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Down These Strange Streets

(Kitty Norville #6.5 - It's Still the Same Old St)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4,704 ratings  ·  467 reviews
Urban fantasy where mystery waits at the end of every alley and things that go bump in the night have something to fear...

1 The Bastard Stepchild - George R.R. Martin
2 Death by Dahlia - Charlaine Harris
3 The Bleeding Shadow - Joe R. Lansdale
4 Hungry Heart - Simon R. Green
5 Styx and Stones - Steven Saylor
6 Pain and Suffering - S.M. Stirling
7 It's Still the Same Old S
Hardcover, 479 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Ace
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Oct 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Despite its hardcover price, this is one of the better anthologies that I’ve read and well worth the money. The stories are outstanding and varied, and there’s a clear connection between them, as described in the prologue “The Bastard Stepchild,” written by George R. R. Martin. The bastard stepchild to which he refers is Urban Fantasy, an amalgam of the horror and mystery genres, and each of the stories features
Heather C
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Red, With Pearls by Patricia Briggs ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I really enjoyed this! I loved getting Warren's voice and thoughts and would love to know more about him and Kyle; Mercy's POV is just not enough. But I will take any insight into their relationship that I can get. 

Anyway, it was a sweet short story all about Warren and Kyle with a paranormal mystery. Unfortunately, I was still a little confused about how Warren figured it all out in the end. 
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, audio, vampire
The Bastard Stepchild (Introduction) by George R. R. Martin ★★★★★
“Maybe a few elves are still around, but if so, they’re likely hooked on horse or coke or stronger, stranger drugs, or maybe they’re elf hookers being pimped out by a werewolf. Those bloody lycanthropes are everywhere, though it’s the vampires who really run the town...”
Let daddy tell you all about urban fiction...

Death by Dalia by Charlaine Harris ★★★★½
I love Dahlia stories. This episode sees Dahlia solving a murder at a party
I don't care what anyone says but Kyle and Warren really are mates! I love these two so much and always yearned for a story of their own. So, I'm glad they finally have one! Even if it's short.

I loved both Kyle and Warren and it was fun getting the story from Warren's POV so we got to see his thoughts and his adventures. I really wish there had been more to the story, though, because I don't think I could ever get enough of these two. They are just perfect for each other!

I very much enjoyed the
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This Review is ONLY FOR Patricia Brigg's "In Red, With Pearls"

I have to borrow this one, if only to read Patricia Brigg's short. Why? BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT WARREN AND KYLE from the Mercedes Thompson's series!!!

As a lover of M/M romance genre, I welcome Warren (the third of Adam Carpenter's werewolf pack) and his mate, Kyle, taking over the spotlight for once. Written from Warren's first person narration, it gives a glimpse of their relationship, including how Kyle accepts Warren's predatory natur
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Basic premise: Urban fantasy stories that center around mysteries/detectives.

I hate George RR Martin on a personal level at this point. His SOIAF series has pissed me off to the point that I have been unable to continue reading it. So here I have a volume of stories set in my favorite genre, edited by GRRM. There's a fantastic introduction to the book, defining UF and the connections it has to the mystery genre. Then he proceeds to give me an overly-large volume of mostly "meh"-level stories, so
I have to confess I've only read one of the stories in this anthology so my rating is purely for In Red, With Pearls by Patricia Briggs.

I can't tell you how excited I was to see a story told from Warren's POV. Warren and Kyle have always been two of my favourite side characters in the Mercy Thompson series, I love their relationship and the fact that Warren holds his own against the very prejudiced members of Adam's pack (I'm not counting Adam in that group - I also happen to love that he is so
The introduction by Martin was good, he really captured something about what I like so much about urban fantasy. He said it's the combination of mystery and horror that makes UF unpredictable and therefore keeps the readers turning the page to find out what happens next, where in traditional mystery, you know that it's probably the psycho who did it, or in horror it's probably the vampire. UF opens the door for a whole new mix of elements and outcomes and the creativity that it allows is a big p ...more
An Odd1
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x-rate
17 supposedly detective tales are mostly gruesome, spooky, scary, rather than intriguing lively puzzle-solvers, from elsewhere 5* authors. In degenerating order:

