Many Bloody Returns: Tales of Birthdays with Bite

Many Bloody Returns: Tales of Birthdays with Bite

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by Charlaine Harris
     
 

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Includes an original Sookie Stackhouse story

"Clever...entertaining... excellent"(Library Journal) original vampire stories by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, and more.

From cakes to stakes, a celebration of everyone's favorite bloodsucking subculture by a baker's dozen of favorite authors. Each of these thirteen original stories

Overview

Includes an original Sookie Stackhouse story

"Clever...entertaining... excellent"(Library Journal) original vampire stories by Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, and more.

From cakes to stakes, a celebration of everyone's favorite bloodsucking subculture by a baker's dozen of favorite authors. Each of these thirteen original stories offers a fresh and unique take on what birthdays mean to the undead. From Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse attending a birthday party for Dracula to Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden battling bloodsucking party crashers, these suspenseful, surprising, sometimes dark, sometimes humorous stories will ensure paranormal fans will never think of vampires or birthdays quite the same again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This patchwork anthology of 13 new vampire stories proves that heavyweight contributors can give some substance to a relatively slight theme. Harris (the Sookie Stackhouse novels), Kelner (the Laura Fleming mysteries) and 11 other writers with serious vamp credentials craft stories around the concept of birthdays for bloodsuckers. Most of the tales only blow out candles in passing, as with P.N. Elrod's "Grave-Robbed," which mixes pathos and comedy as vampire PI Jack Fleming busts a phony medium mid-séance, and Tanya Huff's "Blood Wrapped," in which Henry Fitzroy's search for the ideal gift for a vampire's 40th mixes with his pursuit of a human kidnapper. Christopher Golden takes birthdays to heart in his poignant coming-of-age story, "The Mournful Cry of Owls," while Kelley Armstrong proposes in "Twilight" that a vampire's real birthday is the date of transformation from mortal to immortal. Fans of the many series vampires on parade here will be undeterred by the variable quality of their adventures. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

In this anthology, 13 talented writers have found clever ways to intertwine two seemingly disparate themes, vampires and birthdays. Christopher Golden's "The Mournful Cry of Owls" tells of a mother who, on her daughter's birthday, must explain the strange truth of the girl's ancestry. In Kelley Armstrong's mesmerizing "Twilight," the rebirth date of the vampire Cassandra has arrived. Now she has one unpleasant task to perform. And in "Fire and Ice and Linguini for Two,"Tate Halloway writes a funny, romantic piece about the vampire Sebastian reluctantly celebrating his birthday, although he believes it cursed. Some stories are better than others, but all are entertaining and worth reading. This excellent collection will appeal to the growing legion of paranormal fans. Recommended for public libraries.
—Patricia Altner

From the Publisher
"Entertaining and worth reading...Excellent."
-Library Journal

"Thoroughly enjoyable...a toothsome collection of birthday treats you will not want to miss."
-Monsters and Critics

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441015221
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Entertaining and worth reading...Excellent."
-Library Journal

"Thoroughly enjoyable...a toothsome collection of birthday treats you will not want to miss."
-Monsters and Critics

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris writes the New York Times bestselling paranormal series featuring Sookie Stackhouse (the basis for the HBO series True Blood) and the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring lightning-struck corpse locator Harper Connelly.

Toni L.P. Kelner is the award-winning author of the Laura Fleming Southern mystery series.

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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Many Bloody Returns 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 97 reviews.
-Katerina- More than 1 year ago
My favorites were Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris which is a Sookie Stackhouse story, It's My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher which has a story about Harry Dresden (liked the tv series hadn't read his work before), The Wish by Carolyn Haines as it has to do with death and when is it your time to die. The stories in this book go from romantic aspects to humor and back again in no time at all - if you like vampires or the undead in general you should like this book.
One_Picky_Reader More than 1 year ago
I guess after targeting into one series of books based on a certain storyline I had a little trouble getting into this particular book. Not to say it was bad, but I guess when the mood hits me, I will again pick up this copulation of short stories. I've always been a picky reader. Some Authors book quickly catch my attention right away, and sometimes I guess like most people, others never do. YET there are those few suprising times when one ( book & Author )that didn't really appeal to me will catch my attention... I am holding onto the hope that I will find my way through this book.
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Adele Pinghera More than 1 year ago
It's a collage of funny short stories that will keep you entertained until each one ends
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