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Holidays Are Hell (Short Stories from Hell)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  6,856 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
This holiday, spend quality time with family and loved ones--living and dead . . .There's no place like home for the horrordays--unless you'd prefer a romantic midnight walk through a ghost-infested graveyard . . . or a haunted house candlelight dinner with the sexy vampire of your dreams. The (black) magical season is here--and whether it's a solstice seance gone demonica ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Hollows series and Marjorie Liu fans
My favorite stories in this anthology were "Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel" by Kim Harrison and "Six" by Marjorie Liu. Ironically, they weren't Christmas stories.

"Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel" by Kim Harrison

This story looks into Rachel's past, when she was eighteen, fresh out of community college, and determined to recover from her childhood of severe illness and to get a job working for Inderlander Security. Her brother Robbie is in town for Solstice Night, and wants her to go back to west coas
Anthologies are always hit and miss for me. I'm usually happy if one story makes an impression. I picked up Holidays Are Hell because of the Kim Harrison story. Surprisingly, it was my favorite story in the book.

Here is my breakdown:
Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison - 4 stars
This is the story of an 18 year old Rachel Morgan. It takes place before Dead Witch Walking, before Rachel joins the I.S. and before she meets Ivy. We learn more about Rachel's illness as a child, her talents as a
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-reads
Quite an interesting novella with great sense of humour and very inspiring. We are back in time when Rachel is eighteen and is still living at home with her great and crazy Mom. We meet her big brother Robbie who's coming home for the Solstice after being at the West Coast since their father died. Rachel goal is to start working for the I.S. despite the fact she is too young. She just wants to smear the pavement with bad guys and to win her independence. Robbie loves her but he doesn't think thi ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this anthology, it was just so great, Rachel meeting Pierce, and seeing her interact with Robbie, a continuation of the short story from Dates from Hell, which was so hilarious, and yeah, 2 other great stories! Loved so much!
My overall rating (3) is for the book as a concept and based on the two (of four) stories I've read. This is a theme collection for stories set in modern fantasy series and I don't read the other two series, so jumping in with these stories seems unwise.

I'm not sure I'll ever get around to reading the other two stories, so here are comments on the two I did read, Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison (in the Hollows series) and The Harvest by Viki Pettersson (in the Signs of the Zodiac se
Janice (Janicu)
For the most part I liked this anthology better than the first one, Dates from Hell. I think most were on the "good!" side.

"Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel" by Kim Harrison. In Dates from Hell we got a story about Ivy set before she meets Rachel, and in this story, we get a story about a young teen-aged Rachel before she ever joins Inderland Security. I thought this was well done because you don't have to have read the Rachel Morgan books to understand the world (much less confusing than the story
Rating only for Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison.

I liked getting a peak into younger Rachel's life. She's so different now than she was back then, in a good way. Her talent is definitely noticeable.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This anthology features 4 short stories by some very talented women.

Two Ghosts For Sister Rachel gives us an eighteen year old Rachel before she joined the IS and moves out into the world. We also get a look at her home life and her true start at earth magic.

Run,Run,Rudolph is a fun story with a great romance and tense pursuit scenes. Jill and Nick make a great couple and I want more of them. It was funny,sexy, and very interesting.

Six is set in China and is the name of our heroine. She finds he
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only read Kim Harrison's short story.

Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel (The Hollows 5.5) by Kim Harrison
A novella that takes place when Rachel was 18. Her brother Robbie is home and she wants to convince him that she is healthy enough to join the I.S. It was amazing to read about Rachel before she became a Runner. And I loved the ghost Pierce! 5 stars
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have written up a little review of each story. I did not realize it when I started the book, but I have books and/or series of books by each of these authors on my TBR shelf. But have not yet read any of them, with the exception of one Kim Harrison's 'Hollows' book that I don't remember being terribly impressed with. So here goes--

Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison--
I have read the first book about the Hollows by Harrison and while it was okay I was not blown away and have not read a
Jenn Doyle
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 star overall (really wish we could give .5 star ratings on GoodReads.) Did not read the Lynsay Sands novella, but the other three were well done.

First off, The Kim Harrison short. I'd heard of this short from others who'd read the Rachel Morgan series, but this was my first chance to read it. It was really, really well done and made me want to go back and read the whole series again (starting from book 6, because NOBODY in their right mind wants to have to read through what happened to Kist
Oct 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_2007
Honestly, I was a little disappointed by this anthology. I'd really been looking forward to Kim Harrison's story because I love her Rachel Morgan series and this story was supposed to explain why Rachel is the way she is. I'm not sure I buy that this story explains that, even if Kim Harrison thinks it does. It was nice to get a look at Rachel's brother and mother, but I think Ivy's back story in Dates from Hell was much more interesting and revealing.

Lynsay Sand's story was straight up romance
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel - The Hollows, 5.5

I think I would've liked this more if I'd read it in order the first time. As it is, I already know all the things that went down with Pierce, so I can't fully appreciate the sweetness of his and Rachel's first meeting.