If, like me, TV "True Blood" sometimes pulls late night hours, Charlaine Harris, "Death by Dahlia" has a petite powerhouse vampire fond of naked romping and solving murder. "Beware the Snake" by John Maddox Roberts has Roman Decius Caecilius, brother-in-law of Emporer Cesar, solve a missing templ
Lisa Wolf
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I bought this collection of urban fantasy short stories specifically to get my hands on the new novella by Diana Gabaldon, "Lord John and the Plague of Zombies". For anyone devoted to the works of Diana Gabaldon, this is yet another fun addition to the Lord John series -- not exactly essential, but another chance to see Lord John apply his upper-crust British military efficiency to the solving of a seemingly supernatural mystery. Gabaldon knows how to please her fans. LJ&tPoZ includes just enoug ...more
Kathy Davie
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
There are 16 short stories with a common theme of mystery and private detectives, whether the individual story is of fantasy or reality, well, that's up to the individual author.

I suspect Martin and Dozois are including Martin's introduction, "The Bastard Stepchild" as part of the story count. I do suggest reading it as it sheds light on the theme of the stories to come.

"Death by Dahlia" (Sookieverse)
"Hungry Heart" (Nightside, 1.5)
"Styx and Stones" (Roma Sub Rosa, 0.5a)
"Pain and Suffering
The bastard stepchild, by George R.R. Martin -- This is an essay that opens the book. Other than what seemed to be a delight in light profanity for its own sake, I found the essay interesting and thoughtful. It really sets the stage for the stories that follow and why they are part of this collection. It was the first time I'd ever read anything my George R.R. Martin, and I know understand why he's so popular. He's got a great turn of phrase that helps you understand what he's driving at. I did ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is touted as "urban fantasy" which is something I will take issue with. Several of the stories are by prominent writers of historical fiction and the stories are to me, historical mysteries NOT urban fantasy.

For it to be urban fantasy the stories all need to have the frisson of the unexplained - ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties, and things that go bump in the night.

A number of stories fit that category, the vampires in Charlaine Harris' story for example. And S. M. Stirl
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Only read: In Red, with Pearls by Patricia Briggs

A zombie shows up at Kyle's law office intending to kill him but luckily Warren steps in and takes care of it with some help from the witch, Elizaveta. Now all Warren has to do is find out who sent the zombie.

I was so happy to find out that there is finally a story about Warren and Kyle! (Thank you Heather C.) Obviously, the main problem is that it is way too short and now enough alone time for Warren and Kyle. I did love seeing Warren's protecti
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'll admit that I bought this only for Gabaldon's short, "Lord John and the Plague of Zombies." Setting: 18th century Jamaica. Lord John is called to help subdue an uprising of slaves in the hills of the island. While staying at the governor's mansion, he gets quite the surprise and he's left with the task of solving a murder as well.
This is classic Gabaldon: witty dialog, a fun mystery, a smattering of the occult :) And all the while, John still pines away for Jamie :)
I borrowed this to read the story about Warren and Kyle from Patricia Briggs ("In Red, with Pearls"), but I found quite a few well worth the reading. I'm not a big Diana Gabaldon fan, so I think this was the first story I've read about Lord John ("...and the Plague of Zombies"); it's a good story, as story, but I don't have any interest in reading more about him. Laurie R. King's "Hellbender" is a very good story, very different from her Mary Russell books. The last story in the collection, "The ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, read2012, audiobook
I let my blog readers select a new-to-me genre to read, and this is one of the two books I'll be reading that fall under "urban fantasy." George R. R. Martin promises in his introduction that urban fantasy is no longer an elf on a motorcycle wandering the streets of Toronto solving crimes.

Really, though, most of these stories connect to series the authors write. Without that background, they often lack enough context to figure out where you are without knowing the characters and world they inha
Marya Kowal
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Patricia Briggs fans and hardboiled detective fans
Although I'd give a story or two in this collection 5 stars, I've got to give the overall collection just 2.

