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Preview — Teeth by Ellen Datlow
The first bite is only the beginning.
Twenty of today's favorite writers explore the intersections between the living, dead, and undead. Their vampire tales range from romantic to chilling to gleeful—and touch on nearly every emotion in between.
Neil Gaiman's vampire-poet in "Bloody Sunrise" is brooding, remorseful, and lonely. Melissa Marr's vampires make a high-stakes game...more
3.5 out of 5.0 stars
The very worst thing about this book is that it actually gets boring. :-/ The next time I read this, I’m going to make sure that I space all the stories out a bit instead of one immediately after another. They’re all interesting stories, but there are just so many of them that I got tired of hearing about vampires that were just slightly different from the traditional stereotype… *sigh* This ...more
Interesting and dark, I thought the inclusion of the rules was fun.
All Smiles by Steve Berman
I liked this one. Especially the idea that a tattoo of holy script would sour someone's blood for a vampire.
Gap Year by Christopher Barzak
Another one that I liked. I was hoping for more of a happy ending as things moved along, but I loved the look at how friends grow apart and move on as they grow up.
Bloody Sunrise by Neil Gaiman
I love Neil Gaiman's w ...more
Very good story. I loved the integration of a different lore for the story.
Rating: 5 Stars
All Smiles By: Steve Berman
Interesting story. Loved the ending. A little confusing. I THINK the main character's gay...
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Gap Year By: Christopher Barzak
TWIST ENDING! I loved it. I wasn't sure because it looked like it was going in a gay direction but it pulled through in the end.
Rating: 5 Stars!
Bloody Sunrise By: Neil Gaimen
ummm, I think ...more
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Full rev ...more
This eerie collection features nineteen pieces by authors such as Neil Gaiman (THE GRAVEYARD BOOK), Melissa Marr (WICKED LOVELY series), Cassandra Clare (CLOCKWORK ANGEL) and Holly Black (THE CURSE WORKERS and GOOD NEIGHBORS series).
The first story in the anthology is “Things to Know About Being Dead” by Genevieve Valentine. After surviving a car accident, Suyin discovers that she’s not quite alive and not quite dead. She has become a jiang-shi, ...more
I am going to highlight some of the stories I really enjoyed, and there were a lot of them that I really enjoyed. The first story "Things to Know About Being Dead" by Gen ...more
I think my favorites were Genevieve Valentine's "Things to Know About Being Dead," Delia Sherman's "Flying," and Catherynne Valente's "In the Future ...more
Since this book was made up of a collection of short stories, which were very different from each other, I reviewed them seperately. Overall, the stories were very hit-or-miss with me, as you can tell. Excuse the vague summaries, I didn't exactly craft a grand review for each snippet of a story because I don't want to give away any major plot points.
IntroductionI normally wouldn't review an introduction of all things, but I really enjoyed it. Stuffed with vampire history/lore and I learned a lot ...more
Most troubling for me, of course, was the fact that Windling and Datlow's somewhat patronizing introduction to the work makes a couple of unfortunate assumptions: (1) first, that only 'tweens read Young Adult fiction and (2) ...more
This story centers around Suyin or Sue as she's called. She had gotten into a car with a student from her school, who was drunk and crashed the car. Suyin died and came back as a Jiangshi (it's sort of a chinese zombie-slash-vampire that hops. Though that doesn't happen in this story or in Raven by Alison Van Diepen) the only person who knows what's going on with her is her grandmother. As an addition to the plot, is Jake (or was it Jack?) wh ...more
Harper Collins, 2011, 452 pp. fiction (p’back)
There is a mixture of many different vampire stories in one book. Most of ...more
The following are my reviews of the individual stories as they appear in the anthology:
3* - Genevieve Valentine "Things to Know About Being Dead" - Interrupted flow, weak language, but good imagery, cr ...more
I listed a few of my favorite stories above and it was hard to even narrow it down to four ou ...more
Early on, I had ambitions of saying something about each of these stories, then about just the ones that especially struck me, then I gave up and read for three hours straight.
The stories are haunting, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Most of the characters are kids or teenagers, people o ...more
Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castelucci which is a twisted tale about a girl who is allergic to the sun becomes BFFs with a vampire when they meet at night school. Both yearn for a normal life and seem to find a bit of happiness in each others company.
Transition by Melissa ...more
I am REALLY enjoying this book. I am over half way done. I am not usually a short story fan but these short stories are great. I love all the different ways that the authors are telling vampire stories. I actually learned some new lore about vampires and i thought I knew everything! So very cool!!
I finished this book and I really did enjoy all the Vampires tales. Not being a huge short story fa ...more
I know when I start noting how many pages a story is...the collection is over for me.
The best story in this collection, IMHO, is Flying by Delia Sherman. I also enjoyed Vampire ...more
Teeth: Vampire Tales has a little bit of something every YA fan can sink their own teeth into. Fans of Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Neil Gaiman will all swoon over their short stories/poem while at the same time discover new authors to add to their lists. The great thing about this collection is that there isn’t a single method to the madness. Some vampires are good, some are bad. Some you’ll swoon over, some you’ll want to slay. In some stories you’re the hunter, in others you ...more
"Things to Know About Being Dead" - both for the structure and incorporation of Chinese mythology.
"Gap Year" - both ...more
Things to Know About Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine * * * *
Quite an interesting take on the old superstition of vampires born out of violent deaths. After dying in a car crash, Suyin navigates her new life with the help of her grandmother and a ghost.
All Smiles by Steve Berman * * *
A boy runs away from druggie boot camp, but gets caught up in a bigger picture when he is picked up by a strange brother & sister.
She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter ...more
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