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Shadowed Souls

Written by: Jim Butcher - editor,Kerrie L. Hughes - editor
Narrated by: Jim Butcher,Julia Whelan,Emily Rankin,Justine Eyre,David de Vries,Mia Barron,Jon Lindstrom,Sumalee Montano,Mozhan Marnò,Karissa Vacker,MacLeod Andrews
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Publisher's Summary

In this dark and gritty collection - featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman - nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil....

Unfortunately, that's exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.

In number-one New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher's "Cold Case", Molly Carpenter - Harry Dresden's apprentice-turned-Winter Lady - must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you're a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad.

New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire's "Sleepover" finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything weird. They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.

In New York Times best-selling Kevin J. Anderson's "Eye of Newt", Zombie PI Dan Shamble's latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner....

And New York Times best-selling author Rob Thurman's infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals with some overdue - and nightmarish - vengeance involving some quite nasty "Impossible Monsters".

Also includes stories by Tanya Huff, Kat Richardson, Jim C. Hines, Anton Strout, Lucy A. Snyder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Erik Scott de Bie.

Full cast of narrators includes Jon Lindstrom, Sumalee Montano, Mozhan Marno, Karissa Vacker, and Macleod Andrews.

©2016 Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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Not really a Dresdan file.

Only one short story to do with the Dresdan files and it was involving Molly and Rameraz. I was disappointed.

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some of the stories are interesting

I've picked out a couple of new authors to read and follow their series. fin

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Dreed- den story?

So, it's not a dresden file...well, one short story? so not a great listen. a good reminder to take time to read the reviews!

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Not part of the story.

its garbage. one short story about molly, then a bunch of unconnected random short stories from other authors. it literally has the name and picture on the cover.... of a guy that isnt in the book, either as an arc or component. the short stories are written by ok authors, but none are connected or canon to the dresden universe, and many of the voice actors.. are just terrible. like, downright painful to listen to. it feels like jim was being sent short stories by fans or something from a forum, and he was just like "wtf do i do with all these? ugh, ill just stuff them all in a book like a noncohesive mix tape." Avoid

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not worth a credit

very disappointing - I expected much more. Narrators are fair. Stories are lame. I should have left this one alone

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  • JWinkler
  • 2017-01-20

If you're looking for Dresden, don't bother…

Personally, I thought this was going to be another version of book 11.5. Meaning a bunch of well written short stories that give us a good look at the "between the book " moments of the series that we all love. The first story, written by Butcher, was exactly that. The rest of the stories save one or two were just mediocre. I gave this review a story star for each story I actually liked.

Bottom line, give this one a skip and go look on the Dresden wiki for the story details.

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  • James Gordon
  • 2017-01-09

Save the Credit

The Jim Butcher story was great. The rest not so much. Pretty much just a collection of whining and angst. Wish I could get my credit back.

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  • D. Ramirez
  • 2016-11-08

Dishonest to Call This a Dresden Files Book

Would you try another book from Jim Butcher - editor and Kerrie L. Hughes - editor and/or the narrators?

From Jim Butcher, yes... With anyone else included, no...

What was most disappointing about Jim Butcher - editor and Kerrie L. Hughes - editor ’s story?

I purchased this on my cell phone. The lack of information that I received on my phone caused me to assume that this was a full Dresden Files book. Sadly I was mistaken. This is a collection of short stories. Hopefully you don't get tricked like I did.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Nothing wrong with the narrator.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadowed Souls?

I would remove anything that was not a Dresden Files story.

Any additional comments?

You deceived me. I am not pleased.

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  • Talia Sturkie
  • 2016-12-08

It's an Urban Fantasy Anthology, not Dresden

What did you love best about Shadowed Souls?

My favorite story was Molly's by Jim Butcher, but other stories stood as decent works. Not the best anthology I've ever read, but far from the worst.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Butcher - editor and Kerrie L. Hughes - editor ? Why or why not?

Gladly. This is Jim's first foray into editing, and I feel like the theme didn't come out too well. I'd expect future works to be an improvement.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The ending of the first story could be quite heart-wrenching. None of the others really affected me that strongly, though there were a couple laughs.

Any additional comments?

The narration overall was really solid, and each story brought something unique to the table. Don't go into it expecting what isn't there. Anthologies like this aren't for everyone, and you have to know what to expect going in.

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  • Akariel
  • 2016-11-05

This anthology should be renamed....

"Authors who desperately need to get laid". Jim Butchers story was decent, but the second one reads like bad Lost Girl fan fiction ( painful to to listen too) and the rest are almost as terrible. I feel bad, because I love Butchers work and this was his debut as an editor but I think he needs some more practice as I'm not really seeing the Theme for this anthology coming to the forefront. it was too busy on its backside.

I think Jim should have followed some Dresden logic and poured some icewater down his pants to clear his mind.
The narration over all was passable, nothing special but not bad either.
This is was not worth the full credit.

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  • Alan
  • 2016-11-02

giant disappointment stay away

If You're Expecting Jim Butcher you don't get it. this is nothing like the other books in the Harry Dresden series. this is the first time I have ever pre-ordered a book and it was a giant mistake. the stories are shallow and not fun. I was so excited when I saw another book in the series was coming out. again stay away don't waste your money.

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  • Sam
  • 2016-11-22

Not what I thought...

I, like others, was excited about a new Dresden set of short stories. I realized they were not all written by Butcher, but I did think the stories were at least in the Dresden universe.

While the first story was about Molly, the rest just seemed to be about creatures that MIGHT have been in the DresdenVerse, they were not specifically written that way. When you pair that with the fact that they weren't written by Dresden either, it turns out to be a real let down.

Jim Butcher is a great author and I love the way he weaves a story together. I don't JUST like wizards and vampires, etc..I like the way Butcher does it. I did not care for the rest of the stories after the first one. I tried to like them anyways, but I found myself skipping to the next story on several occasions.

If you were really excited to see a new book in the Dresden lineup, you might skip this one. In my opinion it wasn't worth the credit. Kind of wish I'd saved mine for the new Sanderson book that just came out in the Stormlight Archive series (also short stories). Now I have to wait for more credits!

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  • Scott
  • 2016-12-13

Only good story here was the one with Molly in it!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure what happened, Jim Butcher is awesome but these authors were crappy at best.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher - editor and Kerrie L. Hughes - editor again?

Yes, I will read anything written by Jim Butcher.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

First story was great the rest.....MEH!

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Disappointing!

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  • Home office
  • 2016-11-05

Poor

Poorly written stories. With almost no connection to the Dresden universe. In my opinion, do not waste your time or money.

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  • Paul B.
  • 2016-11-11

good and meh

the short story kicking off the anthology is pretty revealing about Molly's new gig. The rest of the anthology held less interest for me. there may be another gem or two in the rough.. but don't expect to be stunned.

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