Mean Streets by Jim ButcherMean Streets by Jim Butcher

Mean Streets

byJim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Simon R. Green

Mass Market Paperback | January 5, 2010

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Four bestselling fantasy authors present a collection of novellas about dark nights, cruel cities, and paranormal P.I.s—featuring Harry Dresden, John Taylor, Harper Blaine, and Remy Chandler.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher delivers a story in which Harry Dresden—Chicago's only professional wizard—tries to protect a friend from danger and ends up becoming a target himself...
 
John Taylor is the best PI in the secret heart of London known as The Nightside. He can find anything. But locating the lost memory of a desperate woman may be his undoing in a thrilling noir tale from New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green...
 
National bestselling author Kat Richardson’s Greywalker finds herself in too deep when a job in Mexico goes awry, and Harper Blaine is enmeshed in a tangle of dark family secrets and revenge from beyond the grave...
 
An ancient being that lived among humanity for centuries is dead, and fallen angel-turned-Boston detective Remy Chandler has been hired to find out who—or what—murdered him in a whodunit by national bestselling author Thomas E. Sniegoski...
A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversatio...
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Title:Mean StreetsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 6.72 × 4.18 × 0.86 inPublished:January 5, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Calling Jim Butcher fans Fans of Jim Butcher really need to pick up this anthology. The first story is of course all about our wonderfully bumbling master of wizardry Harry Dresden. I love this story to pieces as Harry actually manages to save the soul of one Micheal Carpenter. Yes Mr. Sword Wielding, Ever Faithful Soldier of God Micheal Carpenter. Scary isn't it? But absolutly fabulous. The next story in line is by one Simon R. Green, and this is one to look out for. Fans of Harry Dresden will enjoy Green's character as their stories have similar backgrounds. This one is based in London and is a P.I like Dresden, but unlike Dresden spends most of his time in the Nightside (a lot like Elsewhere for you Gaiman fans). The Nightside is a place where the past present and future meet, gods play, and words are destroyed. His character (i forget the name folks so if you want to know it read the books!) befriends an dead/undead creature of the Nightside aptly named Dead Boy, and Dead Boy's futuristic car. Much like the car from Night Rider, only advance the technology a few thousand years so its a hover craft, has near impenitrable amor siding, and "glass" that can appear and dissapear as desired. Nevermind the fact that Dead Boy has bonded to the car to the point where they can actually carry on conversations. Kat Richardson's story I am afraid did not resonate with me to the point where it was memorable or made me want to dig out her books and read into her further, like I have done with Simon R. Green's character. It was ok, I did not out right hate it, but as I said it wasn't long lasting. Thomas Sniegoski is another matter. I really enjoyed his story about fallen angels. Interesting concept. This one begins in the time of Noah, and involves the angel's of God becoming a little frisky with the natives and the outcome of those unions are dealt with within our time. Powerful stuff what transpires when all the secrets come out, but unfortunately again not enough to stick with me and make me seek him out. Well written, interesting concept, but I'm afriad I was distracted by other shiny things. But seriously, my fellow fans of Butcher and Dresden, pick this book up to at least check out Simon R. Green. I doubt you'll be dissapointed.
Date published: 2010-04-14

Editorial Reviews

“Readers will be delighted with this collection of original novellas tied to popular crime/fantasy series...All solid and suspenseful, these stories are sure to please.”—Publishers Weekly   “Entertaining excitement...Four great stories you won't want to miss, as they seem to fill in some of the gaps between novels and give you a peek into the character's lives you like to read about.”—SFRevu   “These four new novellas by top urban noir authors will entertain while showing the seedier, darker side of town and human nature...Imaginative yet humanizing storylines with familiar characters make this collection a treat and a great introduction for readers new to the genre.”—Monsters and Critics   “Each tale is well written, feeling complete even in the novella format, and complement one another as the writers rose to the occasion of expectations from their fan base. An obvious must for readers of any of the four paranormal sagas, newcomers will appreciate the introductions to these literary legends as they investigate the otherworldly Mean Streets.”—Alternative Worlds  “This is a good collection for urban fantasy and noir lovers, combining mystery and magic in thrilling storylines.”—News and Sentinel “Four of today's most talented urban fantasy authors combine their magic to deliver an outstanding collection. Walking in these characters' shoes is enlightening, frightening, and not for the faint of heart!”—RT Book Reviews