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Strange Candy

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by Laurell K. Hamilton
     
 

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author's short story collection-including an all-new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story-now in paperback.

From a woman who marries into a family of volatile wizards to a couple fleeing a gang of love-hungry cupids, from a girl who seeks sanctuary in the form of a graceful goose to the disgruntled superhero Captain Housework,

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author's short story collection-including an all-new Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story-now in paperback.

From a woman who marries into a family of volatile wizards to a couple fleeing a gang of love-hungry cupids, from a girl who seeks sanctuary in the form of a graceful goose to the disgruntled superhero Captain Housework, readers will revel in the many twists and turns of fortune in these fantastical fairy tales and lush parables. Even hardened vampire hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake gets blindsided by the disturbing motives of her clients in the new "Those Who Seek Forgiveness" and in "The Girl Who Was Infatuated with Death."

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
A perviously unpublished Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story is just one of the many treats in Laurell K. Hamilton's box of sweet and spicy fantasies, fairy tales, and parables. The 14 stories -- six new, three from the '80s, four from the '90s, and one written last year -- represent what Hamilton calls "vacations of the mind," and all show her great delight and skill in " taking the fantastic and dropping it in the middle of the real." Some stories are from Hamilton's sword-and-sorcery days, set in the same world as her first book, Nightseer. Then there's a comical story about a posse of love-hungry cupids who pursue a commitment-phobic man and woman, and a haunting story about a woman who is the only witness to the rape and murder of her roommate by a handsome merman. We find out Anita Blake's original occupation" (zombie animator), in "Those Who Seek Forgiveness," Anita's first appearance on paper. The collection concludes with "The Girl Who Was Infatuated with Death," an Anita story set before the novel Narcissus in Chains. Here she is trying to fight her attraction to Jean-Claude with -- you guessed it -- no luck at all, just a lot of hot, chocolate-covered sex. Longtime Hamilton fans will especially enjoy the introductions to each story that give the author's perspective. Ginger Curwen

From Barnes & Noble's Explorations
The legions of hard-core Laurell K. Hamilton fans (many of whom have devotedly followed her Anita Blake saga since 1993's Guilty Pleasures) will be categorically blown away by her very first short story collection. Featuring a surprisingly diverse selection of bite-sized literary treats, the anthology spotlights Hamilton's considerable storytelling talents with tales that range from sensual to sardonic and mercurial to melancholy.

Noteworthy selections include "The Edge of the Sea," a haunting and darkly erotic story about a woman who comes face-to-face with the supernatural on the California seashore; and "Here Be Dragons," a blend of science fiction and horror that pits a therapist against a young girl whose dreams can kill. The never-before-published "Those Who Seek Forgiveness" -- the very first story ever to include Anita Blake! -- chronicles what happens when a zombie-raising goes terribly wrong. "Clean Sweep" introduces readers to Captain Housework, a three-foot superhero whose enemies include the infamous Dust Bunny Gang; and "A Lust of Cupids" is a decidedly lighthearted look at love -- with a little divine intervention.

Readers who regard Hamilton as just another overrated romantic fantasy novelist will be duly chastened after reading Strange Candy. No matter what the genre (dark fantasy, sci fi, horror, speculative fiction, etc.), Hamilton showcases her bitingly satirical wit and genre-transcendent storytelling mastery with 14 tales of love, lust, lunacy, and liberation. Delectably dark and irresistibly rich, Strange Candy is like a box of gourmet literary bonbons: Betcha can't eat only one. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Fans will best appreciate the 14 often darkly humorous fictions in bestseller Hamilton's first story collection, which includes several unpublished tales. Stories like "Selling Houses," in which a determined real estate agent faces up to the difficulties of selling a house where a gruesome mass murder has taken place, and "Here Be Dragons," a horrific account of a psychic child whose dreams can kill, show talent but need polish. Anita Blake aficionados, though, will relish the opener, "Those Who Seek Forgiveness," with its early version of a somewhat na ve vampire hunter. Stories set in the sword-and-sorcery world of Hamilton's first novel, Nightseer-"A Token for Celandine," "Winterkill," "The Curse-maker" and "Stealing Souls"-reveal that she has always had a talent for portraying strong female characters. Brief author introductions to each selection provide context. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425215210
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
302,616
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1963
Place of Birth:
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Education:
B.A., Marion College
Website:
http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fault I should have review the book before purchasing, if I had I would have skipped this book and went on to the next one. The short stories were good but I think they should not have been added as one of the books to the Anita Blake Vampire Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who are Anita Blake fans, you'll find a couple of stories in this, but the rest are different short stories and I found very few interesting or intriguing enough to recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first about this purchase. Anita Blake is my favorite character and I was concerned that I wouldn't enjoy Hamilton's works outside of Blake's world. I'm please to say my fears were unfounded, her dark sense of humor translates and transforms in each story. I found myself wanting all of the shorts to carry on, these characters captivated me right away. I hope she will publish another compilation of short stories soon!
alexuszabel More than 1 year ago
I love* Laurell K. Hamilton's series (Anita Blake, Meredith Gentry) so I grabbed just for the heck of it. Three or four cought my eye, but the rest were okay. Ish. -- Heavy on the ish. Not bad, but not very memorable either. It was stuck in passive tense which really annoyed me. (It had been a.. She had gone to..) I cought myself constantley changing it in my mind. I just read this book a few days ago and there are onlly a handful I even remember; a triton, vampire real estate, one about geese, magicians, and one mentioning Jean - Claude. But that's all I really remember. I was a little disappointed, but not entirely. It's one of those that you have to read, just 'cause, but it's nothing to get excited about. I guess I could recommend it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
This fourteen short story fantasy collection showcases Laurell K. Hamilton¿s dark humor and strong female characters. Six are brand new three were published in 1989 four in 1990s and one in 2005. The first tale, ¿Those by Themselves¿ is an Anita Blake story back in her early days when she was an unconfident inexperienced rookie and the Hamilton-Blake mythos had not quite developed for followers of the executioner this will be fun culture shock as she has come a long way baby. Three of the contributions are set in the sword-and-sorcery realm of NIGHTSEER (the author¿s first novel from the earl 1999s). The compilation is solid with most of the stories great fun. Fans of Ms. Hamilton and anyone who appreciate her dark droll fantasies will want to read this delightful anthology.------------------------- Harriet Klausner
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I usually prefer my books having more sustenance but I so enjoy the characters she creates I have to admit this was fun. Great having small doses to read before bed that don't make me stay up all night!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have not read any of the Anita Blake stories, this collection has two stories that will introduce you to her alternate world of werewolves, vampires and zombies in St. Louis, Missouri, of all places. Other stories in the collection include cupids, vampires, witches and other supernatural creatures. These stories are really twisted, so be prepared to have your head spinning by the end of the stories. An excellent introduction to an author of really unique supernatural stories that are situated in the every day. If you like Charlaine Harris, or Lynsay Sands, you will find Laurell K. Hamilton to be very interesting reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kristen!!!
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aats More than 1 year ago
These short, dark stories reminded me of why I love Hamilton's writing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SOME OF LAURELL HAMILTONS SHORT STORIES IN ONE! LETS YOU KNOW WHAT OTHER IDEAS SHE HAD RUNNING THROUGH HER HEAD!!
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But still good she has donebetter. But i am a loyal fan so Ill kep reading. Thanks Girl!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed all of the short stories presented in this collection but "here be dragons" really made the book for me. It's definitely worth the read.
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