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The #1 New York Times bestselling author's short story collection-including an all-new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story-now in paperback.

From a woman who marries into a family of volatile wizards to a couple fleeing a gang of love-hungry cupids, from a girl who seeks sanctuary in the form of a graceful goose to the disgruntled superhero Captain Housework, readers will re...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by Berkley Trade (first published February 4th 2006)
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Jenna
I was a huge fan of Hamilton's Anita Blake series, until the series went from supernatural to super-pornographic. The hyper-erotic turn simply ruined the character of Anita Blake for me, and angry at Hamilton I swore I wouldn't read any more of her books.

I'm glad that I put that anger aside and picked up "Stange Candy." The book is mostly a collection of short stories published early in her career. The stories are suprisingly diverse, ranging from hard science-fiction to light-hearted, fluffy r...more
Shane
So this was ... well "strange". I've never read any Hamilton books so I'm probably coming to it from a completely different background than most readers. I was really surprised by the fact that most of the stories were "straight" fantasy stories.

I was also a little put off by the attitude of most of the introductions. Many of them sounded angry, basically saying, "This was rejected by some editor who was obviously a retard because he didn't absolutely love my work. But now that I'm famous I'm a...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Seeing these short stories by Laurell K. Hamilton was a treat. Some were good, some were great, and some can be skipped over. My biggest problem with the whole shebang is the cover. This book has nothing to do with women in bondage attire eating candy. Actually, this book has no sex in it at all. Which, when you think about it, is "strange" indeed when you consider the other series' that this author writes.

Overall, a pretty good read, although some of Ms. Hamilton's snarky comments in the intro...more
N.S.
I would never have bought this book if Kroger hadn't been selling it, hardback, for $1.50. Heck, I would never have looked at it, period, because I hadn't heard good things about the author, only that she sells a lot of books. I also have never liked short stories. Lastly, I have never liked fantasy or science fiction. But it was $1.50, and she does sell a lot of books, so there's a lesson there, and so I bought it. How bad could it be?
It's fabulous. FABULOUS. She can write. She's funny. She's...more
Lucy
Strange Candy is LKH's short story collection, and it's alternatively refreshing and narcissistic. When I read some of these stories, I remembered how I used to actually enjoy reading her books instead of slogging through them. She's a pretty good writer when she's not just writing porn. The stories in this book are not excellent, but definitly entertaining. I found it really hilarious when she wrote things in introductions to some of the stories like "When I first submitted this story, I wasn't...more
Megan
I found this in the discount book bin of a grocery store... glad I did! Although this is apparently the author of a vampire series, the stories in this collection are very heavy on fantasy and can be a little macabre. Not really creepy, scary stories, though. Sometimes it is hard to read fantasy/sci-fi because the author is so wrapped up in describing the world they have created ~ happily, this is not the case with Hamilton. She is super creative and a great story teller :) The fictional worlds...more
Angie
"The #1 New York Times bestselling author's short story collection-including an all-new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story-now in paperback.

From a woman who marries into a family of volatile wizards to a couple fleeing a gang of love-hungry cupids, from a girl who seeks sanctuary in the form of a graceful goose to the disgruntled superhero Captain Housework, readers will revel in the many twists and turns of fortune in these fantastical fairy tales and lush parables. Even hardened vampire hunter...more
Sevie
Strange Candy
1-star
11/27/10
An extreme chore to read and would not of finished it if not for Group Read. In general I have been an avid fan of LKH, however the last few Anita books I have not bought and just borrow from the library. I feel like Hamilton has been making a mockery out of the Anita Blake series because she's pissed off at all the negative reviews and comments. The fans complain about too many boyfriends so then she adds more in the next book. Whatever the critics complain about the...more
Amethyst9
A look into the earlier works of Laurell K Hamilton, before she gave life to Anita Blake & Merry Gentry. Earliest work is "A Token for Celadine" from 1989. It is set in the world of her first novel "Nightseer" and is a story of elves, demons, goddesses, prophecies, unicorns, magic and the like. Tolkien-ish for sure. There are 2 more stories set in this world, one which includes a witty yet very deadly speaking blood sword named Leech. There are a few shorts that are whimsical, and some that...more
Amanda
Nov 14, 2011 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: Anne Marie passed it along to me
There are certain people in the world who have a realness, deeply rooted in the earth, bare to sun and moon. And then there are other people in the world who look at the real ones and mimic their stance, planting roots and glancing out of the corners of their eyes every once in a while to make sure they're still doing it right. But they are a forgery and it doesn't take long to tip these fakers over, upending their shallow roots. This is how I feel about Laurell K. Hamilton.

