If I had to pick one word which sums up this collection of 40 short tales, quirk would be my choice. Stories for Nighttime and Some For the Day takes...moreIf I had to pick one word which sums up this collection of 40 short tales, quirk would be my choice. Stories for Nighttime and Some For the Day takes the mundane and makes it extraordinary in an almost child-like approach of wonder and marvel. And yet, each tale is laced with either horror, humor or warmth leaving the reader in a constant state of astonishment.
I read this one kind-of slow since I wanted to let each brief tale linger and last, but it’s definitely one you’ll want to read in one sitting. As a writer, I wish I had Loory’s gift for delivering remarkable stories in just a few pages.(less)
Reviewing anthologies is a hard job because it’s so difficult to give each contribution their proper spotlight, and Fairy Tale Lust...more4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewing anthologies is a hard job because it’s so difficult to give each contribution their proper spotlight, and Fairy Tale Lust is no different. Here we have 18 erotic encounters of a fantastical nature, each as amazing as the one before it, making my job as reviewer really tough. Therefore, I’m just going to spotlight my top two picks in descending order (but trust me, every encounter is worth a read!).
“Big Bad Wolf” by Alana Noël Voth — I have a major jones for werewolves so immediately I knew this would make my top two, but it wasn’t until I began reading that it became #1. “Big Bad Wolf” is an excerpt from Alana’s forthcoming novel of the same name and centers around Dillon, a bar owner who has recently noticed that a white wolf has taken up residence on his property. Despite hearing stories of missing chickens and close encounters of the wolf and children, Dillon continues to care for the animal. The wolf even begins sleeping in his bed and one morning he awakes to a naked woman where the wolf had been…and titillating hotness ensues. Alana is a marvelous writer and I adore Dillon (which is not really a big surprise seeing as how he is based on Sam Merlotte from True Blood and I am a massive–massive!!!!–Sam Merlotte fangirl). This story left me desperately wanting the novel. I can haz it now?
“Her Hair Is A Net, Woven” by Shanna Germain — This short story tells about the waterman’s daughter, a mythical immortal woman who’s appearance at the town’s market gives an omen for the fate of the village’s crops. Her husband sleeps a hundred years in a day and when he wakes, will bring the storms. Together they will sit and she will crush a needle into palm and in the blood will be the face of the next man to drown … but will it be the villager she is secretly trysting with while her husband sleeps? The water imagery in this story is so beautifully provocative. I think this one above all felt most like a fairy tale to me.
Overall, a wonderful collection of adult fairy tales which includes something for everyone.
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Mitzi's other books I've read this year. Oddly, I found myself more enamored by the author's n...more2.5 stars actually.
I didn't enjoy this quite as much as Mitzi's other books I've read this year. Oddly, I found myself more enamored by the author's note on the research and changes she made that preludes each tale rather than the tales themselves.(less)