Many Bloody Returns: Tales of Birthdays with Bite

Many Bloody Returns: Tales of Birthdays with Bite

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ISBN-13: 9781597227070
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 03/05/2008
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 575
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Charlaine Harris writes the New York Times bestselling paranormal series featuring Sookie Stackhouse (the basis for the HBO series True Blood) and the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring lightning-struck corpse locator Harper Connelly.

Toni L.P. Kelner is the award-winning author of the Laura Fleming Southern mystery series.

Hometown:

Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi

Education:

B.A. in English and Communication Arts, Rhodes, 1973

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Few Words by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner
Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris
The Mournful Cry of Owls by Christopher Golden
I Was a Teenage Vampire by Bill Crider
Twilight by Kelley Armstrong
It's My Birthday Too by Jim Butcher
Grave-Robbed by P.N. Elrod
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Rachel Caine
The Witch and the Wicked by Jeanne C. Stein
Blood Wrapped by Tanya Huff
The Wish by Carolyn Haines
Fire and Ice and Linguini for Two by Tate Hallaway
Vampire Hours by Elaine Viets
How Stella Got Her Grave Back by Toni L.P. Kelner

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"Entertaining and worth reading...Excellent."
-Library Journal

"Thoroughly enjoyable...a toothsome collection of birthday treats you will not want to miss."
-Monsters and Critics