The thing about fant...more
Marian
It's been a couple of years since I read Strange Candy and for the most part, it's just a decent collection of short stories. The least interesting stories for me were the Anita ones, although they're obviously the ones hyped so the book would sell.

Skip the more recent stuff if you don't like the way her current books are written or the way the 'plots' flow.

In the two years or so since I read the book, I can still vividly remember two of the stories, and both break my heart in different ways. A...more
Pete
Strange Candy from Laurell K. Hamilton is a group of short stories she wrote mostly before her success with the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series. I was wierded out finding a LKH book in a grocery store, having read most of the Vampire Hunter series.

With a couple of Anita Blake stories along with a lot of uniquely delightful wizards and funny short stories mingled with some heartbreaking stories. It was fun to read about Jean-Claude's clubs and characters in later books in the VH series.

LKH’s...more
Aurian Booklover
I think this book is only fun for the real fans of Laurell K. Hamilton. It contains a lot of short stories written by her, especially in the start of her career, when she was rejected a lot for being an unknown author, and short stories were published in magazines. I liked the introduction to all the stories, how they came to be. There are two short Anita Blake stories in her, and I liked those especially. Some of the stories are a bit disturbing though, but she has also included some straight f...more
Jay Gayod
Laurell's stories are darkly compelling and hauntingly beautiful. These are her beginnings, her parts and various stages of life so it was fascinating, especially the Superhero story.
It was awesome
Joseph Szabo
I read this book in one sitting. I'm sorry to say Ms. Hamilton's work is not for me. I thought her stories were amusing but I won't be picking up her other books anytime soon. Sorry.
Clairol
Nádherné,povídka Dívka která byla okouzlena smrtí mi opět ukázala jakou mají mezi sebou JC a Anita úžasnou chemii,pro mě nenahraditelnou,deset hvězdiček.
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
3.5

pretty bummed that this was listed as an Anita Blake preview, as it had a story that GR lists as 8.5, and the author says comes before Narcissus in Chains, book 10, as, when i read this, i was not yet there in the series. (the last story, The Girl Who Was Infatuated With Death) (view spoiler)...more
Casta
I picked up "Strange Candy" after having read the first "Anita Blake" book. (I've read the entire "Merry Gentry" series since the beginning, and had avoided "Anita Blake" 'till recently.) This review is for the Audio CD format. There are a collection of short stories in "Strange Candy," each with an introduction by Laurell K. Hamilton about the history of or commentary about each story. The Audio CD format used one narrator for the stories themselves, and a different narrator for the introductio...more
Angela
Another audio book checked out from the library in an attempt to help Mt TBR get read (I have a hard copy of this book as well)

Those Who Seek Forgiveness An Anita story before she evolved into a Vampire Hunter as well as an animator...in any case it was fun to have a story about Anita back when she wasn't all powerful

A Lust of Cupids A cute little story, would love to hear more about this interesting world where Cupids are a common thing

The Edge of the Sea entertaining, although it seemed a bit...more
Ashley
I've looked at some of Hamilton's work before, and never really been drawn to it. My roommate was a fan of the Anita Blake stories, but we had very different tastes in fantasy - and Anita Blake is certainly not my taste.

