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  • Posted April 7, 2009

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    A strong collection with a lot of variety

    I chose this book because I had enjoyed two of Kim Harrison's other short story compilations, Dates From Hell and Holidays Are Hell. Though not as strong as those two books, this one still had a lot to offer. The styles and theme of the stories varied widely, from pure paranomral romance to mystery to environmentalist propaganda (L.A. Bank's Equinox, which I enjoyed despite the heavy-handed message.) Despite what could have been a restrictive theme--each story features at least one steamy sexual encounter where one or both partners is a supernatural being--there is a lot of originality in this collection. The standouts were Tanya Huff's highly entertaining Music Hath Charms, Marjorie M. Liu's haunting Minotaur in Stone, Susan Krinard's Ride A Dark Horse, and especially Harrison's own chilling contribution, Dirty Magic, featuring Mia the banshee from the Hallows world. (Buy this book for the end of that one alone!) The only objection I had to this book was that some of the authors seemed restricted by the shorter format: these are short stories, not novellas, but while some managed to get a full plot in with a few chapters (Krinard and Keri Arthur, especially), others floundered. One of my favorite authors, Lilith Saintcrow, struggled; her story seems like the what it is, the first few chapters of future work, rather than a complete story in itself. Susan Sizemore and Denise Little seemed to have a similar problem, cramming way too much world-building and plot into a short story already overloaded with character development and extraneous sex. Still, if you like urban fantasy or paranormal romance, this is at the very least a great way to find new authors whose worlds you want to explore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Good Reads

    Harrison's book was the best, the others were a pleasant surprise.

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