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Teeth: Vampire Tales

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,954 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Sink your teeth into these bite-sized tales exploring the intersections among the living, dead, and undead. Features stories by Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Garth Nix, and many more.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by HarperCollins
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May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The new anthology TEETH, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, includes a delectable assortment of bite sized vampire stories that should be tasted and savored. Yes, all of the stories are that good. One of the best things about TEETH is that the stories consistently establish strong, unique worlds filled with characters who are compelling and interesting. Plus, you’re sure to find a few new vampiric details and treasures that are not part of the standard mythology in today’s vampire litera ...more
May 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Things to Know About Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine
Interesting and dark, I thought the inclusion of the rules was fun.

All Smiles by Steve Berman
I liked this one. Especially the idea that a tattoo of holy script would sour someone's blood for a vampire.

Gap Year by Christopher Barzak
Another one that I liked. I was hoping for more of a happy ending as things moved along, but I loved the look at how friends grow apart and move on as they grow up.

Bloody Sunrise by Neil Gaiman
I love Neil Gaiman's w
Alysha DeShaé
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
My full review is here on my personal website. I'll post a few excerpts here, though:

3.5 out of 5.0 stars

The very worst thing about this book is that it actually gets boring. :-/ The next time I read this, I’m going to make sure that I space all the stories out a bit instead of one immediately after another. They’re all interesting stories, but there are just so many of them that I got tired of hearing about vampires that were just slightly different from the traditional stereotype… *sigh* This
Jan 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got an advanced reading copy of this book through Book It Forward ARC Tours. This was an excellent anthology with a lot of really great vampire stories. It is young adult, but I would recommend for older young adults because of swearing and sexuality. Most of the stories were more horror/urban fantasy than paranormal romance.

I am going to highlight some of the stories I really enjoyed, and there were a lot of them that I really enjoyed. The first story "Things to Know About Being Dead" by Gen
Claire Blind Reader
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Things to Know About Being Dead By: Genevieve Valentine
Very good story. I loved the integration of a different lore for the story.
Rating: 5 Stars

All Smiles By: Steve Berman
Interesting story. Loved the ending. A little confusing. I THINK the main character's gay...
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Gap Year By: Christopher Barzak
TWIST ENDING! I loved it. I wasn't sure because it looked like it was going in a gay direction but it pulled through in the end.
Rating: 5 Stars!

Bloody Sunrise By: Neil Gaimen
ummm, I think
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alex Bennett
I plan to come back and write a full review early next week, but for now: another great anthology from the Datlow-Windling team, featuring a large number of great stories. While they all deal with teenagers and vampires (and sometimes, teenage vampires), they don't feel repetitive at all. Really really loved the Steve Berman, Delia Sherman, Garth Nix, Ellen Kushner, Tanith Lee and Catherynne M. Valente stories -- but then again, those are authors whose work rarely lets me down!

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Jennifer Wardrip
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This eerie collection features nineteen pieces by authors such as Neil Gaiman (THE GRAVEYARD BOOK), Melissa Marr (WICKED LOVELY series), Cassandra Clare (CLOCKWORK ANGEL) and Holly Black (THE CURSE WORKERS and GOOD NEIGHBORS series).

The first story in the anthology is “Things to Know About Being Dead” by Genevieve Valentine. After surviving a car accident, Suyin discovers that she’s not quite alive and not quite dead. She has become a jiang-shi,
Jay Daze
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Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya
I didn't find the majority of these short stories to be anything particularly special. A few were the same old vampire tales redone. However, I was very much intrigued by a few--oddly enough, by the authors whom I had never read before. The best, I thought, by far was "Best Friends Forever" by Cecil Castellucci. It was unexpected and actually seemed to be about something much more than vampires. "Sunbleached" by Nathan Ballingrud was probably the most "horrific", which I found fantastic, since m ...more
An uncommonly good collection. Highly original, fun stuff from a bunch of authors I already loved and some new-to-me ones I now want to check out. Only two or three entries really fell flat for me, which considering my usual ambivalence towards short story collections is impressive. (And this after Steam Powered! I hope this is the start of a trend.)

