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Strange Candy

(Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #0.5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  16,207 ratings  ·  366 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author's short story collection-including an all-new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story.

From a woman who marries into a family of volatile wizards to a couple fleeing a gang of love-hungry cupids, from a girl who seeks sanctuary in the form of a graceful goose to the disgruntled superhero Captain Housework, readers will revel in the many t
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published February 4th 2006)
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Jessica Sexton I would read that one first yes, even if it was published AFTER the 1st book, it could still be a pre-quell kind of thing, it might explain some loop …moreI would read that one first yes, even if it was published AFTER the 1st book, it could still be a pre-quell kind of thing, it might explain some loop holes, or plot twists that didn't originally make sense in the first book :)(less)

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Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was a huge fan of Hamilton's Anita Blake series, until the series went from supernatural to super-pornographic. The hyper-erotic turn simply ruined the character of Anita Blake for me, and angry at Hamilton I swore I wouldn't read any more of her books.

I'm glad that I put that anger aside and picked up "Stange Candy." The book is mostly a collection of short stories published early in her career. The stories are suprisingly diverse, ranging from hard science-fiction to light-hearted, fluffy r
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
So this was ... well "strange". I've never read any Hamilton books so I'm probably coming to it from a completely different background than most readers. I was really surprised by the fact that most of the stories were "straight" fantasy stories.

I was also a little put off by the attitude of most of the introductions. Many of them sounded angry, basically saying, "This was rejected by some editor who was obviously a retard because he didn't absolutely love my work. But now that I'm famous I'm a
Jennifer Wardrip
May 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Seeing these short stories by Laurell K. Hamilton was a treat. Some were good, some were great, and some can be skipped over. My biggest problem with the whole shebang is the cover. This book has nothing to do with women in bondage attire eating candy. Actually, this book has no sex in it at all. Which, when you think about it, is "strange" indeed when you consider the other series' that this author writes.

Overall, a pretty good read, although some of Ms. Hamilton's snarky comments in the intro
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I would never have bought this book if Kroger hadn't been selling it, hardback, for $1.50. Heck, I would never have looked at it, period, because I hadn't heard good things about the author, only that she sells a lot of books. I also have never liked short stories. Lastly, I have never liked fantasy or science fiction. But it was $1.50, and she does sell a lot of books, so there's a lesson there, and so I bought it. How bad could it be?
It's fabulous. FABULOUS. She can write. She's funny. She's
May 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
I found this in the discount book bin of a grocery store... glad I did! Although this is apparently the author of a vampire series, the stories in this collection are very heavy on fantasy and can be a little macabre. Not really creepy, scary stories, though. Sometimes it is hard to read fantasy/sci-fi because the author is so wrapped up in describing the world they have created ~ happily, this is not the case with Hamilton. She is super creative and a great story teller :) The fictional worlds ...more
Jun 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, shortstories
Strange Candy is LKH's short story collection, and it's alternatively refreshing and narcissistic. When I read some of these stories, I remembered how I used to actually enjoy reading her books instead of slogging through them. She's a pretty good writer when she's not just writing porn. The stories in this book are not excellent, but definitly entertaining. I found it really hilarious when she wrote things in introductions to some of the stories like "When I first submitted this story, I wasn't ...more
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Amanda by: Anne Marie passed it along to me
There are certain people in the world who have a realness, deeply rooted in the earth, bare to sun and moon. And then there are other people in the world who look at the real ones and mimic their stance, planting roots and glancing out of the corners of their eyes every once in a while to make sure they're still doing it right. But they are a forgery and it doesn't take long to tip these fakers over, upending their shallow roots. This is how I feel about Laurell K. Hamilton.

The thing about fant
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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It's been a couple of years since I read Strange Candy and for the most part, it's just a decent collection of short stories. The least interesting stories for me were the Anita ones, although they're obviously the ones hyped so the book would sell.

Skip the more recent stuff if you don't like the way her current books are written or the way the 'plots' flow.

In the two years or so since I read the book, I can still vividly remember two of the stories, and both break my heart in different ways. A
Raquel (Rocki)
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-shelf
Most of these were pretty good I liked the one with the dream walkers who were psychopaths basically that was interesting to read I would have liked more to that one, even if it was a little dark. Of course I liked the stories involving Anita those of course are always pretty good and these two were before she got all smexy with everyone. I also liked the one about Screech the sword or dagger he is and interesting character, all he wants is a little blood that isn't bad right? lol There were a c ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, tbr-jar-draw
1# Those who seek forgivness ★★★★
Insight into life of Anita Blake the animator and how she deals with every night zombie raising business. It is set before any of the series events in the books. Interesting but rather depressing when looked trough the series as a whole.

2# A Lust of Cupids ★★★★★
This is a cute short story perfect for Valentines day! In the story people sometimes get chased by little Cupid like creatures who shot them with arrows to fall in love or just get infatuated. I loved the
Kimberley doruyter
well that was a trip into the weird.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-audiobook

This was a great introduction to the Anita Blake series. I so didn't see the surprise coming. I will continue the series.
A look into the earlier works of Laurell K Hamilton, before she gave life to Anita Blake & Merry Gentry. Earliest work is "A Token for Celadine" from 1989. It is set in the world of her first novel "Nightseer" and is a story of elves, demons, goddesses, prophecies, unicorns, magic and the like. Tolkien-ish for sure. There are 2 more stories set in this world, one which includes a witty yet very deadly speaking blood sword named Leech. There are a few shorts that are whimsical, and some that are ...more
Aurian Booklover
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think this book is only fun for the real fans of Laurell K. Hamilton. It contains a lot of short stories written by her, especially in the start of her career, when she was rejected a lot for being an unknown author, and short stories were published in magazines. I liked the introduction to all the stories, how they came to be. There are two short Anita Blake stories in her, and I liked those especially. Some of the stories are a bit disturbing though, but she has also included some straight f ...more
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hamilton-l-k
Strange Candy from Laurell K. Hamilton is a group of short stories she wrote mostly before her success with the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series. I was wierded out finding a LKH book in a grocery store, having read most of the Vampire Hunter series.

