 2000 when humans awoke the outside known as Adam and caused Second impact which killed two billion people, flooded the world and all but destroyed the Sidhe. Years after the Second Impact, SEELE's Head of North American Resource Management and all around criminal scum Johnny Marcone is seemingly murdered by being reduced to an unknown orange liquid. Harry as usually getting caught in the middle of this mess finds himself sent to Tokyo 3 to investigate NERV.
Comments: A Crack FicGone Horribly Right. The author took great care to almost seamlessly merge the two very distinctive universes. There are some plot conveniences such as Bob's new found Otaku-dom (which has made him fluent in Japanese and capable of tutoring Harry in it) and Ebenezer making Harry an anti-Walking Tech Bane watch but they only serve to bring both Harry and the cast of Evangelion into more trouble I am willing to overlook them.
Synopsis: Duel monsters have come out to play. And since Harry is such a lucky guy, they come to Chicago. And unfortunately, it's not because he's the supernatural world's must-see-atraction of the Midwest.
Comments: Freakin' hilarious. The author somehow manages to merge very different worlds in a way that makes sense.
Synopsis: Protecting an innocent young woman from the magical authorities is nothing new to Harry. Problem is, this time the girl is one Nanoha Takamachi. Harry finds himself up against a civilization that makes the White Council look downright primitive, but Nanoha does have some friends in her corner, and Harry can teach the TSAB a few things about magic they might have overlooked.
Comments: It's off to a very good start. The crossover elements in particular are very well handled; the author has done an excellent job of merging the different magic systems.
Synopsis: My day had started on a down note. First Elaine had been sick, then I found out my mentor wanted to shove me in a straitjacket. It shouldn't have been a surprise when I died. But, nothing could have prepared me for my life being saved by a devil—or becoming one myself. Still, the magical girl was the biggest surprise.
Comments: Not a crackfic, but: "You're going to get a magical wand and you're going to like it." 'Nuff said.
A well-done fusion of the settings, with a demonstrated willingness to defy The Stations of the Canon. Narrated by Harry, but taking place mostly though not only in the Dx D side of things.
Synopsis:: Harry Dresden had thought he'd seen it all. So had the voice inside his head for that matter. But when one of his all too typical wild weekends ends up with him stranded far outside the Outer Gates, beyond the stretch of even creation itself, he finds out that there are other things out there, laying in wait. Still doesn't make it any easier to make rent on time though...
Comments: Admittedly inspired by "Devil You Know", and written by the same mind that gave us The Hill of Swords and In Flight, this fic takes the Harry Dresden from later into the books (rather than sixteen and just starting out, with all the special powers and neat tricks and experience that this implies), and drops him straight into the High School D×D world. A world where, in GB's own words, "Fallen Angel doesn't mean creature older than time darker than how I take my coffee." Hilarity and Mirror Universe Hijinks Ensue.
Sypnosis: 'And I've removed the filter from your eyes which covered them before, so now, you'll easily distinguish between gods and men.' After the power of the Mist began to weaken, the demigods found themselves in the middle of a whole new world.
Comments: A Dresden/Jackson crossover.
YMMV heavily. Much more of a Percy Jackson fic than a DF one (main characters from the Dresden Verse have yet to appear), the characters are pretty much godmodding (pardon the pun)
Ryuugi has stated that Dresden will be appearing in a chapter 6 or 7, when the plot for Summer Knight begins. And to be fair, with the capabilities of Camp Half-Blood, godmodding is inevitable, at least at first. Remains to be seen if it'll disappear later on, as the other supernatural react to the new players.
Synopsis: Crossover with Good Omens. In which a demon (who did not fall from grace so much as saunter vaguely downward) is sent to tempt a hero (who's reluctant at best) and has some trouble with the job.
Comments: Contains a surprise pairing (Harry/Marcone), and a fusion of Jim Butcher's snarky humor and Good Omens' wit. The crossover is well done and the characters are portrayed perfectly.
Er... Have you seen the Ship Fic section? Ain't no surprise pairing there.
The fic in question was among the first slash fics to be written in the entire fandom and possibly the first with that pairing.
This, and the fact that the pairing is sort of sprung at you at the end, and there's very little hint of it until that point.
Synopsis: Mass Effect crossover, spoilers for the end of Changes and start of the eponymous canonical book. Harry Dresden is dead, and so is John Shepard circa Bring Down the Sky. Orders on high come in to send them back to the land of the living... The other guy's land of the living.
Synopsis: Stargate SG-1 cross. After being transported to an unknown location by the destruction of the Darkhallow, Harry Dresden is thrown into conflict with the very gods of ancient Egypt, with his life, freedom and soul at stake.
Comments: An interesting fusion of the two universes, with promises of intrigue and well-hidden subtext.
Synopsis: Harry is invited to dinner and a show, not entirely in that order.
Comments: Awesome, hilarious look at a possible Knight Harry who's gotten over some of his Issues with sexuality and chastity. Started the fandom trend of Winter Bike Harry, and is still probably the best of that fic type. Most of Binz and Shiplizard's work explores concepts regarding sex positivity; this is the most well-known of that collection. Check it out.
Synopsis: Harry Dresden fails Gender Studies 101, and that doesn't change when he temporarily swaps sexes.
