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Carniepunk 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
RomanceaholicBR More than 1 year ago
Overall, this anthology was simply wonderful.   I’m typically glued to my e-reader as I prefer ebooks over printed works in almost every case. Even so, I only had access to a paperback version of this book, and I still couldn’t put it down — that’s high praise from me, indeed! My favorites were Delilah S. Dawson’s The Three Lives of Lydia and Rachel Caine’s The Cold Girl, but I was also pleasantly surprised by several authors I’ve never read before, including Rob Thurman’s Painted Love, Kevin Hearne’s The Demon Barker of Wheat Street, and Freak House by Kelly Meding. While the middle of the anthology fell a little flat for me, the hauntingly bitter-sweet ending of Seanan McGuire’s Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea was the perfect finishing touch. Overally, highly recommended for Urban Fantasy fans of all tastes.  A very solid 4.5/5 Stars {This book was provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The full review is available on The Romanceaholic.}
MadHatterReads More than 1 year ago
I received an e-Book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review What happens when you mix traveling carnivals with a bunch of Urban Fantasy authors? You get the dark, twisted tales that make up the anthology Carniepunk. When I first heard about Carniepunk from two of my favorite authors (Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson) I was super excited. I enjoy short stories and anthologies. I know a lot of people don't or just can't get into them. But for me, they're an excellent way to be introduced to authors I haven't read yet or to explore a different character or aspect of a series that's set away from the main series focus. Plus, they can be a lot of fun. Going in to Carniepunk I was really looking forward to the stories by Hearne, Dawson, Jaye Wells and Allison Pang since I love each of their respective series. As for the rest...did you see that lineup? Talk about getting the Who's Who of Urban Fantasy together! These are authors that have been on my TBR forever that I just haven't been able to get to yet. Getting this little taste from them makes me want to dive right into the rest of their books. These stories focus on the darker side of carnivals and yet it's not always the carnival itself that brings the darkness. There are demons galore, townies with bad intentions, and what would the carnival be without a freak or three? There's also bits of humor, lots of action and even some pretty hot sex from an ex-succubus, all packed into perfect little snack-sized bites! Carniepunk is a must read for the UF lovers out there! Just remember...the games are rigged...and may just cost you your soul!
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
If you look at a collaboration of short stories by multiple well-known authors you should see it first as what it really is from a marketing perspective. It is a great way to introduce readers to authors of a similar genre or authors in general. Some of which you might never have come across (like myself) in this vast landscape of scribes of various shapes, sizes and talents. Sometimes reading a five or ten percent sample of a book just doesn't give you enough of a taste, whereas these short stories give the reader a full mouth of words to chew on. Sometimes the collaborations don't work well, which is often the case when multiple authors create one story together and each writes one piece.Too many scribes dipping in the same inkwell. This doesn't suffer from that because each one of the authors has created a story with the same link to carnivals, but each one has done it in their own way. The result is a mesmerizing potpourri of distinctive voices. It would have been fairer of me to review each piece/story and say a few words, instead I have decided to mention a few that stood out for me. 'Freak House' by Kelly Meding Strong supernatural tale. 'Painted Love' by Rob Thurman This story was wickedly creepy. 'The Three Lives of Lydia' by Delilah Dawson Dark, compelling and deep. 'The Sweeter the Juice' by Mark Henry I have to be honest this one sort of made my inner ick appear.( I wrote ick..that's right just ick) 'The Cold Girl' by Rachel Caine Disturbing and captivating. All in all it was a great combination of both stories and authors. I really enjoyed it and can honestly say that I have discovered quite a few new authors (well, new to me anyway)whose work I shall be looking up in the near future. I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Carniepunk is an anthology, packed with carnival based short stories. This collection is not for the timid reader, nor will it appease those that only like "Happily Ever After" because it is not the case. These stories are vivid, horror based and nightmare inducing. It just so happens that all these short stories are written by some of my favorite authors and most of them are pretty spectacular. For a scare your pants off, nail biting, white knuckle read check out Carniepunk, it will take your carnival nightmares to an entirely new sinister level. This ARC copy of Carniepunk was given to me by Gallery Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication July 23, 2013. Written by: Anthology Rachel Caine (Author), Rob Thurman (Author), Kevin Hearne (Author), Seanan McGuire (Author), Jennifer Estep (Author), Allison Pang (Author), Kelly Gay (Author), Delilah S. Dawson (Author), Kelly Meding (Author) Paperback: 448 pages Publisher: Gallery Books Publication Date: July 23, 2013 Language: English ISBN-10: 1476714150 ISBN-13: 978-1476714158 Rating: 4 Stars Genre: Horror, Dark Fantasy, Anthology
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trying to describe the beautiful writing in CARNIEPUNK is difficult, because anything I say will fall short. But the words “gorgeous,” “lush,” and “inspiring” come to mind. This is such an elegant collection of stories, from such a wonderful group of authors. I came away from it stunned, just thinking: WOW. I started out with “The WereWife.” I thought, “I’ll just read a couple of pages to see what it’s like.” Yeah. That plan was a fail. Thirty pages later, I realized I’d gobbled up the story in one sitting. There was just NO WAY to stop reading once I’d started. And after I’d finished, I scoured the internet for a list of everything else Jaye Wells had written. I had to read more! The story itself is everything you’d want from urban fantasy. It is dark, wicked, funny, creepy as hell… but with an undercurrent of real human emotions and situations that are relatable, and that tug on the heartstrings.  From there I went back to the beginning of the collection, reading Rob Thurman’s “Painted Love” with just as much enthusiasm. Again, I found myself immersed in lush descriptions, sly humor, and characters that leapt off the page. And the ending just rocked! Reading CARNIEPUNK truly feels like traveling to an enchanted carnival. It will spin you around, drawing you this way and that with the colors, the clothing, the sights. You will become dizzy with delight, and come away feeling as if you barely escaped with your life. But even with all the dangers of the carnival, it couldn’t hurt to go back one more time . . . Right? I recommend this for anyone who loves beautiful writing, dark humor, and things that are awesome.
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
CARNIEPUNK by Rachel Caine,Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman and many other performers is an interesting Anthology. All told under the great Circus big top. What a gifted cast of performers. A collection of stories from a cast of gifted authors,that reads who's who,filled with dark illusions,urban fantasy at its best. Each story is a quick read. A carnival filled with tricks,parlor tricks,creaking machinery,myths and magic. A total of fourteen stories by fourteen different authors. A must read for fantasy readers everywhere. "Come one, Come all!" A traveling carnival with many twists and turns. Received for an hones review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: Mild REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I originally bought this anthology because I loved both Seanan McGuires books and Kevin Hearnes, and when I heard they were going to both be included I figured I would give it a try as I'm always interested in finding more Urban Fantasy books. I found each story interesting however If your feeling depressed I really wouldn't recommend reading this. All of the authors really sort of zone into how carnivals are fake and just want your money and things are not always as they seem. Most of the stories are real downers with a few exceptions.