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ISBN-13: 9780451463067
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 847,571
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

Kat Richardson is the national bestselling author of the Greywalker series. She lives in the wilds of western Washington, where she hunts down bits of history to turn into terrifying tales, accompanied by her husband and a rescued pit bull terrier. 

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author of the Deathstalker, Nightside, and Secret Histories series, among others. He lives in Bradford-on-Avon in England.

Thomas E. Sniegoski is a full-time writer of young adult novels, urban fantasy, and comics. His works include the New York Times bestselling Fallen series, the Remy Chandler novels, the graphic novel The Raven’s Child, as well as contributions to famous comics such as BatmanBuffy the Vampire Slayer, and B.P.R.D.

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Mean Streets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
MizBehavin1 More than 1 year ago
No surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed Jim Butcher's short story "The Warrior". A fast-paced tale, centering on Michael Carpenter, his family, and his connections within the church many months after the events in 'Small Favor'. One of the reasons why I enjoy Butcher's stories is that his novels are filled with character development and lots of action. We don't get 3+ pages of unnecessary description about the scene, and if the description goes on for more than a paragraph, it's because it's important to the characters or the scene itself. This is also why his novels are so tough to put down once started. I also easily fell into Kat Richardson's Harper Blaine story "The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog". A 'Greywalker' story centered around a third party client's bequest in their will to place a clay dog statue on someone's grave during the Day of the Dead celebration in Oaxaca, Mexico. I found the mystery to be intriguing and the characters engaging. So much so, in fact, that I read the first 3 novels of the 'Greywalker' series immediately after finishing two other books I was reading at the time. I also put myself on the waiting list as soon as her 4th installment was available at the library, and will do so again when #5 'Labyrinth' comes out in August 2010. To a lesser degree, I enjoyed Thomas Sneigoski's 'Remy Chandler' short story "Noah's Orphans" -- particularly his conversations with his Black Lab Marlowe (who reminded me of Shadow, the dog I grew up with). The story was well-written, interesting, and I liked Remy & Marlowe, but the battling of fallen angels and tracking of Noah's killer is just not interesting subject matter for me. It is rare that every story in an anthology speaks to the reader. "Mean Streets" does pretty well in that I enjoyed 3 of the 4 stories presented. The final short story "The Difference A Day Makes" by Simon R. Green was the dud for me. John Taylor is a private investigator in The Nightside ("the longest night in the world, where the sun has never shone and never will") where anything dark, sick & twisted that can be imagined can be found. Taylor is a paranormal version of the hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe with the dialogue sounding exactly like Humphrey Bogart's characterization. I never connected with any of the characters, and the mystery was unappealing to me. Way too formulaic in style and plot, and too much overblown description about things I could care less about. I found the story to be boring and trite, and it was a struggle to read the entire tale and not just stop reading after the first chapter.
Jsh_the_Bard More than 1 year ago
This collection makes it easy to get a brief glimpse into the worlds of four different characters. Personally, I bought it to read about Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden. What I found was a book that had three other lead characters with great appeal. I recommend it to those who like a bit of magic/arcane in their mystery.
sheila-mwm More than 1 year ago
Each story was unique, dramatic and a quick read. I could not put this book down, each story was amazing. If you enjoy stories about supernatural characters with a strong plot and likeable characters this is the book for you. If you have a short attention span, even better because each story is action packed and flies by quickly.
harstan More than 1 year ago
¿The Warrior¿ by Jim Butcher. Harry Dresden knows he has faced some death defying strange cases, but fears this time with the Michael scenario he may not make it out even dead let alone alive.
¿The Difference a Day Makes¿ by Simon R. Green. In the Nightside, the femme fatale enters the private investigative office of John Taylor to obviously hire him. However, her request is off the chart, which says a lot with what the detective has seen and done; she needs John to find her lost memory.
¿The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog¿ by Kat Richardson. The case was expected to be easy and fast so the Greywalker wonders why she is in such dire straits as nothing went right starting with the attacks from the grave of the raging vengeful late Harper Blaine
¿Noah¿s Orphans¿ by Thomas E. Sniegoski. He is hired to uncover who killed the centuries old Noah; for a fallen angel like Remy Chandler the case seems simple, but he will soon learn once again as he did when he fell from grace that there is nothing straightforward under heaven and earth.
