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Glitter and Mayhem (InCryptid #2.2 - Bad Dream Girl)

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Welcome to Glitter & Mayhem, the most glamorous party in the multiverse.

Step behind the velvet rope of these fabulous Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror tales of roller rinks, nightclubs, glam aliens, party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, and debauchery.

Dance through nightclubs, roller derby with cryptids and aliens, be seduced by otherworldly creatures, and ingest co...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Apex Publications (first published August 1st 2013)
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Amal El-Mohtar
Sep 28, 2013 Amal El-Mohtar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: fantasy
Requisite Humble-Is-For-Pies disclaimer: I have a story in this.

Further disclaimer: I was having a very, very, very bad day when I decided to immerse myself in this book, and reading it went a long way towards making me feel like something more than a smear on the pavement.

Furthest disclaimer: I know and love several of the people involved in the making of this book.

So! I loved it. I did not love every single story, but I liked almost all of them, really liked a significant number, and outright...more
Bob Milne
I have read a lot of strange, weird, and bizarre fiction over the years, but I do believe Glitter & Mayhem may just be the oddest collection of stories I have ever come across. I'm not talking avant-garde or surreal, as is so often the case with Bizarro fiction, just plain old . . . well, odd. As you may have guessed from the cover, if not the title itself, this is sex-crazed, drug-fueled, glitter-drenched science fiction and fantasy that is firmly embedded in the disco-esque party scene.

This novella is going to be published this summer in the anthology Glitter and Mayhem - I got an early copy of it as my thank you swag for helping back the anthology on Kickstarter, and I think it's the nicest Kickstarter perk I've had yet! Set in the same InCryptid universe as Discount Armageddon this story stars Verity's little sister Antimony, she of the pit trap fame, as she investigates mysterious goings on in her roller derby league. I've only been to roller derby once, and I spent my firs...more
I received a free copy of this book in return for a review, via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

Little cinder girls, we're raised in fire.
Either you melt and become the simpering thing you're supposed to.
Or else you temper into something calloused and unbreakable.

The book started off well, as the first couple of stories are two of my favourites. "Apex Jump" is a science fiction story about a roller derby team that gets invited to play a very unusual away match, while "Sister Twelve: Con...more
Anthologies are like eating mystery cake. Yummy chocolate with random add ins like caramel, butterscotch, raspberry, shrimp, feet, durian, pate, caviar, or okra. Some go well, some don't, and some just don't work in this combination.
A fantasy anthology with a lot of references to parties and roller skating.

Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster - Christopher Barzak
I liked this one. It's about 12 princes that escape through the floor of their castle to a hub realm from which they can go to dance parties in every imaginable time and dimension. One of them stays.

Apex Jump - David Schwartz
A very entertaining story about a roller derby team that gets recruited to an intergalactic bout many light years away.

With Her Hundre...more
Before I start this review, I should make one thing clear: I'm the least club-going, disco-loving person I know. I think I was in a club once in my whole life, but it was too loud, and the lights were too bright, and I left as soon as it was polite. I also can't dance, don't do drugs, and consider "a great party" to be one in which the cylons manage to destroy humanity during a game of Battlestar:Galactica. All these things should probably make me hate "Glitter and Mayhem" - an anthology of disc...more
The stories aren't bad, but the only stand-out entry is Sofia Samatar's "Bess, the Landlord's Daughter, Goes Out for Drinks with the Green Girl," which covers some of the same territory as Helen Oyeyemi's Mr. Fox, but in a whirl of bars and flirtations and dancing and friendships and escapes that come too late. We are fascinated by beautiful dead girls; they take their revenge.

I also liked:

Tansy Rayner Robert's "The Minotaur Girls," where a girl needs to free her friends from the labyrinth of a...more
Note: I received a free review copy of this e-book from the publisher.

Glitter and Mayhem ("The most glamorous party in the multi-verse") has one of the more unusual themes for an anthology that I have come across. All of the stories involve some variation of a roller rink, nightclub, dance club or disco. The plots vary widely, from fairy tale princesses who would rather go dancing than get married, and a club that serves cocktails which transform into people, to a competitive, interstellar rolle...more
Sep 25, 2013 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Picked this up for the Seanan McGuire short story -- which did not disappoint.

