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Unusual Suspects: Stories of Mystery and Fantasy

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

    My kind of stories

    Once upon a time, fantasy was fantasy, and mysteries were mysteries, and never the twain shall meet. Actually that never existed. Read, if you can find them, Poul Anderson's Norwegian-Japanese detective or Isaac Asimov's Lucky Starr book. At any rate these are mysteries, and good ones. It's hard in a an anthology to pick a special one, but House of the seven Spirits is romantic, and funny and spooky. It goes on from there. Good reading

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  • Posted December 22, 2008

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    Unusual Suspects Anthology

    How I love a good surprise. From running upon this gem unexpectedly in the bookstore, to the stories it contains, reading it gave me a lift all around. "Unusual Suspects" is an anthology of twelve stories that blend mystery and fantasy into a delicious confection. The stories range from historical to contemporary urban fantasy, from mages to witches, and from werewolves to vampires to humans. Authors include Charlaine Harris (a new Sookie story!), Carole Nelson Douglas, Simon R. Green (a new Nightside!), Laurie R. King, Dana Stabenow, Sharon Shinn, Laura Anne Gilman, Michael A. Stackpole, Mike Doogan, Donna Andrews, Michael Armstrong, and John Straley.<BR/><BR/>If you like mystery, mayhem, and magic...this is a book well worth your time.

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  • Posted October 23, 2008

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    superb twelve new tales focus on the convergence of mystery and suspense inside a fantasy realm

    These superb twelve new tales focus on the convergence of mystery and suspense inside a fantasy realm. The stories are all well written, holding up nicely to its predecessor collection (see POWERS OF DETECTION). Charlaine Harris provides a Sookie entry while Simon R. Green returns to the Nightside and the editor Ms. Stabenow takes her fans back to Mnemosynea for what she describes as a ¿Seer and Sword¿ thriller. The other entries are strong with deep characters such as Laura Anne Gilman¿s loan shark dragon star of ¿Illumination¿. Carole Nelson Douglas¿ ¿Bogieman¿ answers one of the deepest fundamental questions of the universe: who wants Sam Spade dead (than again who does not might be easier to answer)? Likewise John Straley responds to another question of the ages: what does Santa do during his off season? Whether it is Donna Andrews¿s Gwynn the apprentice returning to cast a ¿spellbound¿ on her fans to read her story or Mike Doogan a ¿Glamour¿ satirizing the sub-genre, readers will enjoy this compilation. The remaining four are excellent contributions by top tier authors (Michael A. Stackpole, Sharon Sinn, Michael Armstrong and Laurie R. King).<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Good Book

    I bought this book for one particular short story but as often happens, I eneded up with a couple of new authors I want to look into more.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Anthologies are wonderful things.

    I loved this book. It is a follow up to Powers of Detection and both are wonderful additions to your library if you enjoy the supernatural, fantasy or sciece fiction.

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