I think my favorites were Genevieve Valentine's "Things to Know About Being Dead," Delia Sherman's "Flying," and Catherynne Valente's "In the Future
Emily Fagans
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
A friend gave me an uncorrected proof to read. I went strong for 310 pages. Then I needed to take a break. Short stories are not usually a genre I love as I like to follow character development for long periods of time. Still, there were some really fun new approaches to vampires.
May 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology, paranormal
Fantastic anthology! As good as Zombies bs Unicorns which was my favourite international antho of last year. This is darkly brilliant and definitely worth your while!
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(Review edited for syntax and spelling Sept 2017.)

Since this book was made up of a collection of short stories, which were very different from each other, I reviewed them separately. Overall, the stories were very hit-or-miss with me, but when they hit, boy, did they. Like a sledgehammer to my gut. Some of these stick under my skin years later. (Like a puncture wound to the jugular, anyone?)

I normally wouldn't review an introduction, but I really enjoyed it. Stuffed with vampire hi
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was disappointed that they advertise a Neil Gaiman story in this anthology when what's really there is a 2-page poem. It's a good poem (4*), but short. Having said that, I thought the anthology started with a great introduction about vampire mythology, literature and cinema/television over time.

The following are my reviews of the individual stories as they appear in the anthology:
3* - Genevieve Valentine "Things to Know About Being Dead" - Interrupted flow, weak language, but good imagery, cr
Julie H.
Short story anthologies can, by definition, be very hit-or-miss affairs. Taken as a whole, Teeth: Vampire Tales, definitely falls within the "mixed bag" heading. That is, some of the stories are great, others are so-so, while a few were just plain not ready for publication.

Most troubling for me, of course, was the fact that Windling and Datlow's somewhat patronizing introduction to the work makes a couple of unfortunate assumptions: (1) first, that only 'tweens read Young Adult fiction and (2)
I ended up randomly choosing to check this book out at the library last week, not expecting much from it as I haven't been very into vampires lately. Not because of a specific book, just . . . tired of it all, I guess. But I was sucked in by seeing the great authors mentioned on the cover (which I suppose was the intended purpose of them doing such a thing) and ended up not just enjoying but loving this!

I listed a few of my favorite stories above and it was hard to even narrow it down to four ou
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Teeth Vampire Tales by Genevieve Valentine, Steve Berman, Christopher Barzak, Neil Gaiman, Delia Sherman, Garth Nix, Suzy McKee Charnas, Kaaron Warren, Cecil Castellucci, Jeffery Ford, Nathan Ballingrud, Kathe Koja, Catherynne M. Valente, Melissa Marr, Ellen Kushner, Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, Lucius Shepard, Emma Bull, Tanith Lee. Edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.
Harper Collins, 2011, 452 pp. fiction (p’back)

There is a mixture of many different vampire stories in one book. Most of
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, library
What a delightfully cracky little book, full of authors that I also read in other contexts. actually, it's not a little book at all, it's a big monster book, but somehow short story books feel like popcorn to me.

Early on, I had ambitions of saying something about each of these stories, then about just the ones that especially struck me, then I gave up and read for three hours straight.

The stories are haunting, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. Most of the characters are kids or teenagers, people o
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Things To Know About Being Dead by Genevieve Valentine
This story centers around Suyin or Sue as she's called. She had gotten into a car with a student from her school, who was drunk and crashed the car. Suyin died and came back as a Jiangshi (it's sort of a chinese zombie-slash-vampire that hops. Though that doesn't happen in this story or in Raven by Alison Van Diepen) the only person who knows what's going on with her is her grandmother. As an addition to the plot, is Jake (or was it Jack?) wh
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly diverse anthology that mixes a contemporary entertainment topic such as vampires with influences from a broad cultural spectrum. Compared to other YA anthologies like Enthralled, Teeth has a surprising amount of literary writing going on within it - and the host of critically acclaimed science-fiction and fantasy writers within the collection plays no small role in that type of writing being present. Young-adult heavyweights like Melissa Marr prove themselves on equal footing with ...more
Wow, this one is packed with adventure. This one is best suited for older teens since there seems to be a bit more violence, sexual situations and language than the average vampire tale. Three stories really stood out for me:
Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castelucci which is a twisted tale about a girl who is allergic to the sun becomes BFFs with a vampire when they meet at night school. Both yearn for a normal life and seem to find a bit of happiness in each others company.