These four paranormal urban fantasy noirs occur in the author¿s renowned ¿world¿ starring ultra famous lead characters. Each tale is well written feeling complete even in the novella format and complement one another as the writers rose to the occasion of expectations from their fan base. An obvious must for readers of any of the four paranormal sagas, newcomers will appreciate the introductions to these literary legends as they investigate the otherworldly MEAN STREETS.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this anthology ebook, with many varied characters, plots, etc. I didn’t feel lost because I hadn’t read most of the series which were the basis of the different short stories. The stories were stand alone. I primarily was attracted to the ebook because it had a Jim Butcher “Dresden File” short story in it that I hadn’t read. But then I stayed with it to read the other story offerings too. It was a good read.
cheliebe More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection of short stories. I was familiar with some of the writers and enjoyed their latest shorts. The rest of the writers in this collection were new to me and I'm looking forward to finding other books by them. Kat Richardson continues the tales of GreyWalker series and it is fun. Thomas Sniegoski presents a chilling future where one's desires can be met at any price. Overall I read these stories and was really entertained.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A collection of stories by a group of authors that I recommend checking out. This book gives a taste of each of these authors main characters and I think, after reading this, many will want to see more.
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
Urban fantasy fans, pay heed! "Mean Streets" is an awesome anthology with stories by four big-hitters of the genre. In one book, you can visit with Chicago wizard Harry Dresden, Nightside PI John Taylor, Greywalker Harper Blaine, and fallen angel Remy Chandler in their own worlds. Stories of murder and attempted murder most foul, but with magic added to the mayhem.

For those who are unfamiliar with the above names, they are the creations of Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson, and Thomas E. Sniegoski. This anthology gives you a chance to get a feel for each writer's style and characters and it's hard for me to believe that you won't find at least one (and likely all four) to your tastes.
SheilaDeeth on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Okay, I confess. I¿m a Harry Dresden addict; so much so that I fear I¿ll soon end up shelling out for hardbacks instead of patiently waiting for paperback editions. Still, in the meantime, Mean Streets is a set of four novellas that includes a Harry Dresden tale, so it was a good option to keep both me and my husband happily reading.The Warrior by Jim Butcher provides a satisfying transition between heroic Michael¿s accident and his subsequent, possibly more normal life. Harry Dresden is still the faithful friend, still reluctant keeper of the sword, and still the target of dangerous foes. I really enjoy the way the author weaves glimpses of truth and forgiveness into his stories of magic and fear, and I enjoyed his portrayal of religious fervor gone right and gone wrong. I¿m still desperately awaiting my next paperback, but I¿m glad I didn¿t allow myself to miss this tale.Simon R Green¿s John Taylor is another fun character. My husband doesn¿t like him (yet) quite as much as I do. Maybe the dream-like quality of shifting rules and realities is harder for a scientist to absorb than Harry Dresden¿s world. But I love the characters and dialog and the wild imagination. And I love the way the reader gets to put together the clues in Simon Green¿s tales. The Difference a Day Makes was quite definitely wild and odd, but it made its own kind of sense and I really enjoyed it.Harper Blaine is fast catching up with Harry Dresden as one of my favorite characters. Kat Richardson¿s tale, The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog, takes her to Mexico and invests the ¿gray¿ of her paranormal sight with all the colors and delights of the Day of the Dead. I loved the way a different attitude to life and death was portrayed and incorporated into her mythology. And I loved the dog. (Don¿t worry, no animals were harmed, etc¿)The final story in this set involves a character I¿d not met before, fallen angel Remy Chandler. He¿s certainly a fascinating guy, inhabiting another fascinating world, just a stone¿s throw from our own. Combining Noah¿s flood with refurbished warehouses in Boston is no mean feat, and the tale was complex and intriguing. I suspect I¿ll be looking out for more of this author¿s books soon.These Mean Streets certainly have a lot to offer any reader of paranormal mysteries, whether or not you¿ve met the characters before¿fine additions and fine introductions for your reading pleasure.
