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Literature: The Dresdenfiles
Just another day at the office.

"My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. When things get strange, when what goes bump in the night flicks on the lights, when no one else can help you, give me a call. I'm in the book."
Harry Dresden

A horror/fantasy/mystery series of novels, fourteen and counting plus associated short stories and comic miniseries and the like, by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden is a wizard and private detective operating out of modern day Chicago, and reluctantly hired by a special police task force as a consultant on supernatural crimes. The Genre Savvy protagonist cracks jokes about the Urban Fantasy-Dungeon Punk setting and the tropes it uses. Adapted into a drama series on the Sci Fi Channel. There's also a tabletop RPG, which is much more faithful to the books, as it's written from the characters' perspective.

Harry meets a wide variety of characters in the series, including Karrin Murphy, the Action Girl cop who's aware of the city's supernatural underworld; Bob, a spirit of intellect who lives in a skull — human-shaped ghost in the television series — is Harry's literal Magical Computer; Michael Carpenter, a modern-day paladin wielding a holy sword; Billy the Werewolf and his pack of Alphas (a group of young heroic wannabes); Thomas Raith, the Loveable Rogue incubus White Court vampire; Harry's on-and-off love interest Susan Rodriguez; and Molly Carpenter, Michael's oldest daughter and Harry's apprentice. Like many detective stories, Harry meets a ridiculous number of femmes fatales, crime bosses, and hired goons, which is frequently lampshaded in the series.

There are currently 14 novels in the series:
  1. Storm Front (2000)
  2. Fool Moon (2001)
  3. Grave Peril (2001)
  4. Summer Knight (2002)
  5. Death Masks (2003)
  6. Blood Rites (2004)
  7. Dead Beat (2006)
  8. Proven Guilty (2007)
  9. White Night (2007)
  10. Small Favor (2008)
  11. Turn Coat (2009)
  12. Changes (2010)
  13. Ghost Story (2011)
  14. Cold Days (2012)
  15. Skin Game (May 27, 2014) (A sneak preview, Jim Butcher reading the first 4 chapters; can be found here.)

Novels 1 - 9 have been collected in 4 different omnibus editions; book one has also been put out in graphic novel form.

Additionally, there are 15 short stories published in various collections:
  1. "Restoration of Faith"
  2. "Publicity and Advertising" (listed as "Vignette" in Side Jobs)
  3. "Something Borrowed" (published in My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding)
  4. "It's My Birthday, Too" (published in Many Bloody Returns)
  5. "Heorot" (published in My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon)
  6. "Day Off" (published in Blood Lite)
  7. "Last Call" (published in Strange Brew)
  8. "AAAA Wizardry" (published in the Our World RPG Book)
  9. "Even Hand" (published in Dark and Stormy Knights)
  10. "Love Hurts" (published in Songs of Love and Death)
  11. "Curses" (published in The Naked City)
  12. "B is for Bigfoot" (Published in Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron)
  13. "I Was a Teenage Bigfoot" (Published in Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste)
  14. "Bigfoot on Campus" (Published in Hex Appeal)
  15. "Bombshells" (Published in Dangerous Women)

As well as 3 novellas:
  1. Backup (published by itself)
  2. "The Warrior" (published in Mean Streets)
  3. Aftermath (published in Side Jobs)

Plus two graphic novel stories:
  1. Welcome To The Jungle
  2. Ghoul Goblin

The short stories from "Restoration of Faith" to "Last Call" (as well as "Love Hurts") and all the novellas have been collected in an anthology called Side Jobs released October, 2010. As for the rest, Butcher has promised that all of the short stories and novellas would be available in collected form, so as he put it, he'll just have to write enough short stories to get another anthology.

Word of God says that the series will have at least twenty books, which will then be capped off by an apocalyptic trilogy. Because, to quote the author, "Who doesn't love apocalyptic trilogies?"

In addition to the page links at the top, there is also a shout out page. The recap page is under major construction, so help with it would be appreciated.

Due to length, the trope list has been split off to subpages:


Crooked Little VeinDetective LiteratureEdgar Allan Poe
Diamond BrothersMystery LiteratureEdgar Allan Poe
DreamcatcherHorror LiteratureEat Them Alive
David GemmellLong-Running Book SeriesGarrett, P.I.
Don JuanThe EpicDune
WatchmenHugo AwardFables
Windmill CrusaderImageSource/LiteratureOccult Detective
Draw One in the DarkUrban FantasyElemental Masters
Dragon QuestTrope OverdosedThe Elder Scrolls
The Dream MerchantFantasy LiteratureThe Duel of Sorcery Trilogy
The Dream MerchantLiterature of the 2000sDrood

alternative title(s): Dresden Files; The Dresden Files; Dresden Files
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