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The Poison Eaters and Other Stories

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Pick your poison: Vampires, devils, werewolves, faeries, or . . . ? Find them all here in Holly Black’s amazing first collection.

In her debut collection, New York Times best-selling author Holly Black returns to the world of Tithe in two darkly exquisite new tales. Then Black takes readers on a tour of a faerie market and introduces a girl poisonous to the touch and anothe
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Big Mouth House (first published February 9th 2010)
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Kendare Blake
May 16, 2011 Kendare Blake rated it it was amazing
There are too few short story collections by single authors, and this one is incredible. It came highly recommended by Caitlin R Kiernan (herself a master of short fiction) and certainly didn't disappoint. These stories are sharp, with varied styles and tones ranging from gritty to ethereal to satirical.

"A Reversal of Fortune" about a deal with the devil and a wounded dog, was probably my favorite. But "The Night Market" about a girl trying to free her sister from an elf curse and "Paper Cuts S
After reading, and really liking, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, I kind of wanted to read more of Holly Black. And as I was researching what to read next, I realized I already owned something by her. This book, which I've had for, umh, a few years.

I'm not good with short story anthologies, switching from one story to the next after only a few pages is really difficult for me. But it wasn't a problem here. Each story was a delight in its own way, and all where properly magical, and blended realit
Oct 29, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short story collection written solely by Holly Black. There is everything you could ever hope for from a paranormal book packed into this small but entertaining set of stories.

A few favourites of mine include -

'The Night Market' which is about a girl called Tomasa who tries to save her sister from a elf's curse but ends up falling for him in all the wrong ways. Tomasa wasn't afraid to stand up to the elf even though he had alluring qualities.

'In Vodka Veritas' Which is about a boy wh
Nicole Field
Nov 18, 2013 Nicole Field rated it really liked it
This anthology packs a punch. An amazing first story to pulls you in, an amazing final story leaves you thinking.

I had many things to say through the course of reading this book. Let me summarise some of them now:

The main reason I read this book was in the lead up to Holly's release of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown as a novel. That was the first story in this anthology and, boy, is it powerful. A completely different story than what I'm given to understand from the spoilers out at the moment, but
Dec 09, 2011 Buqet rated it really liked it
Çok ilginç ve güzel bir kitaptı. Doğrusu beklediğimden daha iyiydi. Sanki ben çocukmuşum , kitapta korkunç hikayeler anlatmayı seven büyükannem. Biliyorum saçma bir tanım oldu ama gerçekten bunu hissettim. Özellikle Şeytanla olan yemek yarışması , Soğuk Kasaba , Köpek Kral ve Kağıt Makası Keser hikayeleri çok hoşuma gitti. Şu alıntı o kadar doğru ki , bir kaç dakika kitaba öylece bakmama sebep oldu.

'Korunması gereken okurlar ... Okurlar kitapların kurbanıydı. Makul giyinmiş nemrut suratlı kadın
For me, a couple of the stories were mildly interesting but I found myself mostly bored. Not Miss Black"s fault, she's very talented but I just couldn't continue with this one.
Sep 08, 2011 Gemma rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Until now, I was convinced that short stories really weren't my thing.

I mean, Lips Touch Three Times was okay; the writing was pretty and I enjoyed it. But other short story collections (see: Kelly Link's highly disappointing Pretty Monsters) just leave me scratching my head and wondering why someone would bother to write that out at all.

Short stories are hard. You have to develop a plot, a setting and characters, and you don't have a huge number of words to do that. And with a lot of them, the
Nov 06, 2013 Cyna rated it really liked it
The Poison Eaters is a collection of short stories, most of which have been published in various anthologies over the years. They are all supernatural in nature, though the subjects vary wildly, from faeries to werewolves to normal human beings with extraordinary abilities. I'm a fan of short story compilations, because you're almost always guaranteed to find at least one that suits your taste (plus, they fly by). I was lucky this time - there were several stories I thought were exceptional, and ...more
Dec 24, 2011 Darkshadow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly Black'in tarzını seviyorum!

