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These masterful tales do not involve werewolves, butr a wonderfully diverse assortment of creatures including a serpent, a child, an elephant--even a right-wing Republican. Blending elements of fantasy, mystery, comedy and mythology, these extraordinary tales take lycanthropy into an entirely new realm.
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Linda Messier; New York 1996 Paperback First Paperback Printing Very Good- (x) 260 pp. Edge and corner wear with some creasing on the spine; no interior markings. Cover art by ... Linda Messier. This anthology contains: Stag Party by Christie Golden; I've Got the Horse Right Here by Josepha Sherman; Inner Child by Nina Kiriki Hoffman; Thylacine Dream by Julia Ecklar; What-and Give Up Show Business by Jody Lynn Nye; The Strange Case of Ludwig the Unspeakable by Esther M. Friesner; Stealing the Moon by Craig Shaw Gardner; The Coach with Big Teeth by R. A. Salvatore; So Tears Run to a Predestined End by Greg Cox; Sea Change by Marina Frants; The Way Things Ought to Be by Adam-Troy Castro; Ecdysis by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald; Sharewere by Sheriann Lewitt; Going to Far by Doris Egan; and Moonlight Becomes You by Peter David. Read more Show Less

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Overview

These masterful tales do not involve werewolves, butr a wonderfully diverse assortment of creatures including a serpent, a child, an elephant--even a right-wing Republican. Blending elements of fantasy, mystery, comedy and mythology, these extraordinary tales take lycanthropy into an entirely new realm.
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VOYA - Karen Herc
Lycanthropy is defined as the ability to become a werewolf. The editors of this anthology expanded the definition to include a were-elephant, were-snake, were-horse, were-deer, and more. Each of the fifteen authors in the collection features some sort of transformation as the centerpiece of his or her story. Three of the most imaginative and compelling stories are written by Nina Kiriki Hoffman, R. A. Salvatore, and Adam-Troy Castro. Hoffman's Inner Child is about a minister who turns into a not-entirely-convincing young boy; a girl in his neighborhood recognizes him for who he truly is after he saves her and her friend from being molested by older boys. Salvatore's The Coach with Big Teeth tells the story of a struggling Little Leaguer who sees his fanatical coach, his teammates, and the fans turn into attacking werewolves after he misses a catch in a big game. Castro's story The Way Things Ought to Be shows how a liberal teacher who accompanies women into an abortion clinic transforms into a right wing ultra-conservative after he's attacked and bitten by protesters outside the clinic. Several other stories are also very strong. Thylacine Dream by Julia Ecklar is told by a wry college student working on an expedition in Tasmania who sees the elusive thylacine, or Tasmanian wolf, and discovers what it becomes to avoid being photographed. Esther M. Freisner's The Strange Case of Ludwig the Unspeakable allows Sherlock Holmes to satisfy his curiosity about lycanthropy by transforming himself into the animal most suited to him. Finally, Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald have concocted a creepy mystery that would make a fine plot for an episode of The X-Files in Ecdysis, a story about a huge snake that swallows women and uses their skins to provide himself with a human form on full-moon nights. The rest of the stories in the book, while not as memorable as these, are still entertaining, and they all contain unique and clever transformations. Fans who already know the work of these authors will enjoy this collection and newcomers will probably want to seek out their other writings. This anthology would make a solid addition to a YA fantasy collection. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441003631
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the Cosa Nostradamus books for Luna (the “Retrievers” and “Paranormal Scene Investigations” series), a YA trilogy for HarperCollins, and numerous works of short fiction. She also writes paranormal romances for Nocturne as Anna Leonard, and her e-book novella Dreamcatcher was released in August 2008. A former executive editor at NAL, Laura Anne is an amateur chef, oenophile, and cat-servant. She lives in New York City, where she also runs d.y.m.k. productions.

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