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Many Bloody Returns (Vampire Files)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,638 Ratings  ·  490 Reviews
"Clever...entertaining... excellent"("Library Journal") original vampire stories by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, and more.
From cakes to stakes, a celebration of everyone's favorite bloodsucking subculture by a baker's dozen of favorite authors. Each of these thirteen original stories offers a fresh and unique take on what birthdays mean to the undead.
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Ace Books
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Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*
I love these Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance anthology mashups focusing on themes. I have now read the one with weddings (My Big Supernatural Wedding), now here we are with birthdays.

Charlaine Harris opened the anthology with a Sookie book (be still my heart.) Oh my, Dracula Night was SO much fun. It was a delight to read an old-school style Sookie story with Eric there in all his original glory, before Harris decided to flatten with a hammer into a one-dimensional toon. Plenty of Sookie detail
Overall, I'm giving Many Bloody Returns three stars, but that's for the general quality of the three stories I read, the value of the theme, and the collection of popular authors. Since all of these stories seem to be set in continuing series, I only read the ones for series I read, since these are unlikely to be good introductions.

Reviews of the stories themselves:

Charlain Harris contributes a rather mediocre Sookie Stackhouse story set on Dracula's Birthday. The story is passable, but it revol
I'm not nearly as "into" vampires as I once was- Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton pretty well cured me of THAT phase... Blech. However, I was hunting for more Dresden Files material, since I've read all the books and am between series, and this book popped up on my search. There are a lot of interesting stories in here. Unfortunately, many of them kind of blur together at this point, which is the problem when one reads a lot of short stories in a short amount of time. I'll review what stuck out ...more
13 stories in this anthology have a theme in common - vampire birthdays. I didn't really read the entire book, simply because after a few failures I realized that I rarely like anthologies and only enjoy the stories written by the authors I know. Therefore out of 13 short stories published in this book I read only 2.

"Dracula Night" by Charlaine Harris - a Sookie story about Eric's party in honor of Dracula's birthday. In one word, disappointing. While I enjoyed some insight in vampire tradition
I wasn't as thrilled with this as I thought I'd be, but it wasn't bad. It mostly interested me for the new talent. Several short stories were by authors who normally don't write in the genre & I found them to be the best. I won't go into all the stories, but hit some of the high points.

Since the TOC isn't listed in the blurb, here it is:
Introduction: A Few Words by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P.
Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris
The Mournful Cry of Owls by Christopher Golden
What a letdown :( Craving more from Charlaine Harris I picked this one up because of the Sookie/Pam/Eric story. Unfortunately, even that wasn't as good as I expected. Without giving away specifics or spoilers, let me just say that at the climax of the story, Sookie acts very out of character. In fact, the vampires act out of character, too. Although I enjoyed the brief trip to Harris' Bon Temps and Shreveport, I was left feeling ripped off. I mean ~ I sort of enjoyed Harris' story because I alre ...more
I should not buy urban fantasy anthologies anymore because most of them - like this one - are an overpriced jumble of seemingly cast-off chapters from paranormal or urban fantasy series. Some well-known author or editor has some time to spare in between series' installments and is asked to use his or her name for a speedy publication of left-over ideas and writing exercises. Reading this collection especially feels like watching the bonus material of some blockbuster on DVD or like reading a few ...more
The Flooze
Enjoyable anthology, with several solid contributions-some of which have encouraged me to check out new writers.

Harris: Dracula's birthday party, hosted by Fangtasia. I love anything Eric-related. Pam continues to be the funniest character of the series.

Golden: Eastern European folklore brings a twist to a 16 year old's life. I like Golden, but I think the story would've been better had we seen more of the character post-"big reveal".

