A nice mix of urban fantasy, horror, fantasy and science fiction around a common theme. I can't say I liked EVERY story, but I liked the majority of tA nice mix of urban fantasy, horror, fantasy and science fiction around a common theme. I can't say I liked EVERY story, but I liked the majority of them which means I am keeping this one!
I originally bought this for the short story, "The Price", by Anne Bishop that features one of my favorite characters from her Black Trilogy, Surreal. This short story is reprinted in the hardcover, THE TANGLED WEB so no need to get this book for the story now. It is one of my favorite stories by Ms. Bishop. A lady who gets vengence with a twist.
I also enjoyed Charlaine Harris's short story "Fairy Dust". I HIGHLY recommend reading it before reading DEFINITELY DEAD as it will shed some light on that story. It wasn't her best work as I think she does better with full novel length, but I enjoyed the twist with the siblings: Claudine and Claude. It worked for me as a short story.
This book also marked my first exposure to Simon R. Green's Nightside work that everyone kept recommending to me. It was different. A little predictable on the mystery and a bit gross at the beginning. Got my interest up to give his other books in the series a try.
Mike Doogan's "The Death of Clickclickwhistle" was okay and the only sci-fi mystery of the lot. Not hard science fiction, but fun in its own way.
This also marked my first time reading a Sharon Shinn story "The Sorcerer's Assassin" . I liked it well enough to try her other stories though going by some reviews by her fans, it is very different from her normal fair.
Laura Anne Gilman's "Palimpsest" was okay. As was the rest. Some made more of an impression than others. There was one I really didn't like. And there was one author,Michael Armstrong's "The Boy Who Chased Seagulls" which was a tad creepy at the end. A good moral lesson though not much of a mystery. I need to check out more of his work.
I usually like Mr. Ellis work including his essays and blogs entries as well as his comic book work, but the weird oddball stuff in this story was extI usually like Mr. Ellis work including his essays and blogs entries as well as his comic book work, but the weird oddball stuff in this story was extremely gross this time to where I couldn't focus on the story. It is VERY rare for me not to finish a book. This was one I could not finish. Not my cup of tea at all which is sad because there was a story there I would've been interested in but the extreme gross factor won out to where I just gave up. It is definitely adult oriented (Not kid age appropriate). I barely made it through a few chapters and tried to skim read to see if it improved the rest and it was just gross. Not recommended for those easily offended or disgusted. It is like doing a bland google search on the internet and getting hit with every disgusting or shocking thing it can find. Frankly, I would recommend it to be avoided for most, but some may enjoy the story. one star and probably less if I could put it on there. ...more
I was introduced to this author's work by a friend who loves his writing so she bought me the whole slew to try as she knows I love mysteries.
I shouldI was introduced to this author's work by a friend who loves his writing so she bought me the whole slew to try as she knows I love mysteries.
I should post a warning for those who are offended by male/male relationships. There is some of that and there is violence in this book (obviously). If either disturbs you, then pass on it with no harm or foul to anyone.
Overall, I found it a VERY quick read. I read it in 45 minutes. The lead character is a writer who writes mysteries. Unfortunately, he becomes involved in real life with one and is the prime suspect! It was a decent mystery though I figured out who was the villainous person pretty easily. The writing is pretty clear and easy to follow the various twists and turns. The relationship aspect between the males on the potential romance is there, but again, it doesn't dominate to where it drowns out the mystery.
Recommend for those who enjoy male/male mystery thrillers. Or even those who enjoy mystery thrillers and want a quick and easy read and isn't offended by m/m relationships. ...more