Transition by Melissa
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I only gave this book 3 stars, because only about half the stories in it are even worth reading. A few of them are really great. I know these authors aren't "short story" writer per se, and not all authors can pull off a short story. It's much more difficult to pull off a story in 15 pages when you're used to writing 350 pages. So it didn't taint my thoughts about any of the authors contained within; I'm just as likely to look some of them up and read their work as I was before I read Teeth. I w ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I just found out I won this book on Goodreads First Reads program. This should be a great book to read.

I am REALLY enjoying this book. I am over half way done. I am not usually a short story fan but these short stories are great. I love all the different ways that the authors are telling vampire stories. I actually learned some new lore about vampires and i thought I knew everything! So very cool!!

I finished this book and I really did enjoy all the Vampires tales. Not being a huge short story fa
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Teeth: Vampire Tales has a little bit of something every YA fan can sink their own teeth into. Fans of Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Neil Gaiman will all swoon over their short stories/poem while at the same time discover new authors to add to their lists. The great thing about this collection is that there isn’t a single method to the madness. Some vampires are good, some are bad. Some you’ll swoon over, some you’ll want to slay. In some stories you’re the hunter, in others you
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
It took me months to read this. First, I hate short stories. Really, why should I invest twelve pages to enjoy a character just to never see them again. Urg. That said this collection has some gems in it. It also had some duds, and that was why I had to keep putting the book down. I finally finished the last "dud" today.
I know when I start noting how many pages a story is...the collection is over for me.

The best story in this collection, IMHO, is Flying by Delia Sherman. I also enjoyed Vampire
Linda Foster
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, first-read
I got this book in the mail three days ago as part of the first reads contest I won. I was so excited that I won this book as I am a big fan of vampire books and an even bigger fan as some of the authors in this book. I have to say it was great. I am not the biggest fan of books with short stories because there isn't usually as much excitement and you don't get enough chance to fall in love with the characters but these great writers are obviously able to do that. Not only are the stories amazin ...more
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a pretty good book. I read most of the stories at night... so it was a little scary for me, but i do scare really easily. I thought that the first story was really good. It was amazing how the grandmother was able to sacrifice herself for her granddaughter's survival. I also liked the best friends forever story. The ending was not expected. There were a few stories that i thought could have continued on to be really good books. Most of the stories were good, but some did not m ...more
This book contained many stories. I enjoyed most of them. The few that I didn't like had crappy endings or were just stupid. If you enjoy vampire stories then I would recommend that you read this. I'd be surprised if you didn't like these stories.
Loved the variety...some were spooky! Unique collection.
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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter
“It was Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the television series, 1997-2003, not the lackluster movie that preceded it) that blazed the trail for Twilight and the slew of other paranormal romance novels that followed, while also shaping the broader urban fantasy field from the late 1990s onward.

Many of you reading this book will be too young to remember when Buffy debuted, so you'll have to trust us when we say that nothing quite like it had existed before. It was thrillingly new to see a young, gutsy, kick-ass female hero, for starters, and one who was no Amazonian Wonder Woman but recognizably ordinary, fussing about her nails, her shoes, and whether she'd make it to her high school prom. Buffy's story contained a heady mix of many genres (fantasy, horror, science-fiction, romance, detective fiction, high school drama), all of it leavened with tongue-in-cheek humor yet underpinned by the serious care with which the Buffy universe had been crafted. Back then, Whedon's dizzying genre hopping was a radical departure from the norm-whereas today, post-Buffy, no one blinks an eye as writers of urban fantasy leap across genre boundaries with abandon, penning tender romances featuring werewolves and demons, hard-boiled detective novels with fairies, and vampires-in-modern-life sagas that can crop up darn near anywhere: on the horror shelves, the SF shelves, the mystery shelves, the romance shelves.”
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