ALSO--I didn't like Robbie (Rachel's brother) before, and I like him even less now. He's an arrogant, know-it-all, pompous ASS. He ditches Rachel with their crazy, not-handling-the-death-of-her-husband-well-at-ALL mother when she's FO
May 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short story collection concept: supernatural plus holidays, specifically the winter ones. One covers the winter solstice, one Christmas, one Chinese New Year, and one Thanksgiving. It was cool that they weren't all about Christmas; that aspect really piqued my interest.

I read this primarily for the Kim Harrison story in the Rachel Morgan series. This is the background story of Pierce, who becomes very much a part of the Hollows series in the most recent novels. Frankly, this impressed me. Harris
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
3.5 stars

This short story was a little glimpse into Rachel's past. We learn more about Rachel's family and meet her brother, Robbie, for the first time. There is plenty of action as Rachel tries to summon the ghost of her father on the eve of the Solstice. Of course, this goes wrong and she ends up summoning another ghost by mistake. She must then help this ghost track down those who killed him and bring them to justice.

It was a very enjoyable read. It was nice to meet a younger and slightly m
Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I got this book mainly for the Kim Harrison story but I really liked all the other stories as well. Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel is the Kim Harrison story and is the introduction to Pierce. Its a great little story and because Im a fan of Pierce, it was nice to see in detail the story thats been referenced in the Hollows books about Rachel and Pierce's first meeting. I love the Hollows and this was a nice little side story! We get an early look at Rachel. At this point in her life, we get to see ...more
Heather G Gentle
Kim Harrison-- decent-- I enjoyed seeing Rachel as a teen before she got into being a runner. I liked getting to know Rachel's brother a little since we don't get to know him in her Hollows series much at all. I don't know how much you'd get out of this if you don't read the series though.

Lynsay Sands-- a little too much of a straight romance for me but good humor and at least mildly entertaining.

Marjorie Liu- I found this to be the most interesting. Seems like this could be a stand alone and th
Kim Harrison and Marjorie M Liu produced to well-written novellas that can be read and appreciated by any lover of urban fantasy, even if those unfamiliar with their works. Vicki Patterson's short is excellent, but might be a harder read for those not familiar with her freshman series - but is a must-read for anyone who reads her books (explains the mysterious disappearance of Zoe Archer). The only disappointment was the short by Lyndsey Sand - written at a level best suited for a intermediate r ...more
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Anthology of four stories: Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison (Halloween); Run, Run Rudolph by Lynsay Sands (Christmas); Six by Marjorie M. Liu (New Year's); and The Harvest by Vicki Pettersson (Thanksgiving).

So far, only read... Run, Run Rudolph by Lynsay Sands. Okay, so the girl is made into a shape shifter, but if you discount that little detail then it's a fairly traditional yet humourous romance set at christmas time.

My rating is based on having read the one story above. It may c
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastic collection of very different but entirely amazing stories. I literally couldn't put it down til I was finished last night. I would've finished earlier if darn it, I didn't have to work. However, my nose found its way back between the pages come lunch time. If you haven't ever read these authors, I highly recommend picking it up and seeing if you like their styles. If you're already a fan, this is a read you simply won't want to miss.
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, witches
Read Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel. I really enjoyed finding out her hopes for joining the I.S. Very interesting adventure. Hopefully later on in the series, we will find out more about her brother Robbie.
Jan 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that contains short intro stories. Probably a ploy put out by the publishing company to gain readers. The only one worth reading was the first by Kim Harrison. The short by Harrison is a pre-quil to her herione series. The rest were a complete waste of my time.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
This was a fun little read.

It has been years since I've read anything in this world, but I kinda remember how things work, so I decided to start my re-read of the series with this novella. It is cute and fun. Seeing young Rachel and the ghost she fell in love with (lol) was exciting. You can't help but root for her to get overcome her weakness and the brother's concern.

I couldn't remember which option she would choose although I had a guess ^_^
Very fun! And if you haven't read anything in this
☂ ℬrandi

I thought this book was going to be more romance and less action-adventure. I was wrong. I thought it was going to be about Christmas specifically, hence the Santa-esque dress on the cover, ok, with a graveyard and dagger, but still, I was wrong. It was about the Holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. That actually ended up being cool. I thought I'd hate it. I was wrong. While I didn't love it to pieces, it was good for what it was, even if it's not my cuppa ☕. But if you
Anna Mcfadden
Rachel makes a bet with her brother Rob. She has to do a level 800 earth magic arcane spell to bring her father back and ask her father what he thinks of a certain idea and if she can't do the spell or if her father doesn't like the idea then she is to.move to the West coast to go on and get a 4 year degress
Gina Guesby Mays
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always like Kim Harrison, but now I'm intrigued with Lynsay Sands. These two were the most enjoyable stories in this series. Well done to these two women. The other two were Marjorie M. Liu and Vicki Pettersson. Just not my cup of tea, but others might enjoy the stories. It's worth the read.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collections of short stories. Especially the Hallows short. It was great reading about Rachel when she first met Pierce and her determination to join the I.s. .
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vamps-n-fantasy
Read "Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel" by Kim Harrison
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only read the story by Marjorie Liu.
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Kim Harrison, author of the New York Times #1 best selling Hollows series, was born in Detroit and lived most her her life within an easy drive. She's currently working on a variety of projects to see what finds a home first, and when not at her desk, is most likely to be found landscaping her new/old Victorian home, or in the garden.
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