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Many Bloody Returns 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 110 reviews.
-Katerina- More than 1 year ago
My favorites were Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris which is a Sookie Stackhouse story, It's My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher which has a story about Harry Dresden (liked the tv series hadn't read his work before), The Wish by Carolyn Haines as it has to do with death and when is it your time to die. The stories in this book go from romantic aspects to humor and back again in no time at all - if you like vampires or the undead in general you should like this book.
One_Picky_Reader More than 1 year ago
I guess after targeting into one series of books based on a certain storyline I had a little trouble getting into this particular book. Not to say it was bad, but I guess when the mood hits me, I will again pick up this copulation of short stories. I've always been a picky reader. Some Authors book quickly catch my attention right away, and sometimes I guess like most people, others never do. YET there are those few suprising times when one ( book & Author )that didn't really appeal to me will catch my attention... I am holding onto the hope that I will find my way through this book.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Usually books with a number of short stories in them have some big names with great stories and some unknown authors with either surprisingly good or surprisingly bad stories. This was not the case with this book. All of the stories were really good and there was a larger variety of writing styles than I expected given the genre. All of the stories have to deal with vampires and birthdays.The main reason I read books like this is to get a sampling of some authors I haven't read and get a glimpse into the series that they are writing. This book was a good read and I found a couple new (to me at least) authors to check out from it. Because of this book I will read more of PN Elrod's work, check out the Morganville vampire series, see what else Hallaway and Kelner have written, and possibly check out some of Jeanne Stein's work too. Below is a quick comment/synopsis of each story.Dracula Night by Charlaine HarrisThis story is an addition to the Sookie Stackhouse series and addresses the celebration of Dracula Night by the vampire community. It's a fun read; although there's not a ton of content here.The Mournful Cry of Owls by Christopher GoldenThe only other book I've read by Christopher Golden is "The Boys are Back in Town"; which I liked pretty well. This story follows a girl as she learns about her unique heritage. I enjoyed it and it was well written and mysterious.I Was a Teenage Vampire by Bill CriderThis was probably my least favorite story of the anthology. The story was predictable, boring, and seemed quickly and lazily written.Twilight by Kelley ArmstrongI liked Twilight okay. It was a little boring and moved slowly but it was well-written and dealt with the topic of vampires dying of boredom.It's My Birthday, Too by Jim ButcherFun addition to the Dresden Files series. I enjoyed a story in which Thomas played a main role. I especially enjoyed the role-playing; being a DnD player I thought it was hilarious.Grave-Robbed by P.N. ElrodThis was my first time reading anything by PN Elrod and I liked it. The main character, Jack Fleming, is a bit campy. Some of it reminded me of Harry Dresden a bit. I enjoyed it and will read more of Elrod's writing.The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Rachel CaineThis was a story that took place in the world of Rachel Caine's young adult vampire series "The Morganville Vampires". This was my favorite story in the book and now I am interested in reading this series. I've read some of Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series and that is also a good series.The Witch and the Wicked by Jeanne C. SteinThis story creeped me out. I believe Stein is the writer of the Signs of the Zodiac series. The writing style wasn't my favorite since it was kind of plain and straight-forward; not as much flare to it as I had hoped. The premise is pretty darn creative and creepy though.Blood Wrapped by Tanya HuffThis was a nice addition to Henry Fitzroy's world; it was a fun read. It really brought home the fact that I haven't read the last few books in this series yet. I was like, what do you mean Vicki is a vampire?The Wish by Carolyn HainesI've never read anything by Carolyn Haines but I did like this story. The story is very sad and yet it is beautifully written and really grabs a hold of you. It is a very beautiful and well-written story, if not as fun as the rest of the book.Fire and Ice and Linguini for Two by Tate HallawayI've never read anything by Tate Hallaway before; this was a fun story. I was intrigued by the witch having a demon trapped in her and by the elemental evil forces at work. I could really sympathize with the characters and the cold weather, being from MN myself.Vampire Hours by Elaine VietsI really enjoyed this story. I liked that the main character was an older woman dealing with day-to-day issues a lot of women deal with (okay maybe not as extreme as these issues). I liked how the woman cleverly got back at everyone; it was funny and a quick read.How Stella got her Grave Back by Toni L.
les121 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I read this for the Jim Butcher story, but it was a surprisingly good anthology. Some stories were creepy, some sad, some humorous. I particularly enjoyed the stories by Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, P. N. Elrod, Rachel Caine, Elaine Viets, and, of course, Jim Butcher. Like in any anthology, a few stories weren't so enjoyable, like the ones by Bill Crider and Jeanne C. Stein. And the rest were somewhere in the middle. But, in general, the good stories outweighed the bad, and even the bad ones were relatively painless due to their short length. It was entertaining, fun to read, and has given me a few new authors to keep my eye on. I think anyone who likes supernatural tales or any of these authors would like this book.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is an anthology of short stories and novellas by many of the leading paranormal and fantasy writers of today. There are two common though rather disparaging themes that run through all the stories -- vampires and birthdays. Some are sad and poignant, a couple are funny, and at least one of them is just way too "out there" for a stodgy old housewife like myself. I picked it up because it promised to have a Sookie Stackhouse story in it by Charlaine Harris, and that one didn't disappoint. A few of the others were quite dated, and though I hadn't read them before, they just struck me as tired old stories. I've seldom found an anthology that didn't include at least one or two real oinkers, so I can't say I was terribly disappointed in the book. And the last story, "How Stella Got Her Grave Back" by Toni L.P. Kelner, was worth wading through a couple of the other ones to get to.
reannon on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This is a collection of short stories on the unlikely theme of birthdays and vampires. I wasn't that interested in the theme, but was interested in the editors, Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, and others of the authors. Harris is one of my favorites, along with Tanya Huff, Kelley Armstrong, and Jim Butcher. The quality of the authors is high, and as usual with such a collection, I found out about one or two authors I'd like to read again, such as Tate Hallaway.Fun collection!
