By: Jim Butcher

Series: The Dresden Files

Book Number: 5.5

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As Harry Dresden considers making changes to his phone book ad, he and Bob argue about what the new ad should say. Harry doesn't want to play things up too much, but Bob thinks the ad needs a flourish of the dramatic.


Vignette is a really short three-page story that is exactly what the title implies, a brief vignette in Harry's life, in which he and Bob discuss possibly making changes to Harry's ad in the phone book. Their interplay is crisp and funny as the two argue over what the new ad should say. Of course, Harry wants to keep it simple, while Bob wants to spice things up a bit. Overall this was a fun, little slice of life story from the Dresden Files series. Vignette falls between Death Masks and Blood Rites in the series chronology. It can be read for free on Jim Butcher's website and is also available in print as part of the Dresden Files novella and short story anthology, Side Jobs.


Jim Butcher