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Home Improvement by Charlaine Harris
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Nov 21, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, short-story-collection, local-library, library-audio
Read in November, 2011

Yuck! I picked this up at the library because I've enjoyed writing by Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris, and have a book waiting to be read by Melissa Marr, all of whom are featured in this book.
First story was the Sookie story by Charlaine Harris. a simple, kind of harmless story, that while in the Sookie universe, had no real influence on greater story plot. It was good.
Then I read the one by Patricia Briggs, Gray. it was an interesting vampire/ ghost story...seemed to be functioning by the same rules as her Mercy universe, without any ties to the Mercy story I could see, though. It was pretty good. a lot different from Mercy, but I enjoyed it.
next I read Melissa Marr's story, about some things called the "bori", always in italics. I tried googling bori later, to see if they were a real folk concept somewhere, but no immediate results popped up and I gave up. the story was intriguing and very creative, but also creepy. very creepy at the ending. I am a bit nervous to read the Marr book I have here on my to-read stack now...
then I read some boring story about wizards and home security, and trapping people in crystals...seriously, I don't know. it was boring to me. I skimmed it.
then I read another story, about a Modern Orthodox Jewish couple who were newlyweds and new homeowners. the story was interesting and well written. I found the mentions of Jewish culture interesting, although there were way too many specific references for my taste (Whole Foods, specific brands of items, restaurants in the LA area, etc. who cares? you're just dating your story.). but the story itself was extremely high on my creepy meter, especially being a new homeowner myself. I nearly threw the book when I was done with it. and that's it. I'm not reading anymore. the stories aren't necessarily bad. they are definitely aimed at a different audience than me. So I'm gonna stop wasting my time, and get the book back to the library, so someone who likes it can read it.
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Chechoui I stopped at the same point as you with the same verdict.


Crystal Glad I'm not the only one.


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