Teeth: Vampire Tales

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Overview

The first bite is only the beginning.

Twenty of today's favorite writers explore the intersections between the living, dead, and undead. Their vampire tales range from romantic to chilling to gleeful?and touch on nearly every emotion in between.

Neil Gaiman's vampire-poet in "Bloody Sunrise" is brooding, remorseful, and lonely. Melissa Marr's vampires make a high-stakes game of possession and seduction in "Transition." And in "Why Light?" ...

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Overview

The first bite is only the beginning.

Twenty of today's favorite writers explore the intersections between the living, dead, and undead. Their vampire tales range from romantic to chilling to gleeful—and touch on nearly every emotion in between.

Neil Gaiman's vampire-poet in "Bloody Sunrise" is brooding, remorseful, and lonely. Melissa Marr's vampires make a high-stakes game of possession and seduction in "Transition." And in "Why Light?" Tanith Lee's lovelorn vampires yearn most of all for the one thing they cannot have—daylight. Drawn from folk traditions around the world, popular culture, and original interpretations, the vampires in this collection are enticingly diverse.

But reader beware: The one thing they have in common is their desire for blood. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Once again, Datlow and Windling (Troll's Eye View, 2009, etc.)have pulled together a who's who of teen-literature and genre luminaries, this time telling tales of vampires. Despite the sexy cover model, these stories largely cast back to the pre-Twilighttradition and are more likely to elicit chills than swoons. The introduction lays out the history of vampires in literature with great detail and a fair amount of analysis. Standout stories include Genevieve Valentine's wonderful Chinese-American "Things to Know About Being Dead," the incredibly creepy "Baby," by Kathe Koja, and Cassandra Clare and Holly Black's "The Perfect Dinner Party," which conveys the horror of being not-even-teenage forever.There are a few disappointments and a few stories that just, well,are, but readers interested in vampires as something more than leading men will find plenty that's tragic or scary here, often leavened with a bit of (largely snarky) humor, and lots of thought-provoking material about life and death, friendship and loneliness. Great for diving in and out, although a bit overwhelming cover-to-cover, this collection might even win boys back to vampire lit. (author bios)(Horror/vampire anthology. YA)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This inevitable and anticipated vampire-themed anthology from an editorial dynamic duo is a compilation of 17 short stories and two poems by award-winning, well-known, and/or new authors typically specializing in fantasy and sci-fi genres inside and out of the YA market. An accessible, interesting introduction reminds readers that vampire lore has long existed in many countries and cultures, evolving over time. An eclectic mix of tales and tones, the stories (refreshingly not all focused on romance) are dark, humorous, bittersweet, haunting, mocking, or combinations thereof. They explore varying myths and themes of mortality, friendship, survival, the passage of time, misperception, manipulation, transformation, and change. Holly Black and Cassandra Clare invite readers to an already dangerous dinner party gone awry. Kaaron Warren's vampire Claudia befriends would-be victim Ken, who provides her with a list of terminally ill people, ultimately ending up on it himself decades later. Catherynne M. Valente's "high risk" teen Scout lives in a world in which humans turn vamp for countless absurd reasons. Tales like Melissa Marr's "Transition," Steve Berman's "All Smiles," Garth Nix's "Vampire Weather," and Tanith Lee's "Why Light?" will leave readers thirsting for more. Containing occasional swears, this biting, anti-fluff compilation is for fans of the paranormal, Datlow and Windling's other anthologies, and CW's Supernatural.—Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061935152
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 480
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Experts in the genres of mythic and speculative fiction, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have edited numerous anthologies for readers of all ages. Together and individually they have won abundant honors, including multiple World Fantasy, Hugo, and Bram Stoker Awards.

Ellen Datlow has also received the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award for "outstanding contribution to the genre." She lives in New York City.

Terri Windling is the recipient of the Science Fiction Writers Association's Solstice Award for outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field. She lives in Devon, England.

Experts in the genres of mythic and speculative fiction, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have edited numerous anthologies for readers of all ages. Together and individually they have won abundant honors, including multiple World Fantasy, Hugo, and Bram Stoker Awards.

Ellen Datlow has also received the British Fantasy Society's Karl Edward Wagner Award for "outstanding contribution to the genre." She lives in New York City.

Terri Windling is the recipient of the Science Fiction Writers Association's Solstice Award for outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field. She lives in Devon, England.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    BookHounds

    Wow, this one is packed with adventure. This one is best suited for older teens since there seems to be a bit more violence, sexual situations and language than the average vampire tale. Three stories really stood out for me:
    Best Friends Forever by Cecil Castelucci which is a twisted tale about a girl who is allergic to the sun becomes BFFs with a vampire when they meet at night school. Both yearn for a normal life and seem to find a bit of happiness in each others company.

    Transition by Melissa Marr in which a newly minted vampire learns the way of her new world and with a lot of wit and sarcasm finds a new path.

    The Perfect Dinner Party by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black is almost a Victorian short story with a wicked twist at the end. I guess when you look at who the writers are, it completely makes sense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 21, 2013

    Angel

    Here

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    Posted October 22, 2013

    Ryan

    Hey!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Good, light read

    I recommend this book for anyone looking for a good light read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Alana

    She stepped in slowly. "I can..."

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    Posted July 28, 2013

    Join The New Camp SWIFTA!

    Go to camp res 1 for more information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Trey (a vampire) to human girl

    Is there yone here willing to give blood...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Little Girl

    "I WANT TO BE SACRAFICED!!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2011

    Cutie123

    I loved this book ...thought it was excellent : )

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for Teens Read Too

    This eerie collection features nineteen pieces by authors such as Neil Gaiman (THE GRAVEYARD BOOK), Melissa Marr (WICKED LOVELY series), Cassandra Clare (CLOCKWORK ANGEL) and Holly Black (THE CURSE WORKERS and GOOD NEIGHBORS series). The first story in the anthology is "Things to Know About Being Dead" by Genevieve Valentine. After surviving a car accident, Suyin discovers that she's not quite alive and not quite dead. She has become a jiang-shi, and she must drink blood to experience any kind of life. In this darkly ironic story, Suyin details twenty-three things she learns about life once she's dead. In "Sunbleached" by Nathan Ballingrud, Joshua finds out the hard way that vampires do exist and that taunting one that has been caught in the sun is not a good idea. Frustrated by his parents' divorce and his mother's new boyfriend, Joshua is looking for a change. But, the change he gets is not necessarily the one he wants. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black collaborate on the story "The Perfect Dinner Party" to create one of the creepiest vampires in the collection. Their story follows six twisted rules of etiquette for the newly-formed vampire who wants to please his/her master. Readers who enjoy first-person narrators will find this tale an intriguing one! If you're looking for paranormal romance, avoid this book. However, if you want to read stories that could keep you awake at night, this is a great choice! It is a truly enjoyable romp through the afterlife!

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