Simon R. Green: this story had an interesting premise and I would've loved to have read a full length novel of it but as it stands it's pretty much juSimon R. Green: this story had an interesting premise and I would've loved to have read a full length novel of it but as it stands it's pretty much just a long description of some guys night. If I wanted that I'd read a day planner.
Paranormal Romance - Christopher Barzac
Well the main character was a little bit of a bitch but with a better description of her, perhaps it wouldn't have been so. About the only one who seemed interesting in this particular story was Corrinne. Although I'd read more about Lyle.
Couldn't finish Grand Central Park
Skipped Spellcaster 2.0, Wallamellon (this had promise but then I lost interest but the writing was solid. I'd check Ms. Shawl out on her own) and Caitlin Kiernan.
Seeing Eye -Patricia Briggs
This is what I was waiting for! Substance, action, the appropriate amount of development and great writing!
Stone Man -Nancy Kress
I really want to punch Jared in the face so....I'm out.
Cathrynne M. Valente
wow. Beautiful writing. A sort of free form poem that housed a story that had other tiny stories. Fig. Poor Fig.
The Arcane Art of Misdirection - Carrie Vaughn
yes!!!!! please please please please make this a series. I love Odysseus and it was nice to spend time with him without Kitty.
This had a real Doctor and Rose feel to it with just the right amount of urban fantasy.
Grant is still an enigma but I would love to try and piece some of his personality out.
The Thief of Precious Things - A.C Wise
This wasn't bad but I couldn't pinpoint what it is that was lacking. It was well written but it was devoid of emotion, which seemingly was the point of Ani's character, but it was just too barren of life. I did like Ani and her fight with the crows.
The Land of Heart's Desire - Holly Black
I'm not typically a Holly Black fan but I did try with this. Had to stop because I didn't like the characters.
Snake Charmer - Amanda Downum
This was intriguing as all get out. There were dangerous people, magic, sensuality, revenge and a Dragon!!! Yes please! Felt like a bloody noir novel and I loved it.
The Slaughtered Lamb - Elizabeth Bear
One of my faves but that could be simply be because I'm a New Yorker and have been to the Lamb. Not to mention...the writing was intriguing and the characters interesting. I'll be on the look out for her books.
The Woman Who Walked With Dogs - Mary Rosenblum
Words - Angela Slater
The shortest of the stories but full of the fantastical. Very very well written.
Dog Boys - Charles de Lint
Amazing and the perfect length. Brandon is both brave and flexible, good traits to have when your world has just completely lost its axis.
Alchemy - Lucy Sussex
Wow. Sussex painted a beautiful story with both her words and her to be, striking a balance with fantasy and history that would make me seek her writing out.
Curses - Jim Butcher
Eh. It was cute.
De la Tierra- Emma Bull
It was a little confusing at the beginning and then I got bored.
Stray Magic - Diana Peterfreund
Skimmed. Bored me.
Kabu Kabu -
Skimmed. Bored me.
Pearlywhites - skipped.
All in all this isn't a bad anthology, but it's not great. If too ate fans of most of these authors then you'll love this. However, if you are fans of just one or two....wait until you can buy the short.
*provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Obviously some stories were better than others and the two others that I thought were going to wow me? One did. Kittredge's story about Ellie and theObviously some stories were better than others and the two others that I thought were going to wow me? One did. Kittredge's story about Ellie and the Devil was both scary and realistic (in that urban fantasy sort of way) but McGuire's, which takes place in her InCryptid world, bored me.
I found two authors that I'd read again (Sigler and Adam-Troy Castro) and the rest I left behind.
Oh, I did read the Harris short story and I didn't enjoy it in the least....more
I tried to read the Briggs and Harris story and couldn't get into it (and I LOVE the Mercy series) but I did read the Seanan McGuire story "Through ThI tried to read the Briggs and Harris story and couldn't get into it (and I LOVE the Mercy series) but I did read the Seanan McGuire story "Through This House".
It was a short filler piece for the series and it is an absolute must that you read the book that takes place before this or you will be lost. I read it a long time ago and I was a little lost. Thank you exposition....more
This was actually very good. I only got it for Chloe Neill but got excited to see Kalayna Price. Both stories were good but...I expected Luc and LindsThis was actually very good. I only got it for Chloe Neill but got excited to see Kalayna Price. Both stories were good but...I expected Luc and Lindsey to have a little more heat. I was a smidge disappointed even though I really enjoyed it. It gets a 4
Price's story takes place in the Alex Craft world and features Briar Darque and her partner Derrick. If there is a pain off please oh please let it be of her and Derrick! It gets a 4.5
This anthology also introduced me to a new author, which is always the mark of a good anthology. Lucienne Diver and her Latter Day Olympians series. It wasn't the best written (which I only point out because it was in the same book as Neill and Price) but it was very interesting and got me hooked enough to purchase the series.
Amazing. My favorite is the short story about Odette. These stories are centered around life, death and love with the glue binding it all together isAmazing. My favorite is the short story about Odette. These stories are centered around life, death and love with the glue binding it all together is that you don't know what you have until it's gone....more
It's a story set in the world of Sookie and it seems to take place right before the most recent book. Anyhoo, there is an absence of Eric which sort of made me go "aw man" but there is a Bill appearance. This is not a Sookie romance nor strictly a Sookie Vampire story, it explores Sookie's powers and it teams her up with Amelia.
It's a decent story, nothing amazing, nothing that pops up and grabs you but a decent read for those of us who are Sookie fans. If you aren't a Sookie fan, well, this is going to be a boring read and you may in fact skip over it.
In keeping with the vein of Mystery and Fantasy- I give this story -- 3 magic bullets
Bogieman - Carole Nelson Douglas
Ok, this one had promise but I confess it confessed the heck out of me after the first paragraph. I nearly skipped it. And up until two minutes ago had no idea it was from a larger book (that coincidentally I keep looking at in the bookstore and shaking my head, thinking I'll hate it. So from the pov of someone who has not read the books:
It's about Delilah Street, a former reporter who is now a Paranormal Investigator in Las Vegas. Her specialty is her connection with silver and the ability to glean (and maybe manipulate??) things with silver in them. Vegas in 2013 is crawling with CinSims - Cinematic Simulations that are an amalgamation of both an actor and the character. In this case, Sam Spade as played by Humphrey Bogart has been murdered. The question becomes can you really kill a simulated human who is really nothing more than a dead person who has been reanimated?
Ok, so again, this has a promising premise - something like the movie Blade Runner with a combination of Jenna Black's Morgan Kinsley with the balls of Simon R. Green's John Taylor. However, things just go downhill from the second page. World Building is a very difficult thing to do it can be even more difficult when you only have 20 pages to do it. Backstories are confusing and it isn't much helped by Delilah's first person POV which have her living in the present with no exposition whatsoever (or no clear exposition) on her relationship with the Police Chief, Cocaine/Christophe/Snow and how she can do what she does.
I'm going to give this three magic bullets just because I liked the idea of where this story was going. Maybe in a larger format it would make more sense?...more