I really enjoyed the majority of the stories in this anthology, only one or two which I thought were weak or not to my taste.

I liked the spin on a fairy tale in Christopher Barzak's Sister Twelve, that was a neat take. Also enjoyed Of Selkies, Disco Balls, and Anna Plane, although I think I'd like to have seen that story in a longer format too. Also really liked the Minotaur Girls by Tansy Rayner Roberts. One of the mo...more
Glitter and Mayhem may only exist as an excuse to throw a glow-in-the-dark roller skating book release party at Worldcon—I am not exaggerating; that is literally how this anthology came about—but it does present a diverse collection of short stories about parties, roller derby, debauchery, glam aliens, sex, drugs, and so on. What's impressive is that the general "party" theme, however prevalent, doesn't feel repetitive, thanks to the authors' different takes and levels of adherence. Some stories...more
David Ledeboer
I can’t really top Amber Benson’s introduction to the anthology, Glitter & Mayhem, edited by John Klima, Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas. She’s pretty much got all the eye-popping, funkadelic, trippy feel to each and every one of these stories down to the very bones. All I can really do is give you a repeat. These stories bend, twist, break just about every stereotype there is – gender bending, race bending, species bending, mind bending. It’s all in here. Between roller derby, r...more
Up front I supported the Kickstarter for this book and I also happened to win a review copy off of Goodreads. I was sold on this anthology mostly because of Seanan McGuire was in it and I enjoy her stuff. What I got was a great story by her and several other stories that were great and at least one I know will be on my Hugo ballot for short story next year. There were a few stories that didn't kick with me but that seems to happen in every theme anthology that read. As much as I thought all the...more
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Who doesn't love roller derby, robots, fantasy and sex? Really though I'm hoping for all the oddball, and WTF the introduction promises because sometimes the weirder the better. Bring it.

*review to be updated with individual ratings and brief story descriptions as I move through the collection*

3.5​ / 5
A retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale. The castle they go to dance in is actually some sort of nexus in time an...more
Rosalind M
3.5 stars. Anthologies are very hard to rate because one story may be a gem you want all of your friends to experience, while the next story may leave you cold or bewildered. I'm not into clubbing and I don't go out to drink or dance, so my experience in reading this anthology will differ from someone for whom the club-related stories will ring true. My favorite five of the twenty stories are as follows:

Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster by Christopher Barzak (a Twelve Dancing Princes...more
Simply an amazing anthology. Get off your ass today and buy an ebook or paper copy today. So much fun queer spec fic and general fun.
This was produced via kickstarter apparently. I didn't know that until I happened across a review, I think it was I initially read about it. It's an Anthology that asked for submissions with a prompt of,

 "Roller Derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, debauchery, etc."

...which sounded like heaven to me. So I bought it for next to nothing on 'smashwords', about $3.95 or something I think, which was a steal considering one or two of the stories are wo...more
Dec 30, 2013 Skjam! rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dance club lovers, roller derby fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: Goodreads
Disclaimer: I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.

This volume is an anthology of speculative fiction short stories, themed around dance clubs, loud parties, roller skates, sparkly light and glitter. They’re full of sex drugs and disco music. I’ve never been much of a party person myself, not being fond of noisy crowds, deafening music or flashing lights. So I can’t speak to the authenticity of the party scenes.

That said, there’s a fair mixture here of...more
I was a little bit dubious about this book when I first learned about it through its kickstarter. I mean, I wasn't into disco, I didn't roller skate... I liked glitter as much as the next girl but... meh. I decided it wasn't going to be for me and carried on with my life.