Kısa hikayelerden bu kadar hoşlanacağımı hiç düşünmezdim. Holly Black'i Beyaz Kedi'de de sevmiştim ama bu küçük hikayeler onu çok daha iyi anlamamı ve kendimle bağdaştırmamı sağladı. Elinize aldığınız anda bitebilecek, masal anlatır gibi bir kitap. Bazı hikayeler gerçek anlamda karanlıktı. Bazıları ise gülümseyerek okuyacağınız derecede eğlenceli. Aslında hepsi hoşuma gitti ancak aralarında öne çıkanlar da oldu elbette.
Soğuk Kasaba'daki En Soğuk Kız: Bir tür vamp
Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown:
I'm not sure what to think about this story. At first I was wondering where this would go and thinking it was a bit odd, even for me. But when the vampires started getting into the story, it was then that it started getting more interesting. Also, Belgium was mentioned, which is always funny since I'm from Belgium; 'So many of Belgium's citizens were vampires that shops barely opened their doors until nightfall.' -3/5

A Reversal of Fortune:
This story was quite dark, i
Apr 16, 2010 Stacey rated it liked it
A collection of short stories by one of my very favorite authors (although that list seems to get longer and longer...Neil Gaiman, Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Meg Cabot... you see where I'm going with this...?)

Anyhow, most of these stories have been printed in other anthologies, but it's definitely much easier in this one volume. I like this trend of collecting previously-anthologized stories; especially when it's in the context of the Sookie or Dresden books... I think my two favorites here we
Apr 20, 2010 Allison rated it liked it
The Poison Eaters was as almost all collections of short stories are- a mixed bag. Some of them—such as The Night Market, In Vodka Veritas, and The Coat of Stars—were great and made me wish for more than just a few short pages. On the other hand, some of the stories were downright confusing and mildly disturbing. Virgin and Ironside were the two that left me scratching my head and wondering what the point was.
But, as in all Holly Black books, the good outweighs the bad. The standouts in this col
4.5 stars. Absolutely brilliant. From the opening story, "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown," in which a desperate girl chooses to become a vampire in order to enact a rescue, to the final, titular story "The Poison Eaters," which stars three dead girls created as poisonous weapons, I was enthralled. This book had so many gems that it was easy to overlook the few stories that fell flat. Other favorites include "The Night Market," set in the Phillippines with a simultaneously endearing and terrifying ...more

All the stories carry Holly's inherent magic and gorgeous storytelling.
I was also glad to get a glimpse of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Now I know that my impulsive decision to purchase that book was the right one.
Every mythological creature you can think of is fused in this collection; the stories are short and sweet. Some were creepy, some were extremely dark, and some were just fun.
Holly Black has a wonderful imagination and all those crazy ideas that live inside her head shine t
Yigit Davutoğlu
Hikayelere tek tek puan vermeye karar verdim :P

Soğuk Kasabadaki En Soğuk Kız - 5

Talihin Dönüşü - 5

Yalancı Çoban - 3

Gece Pazarı - 3

Köpek Kral - 4

Bakir - 1 (Hated it.)

In Vodka Veritas - 2

Yıldızlı Palto - 2

Kağıt Makası Keser - 4

Demirülkeye Gidiş - 1 (WTF was that?)

İçten Arzular Ülkesi - 2

Zehir Yiyenler - 3

Anlayacağını üzere favorilerim Kağıt Makası Keser, Köpek Kral, Talihin Dönüşü ve de Soğuk Kasaba'daki En Soğuk Kız oldu. Bu sonuncusundan esinlenmiş aynı adlı bir kitap yazmış Holly'ciğim. Umarım
I will have thoughts of the rest of the stories up on my blog this coming week, but right now I need to find the average rating... Not looking too good right now...

-After doing some calculations this book and anthology cam to the final, average rating of 2.3 stars (rounded to 2)
- Overall, this book was alright, but I would only recommend it to those looking for an anthology that is easy to get through and if you don't mind some (okay a lot) of weird stuff (In Vodka Veritas... like what?)

elizabeth tobey
Jul 29, 2013 elizabeth tobey rated it liked it
My only sadness with this short story collection was that the first tale, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, was hands down the best of the entire book. I could read an entire novel around that concept.

That being said, every story was strong, felt distinct and fresh, and had its own voice. I appreciate that, particularly since novelists can so frequently rehash the same concepts and themes in a collection of this length.