Comments: Genderswap story that turned out to be both hilarious and hot. Must warn potential readers that the sex in this story is between girl!Harry and Marcone and not boy!Harry. Spoilers for Changes.
Synopsis: It was like playing chicken with intimacy, both of us pushing and pushing and waiting to see who blinked first.
Comments: A continuation of the first story, this one does an even more thorough job of examining Dresden and Marcone and how the two co-exist. It's intense and a beautifully handled slow progression. Harry's POV is as pitch-perfect as ever, and the addition of Marcone's POV is handled equally well. Very worth checking out.
Synopsis: Another way the Baron rose to power. Another way the wizard became a Knight. Slash, mafia powerplaying, and a lot of Belligerent Sexual Tension within. AU after Fool Moon. Expanded in a book series, The Matter of Chicago.
Synopsis: Post-apocalyptic Chicago: Harry Dresden, the itinerant Winter Knight, is contacted by the errant Sheriff Karrin Murphy. Something is brutally murdering people in Wisconsin, and the local militia is driving off anyone who tries to check it out. It's up to Harry to root out the threat— and figure out where his loyalties lie, between the Faerie Court he sold himself to, and the people he's always tried to save.
Comments: Set apparently post-Changes and definitely post-apocalypse, this fic is detailed, thorough and true in the ways the characters all react to the changed setting. The Black Court is making a huge comeback, the Summer/Winter/Wyldfae balance of power is being ... renegotiated, the Ways are now the only practical means of long-distance travel which in turn makes Wizards incredibly precious and so on. It's quite the doorstopper too. Some readers might not like some of the changes to Harry's behavior (specifically his sexuality) albeit most of that is lightly-referenced backstory. There is action and darkness, hope and romance, tragedy and characterization and creatures we haven't seen so far in the canon books (the Wendigo was especially well-done Nightmare Fuel). Highly recommended.
Synopsis: “Because,” Dresden said, “you’re going to bring me back.” He hesitated, looking somewhat sour. “You’re the only one who can, apparently.”
Comments: Thank you, LGI. Now, no matter how awesome Ghost Story is, it will pale in comparison to this fic. Cross is a post-Changes story about Harry being dead and Marcone having to bring him back. Except how it's really not. As thefourthvine put it: "To me, this story is basically an exercise in examining how many layers of denial you can plaster over yourself before you crack into a million pieces. Answer: John Marcone is nearly there." Fucking phenomenal character examination, dealing with all the baggage that is often ignored in canon and fanon. Check. This. Out.
Synopsis: Harry gets invited on a date by everyone’s favorite mob boss, and then things get weird.
Comments: Diverges from canon after Small Favor but echoes some of the events of Turn Coat (like the Harry/Demonreach OTP). Harry goes on a date with Marcone. Marcone arranges to have himself framed for Harry Dresden's death the next day. Then things get really weird. Features some of the best OCs I've seen in the fandom thus far (Tam Veda and the Big Bad are especially worthy of note) and is just incredibly well-written and interesting. Strongly recommended; wish the author would archive it on FF.net or AO3 for easier reading though.
Seconded like the fist of an angry god. Especially about the A03 thing. I need this on my Kindle, guys. You don't understand. This fic is very strong plot-wise, very Original Flavor, and manages the hottest UST you've ever read. It's incredible. -Lucy Zephyr
Synopsis: Evil AU. Where all the good guys are bad and the bad guys are good for the most part, and inhuman monsters are still monsters. In this ‘verse, Evil!Harry sees Marcone’s soul and really wants to make him his.
Comments: Retells the events of Storm Front in a world where Maggie LeFay outlived Malcolm Dresden, Harry is a wealthy warlock who models his life on the Evil Overlord List, Murphy is as corrupt as they come (albeit just as badass as in canon) and Marcone is an agent of the FBI. Essentially crack fic but a lot of fun.
Synopsis: In which Harry is the best baker in Chicago, but still ends up starting a few fires along the way.
Comments: This is a modern-day non-magical AU where Harry own and operates the coolest bakery in Chicago, with Bob his trusty barista, his loyal customers like Murphy and that annoying sonofagun Marcone who keeps on coming back. Otherwise a story where amidst cupcakes you have Harry trying to cope with his traumatic past as a survivor of abuse. This isn't a WAAAANGST fic but it's a careful, thoughtful mediation on how people cope with trauma amidst some great characterization.
Author here. Deeply flattered, thank you. Wanted to point out the AO3 version over here. It's a revised copy, so best to read from there. Again, thanks! 8D
Synopsis: This takes place before White Knight. Harry is off on one of his Red Court expiditions and finds something strange in the jungle.
Comments: Have you ever wondered exactly what happened at Camp Kaboom? Now you know. There aren't a lot of decent fanfics detailing Harry's and Anastasia's relationship, but should had deserved more attention in the books. Rest assured though, that their relationship is the background story (so far) compared to the adventure-type overall story. The story has some dark moments, but is nicely balanced out by the occasional quip and humour. Still ongoing.
Synopsis: Set after Changes and then continuing on to its own path, this three-part (loooong) story chronicles the blossoming relationship between Harry and Lash weighed against investigations against the Nickelheads, vampires, and more.
Comments: Very nicely done, a must read for anyone who feel miffed by the inadequate screen-time between the two in the books. Ranging from funny to angst, this small-novel touches a lot of bases and delivers in spades.