This is NOT a collection for light and humorous paranormal romance/thriller lovers. It's a weird collection of that type of headliner, coupled with other straight mystery writers all being asked to write old fashioned hard-boiled detective/noire type stories.

It's billed as an urban fantasy collection, but it's not that either.

I picked it up for Patricia Briggs, Diana Gabaldon, and despit
I had to borrow this book because I was only interest in the story by Patricia Briggs, featuring Warren and Kyle from the Mercy Thompson series. So this review is only about that story.

I loved it, but at the same time I was left wanting more. Much More. The mystery part was really interesting and I liked, but I wish he would've gotten more of Warren and Kyle. We don't really learn anything more about their relationship, it was like I was reading the book from an outside character and not from Wa
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Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, want
This was warren and Kyle! And I love them and adored this short but it was too short.

I don't feel like I got to know them or their relationship any better than I do when it is seen through Mercy's perspective.

The little mystery and investigation was nice but I'd like to get to know the characters more and see them together.
Set in the Aleutian Islands during World War II, Bradley Denton brings an unique setting and mysticism to his paranormal detective short story The Adakian Eagle. Our protagonist is a private in the army, stationed on Adak island which is home to both army and navy outposts. He is ordered by his lieutenant colonel to investigate an unsettling scene, high on the mountain, which appears to indicate animal sacrifice and potentially more disturbing crimes. The resulting investigation involves politic ...more
I keep on convincing myself that I like short story anthologies like this, but really, in practice, I hate the damn things.

This one seemed to really hit on all those things I dislike about anthologies. Of the 16 stories, only 6 of them as far as I can figure were original content while the other 10 were one offs based on existing series. Basically, things not good enough to be published with the rest of it. While some of them were good, and some of those I actually loved, I find them to be such
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Like most collections, this one has a mix of good stories and less interesting stories.
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's hard for me to really know how to rate a book of short stories. First off, I don't read a whole lot of short story compilations, and second, this book was read over the course of... probably 2 years? although I hate to admit that. (I'm not much of a short story person, and although I enjoyed the majority of the stories in this collection, it's definitely easier to set aside a compilation of short stories without feeling like you're really interrupting anything, as compared to an actual full ...more
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George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, neither of which are names I instantly associate with urban fantasy, edit this collection of short stories. Martin makes the claim in the introduction that Urban Fantasy is the bastard child of two genres: Noir and Horror. I can see his point, to a degree, and with that in mind this is an anthology of urban fantasy mystery stories, ranging from a Holmes-esque victorian mystery, through some a lovecraftian horror that read like it was by Walter Mosl

Oct 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't usually like short story collections because of how long it takes to read them (takes time to orient yourself to a new setting, characters, plot every 60 pages or so), and how often the lack of characterization leaves the story feeling...lacking. So usually I read the story by the authors I know, and call it done. But one genre that lends itself well to the short story medium is mysteries. In a mystery, depth of character is a cherry on top, extra beyond the meat of the plot. And the con ...more
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This is an anthology containing stories related to multiple series of books by different authors. If you haven't read these series already, you will undoubtedly be lost/confused. However, that being said, this is a pretty good collection of short stories. I only read a few by the authors that I already collect although I did manage to read two stories by new-to-me authors that were easy enough to follow along because the stories were essentially prequels or standalones.

My favorite of course was
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Overall 3 stars.

This book was a compilation of short stories from many different UF/Paranormal authors. However, my review was strictly based on 3 of the stories:

Death by Dahlia by Charlaine Harris
For those of you who have read some of the other short story works of Charlaine Harris, vampire Dahlia should not be new to you. In this story, we got to see Dahlia investigating a human murder in the midst of a vampire celebration party. The detective work was short and sweet, and the resolution was e
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Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
An anthology of urban fantasy stories was something new for me, but I enjoyed them very much! There are lots of big names in this hardcover collection, including Charlaine Harris.
Although I hate to leave any out, there are too many stories to include all of them here, so I’ll mention some that grabbed me especially hard.
In, It’s Still the Same old Story by Carrie Vaughn (best known for her late night DJ werewolf) the vampires seemed so real to me. I hated this tale of revenge and tender love to
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George Raymond Richard "R.R." Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood chil

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