Crider: Teenage vampire tells his tale. Trite. Ends very abrup
Becca Kay
I enjoyed the stories in this book, but I primarily read it for Charlaine Harris' contribution because I'm in love with Sookie Stackhouse, which I think draws a lot of readers to this selection, so I'll focus my review on that. It was a great story and exactly what I needed to hold me over while I acquired the next novel in the series. It left a lot to be desired, which isn't necessarily a strike against it because what was desired was a new novel.
May 14, 2012 Gary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars really. A couple of the stories were reasonable but the majority were lacklustre and just teen vampire romance type stories. I can't recommend it to you all except to say that if you were stuck in a cabin in a snow drift and it was the only book around, well .....
Morgan Dhu
Many Bloody Returns, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Keiner, is a vampire anthology with a twist. The theme that ties them all together is the idea of birthdays - birthday parties, birthday gifts, public or private ways of commemorating birthdays.

I picked this anthology up because it had a Henry Fitzroy story by Tanya Huff (Blood Wrapped, in which Henry and Tony hunt monsters and debate what to give Vicky for her 40th) and a Garnet Lacey story by Tate Halloway aka Lyda Morehouse (Fire
Oddly enough (as the Sookie series is one of my most favorites), the story I liked the least was Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris. The whole premise was so out-of-character for Eric it was silly. Eric has a bad case of hero-worship to the point of being fooled by an imposter? Ridiculous. And it reads even worse. That said several stories were very enjoyable. My favorites included It’s My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher (never read anything of his before but you can bet I will now), Grave-Robbed by ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Mo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This anthology is dedicated to Joss Whedon. = )

Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris - enjoyed the Sookie tale

The Mournful Cry of Owls by Christopher Golden - odd story with a uniquely interesting concept that didn't make as much sense as it could have

I Was a Teenage Vampire by Bill Crider - boring and seemingly pointless

Twilight by Kelley Armstrong - interesting twist to vampire lore, enjoyable read, makes me want to read her novels

It's My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher - enjoyable Dresden tale with
Angie (Mind Malfunction)
Gift wrap is book #8.1 in the Sookie Stackhouse or Southern Vampires Series by Charlaine Harris. (view spoiler) ...more
This anthology required authors to write a short story themed around vampires and their birthday (whether it be the day they were born as a human or re-born as a vampire). I've had this one sitting around for years, only bought it because it had a Cassandra story from Kelley Armstrong. And now, several years later, I unearth it and go 'Oh! A sookie stackhouse story is in here too!' and then just kept reading. It's amazing, I never thought I'd gotten so bad at shunning authors just because it eve ...more
Feb 19, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of any of the authors featured, urban fantasy fans
This was a great mix of authors, each of whom had their own take on the vampire mythos. Of course, my favorites were the stories featuring familiar chararacters, like Charlaine Harris' Sookie story, "Dracula Night," and Jim Butcher's "It's My Birthday, Too." I also found a few new authors, as well. I definitely plan to check out Tanya Huff's Smoke series, since I really enjoyed the the interaction of the characters in her offering in the anthology, as well as Tate Halloway and Jeanne C. Stein, a ...more
Apr 10, 2013 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I liked about half of the stories in this collection of short stories. The ones that really stick out in my mind as ones that were really enjoyable are: It's My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher, Grave-Robbed by P.N. Elrod, and The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Rachel Caine. I also liked, Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris and I Was a Teenage Vampire by Bill Crider but they weren't so good that I would seek out more stories by them. The rest were just "ok" or down right bad.

The narrator's wer
I've wanted to "try out" some of the authors in this colletion of short stories and I thought this would be a good way to do it. There were no stories which I didn't like but I had come across two in other anthologies. I'll probably not read any more of some of the authors included in this, but that's just due to personal taste and not a refl;ection of the quality of their writing. I did think there was a slightly odd balance of stories though. The majority appeared to be about vampires in one f ...more
I got this book because three of the stories were part of on-going series that I'm reading. I didn't bother with the other stories, so I can't comment on them.

