Out of this World

Out of this World

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just wanted to post a cautionary statement to potential buyers of this book. The short story by Laurell K. Hamilton is ONLY an excerpt of her full length novel, Narcissus in Chains, to be published in October. This anthology contains the first 100 pages of the full length novel. None of the advertisement of this anthology stated this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book mainly for the Maggie Shayne entry. It was good enough for a short story but I would recomend reading her 'Destiny' before picking up 'Immortality' or new readers will be lost in the rules of her world. As for the other authors, I have become hooked to J.D. Robb's 'in Death' series since they are extreamly well writen and not at all predictable. 'Kinsmen' was weak but enjoyable, and 'Magic like heat across my skin' was intense and surprising, since it was my first encounter with Anita. I enjoyed it, but was dissapointed when there wasn't a real ending, which is apparently due to the fact that it is an excerpt, NOT a short story. All in all it was a good anthology, but unless you are prepared for new authors, whith themes that are VERY loosely connected, I would recomend starting out on these author's full length novels first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This anthology was much more than I had hoped for. Laurell K. Hamilton and J.D. Robb are my two favorite authors, but I've never read books by Krinard or Shayne before. I was almost surprised that I enjoyed all four stories. J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, contributed 'Interlude in Death.' This mystery/romance story follows her bestselling In Death series, as NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, chases an esteemed *rogue ex-cop* at an intergalatic conference. The cop harbors a personal vendetta against Roarke because of his mysterious past. As always, Eve and Roarke catch the villain, and manages to find time to chill out together. All in all, the story stands well alone, and will prove satisfying whether you're a long-time Robb fan or a new reader to the series. Susan Krinard's story 'Kinsman' is a futuristic/romantic thriller. When her brother's ship disappears during a secret space mission, a young princess of a small planet asks a 'Kinsman,' (a member of a special human *race* that possess certain telepathic powers) for aid. Along their journey to find the missing prince and his crew, the two discover a conspiracy brewing among the Kinsman's own people. They also discover that they're falling in love. I find this the weakest of the four stories, mostly because there were a lot of names and species that I didn't really understand. Also, *alien* type of stories are just not my thing. Perhaps I'll try her next wolf novel, SECRET OF THE WOLF, of which there was a short excerpt in the anthology. Maggie Shayne's 'Immortality' continues her Witch series. Puabi is an Immortal High Dark Witch who finds, after 4,000 years of existence, that she doesn't want to continue her old, evil ways. After being rescued by an unsuspecting human man and getting stranded on his island, Puabi rediscovers the zest to her life, as she and Matthew grow ever closer. However, Puabi's powers are slowly but surely diminishing. And there is unknown danger on the island. Tied into all this is the memory of Gabriella, Matthew's dead wife, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Puabi, although the two women are polar opposites. The ending is very poignant, with a wonderful plot twist. I had no difficulty following the plot, although I am new to Shayne's Witch books. I really loved this story, and I'll definitely pick up her other books now. A short excerpt of Shayne's upcoming romantic suspense novel, THE GINGERBREAD MAN, is included in the anthology. 'Magic Like Heat Across My Skin' is a sizzling, six-chapter preview of Laurell K. Hamilton's long-awaited NARCISSUS IN CHAINS, the 10th book in her bestselling Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. After six months of celibacy, our heroine comes back to St. Louis and finds out that her wereleopards have been kidnapped by a rival group of shapeshifters. To get them back, she seeks her old lover, the sexy vampire Jean-Claude, for help. Jean-Claude agrees, but only if Anita will take the *fourth-mark* so that she has a chance to fight and live. At the S&M club Narcissus in Chains, Anita, Jean-Claude, and Richard (Anita's werewolf lover) *marry the marks,* merging their energies and completing their triumvirate of power. Anita may be a vampire hunter, necromancer, lupa of Richard's pack, and Nimir-Ra of the wereleopards, but she is human nevertheless. The line between humans and monsters is all-too-thin sometimes, and by consumating the marks, Anita may have become irrevocably changed now. Also, the story tends to lean toward the 'erotic' side of romance, which will no doubt create mixed feelings among Hamilton's loyal fans. New readers will most likely find this story difficult to follow, but very, very sensual. I found Laurell's writing style a bit 'off,' but I still can't wait for NARCISSUS IN CHAINS in October!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it for the short story by JD Robb and ended up finding one of my favorite authors and genre with Laurell K. Hamilton. It isn't a new story by her, just an excerpt from another book, but once I read it I was hooked and quickly read everything else before and since. The Robb story and other short stories are great as well. I bought the hard copy PowerBook shortly after the original release years ago and still remember how enchanted I was with Anita's world.
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