Then one of my favourite short story writers, Damien Walters Grintalis, announced that she was going to have a story in Glitter and Mayhem. That made me pay more attention. I put it on my mental 'To Be Read' list and carried on...more
Victoria Hooper

Glitter and Mayhem is a short story anthology with the theme of glamour, parties, nightclubs, drugs, sex and rollerskating, all with a science fiction or fantasy element. The stories are all odd, some more so than others, and there’s a wonderful mix of fun, tongue-in-cheek, scary, thoughtful and sad. An anthology with this kind of theme could have suffered from stories that are all too similar in style and feel, but here this is not the case at all; the editors have managed to collect a really i...more
K. H. Vaughan
“Glitter and Mayhem is a speculative fiction anthology of Roller Derby, nightclubs, glam aliens, (literal) party monsters, drugs, sex, glitter, debauchery, and more.” Yes. Yes, it is. The call for stories was wide open, and there are a number of dark fantasy and horror stories packed into this particular night club. Like any great party, there’s an interesting mix. Within are tales of ghosts on the party circuit, interstellar roller derby leagues, and nightclubs filled with demons and Fae. These...more
Coyora Dokusho
This is part of the Glitter and Mayhem anthology. I hope the book ends up being for sale! I didn't know about the kickstarter T_T Also the Apex publisher's site says it'll be out in September, not August...

8/25/2013 6:01 PM

It was amazing!!!! I love cryptids... I love the family!!! Yayayayyayayay!!!

Also if you buy it from Apex Publishing you get a .mobi, a .pdf, and an .epub for the same price as amazon, and you don't have to keep it in the cloud like my kindle makes me...

3/4/14 Read the second t...more
Dr susan
I read Bad Dream Girl in Glitter and Mayhem. Antimony shows that she is a Price, and knows how police the Cryptids while skating in her derby match.

Merged review:

In the introduction, Amber Benson describes Glitter and Mayhem as 'speculative fiction,' which seemed to include science fiction, urban fantasy, and a few stories that I really did not understand. Some had happy endings, some had nightmare endings, and a few had no ending at all.
Of special note were the following stories.
Rowland's Of B...more
Glitter and Mayhem
by Lynne M. Thomas (Editor), John Klima (Editor), Michael D. Thomas (Editor)
Welcome to the world of roller derby, disco, strangely human like aliens and moody angle and demon types. This is an anthology of stories with the central themes of roller derby, disco and LGBT and science fiction. Not being a fan or devote of roller derby, I had a lot of trouble getting though the really technical jargon in some to the stories and had to read around it to stick to the main story line....more
Roller derby, Incryptid story, and Antimony POV = delight.

I love Verity and Alex, but I have to admit that Antimony is my favorite sibling. The side characters in this were great, and it provided a different lens with which to view characters we know from the main Incryptid series. (Like Artie. Oh, Artie.)

Merged review:

I was reading Glitter and Mayhem, but there was an honest-to-god "I'm not like those ugly hairy-legged lesbian feminists!" story in there, so I read the Antimony story and quit. I...more
*This review is only for the InCryptid section of the anthology at this time*

I love the InCryptid world so much more than I thought I would before I started the series. One of the greatest things is honestly these shorts! I feel that they give us just a little taste into the inside world of some of the family members that aren't featured as heavily in the main series and I have to admit I love those little tastes! We read a bit more about Antimony and her Roller Derby in this short. I love Rolle...more
I am sorry but most of the stories in this anthology were horrible. They were trying so hard to be "artsy" that they came off as pretentious and just down-right boring. My OCD-like behavior usually forces me to finish a story once I start it even if I don't like it and I didn't bother to finish several of these.

On the up-side, the story I bought this book for, a short story from the Incryptid Series by Seanan McGuire was excellent and I enjoyed reading from the younger sister's perspective since...more
I got this so I could read Bad Dream Girl, and that one was great.

The Diana Rowland story was entertaining too, at least for a fan of the Kara Gillian story.

Most of the rest of the anthology though... Words like trippy, weird, bizarre, and huh come to mind. Two of them I finished reading and couldn't figure out any way to describe.

I like T.A. Pratt's Marla Mason series, but his story here was unrelated as far as I could tell and not particularly interesting - though if I hadn't been in a bad moo...more
this anthology was of uneven quality, but the ones i liked, i REALLY liked (especially seanan mcguire's, obviously).
This book gives you exactly what it says on the cover: glitter and mayhem. I have never read so much disco, roller skating/disco/derby, glitter, and drugs in one place. And I loved it.

I tried to make a list of the stories that stood out for me and realized I was listing pretty much the entire table of contents. It's hard to pick favorites, though "Sister Twelve: Confessions of a Party Monster" by Christopher Barzak was a great retelling of a fairy tale and will stick with me for a long time.

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