With a couple of Anita Blake stories along with a lot of uniquely delightful wizards and funny short stories mingled with some heartbreaking stories. It was fun to read about Jean-Claude's clubs and characters in later books in the VH series.

Randy Daugherty
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Strange Candy by Laurell K Hamilton, Our author most noted for her Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, and the very sensual content which have entertained readers for years, now gives a glimpse into her other facets.
With Strange Candy we are given a collection of short storied taking us to the various areas Laurell has written about. We find Cupids chasing a couple bent on making them fall in love,we do have one on raising the dead and a case of murder by a Merman?
The stories are well written an
Tabatha  lovell
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this compilation of short stories. LKH is very talented and I love the way her mind works! I'm a HUGE fan of the Anita Blake series, haven't read Merry Gentry yet, however, it was fun reading this book! Check it out if you haven't already.
Patti Ashley
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of stories

Short stories and a few of the first glimpses into Anita Blake, the Executioner. All the stories were good but the Cupids, the Merman, and of course the Anitas were excellent.
Never too old challenge, Tracy's list.
Joseph Szabo
Jul 10, 2009 rated it liked it
I read this book in one sitting. I'm sorry to say Ms. Hamilton's work is not for me. I thought her stories were amusing but I won't be picking up her other books anytime soon. Sorry.
Kathy Davie
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it
"Those Who Seek Forgiveness" is a prequel to the Anita Blake series.
"Girl Who was Infatuated to Death" (Anita Blake, 8.1) is also in the Bite collection.

The rest were okay.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
For a collection of short stories this is an excellent snippet of tales by Laurell K. Hamilton. Many different styles of works from light hearted to horror.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm a loyal LKH fan. Can't get enough.
Jay Gayod
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Laurell's stories are darkly compelling and hauntingly beautiful. These are her beginnings, her parts and various stages of life so it was fascinating, especially the Superhero story.
It was awesome
Wayland Smith
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: popsugar2019
Strange Candy is a collection of Laurell K Hamilton's short stories from various sources. Among them are Anita Blake's first appearance, as well as one from her world with none of the previously seen characters in it, and an Anita/Jean Claude short. There are some from the world of her Nightseer novel, featuring a nasty talking sword. Others include a lake monster tale, Cupids for hire, a shape-shifting sorceress, and the oddest superhero story I've ever read. They range a bit in quality, but no ...more
Better than expected, and some decent variety here. Mostly tales of witches, warriors, vampires, or paranormal/urban fantsy stuff -- some with a bit of humor. I'm NOT a fan of Hamilton's full-length vamp-erotica novels, but this short story collection was much better.

VERDICT : 3+ stars
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good collection of short stories by Laurell K Hamilton - this includes 2 Anita Blake stories and 4 stories in the Nightseer world. The rest are stand alone stories that run the gamut from clever, almost -but not quite- cute stories to the very dark. If you're looking for the graphic sex LKH is known for in her Anita Blake and Merry Gentry novels, there's little of that to be found here. There's violence and disturbing themes, but little graphic sex. All in all, I really found the entire collec ...more
Aug 07, 2007 rated it liked it
Those Who Seek Forgiveness is set in the Anitaverse, right before Guilty Pleasures. Back to the old pre-porn Anita, a story about a zombie raising where not everything that the client tells Anita is the truth, which has repercussions.

A Lust of Cupids. A very short story about two people trying hard to avoid cupids that are determined to get them involved with each other. I disliked the fact that the characters really didn't have much of a choice and my reaction to finding out that my parents had
Miss Lily
Jan 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up "Strange Candy" after having read the first "Anita Blake" book. (I've read the entire "Merry Gentry" series since the beginning, and had avoided "Anita Blake" 'till recently.) This review is for the Audio CD format. There are a collection of short stories in "Strange Candy," each with an introduction by Laurell K. Hamilton about the history of or commentary about each story. The Audio CD format used one narrator for the stories themselves, and a different narrator for the introductio ...more
Another audio book checked out from the library in an attempt to help Mt TBR get read (I have a hard copy of this book as well)

Those Who Seek Forgiveness An Anita story before she evolved into a Vampire Hunter as well as an any case it was fun to have a story about Anita back when she wasn't all powerful

A Lust of Cupids A cute little story, would love to hear more about this interesting world where Cupids are a common thing

The Edge of the Sea entertaining, although it seemed a bit
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't like short stories since they are, well, short. I usually feel cheated out of the full story and am usually wanting more. I liked most of these, but ran into the all familiar problem of wanting more. At least with the Anita stories there is a series to keep going with.

Those Who Seek Forgiveness: This was written with the author's initial intention for Anita to be just an animator, but I can see this as a catalyst for what comes later

A Lust of Cupids: Eh, OK story. Waaaay too shor
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Laurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis ...more

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