les121 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I mainly read this for the Dresden Files novella Warrior by Jim Butcher, which did not disappoint, but I actually enjoyed all four stories the anthology contained. Simon R. Green's story about John Taylor was typical of the Nightside books, but it was fun and suspenseful nonetheless. Although the other two stories by Richardson and Sniegoski weren't as great, they kept me entertained and didn't last longer than necessary. Had I been familiar with these authors' characters, I might have enjoyed their stories more. Overall, this was a fun, entertaining read that gave me a couple of new authors to keep my eye on in the future.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This included four novellas by wonderful authors. I was very excited to read both Butcher's and Green's stories since I love those series. I also was interested in reading Richardson's and Sniegoski's series since I really want to read those series. Overall I found the stories I expected to like were nothing special; the best of the bunch was Sniegoski's "Noah's Orphans." I think I was a bit disappointed with this book because I expected it to be really awesome.- The Warrior by Jim ButcherThis story was about Michael and Harry trying to keep Michael's family safe from someone who wants to steal the two Holy Swords that Harry has been keeping hidden. Overall the story was okay, but seemed a bit tired to me. It was interesting to hear a bit more about why Harry has the holy swords. As a huge Dresden fan, I didn't think this was the best Dresden story I've read but it was kind of interesting. (4/5 stars)- The Difference a Day Makes by Simon GreenThis novella was set in the Nightside. John Taylor and Dead Boy were the main characters and are approached by a woman who wants Taylor to find a days worth of memories that she's lost. I realize that not everyone reads the Nightside series so a lot of the back story stuff was necessary. Still, a lot of the general description of the Nightside was taken word for word from other books. John Taylor spent a lot of the story ranting about how dangerous the Nightside is. I also didn't think that the characters were very engaging. Even Dead Boy was kind of disengaged for most of the story. An okay Nightside story but nothing awesome here. (3/5 stars)- The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog by Kat RichardsonI have been interested in starting to read Richardson's Greywalker series. I was hoping this novella would give me some insight on how I would like her as a writer. This was another okay story but was nothing spectacular. Harper gets a black dog statue from an old woman's will; the old woman wants her to put the statue on a grave in Mexico and Harper doesn't know why. Of course there is more involved than Harper originally thinks. I thought Harper's ability to see into the Grey was kind of interesting, but not all that creative (reminded me of many other character abilities). The plot of the mystery got a bit confusing with a whole bunch of names involved where the reader never meets the people. Definitely not an action heavy series. Again an okay story, but didn't sell me on the Greywalker series as something I will love (3/5 stars)- Noah's Orphans by Thomas E. SniegoskiI have also been interested in reading Sniegoski's first Remy Chandler book "A Kiss Before the Apocalypse". This story was a Remy Chandler story and gave me a great feeling for Sniegoski's writing style. In this story Remy is approached by a dark angel who tells him Noah (yes, the arc guy) has been murdered. There is more to the story though Noah was trying to save the race that existed before humans, the race that God sent flooding to wipe out. It looked like God may have not succeeded though. Remy has to embrace his angelic nature against his will to solve Noah's mystery and possibly save humanity.This was a great story. I couldn't believe how complex and interesting all of the characters were. The plot line was mysterious, interesting, and intricate. Remy was a character that I wanted to know more about. In my opinion this was the best story in the book and saved this anthology from being mearly blah. Great story, may offend the zealously religious though. (4/5 stars)
BellaMiaow on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Mean Streets is one of the best anthologies I've read in a while. It only has four different pieces in it, but they're all novellas, and all by strong, experienced writers. I don't think any of them are here riding on someone else's name on the book cover.Jim Butcher's "Warrior," the first piece, is very good. It follows Harry and the Carpenter family after they experienced some major changes in the last Dresden novel. I could have stood a little more Molly, but Harry and Michael were the focus characters and they worked out some things that really needed to be dealt with. I'm glad I read this before the next Dresden novel, because I feel there's important character development. I seriously recommend this book to all Dresden fans.I haven't read any of Simon R. Green's novels, though I've heard of the Nightside series and thought about picking one up. If "The Difference a Day Makes" is typical, though, I may not bother. He is a good writer, so I'm not sure what it is that bothered me so much. I know that something framed as one of the nastiest things people could choose to do in this piece isn't even in my top 10, but I feel there's something else that I just can't quite articulate yet.I've read all three of Kat Richardson's Greywalker novels and enjoyed them enough that I plan to keep reading. "The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog" is my favorite piece of her work, hands down. There's more light, somehow, and that's important to me."Noah's Orphans" is my first exposure to Thomas E. Sniegoski, as far as I can recall. It was an interesting piece. I found myself wondering about Remy Chandler's past, about how the character has developed. If there are novels featuring that character, I may give them a read. In any case, it brought up some interesting questions about faith and obedience. I think it would have been more personally relevant to me about 20 years ago, though.
