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Full Moon City (Kitty Norville #4.5 - Kitty Learns the Ropes)

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  150 ratings  ·  31 reviews
DANGER LURKS IN THE HEART OF THE CITY . . . BUT NOT ALWAYS WHERE YOU EXPECT IT.

From New York to Los Angeles to Bucharest, fifteen never-before-published tales by some of the world’s finest fantasy and horror writers celebrate the newest incarnations of an age-old terror that strikes when the moon is full . . . the werewolf. No longer confined to the forests, the
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ebook, 320 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published 2010)
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Bookwatcher
Hummmm, just read the book description....
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Celebrated fantasy author PETER S. BEAGLE tells a chillingly lyrical story of three Louisiana loup garoux locked into a deadly dance of death.
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Holy COW!!!!!!

A deadly dance of death!!! stupid me, thinking that a deadly dance could be something as "a deadly dance of sunshine" or "cute bunnies" nooooooooooo a deadly dance is of
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Darcy
I only read the Carrie Vaughn story set in the world of Kitty. It is a short story dealing with a character from her last book. Very cute and classic Kitty.
Claire
This book was a bit hit and miss but there were some hidden gems in here that all in all make it a good buy in my opinion. Personally I enjoyed the short stories "The Truth About Werewolves," "Kitty Learns the Ropes", "No Children, No Pets", "The Bitch", "Weredog of Bucharest", "And Bob's Your Uncle", "The Bank Job" and "La Lune T'Attend" the most, they had a nice charm to them respectively and several of them had very new and interesting takes on the werewolf mythos ranging from a kind of sleep ...more
Alexia561
It's no secret that I love anthologies! And what could be better than a book full of werewolf stories? Almost nothing! One of the reasons I love anthologies so much is that I can revisit old favorites as well as discover new writers, and this collection was no exception. There are stories from some of my favorites, like Holly Black and Carrie Vaughn, and stories from new-to-me writers that I want to further explore.

Rather than dissect each story in this collection, I just want to touch on a few.
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S.J. Bell
The theme of this anthology is "Werewolves in the big city", which is a bit of a problem. Besides a somewhat liberal interpretation of the term "big city", I get the feeling that someone at Simon and Schuster thinks this is a more clever concept than it actually is. Yes, in general, werewolves are associated with nature and wildness, and so you commonly find them in suburban and rural environments, where they can wolf out in peace. But a quick glance through the titles in my archive will reveal ...more
Mackenzi
This book presented a lot of unusuals for me. First, I found that I couldn't commit to actually buying this thing for the longest time, and I spent five or so visits to the bookstore reading a story or two. Second, I've never been at first unsatisfied with an anthology before, especially not a werewolf one. But there are highs and lows in every subject. The first stories are some of the dullest, worst written I've read. It was as if someone asked a bunch of highschoolers in a creative writing cl ...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Rating based on two of the fifteen stories.

"Kitty Learns the Ropes" by Carrie Vaughn ~ 2 stars
A throwaway story from the Kitty universe.

"The Aarne-Thompson Classification Revue" by Holly Black ~ 4 stars
A slightly surreal story about a werewolf girl struggling with her nature and her growing acceptance of her new self as she auditions and performs in a strange but liberating theatrical show.

Favourite quote: "Good is forgettable. Good is common. You are not good. You will show everyone what you a
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Rafaela Freitas
There are some good stories in this book. Some. And these are truly diamonds among coals. Most of them, however either bored me to tears or made me feel slightly sick and uneasy. Definitely not something to read before bed. So, instead of pushing myself to finish those tales, I simply skipped them.

It came to a point where the book sits gathering dust on my nightstand having migrated from top to bottom of the stack. I mean to finish it someday, of course, but I simply don't have the heart to pick
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Sarah Dizon
"The Truth About Werewolves" by Lisa Tuttle 3 stars.
"Innocent" by Gene Wolfe 4 stars for being creepy.
"Kitty Learns the Ropes" by Carrie Vaughn 4 stars, enjoyable.
"No Children, No Pets" by Esther M. Friesner 2 stars.
"Sea Warg" by Tanith Lee, 3 stars.
"Country Mother's Son" by Holly Phillips 1 star, couldn't finish.
"A Most Unusual Greyhound" by Mike Resnick 2 stars, meh.