When I saw Strange Candy in the bookstore, I was originally drawn to the cover art, which was right on the border between a little too erotic and aesthetically intriguing. I was a little wary of the author, but I'm always out for a good short story anthology.

Overall, I really e...more
Julia
Some of these stories were skippable, some were so-so and some were awesome.They are a mixture of light and dark- a perfect combination if you ask me.

I just have to throw this out there- I think the cover is silly. The stories have nothing to do with bondage. I would love the cover if it had something to do with ... something? anything? from the stories. Maybe I'm just too dense to get it ;]

Some of the introductions to the short stories left a bad taste in my mouth and some of them made me laugh...more
Loki (of Smartassgard)
I love LKH, I have loved her writing since I first came across her work in the late 90’s. I adore her series, but her short stories are where she really excels, they’re where she has a chance to play and expand as a writer. The stories in this work range from (as the author puts it) as dark as she gets as a writer to as light as she gets.

"Those Who Seek Forgiveness" – The darkest one in the work, really pitch black in subject matter. It did beg the question though, doesn’t Bert do background che...more
Deirdre
Those Who Seek Forgiveness is set in the Anitaverse, right before Guilty Pleasures. Back to the old pre-porn Anita, a story about a zombie raising where not everything that the client tells Anita is the truth, which has repercussions.

A Lust of Cupids. A very short story about two people trying hard to avoid cupids that are determined to get them involved with each other. I disliked the fact that the characters really didn't have much of a choice and my reaction to finding out that my parents had...more
Synopthis!
We know how life is for an animator, a vampire, and a shapeshifter in the world of Anita Blake. But how about an ordinary citizen? How about someone in real estate? Abbie is a mastermind when it comes to selling houses but something is different with the house that belonged to the Garner Family. It could be because of what happened to the Garners...

This was a fun little look into the life of a normal person that just happens to be living in a world where vampires, shapeshifters, demons, etc run...more
Jody Mena
With this book, Laurell K. Hamilton has secured her place as a master of the written word in my book (no pun intended). I've read the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series, and am undeniably addicted, but sometimes it is more the quality of the plot than the quality of the author that makes a book good, and the plot carries the author. However, the short stories in this book were so varied and original, yet so uniformly enthralling, that it can only be credited to the excellence of the author! The...more
Taryn Elliott
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VanHalen
As a fan of the short story, this collection has some nice gems in it. Some of the stories feel as if they should have been developed further, but in having followed Ms. Hamilton on Twitter I pretty clearly see that she works hard keeping things sensible & moving forward in her two basic series of Anita Blake & Merry.

Most of these stories don't fit those worlds, having come from earlier fantasy settings, or as other modern quirky stories. So the get collected here.

The particular gems? IM...more
Minh
Why do I torture myself like this? Strange Candy is collection of LKH's short stories ranging all the way from her first Anita book all the way to her latest short story concerning Anita and Jean Claude. LKH is a classic example of the type of author who I really really want her to get rid of the cloying and frustrating dangling plotlines and multitude of men who just can't help but hang around Anita. PLEASE.

The differences between the first and last short stories were enough to made me sigh an...more
Jenn
I've long since given up on buying Hamilton's books, but I'll still pick them up if if our library has them. So, I thought I'd give this one a shot. I liked the more present day stories pretty well. I think the problem I usually have with short stories is that usually the ones I've read are too long. I say that because it feels like they're long enough that they should be a whole novel, but they aren't, so everything feels rushed. These stories were just the right about of short. Some of the fa...more
Kara
The best thing about this book is it comes on the IPOD for download at the library. I like the supernatural vampire stuff and it is hard to find that I can download from the library. The bad...I have started a Hamilton before and found it too erotic for my tastes. I thought her collection of short stories would be better-not enough time to build the nasty is what I was thinking. Well, she has a merman be a serial rapist. Most of the stories are not erotic, however, they are incredibly creepy. I...more
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis...more
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