If you are into faeries and otherworldly beings, read this. You'll like it.
Fran Summer
May 17, 2015 Fran Summer rated it really liked it
Almost all are fabulous stories. Well worth reading.
Oct 29, 2015 Jam rated it really liked it
Shelves: fave-males
Reminded me of why I love stories. (bonus! philippine mythology on point)
else fine
Jan 20, 2011 else fine rated it liked it
Shelves: read2010, ya
I've had this lingering problem with Holly Black ever since I read this book. In one of her stories, featuring some assortment of edgy teen punk runaways, one punk runaway mocks one of her fellows for reading fantasy. Those books aren't about people like us, she sniffs. A small thing to bother me for so long, true, and I'm sure I'm both petty and shallow, but this is such bullshit, on so many levels, that my brain has never quite stopped picking at it, like at a particularly troublesome scab. No ...more
This collection of short stories is a testimonial to the prowess of Holly Black's writing. I have been wanting to read her work for a long time, but took my time getting to it. When I saw The Poison Eaters, I was intrigued by the thought that I could devour a short story on the subway to and from work. Since there is no way I could give a short review on all twelve stories, I just wanted to make a few comments on the stories I enjoyed the most.

I read "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" on the subway
Oct 02, 2011 Shannon rated it liked it
I gave Holly Black another chance. This time, I didn’t read one of her novels, but a compilation of some short stories. The Poison Eaters and Other Stories includes twelve short stories, with subject matter that runs the gamut. Vampires, werewolves, faery, devils, elves, and other magical beings are just a few of the characters contained in these pages.

I believe my favorite story is Paper Cuts Scissors. It is about Justin, a young man who is trying desperately to get his girlfriend back after sh
Laura Zurowski
Mar 30, 2013 Laura Zurowski rated it liked it
I picked up Black's collection of YA short stories for an upcoming book club discussion. My knowledge of this genre is pretty limited and dated; do the names Judy Blume, Avi, and Gary Paulson ring a bell? Yeah, books from those authors were written long-hand on papyrus. Because of this obvious gap in my book knowledge, I was eager to dive into a title that today's YA readers might be enjoying.

While the first story, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, left me (no, I won't say it!)... unenthusiastic, i
Mar 01, 2013 K rated it really liked it
As with any collection of short fiction, some of the stories are better than others. Strangely enough, my top three stories were "The Dog King", a gorgeous high fantasy narrative about werewolves and princes, "The Coat of Stars", a story both about romance and family and facing yourself, and "The Night Market", which, despite being the oldest story in the anthology, was unique and mature and smart and about maybe finding romance but mostly finding yourself. There were other stories I quite liked ...more
Oct 31, 2015 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt that this was a great collection of short stories. I enjoyed some and was bored with others. But all together it's a decent book. I felt at first to give it a 3.5 stars but raised to it 4 stars once I was done reading the book.

Holly Black has combined a group of Short Stories that all readers can read and find a few that they love.

The short stories are just the right length where they are not too long but not too short. They are just right. The twits that come with the stories are amazi
Dani St-Onge (Literary-Lion)
Mar 22, 2015 Dani St-Onge (Literary-Lion) rated it really liked it
“Books were something that happened to readers. Readers were the victims of books.”

From flowers that turn boys into wolves, wolves that turn into boys, books that come to life and girls whose touch can kill Holly Black writes twelve engaging modern fantasy stories easy for anyone to enjoy.

I have never read an author so adept at twisting fairies and unicorns into the world we live in, and on top of everything manages to write so many different and relatable characters from all walks of life with
Sep 08, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it
I often forget about short story collections, but I'm glad I picked this one up. I was particularly impressed with the first story "The Coldest Girl in Cold Town," an interesting take on vampires and vampire communities.

Each story looks at something from the realm of the fantastic: a re-telling of the Goblin Market in Southeast Asia, a flower that can turn you into a werewolf, a High School prom transformed into a Bacchanalia, urban fantasy with unicorns, faeries living in our world. They range
Nov 23, 2014 Jocie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories is made up of twelve short stories. Three stories I liked but didn't really get that into (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, A Reversal of Fortune,& The Land of Heart's Desire). Five stories I was indifferent to (The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Virgin, In Vodka Veritas, Going Ironside,& The Poison Eaters). Three stories really caught my interest and I wish they would be turned into novels of their own (The Night Market, The Dog King,& The Coat of Stars). And ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Phil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: almost-favorites
Under normal circumstances this would have been a 4 star, but because I haven't read anything I have enjoyed this much in a really long time makes me give it 5 stars. Was it amazing? No, actually some of the stories in this sucked, but did I really really like the good stories, yes, very much. Each story (well the good ones at least) I felt could have been a separate novel all by itself, and I kind of wish some of them were. My favorite story was The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the whole concept w ...more
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