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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

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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A perviously unpublished Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter story is just one of the many treats in Laurell K. Hamilton's box of sweet and spicy fantasies, fairy tales, and parables.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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425215210
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
280,549
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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