I didn't even bother reading the rest, I wasn't that impressed. I might go back to read Holly Black's story.
Lauma Klintsone
I am generally not easily impressed by short stories, and I found these to be rather mediocre. If I'm to pick 3 favourites, they would be 'The Truth About Werewolves' for the believable psychology of a slightly desperate and entirely normal lonely woman, 'No Children, No Pets' which, despite not making me believe in the main heroine much, made me laugh a couple of times, and 'Country Mothers' Sons' for its wonderfully constructed mood. The last one mentioned was probably my overall favourite.
Susan
Full Moon City had some great stories in it, and it also had a few that I didn't really care for. I honestly bought this anthology so that I could read Carrie Vaughn's "Kitty Learns the Ropes" which was another excellent addition to the Kittyverse. I also enjoyed P.D. Cacek's "The Bitch," Ron Goulart's "I Was A Middle Age Werewolf," and Gregory Frost's "The Bank Job." If you like werewolves and a mixture of horror, humor, and wolves, then you may enjoy this anthology.
E.
A collection of tales that address the darker side of the mythos that surrounds werewolves. Quite a few deal with the death and destruction perpetrated by those who are unable to rein in their vicious natures that completely submerge human mores. A different view of the child that lives in the Plaza Hotel as well as the question of the advantage conferred to one who is participating in sports.
James Howald
As usual with collections, some good, some not so good. But I'm glad I read it. I'm interested in werewolf stories, so that helps. I especially liked Lisa Tuttle's "The Truth About Werewolves" It's a story about a young woman who has a fascination with werewolfs and wants to join them. She finds a way to meet some and it's not quite what you'd expect, but very realistic.
Melanie
I'm not a huge fan of short stories, this book was ok but nothing spectacular. There was 2 stories (Carrie Vaughn and Holly Black)that I appreciated but that was it.

Not something I'd recommend to read to others less one of their favourite authors has added to it, if you have nothing else then give it a go but don't expect it to move any moutains!!
Michelle Tempted By Books
This review is only for the Kitty Norville short, Kitty Learns the Ropes by Carrie Vaughn. In this story Kitty's friend Jenna wants to expose a popular boxer for a Werewolf. She takes Kitty along to help and so both of them can get the story. As with any Kitty story, things go bad and Kitty needs to rain it in. It was pretty good.
Angela
There were 2-3 stories in here that were amazing. I found one highly creepy (Gene Wolfe) and two fun (Carrie Vaughn and the one with the little girl werewolf - sorry I don't have the book with me, I'll adjust the review later with the author's name). Otherwise, a lot of the stories didn't really grip me.
Amber Decker
This anthology of werewolf tales was the usual mixed bag one gets from pretty much any anthology. Some pieces were excellent, others fair and some just fell flat. But overall, I would recommend this book to those who are dedicated fans of the werewolf genre.
Jonathan Strahan
Frankly, FULL MOON CITY is a mediocre book rescued by a two or three excellent stories. Holly Black's tale is worth the price of admisssion, and Gene Wolfe's horror piece is chilling.
Sherami
I am not sure why I wanted to read this book. I am not a short story type of person. The short stories confused me and the scene selection was quite poor.
Kitty
This book is hard to rate since some of the short stories were amazing, others just "meh", and a few that made me want to gouge my eyes out.
Cynthia Armistead
This anthology balanced out more to the good than most that I've read lately - or maybe I've just read some real suckers?
Keith
An interesting variety of short dark werewolf stories. One story is more of a vampire story. Stories range from good to average.
Kerry
I didn't like any of these stories. Started and didn't finish most of them. I definitely don't recommend this book.
Ron
Good collection of werewolf stories. Friesner's combination of werewolf and Eloise had me laughing out loud!
Khristine Stain
3 stars for the Kitty Noreville short...
Karen
I didn't love everything in this collection, but Esther Friesner's story was an absolute delight.
Jeff Cadoff
Sep 19, 2011 Jeff Cadoff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans
An enjoyable compilation of urban werewolf alternatives. Imaginative and well-written.
VMom
Uneven collection. The Freisner story is clever. Still have to read the Beagle one.
Nepsy Ucag
So full of thrillers, suspense and supernatural killing vamps and werewolves!
Brielle
Read only the Kitty Norville short story, Kitty learns the ropes.
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Darrell Schweitzer is an American writer, editor, and essayist in the field of speculative fiction. Much of his focus has been on dark fantasy and horror, although he does also work in science fiction and fantasy.

Schweitzer is also a prolific writer of literary criticism and editor of collections of essays on various writers within his preferred genres.
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