For every hero trying to save the world, there’ ...more
“Even Hand” — originally from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by Pat Elrod.…moreYou may have already read the Jim Butcher story
“Even Hand” — originally from Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by Pat Elrod. Reprinted in Beyond the Pale, edited by Henry Herz, and Urban Enemies, edited by Joseph Nassise.
Gentleman Johnnie Marcone clashes with a rival supernatural power. Told from Marcone’s point of view.
Takes place between Turn Coat and Changes.(less)
I mostly just picked it up this anthology for the Craig Schaefer novella about Fontaine but figured the others were at least worth a chance regardless of them all sounding a bit ...more
Actual rating: 3.75 rounded up to 4
Urban Enemies is an awesome collection of 17 Urban Fantasy short stories told from the POV's of the villains of various UF series. I am only familiar with 3 of these authors (Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, and Craig Schaefer) but this has helped me find a few new authors worth looking in to.
My obvious favorite was Even Hand by Jim Butcher. Mainly beca ...more
This anthology appealed to me because I recognized authors like Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire and Kevin Hearne. The rest were new ones for me, but for the most part did all of the stories work, even though most of the series in this book were new for me, like even though I have read books by Seana ...more
This anthology included some really excellent stories... and added quite a few series to my TBR pile. Can't wait to pick some of them up!
Even Hand by Jim Butcher
Villain & Series: Gentleman John Marcone, The Dresden Files
My Series Status: Devoted Follower/Obsessee
Even Hand was a great little story, but way too short. I've always been intrigued by Gentleman John Marcone, and see ...more
Even Hand - Jim Butcher - From the world of Harry Dresden, we follow John Marcone. This was an interesting read. I know that Marcone was supposed to be a villain, but in this short story he played ...more
This story is shared from Dresden’s long-time nemesis, John Marcone.
Justine shows up with a baby and asks for sanctuary from Mag, a powerful fomor wizard. Marcone isn’t one for making bad business decisions, but takes Justine in because one of Marcone’s rules is no harm to children. Mag is extremely determined to get back Justine and brings all his power to bear down on Marcone, Gard, and Hendricks.
While the tale doesn’t directly tie into the overall D ...more
Most of the narrators were good to excellent. Early on, the lead-ins tell us just enough about the world to make sense of the stories yet don't provide ...more
Hmm how do I start? Well if I review each and every story this would be far ...more
This collection of short stories was an ok read. They are all a little dark and deal with the villains of many different series. I think this collection is great for lib ...more
This was one of those books where I got what I had been wishing for and then wondered if I really appreciated what I got. For me the unremitting villainous focus was harder to enjoy than I had expected (so probably a 3 star rating would express that better), but the writing for each story is excellent so I'm going with the 4 star rating to reflect that aspect. I found that I needed to tak ...more
Ah, Perry, you are my darling creep, as alway, even though there was no boner present this time. I would have given the story five stars, had it centered around Jane and not her predecessors. Still, learning the story of his making was interesting enough. Given his proclivity for creating aspects of himself, I'm more certain than ever that he is still around... Somewh ...more
Only read 2 stories in this anthology.
“Kiss” by Lilith Saintcrow. I rate it 3 stars
“Make It Snappy” by Faith Hunter. I rate it 3 stars
A few authors I'm familiar with & may eventually go back to read:
“Unexpected Choices” by Diana Pharaoh Francis
“Bellum Romanum” by Carrie Vaughn
“The Resurrectionist”by Caitlin Kittredge
“Hounded” by Kelley Armstrong
The read the next four stories. They were ok but not one of them except ...more
So this doesn't have any of our favorite characters but is an Incryptid story about a coo coo and her thought patterns while taking over people's minds and lives. I wish I knew who the hunter was and where he came from.
It's not often that I give 4 out of 5 stars on a short stories book, but this one is really good! It's good the idea because come on! You have to love a book written all by villains' POV. And they are all urban fantasy's villain, so if you love this genre (and I love it a lot! It's my guilty pleasure and my comfort reading) you simply have to read this book.
There are a lot of great writes in thi ...more
I have a bit of a bone to pick with Urban Enemies, because of reading this book I have now added TEN more books to my to-be-read list (TBRL). Most of these books are also part of a series, so the potential for even more books is high. I will never get through my TBRL, and that's ok. To be honest, If I don't have a few hundred books on this list I start to get a little antsy and start the search for more.
I have admitted in the ...more
The anthology includes seventeen short stories from many authors which I have mentioned in the order within Urban Enemies. I have read only five of these authors but they are some of my favorites so I was excited. After all, reading an anthology like this, which was edited by a mystery author, was what took me out of over ten years of reading only mysteries. It turned out to be more science fiction, paranormal romance and urban fantasy stories. I enjoyed many of the stories even thoug
So this book was very tricky for me. I loved the concept of getting stories from the POV of the villains. The majority of books are written from the POV of heroes, people who are out for the greater good in some way shape or form. I’ve read a few books that were told from the POV of villains, Forging Hephaestus by Drew Hayes and Villains Rule by M.K. Gibson. I really enjoyed those stories, so why not see the ...more
What caught my attention, when I found this book, was a Jim Butcher/Dresden short that looked pretty good (and I think is) and a Kevin Hearne/Iron Druid story. I was willing to try Seanan McGuire and Lilith Sai ...more
Jim Butcher story - 4.5. Love Gentleman Johnny Marcone in all the Dresden Files novels, and reading a story told from his point of view was quite satisfying. The action was great and fast-paced, and the ending w ...more
Tom Hiddleston said about playing the character Loki "Every villain is the hero in his own narrative" and that's very true in these stories. The ch ...more