Death's Excellent Vacation

Death's Excellent Vacation

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by Charlaine Harris
     
 

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Includes an original Sookie Stackhouse story

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK!
 
TALES OF PARANORMAL R & R BY
JEFF ABBOTT • L. A. BANKS • JEANIENE FROST
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN • CHRIS GRABENSTEIN • CHARLAINE HARRIS
TONI L. P. KELNER • KATIE MacALISTER • A. LEE

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Includes an original Sookie Stackhouse story

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FIRST TIME IN PAPERBACK!
 
TALES OF PARANORMAL R & R BY
JEFF ABBOTT • L. A. BANKS • JEANIENE FROST
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN • CHRIS GRABENSTEIN • CHARLAINE HARRIS
TONI L. P. KELNER • KATIE MacALISTER • A. LEE MARTINEZ
SHARAN NEWMAN • LILITH SAINTCROW • SARAH SMITH
DANIEL STASHOWER

 
Because everyone—and everything—needs a break from the routine, Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner offer postcards from the edge of the paranormal world…
 
It really can be an endless summer—if you’re immortal. Though a vampire would be ill-advised to take a cruise to Bermuda, the possibilities for getting away from it all—and maybe snacking on some unsuspecting tourist—are many…
 
With thirteen tales—including a weekend getaway in Mississippi for Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire friend Pam—Harris and Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations frightening, funny, and touching…for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque.
 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Harris and Kelner's third short-story anthology sends paranormals on vacation. Some of the 13 journeys are romps: Harris dispatches Sookie Stackhouse on a weekend getaway with an errand to a strip club that involves more than Sookie bargained for, in "Two Blondes." Katie MacAlister gives Guardian Aisling Grey's demon servant a trip to remember in "The Perils of Effrijim." And A. Lee Martinez's "The Innsmouth Nook" B&B caters to an unusual crowd, to say the least. Other tales are chilling: Jeff Abbott's tabloid journalist pursues the "Safe and Sound" return of a missing tourist; Christopher Golden observes the a hotel's "Thin Walls" for connections between a mourning man and a succubus; and Chris Grabenstein's "The Demon in the Dunes" stresses the perils of smoking. Sarah Smith, Daniel Stashower, L.A. Banks, Lilith Saintcrow, and Sharan Newman also contribute quality work, and readers will find this collection a great sampler for discovering authors they'll want to follow.
From the Publisher
Praise for the editors’ previous collections
 
“Exceptional authors…A captivating collection.”—Darque Reviews
 
“Entertaining and worth reading. This excellent collection will appeal to the growing legion of paranormal fans.”—Library Journal
 
“Experienced genre hands ensure the high quality.”—Booklist
 
“Fresh, interesting tales… [that] star some of the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse.”—Alternative Worlds
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
This thirteen-story anthology presents supernatural tales with the unifying theme of vacation. Vampires, shape shifters, demons, werewolves, and other paranormal creatures make appearances in tropical and more domestic locales. Of particular interest are two entries that feature popular series fiction characters in new stories. "Two Blondes" by Charlaine Harris is a Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampires Mysteries story, the basis for the popular True Blood television series. "One for the Money" by Jeaniene Frost features characters from the Night Huntress series, showcasing events occurring between the fourth and fifth books in the series. "Safe and Sound" by Jeff Abbott is a memorable story about a college student missing in an island paradise who may not want to be found. "Thin Walls" by Christopher Golden is a chilling picture of an insatiable succubus stalking a young widower. The theme of paranormal beings on holiday results in an interesting collection that is a quick read. The stories are uneven in quality, with some being quite predictable while a handful (noted above) excel. A few stories are sexually explicit, thus this collection is recommended for adults and more mature young adult readers. This anthology is recommended for public library collections, particularly those with a number of fans of supernaturally themed short stories. There is also significant interest in this book online among fans of the two fiction series that are featured in new stories here. Rabid True Blood and Night Huntress fans will likely drive circulation of this new title. Reviewer: Sherrie Williams

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780575097919
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
11/28/2011

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From the Publisher
Praise for the editors’ previous collections
 
“Exceptional authors…A captivating collection.”—Darque Reviews
 
“Entertaining and worth reading. This excellent collection will appeal to the growing legion of paranormal fans.”—Library Journal
 
“Experienced genre hands ensure the high quality.”—Booklist
 
“Fresh, interesting tales… [that] star some of the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse.”—Alternative Worlds

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling paranormal fantasy series featuring Sookie Stackhouse (the basis for the HBO series True Blood®), the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring lightning-struck corpse locator Harper Connelly, and other acclaimed novels.
 
Toni L. P. Kelner is the author of the “Where Are They Now?” mysteries and the Laura Fleming mystery series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated for the Anthony and Macavity awards.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Southern Arkansas
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:
Tunica, Mississippi
Education:
B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973
Website:
http://www.charlaineharris.com

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