kayceel on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I picked this up for the Harry Dresden story, and I stuck around for the Kat Richardson story and the fallen-angel-turned-private-eye story ("Noah's Orphan's"). I end ed up skipping Green's "The Difference a Day Makes" 'cause I just couldn't get into it - maybe I'd need to read the first in that series...Harry Dresden begins receiving threats aimed at his good friend Michael and Michael's family, and they must work together to discover and 'neutralize' the threat - exciting, with Harry's delightful sarcasm, Harry ends up getting a little lesson in fate.Harper Blaine gets an assignment to bring a clay dog to a grave in Mexico from a woman she's never met, and spends a couple creepy nights in graveyards and solves a decades old mystery at the same time.Remy Chandler, a private detective (once a fallen angel) is mourning his wife's death when he's asked to find Noah's (yes, that Noah) murderer. Unusual, and Remy's that tough guy who can't help but do the right thing, even if it's going to make things much, much harder for him.Recommended to fans of these series, though harder to get into if one is not at least familiar with the urban fantasy genre.
randirousseau on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Another anthology I enjoyed perhaps more than I thought I would (traditionally I buy an anthology for one author, and that's the only one I liked). This was a good one!Loved the Dresden story. Harry is getting pictures of former Knight Michael, leading him to believe Michael is being targeted for trouble now that he's given up his Sword. Instead we get a wild ride involving secret Church societies, Knights and former commandos - excellent stuff.The John Taylor story was pretty good - these are getting a bit worn, in my opinion. The freaky characters and extreme setting, while fun, are getting a bit worn and sounding more and more like proselytizing. Could be just me.Harper Blaine has been dragged into delivering a mysterious clay dog to Oaxaca, Mexico to be placed on a specific grave on a specific day. The problem: she doesn't know the person who's will specifies SHE do it, and doesn't know the person upon whose grave the dog need be placed (or where precisely the grave is). When the clay dog is broken, revealing strange hairs tied together inside and a new dog ghost following her around, the mystery deepens.... excellent story!The last story is not by an author I have been following, so I was a bit lost - it's about an angel on earth named Remy. I won't go further, because I couldn't do the story justice, with no history to go on.All in all, an excellent anthology - left me wanting more!
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Urban fantasy fans, pay heed! "Mean Streets" is an awesome anthology with stories by four big-hitters of the genre. In one book, you can visit with Chicago wizard Harry Dresden, Nightside PI John Taylor, Greywalker Harper Blaine, and fallen angel Remy Chandler in their own worlds. Stories of murder and attempted murder most foul, but with magic added to the mayhem.For those who are unfamiliar with the above names, they are the creations of Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson, and Thomas E. Sniegoski. This anthology gives you a chance to get a feel for each writer's style and characters and it's hard for me to believe that you won't find at least one (and likely all four) to your tastes.
cherrymischievous on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The Warrior by Jim ButcherPublished in Mean Streets anthology. A Dresden File short story.The title of the story does not fit though. But if Butcher is going to develop this short story to something more, then maybe yes. But the story as it is, no. There are four more short stories in the book but I did not read them. I was only interested in Jim Butcher's work. The Warrior is short and sweet. A 3 out of 5.Caption from the back:Harry Dresden - Chicago's only professional wizard - tries to protect a friend from danger and ends up becoming a target himself.
Alera on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A great glimpse of some of the better writers of the noir/urban fantasy genre. If you already loved any of these writers, I think the short novella you would have from any one of them would be worth the buy. If you only like/know one, you get a great chance to experience the work and world of the others. And if you've never read anything like it, here is your chance for a small little buffet. Find something you like you should definitely go back for more.
dcoward on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I picked this book because I enjoy Jim Butcher's work, but I loved the short stories by Kat Richardson and Thomas Sniegoski also, so I have two new authors to read. All of the works are short stories featuring detectives in a series.
karen813 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I'm a big Jim Butcher fan so I read this book mainly for a Dresden fix. I did enjoy the other stories included, especially "Noah's Orphans" by Thomas E. Sniegoski. The characters in his story intrigued me enough to think about seeking out some of his other work.
