I’m quite excited to welcome back my book-loving mom to review Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher, which I gave her for her birthday! *daughter win* ;-)
In Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher, Harry Dresden, professional wizard, leaves his comfort zone in more ways than one and branches out into the forests of Wisconsin (and Norman, Oklahoma) to accept a string of cases from one of the Forest People, aka a Bigfoot. Although the unusual client makes even a member of the White Council a bit nervous, when a nerdy half-human child is at stake, Harry comes through and does the right thing. Repeatedly. Even if it does mean that he has to go back to school.
Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files #15.5)
Published by Subterranean Press on June 30th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 136 pages
How I got my copy: Gift
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Chicago wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is used to mysterious clients with long hair and legs up to here. But when it turns out the long hair covers every square inch of his latest client's body, and the legs contribute to a nine-foot height, even the redoubtable detective realizes he's treading new ground. Strength of a River in His Shoulders is one of the legendary forest people, a Bigfoot, and he has a problem that only Harry can solve. His son Irwin is a scion, the child of a supernatural creature and a human. He's a good kid, but the extraordinary strength of his magical aura has a way of attracting trouble.
- I loved that the stories in Working for Bigfoot are set relatively early in Harry’s career, before politics and potentially world-altering decisions (and guilt) began to weigh him down. This is the younger Dresden, solving minor mysteries and helping the less powerful members of the supernatural world with problems that only a wizard can affect. Harry is less magically powerful – which means he needs to be more wary, using his wits and bluster as much as his wizardry, if not more.
- Dresden is as lovably cynical as ever, and Butcher’s Bigfoot is as unexpected as you’d expect him to be. After all, this is the writer who brought us zombie dinosaurs.
- There are plenty of nerdy cultural references in Working for Bigfoot and poking of fun at some young adult urban fantasy. If you enjoy this volume, consider reading the Libriomancer series by Jim C. Hines.
- Butcher’s female characters are generally strong and independent … and intelligent, given as much soul as feasible in the limited frame allowed by a short story.
- Bigfoot is as down-to-earth as the fae are manipulative, but he is also portrayed as a kind and considerate (and humble) person with many of the cares that humans experience. By the end of the volume, I was wondering why the human wizards don’t ask the Forest People for help in handling their conflicts with the vampires. A possible wrinkle for a future novel???
- While I appreciate having these three short stories pulled together into one volume, die-hard Dresden or Butcher fans should be aware that all of these short stories were previously published. You may have already read them back in 2012 or so, although having them in one book will help fill out a fan’s collection.
- The relationships in the final story seemed “off” to me. Two major characters find out something about themselves and their parentage. And the emotional fall out (or lack thereof) didn’t seem realistic. It was entirely too pat, especially for an author who normally conveys all the complexities of the human response to discovering that magic is real.
On the whole, I did really enjoyed Working for Bigfoot and was sad that it ended so quickly. When’s the next book coming out??????
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Working for Bigfoot by Jim Butcher
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