Charlaine Harris wrote a story about Sookie Stackhouse receiving an invitation to the annual birthday party for Dracula at Fangtasia. The story was cute, but only 20 pages long.

Kelley Armstrong wrote a story about vampire Cassandra DuCharme. Cass must make at least one kill every year on the day of her re-birth, or she will die. I was exci
Apr 08, 2013 Ricki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This anthology contains 14 stories from famous authors that mix vampires and birthdays. Some of my favorite stories were the funny ones, such as "I Was a Teenage Vampire" by Bill Crider, and the mystery ones, such as "Grave-Robbed" by P. N. Elrod. Of course, I really enjoyed the funny mystery "How Stella Got Her Grave Back" by Toni L. P. Kelner, which was the perfect ending to the collection.
Jessie Harrell
Apr 29, 2009 Jessie Harrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this collection of short stories fun and easy to read. I could finish most in about 1/2 hour, which made them perfect for the gym or pre-bed. Never up too late turning pages b/c I couldn't stop in the middle of what I was reading. Not all of the stories are created equal, of course, but I enjoyed the variety of different takes on the 2 common themes of vampires and birthdays.
Jan 17, 2014 Meli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Entretenido pero nada del otro mundo.
Lo leí por el relato de Charlaine, la verdad.
I only read the section by Charlaine Harris, to be quite honest. I didn't really want to dig into other "vampire" authors until I've maybe read more of their stuff. And I was semi disappointed that each chapter was so short, I think less authors with longer short stories would have been more enjoyable.
As a rule, I don't usually end up liking most of the stories in these kinds of books, but this is an exception to that rule. I was entertained the entire way through. No, not all of them were great, but I enjoyed the vast majority of them.
Sammy Loves Books
This was a compilation of short stories. I read "Dracula Night", which was a short story from the Sookie Stackhouse series. This story was all about Pam, Eric and Sookie getting ready for Dracula's birthday party!It was very cute.
Jan 02, 2009 Nikoya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2007
This is a fun collection of short stories from some amazing fantasy authors. I must confess that I did not read it all but I read a good many and really enjoyed the side stories of some of my favorite characters.
Oct 07, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up for the Carolyn Haines contribution, since I have recently discovered, and have been enjoying, her books. The submissions by Tate Halloway and Elaine Viets were a nice surprise, but "How Stella Got Her Grave Back" has been the best treat so far. I basically read it from Carolyn Haines' piece to the end, and then figured I might as well start out at the beginning. As I haven't read any of Charlaine Harris' work, and am not on the Sookie Stackhouse bandwagon, I found that short st ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jan 26, 2016 Kimberly Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very merry undead birthday to you..... This is a collection of short stories centering around vampires and birthday celebrations. Many of which have redeeming qualities.

My favorite had to be the one where upon her 18th birthday a young woman is forced to make allegiance to a horrendous vampire in order to live out the rest of her natural life in safety. Upon refusing to do so, her family disowns her and she finds herself running for her life and seeking shelter with a young man she barely knew
Before I even get a few pages into this book I already like it just because it is dedicated to Joss Whedon.

Short story collections are often mixed bags -- especially when it is an anthology -- and this collection is no different. Some of the stories were good (Golden's, Armstrong's, Butcher's, and surprisingly Caine's), other's were okay, and some just were weak (I was really unimpressed with Crider's and Haines' stories). Overall the collection suffers from having too much of the same: Too many sassy supernatural girls with hot vampire boyfriends, too many stories with too similar plotlines, too man ...more
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Kelley Armstrong 2 13 Nov 23, 2012 07:05PM  
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Charlaine Harris has been a published novelist for over twenty-five years. A native of the Mississippi Delta, she grew up in the middle of a cotton field. Now she lives in southern Arkansas with her husband, her three children, three dogs, and a duck. The duck stays outside.

Though her early output consisted largely of ghost stories, by the time she hit college (Rhodes, in Memphis) Charlaine was wr
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