CBJames on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Do you like your detective fiction hard-boiled? Does your fantasy reading tend towards the Gothic? Combine the two and you have Mean Streets, a collection of four novellas by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson and Thomas Sniegoski. Urban fantasy, a new genre with a growing audience, takes fantasy elements and places them in real life, contemporary settings. From what I've read of it to date, urban fantasy leans towards the dark, a perfect setting for detective novels. Mean Streets presents four of the best selling authors in the genre and introduces their popular detective characters: Harry Dresden, John Taylor, Harper Blaine and Remy Chandler. Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden is a wizard/detective who works the mean streets of Chicago. While detectives are typically on the outs with the local police, Harry is also on the outs with the local wizardly authorities. In "The Warrior", Harry must protect an old friend while staying out of the line-of-fire himself. In spite of the use of magic, "The Warrior" remains close to the traditional detective story, things remain relatively reality based. Simon R. Green takes us into realms far beyond reality, and far beyond the mean streets of London where "The Difference a Day Makes" takes place. Within London, is a darkly magical section mere mortals fear to enter called the Nightside. It's a very low-rent, Vegas version of Daigon Alley, where anyone can go to find things one wouldn't want to have or do in the light of day. What happens in the Nightside is supposed to stay in the Nightside. What happens in "The Difference a Day Makes" is closer to David Lynch than it is to Dashell Hammet, but it makes for an entertaining story none-the-less.Kat Richardsons "The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog" is the longest piece in Mean Streets which brings up my main problem with fantasy as a genre-- length. Visit any bookstore's fantasy and science fiction and you'll see many titles coming in at over 1000 pages only to find they're the first of a series. Mystery fiction rarely reaches the 400 page mark. Ms. Richardson's novella is good, but it suffers from too much talking. Detectives do have to interview the suspects and one can certainly lead to another, but "The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog" took much longer than it needed.The final novella in Mean Streets is "Noah's Orphans" by Thomas E. Sniegoski. Whether or not readers will enjoy Mr. Sniegoski's work depends on how they react to his premise. His detective is Remy Chandler, a former angel. Chandler is trying to live his life as a human, but continues to find himself in situations that force him to use his angelic powers. In "Noah's Orphans" another angel hires Chandler to find Noah who has disappeared from his home on an oil platform in the middle of the ocean. Things get stranger from there. Has reading Mean Streets won me over to urban fantasy? Are magical hard-boiled detectives going to find a home on my TBR shelf? I say never say never. If you wonder around the entire bookstore like I do, you never know where your eye will land or what cover will reach out and grab. Who knows what combination of genres someone will come up with next.
Antares1 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Mean Streets is an anthology of 4 novellas.I bought it for the Harry Dresden entry, but was pleasantly surprised by the other entries.The Warrior by Jim Butcher centers on his wizard character Harry Dresden. Harry receives threatening photos of Michael Carpenter, former Knight of the Cross. Harry currently has Michael's sword as well as one of the other swords, and someone wants them. The story is tightly paced with enough description and background for those unfamiliar with the series to follow along. It has an interesting twist to it at the end.The Difference a Day Makes by Simon R. Green was probably the weakest entry. A normal woman adrift on the streets of Nightside enlists the aid of private eye John Taylor to find out what she's forgotten. Her only memory is following her beloved husband. Green has an intriguing world built up, especially with Dead Boy and his car from the future, but the story suffers from too much repetition and not enough substance. Green seems to want to hit his reader over the head with the fact that Nightside is a dangerous place and Rotten Row is even worse. He goes on and on about it so much that the whole ending seemed rather anticlimatic and not all that horrific.The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog by Kat Richardson also suffers in it's pacing. I found her world building interesting, and I'll be looking into her Greywalkder series. Harper Blaine receives a bequest from a woman she's never heard of. It seems simple enough. All she has to do is take a clay dog and place it on a man's grave during the Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico. This piece had some fascinating background on Mexico's Day of the Dead, and all the mythos involved with it. There was a lack of action though to really pull the piece through, so it dragged in places. All in all it was interesting, but not of the page turning sort.Noah's Orphans by Thomas E. Sniegoski was another strong entry. The story revolves around his character Remy Chandler. Remy is actually the angel Remial living on earth as a regular human. He is approached by the Grigori Sariel to investigate the death of Noah. Millenia after Noah saved the chosen from the great flood, he becomes obsessed with those that weren't on the Ark, but managed to survive. Now Noah has been murdered and the Grigori leader forces Remy to help in the investigation. The story is well paced and the world building thorough. Remy is a fully realized character. I'll be looking into this series as well.
MrsLee on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I enjoyed this collection of supernatural Noir detective stories. Their tone is just right for the type of story they are.The Warrior, by Jim Butcher, may be my favorite story of his yet. Not just for the characters and action, but the ideas presented with care and thoughtfulness, leaving us something to chew on at the end puts it in my favorite type of reading category.The Difference a Day Makes, by Simon R. Green, was my least favorite because it was sordid and hopeless, but even so, several characters were interesting, as was the world it was set in.The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog, by Kat Richardson, was not only interesting and compelling, having to do with Mexico and the Day of the Dead, but it was well written. I will have to seek out more of her writings.Noah's Orphans, by Thomas E. Sniegoski, was a bit on the bizarre side for me, however, I found the ideas (playing with the story of Creation) and characters (angels, fallen and otherwise) interesting enough that I would give the author another try.
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