rebeccaday1 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This book was ok , it has short stories based on vampires and similar creatures. It was about 50 /50 for me, I liked about half the stories and the other half I didn't.
kristi25 on LibraryThing 22 days ago
There were thirteen short stories, all involving vampires and some sort of birthday. It wasn't terrible, but I found it dull. I guess I just don't really like this genre. Those who do, would probably enjoy it.
stephmo on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Another anthology read for a Sookie Stackhouse entry. Thematically not only were we dealing with birthdays, but vampire birthdays. In the end, the two restrictions may have been a bit much for some of the authors, as this anthology just felt phoned in and, in some cases, bottom-of-the-drawer rejects from another time.Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris The Sookie Stackhouse entry doesn't really forward anything in that world, but it presents the boyish and hopeful side of Eric as he prepares the bar for the celebration of Dracula's birthday and hopes that the real Dracula will show up at Fangtasia this year. Having Pam describe it to Sookie as Eric's Great Pumpkin moment is perfect. Although a fun entry, there are moments where Sookie's behavior is out of place for the sake of the story. The Mournful Cry of Owls by Christopher GoldenGolden provides the one not-a-vampire tale in the bunch. Part of me wishes the story could have been pushed to the middle, because I might have given it more of a chance in that whole, "hey, a break from vampires, I'll like this more!" kind of way. I wanted to like this story more, but between being set in the 70s and the main character's old-school European immigrant mother that led her own cloistered life, I found much of the setup very forced and the gamble ultimately didn't pan out for me. I Was a Teenage Vampire by Bill CriderJust bad. This felt like a high-school creative writing class entry where the assignment was "write a story involving birthdays and vampires this weekend." Definitely one of the entries that felt like it had been sitting in a drawer for a long time. It's partly teen revenge fantasy against the popular kids, homage to 50s horror, 80s slasher flick and a sort of bad joke that you can see coming a million miles away all rolled into one. If that doesn't sound attractive, it isn't.Twilight by Kelley ArmstrongIt's a shame about the name (this was published in 2007, so this would have likely been written before and being put together as that series was taking off), as that + vampires has a connotation. Fortunately, this manages to rise above the connotation. In Armstrong's world, a vampire has to kill at least one human before their vampire birthday each year to continue living. As Cass is fast-approaching her day, she's finding a hard time doing what should come easily to her. We go through her hunt process (she does not kill indiscriminately), the guilt she feels at realizing she's amassed a theater-full of victims over the centuries and the realization that her natural vampire life could be at an end (in Armstrong's mythology, vampires are only good for 350-400 years).It's My Birthday, Too by Jim ButcherAn entry from the Dresden Files. We have a new apprentice and a birthday gift that needs to go to Harry's vampire brother who has decided to hire himself out to a group of LARPers (Live Action Role Players) for the night at a deserted mall. Unfortunately, said LARPers once ignored the wrong girl and she's now become one of the undead herself and she's back for some very angry revenge. Harry and his assistant are no longer dropping off a quick package and we have an action-packed story with plenty of room for humor. A fun entry mostly due to Harry Dresden and the shoe elves. Grave-Robbed by P.N. ElrodA good entry. Our vampire is a private investigator hired by a woman to help discredit a phony medium that is taking advantage of her older sister's grief over her husband's sailing accident. The medium has gone to extreme lengths to prove that he's in contact with the dead husband, so Mr. Fleming is going to offer the kind of revenge that her sister needs as the medium has a special seance planned for her birthday.The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Rachel CaineThis story is really a beginning to a much bigger story as our protagonist is turning 18 in Morganville. In Morganville, the town is run by vampire
jreinhart on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I got this collection of short stories from my local library to read the Dresden Files story. I think Jim Butcher is a fantastic author and I love his Dresden Files. The story featuring Harry Dresden was a highlight of the collection. Unfamiliar with Charlaine Harris, other than to say I know she is a popular vampire fiction writer, I was let down by the consistently poor writing and compilation of the stories in this anthology.If you're fishing for new authors this is only worth a read for Jim Butcher's story. Whatever you do, don't buy this book. Borrow it from your local library.
leahsimone on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Oddly enough (as the Sookie series is one of my most favorites), the story I liked the least was Dracula Night by Charlaine Harris. The whole premise was so out-of-character for Eric it was silly. Eric has a bad case of hero-worship to the point of being fooled by an imposter? Ridiculous. And it reads even worse. That said several stories were very enjoyable. My favorites included It¿s My Birthday, Too by Jim Butcher (never read anything of his before but you can bet I will now), Grave-Robbed by P.N. Elrod, Blood Wrapped by Tanya Huff, and Fire and Ice and Linguini for Two by Tate Hallaway. Twilight by Kelley Armstrong and How Stella Got Her Grave Back by Toni L.P. Kelner get honorable mentions. I always attempt to read every story in an anthology but this time was the exception. I was just not interested in the YA stories I Was a Teenage Vampire by Bill Crider or The First Day of the Rest of Your Life by Rachel Caine. I must mention here that I enjoy Rachel Caine¿s adult novels. Overall, this is one of the better urban fantasy anthologies I¿ve read.
kayceel on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Some stories are much better than others (I loved Jim Butcher's Dresden Files story), but it's a great read for vampire lovers! It also made me curious about some authors I'd never read before - P.N. Elrod - and/or had never heard of - Tate Hallaway and Toni Kelner, especially...
Meijhen on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Collection of modern vampire tales by several well-known authors and other not-so well-known. I enjoyed most of the stories, particularly PN Elrod and Jim Butcher's contributions. Charlaine Harris' story, set in the Sookie Stackhouse universe, was a disappointment."How Stella Got Her Grave Back" was a good one as well.
foovay on LibraryThing 22 days ago
As with any anthology, some stories are better than others, but none were totally bad and some were outstanding. I've come away with a list of more authors I want to try.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Really great collection of short stories focused on the meaning of a birthday to those who live forever. Special treats: a new story about Henry from Tanya Huff, and Tony Kelner's "How Stell Got Her Grave Back."
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