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Damnation and Dames by Liz Grzyb
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it was amazing

Give the thugs on your tail the shake, keep your peepers open for double-crosses, wet your whistle with a shot of bourbon and enjoy 16 tales of the "paranoirmal" in this great new anthology from Ticonderoga.

Every single story is true to the genre of hard-boiled fiction with urban fantasy elements. Zombies? Check. Vamps (both the garden variety flapper and undead species)? Check. Undead primates? Hell yeah!

All of the authors have written works which remain true to the noir tradition while infusing it with contemporary and unique flourishes. Normally when I tackle an anthology of this size there are 2-3 stories which are sort of "filler" if you will. Not the case with "Damnation and Dames". Every single story is rich, detailed, and above all else, unique. Tropes in the genre are squashed flat with delight or re-invented entirely.

All of the stories within are solid but some of my personal favorites in the collection were;

- Alan Baxter & Felicity Dowker ("Burning, Always Burning") for a pure WTF-ness unexpected ending.
- Joseph L Kellogg ("The Awakened Adventure of Rick Candle") for 100% unbridled originality and coolness.
- Robert Hood ("Walking the Dead Beat") for page after page of undiluted awesomeness all over the board.
- Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter ("Prohibition Blues") for fantastic dialogue and characters and pace.

Do yourself a favor and check out this collection. You won't be disappointed.

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Reading Progress

April 12, 2012 – Shelved
April 29, 2012 – Started Reading
May 1, 2012 – Finished Reading

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