Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

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by Charlaine Harris
     
 

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Includes an original Sookie Stackhouse story

New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Keri Arthur, Carrie Vaughn, and Karen Chance-along with ten other masters of the genre-offer stories on werewolves and the holidays, a fresh variation on the concept of birthdays and vampires found in Many Bloody

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Includes an original Sookie Stackhouse story

New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Keri Arthur, Carrie Vaughn, and Karen Chance-along with ten other masters of the genre-offer stories on werewolves and the holidays, a fresh variation on the concept of birthdays and vampires found in Many Bloody Returns.

The holidays can bring out the beast in anyone- particularly lycanthropes. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest, saddest werewolf tales by an outstanding pack of authors, best read by the light of a full moon with a silver bullet close at hand.

Whether wolfing down a holiday feast (use your imagination) or craving some hair of the dog on New Year's morning, the werewolves in these frighteningly original stories will surprise, delight, amuse, and scare the pants off readers who love a little wolfsbane with their mistletoe.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

The editors of Many Bloody Returns offer a collection of 15 werewolf-themed holiday tales. The contributors include Harris, Kat Richardson, Carrie Vaughn, and Dana Stabenow.


—Rebecca Vnuk

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440639593
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/07/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
233,511
File size:
402 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Charlaine Harris, who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years, is a native of Mississippi. Born and raised in the Delta, she began training for her career as soon as she could hold a pencil. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and (later) teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, and graduated to books a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris decided to establish a series. She began the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, which garnered an Agatha nomination.  Harris's protagonist, a diminutive Georgia librarian whose life never turns out quite the way she planned, kept Harris busy for several books, but finally Harris (and Aurora) grew restless.



The result of this restlessness was the much edgier Shakespeare series -- set not in England, but in rural Arkansas. The heroine of the Shakespeare books is Lily Bard, a tough and taciturn woman whose life has been permanently reshaped by a terrible crime and its consequences. In Shakespeare's Landlord, the first in the series, Lily is caught at a moment when the shell she's built around herself is just beginning to crack, and the books capture Lily's emotional re-entry into the world, while also being sound mysteries.



Harris's latest venture is a series about a telepathic barmaid in southern Louisiana. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony for best paperback mystery of 2001. Each book about Sookie Stackhouse (and her dealings with vampires and werewolves and other creatures of the night) has gathered more readers to enjoy the books' unique blend of mystery, humor, romance, and the supernatural. The Sookie books are also being read in Japan, Spain, Greece, and Great Britain.



In addition to her work as a writer, Harris is married and the mother to three children. A former weight lifter and karate student, she is an avid reader and cinemaphile. She is a member of the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church.



Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. © 2004 Charlaine Harris


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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Wolfsbane and Mistletoe 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
rowenacherry More than 1 year ago
Some of us push the envelope... JA Konrath's sense of humor does that in this hilarious and outrageous werewolf story which begins with a most unhappy --but healthy-- gentleman crossing a snowy parking lot, carrying a semi-see-through, blue plastic box containing a large stool sample. In fact, it's not a sample. It's the whole enchilada. He's taking this vigorous specimen to his doctor because there's something unusual about it. There are buttons and coins embedded in it. Now, it's nothing like that health insurance advert where the patient has money coming out of the wazoo, as the western oriental ER surgeon explained when making one of those predetermination phone calls. The coins are small change. The doctor's advice about unhealthy midnight snacks is... priceless. After a thorough rectal exam which brings to light many strange things and leads to some unpalatable conclusions in the mind of our hero, he waddles off to search the internet for clues as to whom he's been eating when the moon is full. Just when I thought I'd read every dragonish permutation of bad people tasting good (or bad), or good people tasting bad (or good), JA Konrath comes up with a fresh twist. This story is a riot. I laughed out loud three times in the first three pages. Of course, there are certain bathroom words that will make me laugh out loud. One of them is poop. Starting with the scat is an excellent -and original- short cut to world-building, although some Romance readers might be taken aback. But for a short story about a magical being, why not start where the sun don't shine? I'm not a gentle reader. I don't suspend disbelief easily. I'm not programmed to trust my author, no matter how outrageous. Not at first, anyway. I can give werewolf do the benefit of the doubt for several reasons. For a start, the narrator is embarrassed about it. That's believable. He's also frightened. He's not Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs), so he's probably not inclined to put it through a sieve. If there are bits of teeth, chips of bone, coins, buttons, a crucifix, a clump of dead man's beard... I get the picture. I don't worry about the force of a werewolf's bite, or his stomach capacity, or the inhuman speed of his digestive processes whereby the indigestible evidence of his midnight feast ends up in his morning toilet bowl. The story does degenerate into an action packed, heart-pounding, irreverent satire of all sorts of genres including thriller, action, sweet romance, paranormal, with strong elements of farce, also some horror. Nevertheless, an enjoyable read. (Not for children, or those who cherish a belief in Santa Claus.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved almost every story in this book. In fact, I carry it and read it all year round. Yes, I agree that you should not read a couple of the stories if you still believe in Santa and Rudolph but I promise you will not be let down. There were a few that I'd actually like to read more of like "Fresh Meat" and "The Night Things Changed" but the endings were still quite satisfying. The whole book is worth the time and money spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm quite fond of short story anthologies. For pleasure reading, anthologies are about all I have time for anymore. Usually, I find anthologies with a few gems & a few duds. This is the first time in a long time that I've enjoyed every single story in the collection. Wolfsbane & Mistletoe just became my favorite go-to book when I need cheering up. Thank you authors for sharing your talents & creativity!
camino_kid More than 1 year ago
This is a compilation of authors writing about a general theme..werewolfs and christmas.... The stories are absolutly a great read and each story attackes the general theme with a brand new look.. I couldnt hardly put the book down..
Guest More than 1 year ago
In MANY BLOODY RETURNS, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner limited the scope to vampire birthdays. This time the pair restricted the topic to a merry werewolf Christmas. The results are similar as in spite of the incredibly narrow and restrictive theme, the fifteen contributors provide fresh interesting tales with no losers and star some of the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse in ¿Gift Wrap¿ by Harris and radio talk host Kitty in ¿Il Est Ne¿ by Carrie Vaughn. Patricia Briggs¿ 'The Star of David' showcases that even werewolves have family issues while Simon R. Green opens and closes with the memorable line of ¿You Never Forget your first¿ in his short short ¿Lucy, at Christmastime¿. Fans will enjoy this fine anthology whether it is a paranormal investigative tale (see 'Christmas Past¿ by Keri Arthur) or half breeds (see ¿Rogue Elements¿ by Karen Chance) summed up nicely over ¿Milk and Cookies¿ (by Rob Thurman) as simply ¿You Better not Pyout¿ by Nancy Pickard. My only suggestion is to spread the compilation over the Twelve Days of Christmas (or longer) because singing Jingle Bells fifteen times in one sitting will lead to a Blue Christmas.------------ Harriet Klausner
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I thought the collections of stories made you want more from each author.
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JZY More than 1 year ago
This was a great book!! A collection of shorts that all contain Werewolves and Christmas...Loved It
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
"Wolfsbane and Mistletoe" is an anthology containing werewolf stories by 15 different authors. I thought most of them were quite good. There were a few that I did not like and even 1 or 2 that offended me a bit. They were all short, great for all of the holiday running around I have been doing. I read it because of Patricia Briggs contribution and I really loved it and found some new authors I might want to investigate now.
faery-recluse More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable read. I loved the Christmas/werewolf themed short stories. They were able to get me back into the Christmas spirit.
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