Strange Candy

Strange Candy

by Laurell K. Hamilton


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ISBN-13: 9780425215210
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 175,243
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.


St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

February 19, 1963

Place of Birth:

Heber Springs, Arkansas


B.A., Marion College

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My fault I should have review the book before purchasing, if I had I would have skipped this book and went on to the next one. The short stories were good but I think they should not have been added as one of the books to the Anita Blake Vampire Series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who are Anita Blake fans, you'll find a couple of stories in this, but the rest are different short stories and I found very few interesting or intriguing enough to recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was skeptical at first about this purchase. Anita Blake is my favorite character and I was concerned that I wouldn't enjoy Hamilton's works outside of Blake's world. I'm please to say my fears were unfounded, her dark sense of humor translates and transforms in each story. I found myself wanting all of the shorts to carry on, these characters captivated me right away. I hope she will publish another compilation of short stories soon!
alexuszabel More than 1 year ago
I love* Laurell K. Hamilton's series (Anita Blake, Meredith Gentry) so I grabbed just for the heck of it. Three or four cought my eye, but the rest were okay. Ish. -- Heavy on the ish. Not bad, but not very memorable either. It was stuck in passive tense which really annoyed me. (It had been a.. She had gone to..) I cought myself constantley changing it in my mind. I just read this book a few days ago and there are onlly a handful I even remember; a triton, vampire real estate, one about geese, magicians, and one mentioning Jean - Claude. But that's all I really remember. I was a little disappointed, but not entirely. It's one of those that you have to read, just 'cause, but it's nothing to get excited about. I guess I could recommend it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
This fourteen short story fantasy collection showcases Laurell K. Hamilton¿s dark humor and strong female characters. Six are brand new three were published in 1989 four in 1990s and one in 2005. The first tale, ¿Those by Themselves¿ is an Anita Blake story back in her early days when she was an unconfident inexperienced rookie and the Hamilton-Blake mythos had not quite developed for followers of the executioner this will be fun culture shock as she has come a long way baby. Three of the contributions are set in the sword-and-sorcery realm of NIGHTSEER (the author¿s first novel from the earl 1999s). The compilation is solid with most of the stories great fun. Fans of Ms. Hamilton and anyone who appreciate her dark droll fantasies will want to read this delightful anthology.------------------------- Harriet Klausner
FicusFan on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This was a decent collection of short stories. Two were Anita Blake stories, one so early that there were no vampires, or other horror denizens in it. The other was a story that had already been published in the Anthology: Bite. Then there was one set in her world, but with none of the regular characters in it. There were also stories set in the Farseer world. One of the stories was a horror/SF mix. Not bad, all were quintessential LKH before the bad sex trip.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This collection of great supernatural short stories has a ton of gems. The early Anita Blake is especially welcome to those who have grown weary of Anita's latest sexcapades, but there are plenty of storeis for non-Anita fans here as well.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Collection of short stories featuring a mish-mash including a couple Anita Blake stories and some fantasy and science fiction. Overall an enjoyable collection. I particularly enjoyed the first Anita Blake story.
pratchettfan on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A terrific collection of fantasy, vampire and science-fiction short stories.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is LKH without sex. Some stories are quite good, others less so but it is interesting to see what she can create sans Anita or sex. My fav was Here there be Dragons.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Those Who Seek Forgiveness is set in the Anitaverse, right before Guilty Pleasures. Back to the old pre-porn Anita, a story about a zombie raising where not everything that the client tells Anita is the truth, which has repercussions.A Lust of Cupids. A very short story about two people trying hard to avoid cupids that are determined to get them involved with each other. I disliked the fact that the characters really didn't have much of a choice and my reaction to finding out that my parents had been involved would have been incensed anger.The Edge of the Sea was partially about LKH's relationship with the sea and partially about a woman being killed by a mer-man. Did stray into some of the mer legends and was a different story.A Sacrcity of Lake Monsters is a Nessie story. Had some good ideas lurking that didn't quite surface.Selling Houses is another story set in Anitaverse, but none of the regular characters are in it. This is the sort of story that you expect to read in compilations (rather than LKH's slightly re-written part of a book). It's a story of an estate agent selling to the newly legal vampires. I liked this one.A Token for Celandine is set in the world of Nightseer. A healer goes to seek redemption for some evil magic she did. Very black and white look at the world.A Clean Sweep is about a superhero called Captain Housework. Oh yes indeed, that man we all would love to have, but in this story he snaps.The Curse Maker is also set in the world of Nightseer and was about a bard who had been cursed and the people who set out to break it. Features a vampire sword.The Geese is about goose who was a little girl who had a geas laid upon her to kill her parents murderer - by her parents murderer, becoming a goose allowed her to grow up. What will her mate do when she becomes human?House of Wizards is about a non-magician marrying into a magical family. In a world where magicians have all the rights this could be seen as a way of getting up in society this shows how she copes. I wasn't really impressed with some of the ways she coped.Here Be Dragons is possibly my favorite story. It is about a doctor who rehabilitates violent criminals. In a world where psionics is a science, psionics are trained by the government but some of them are too dangerous. This is about a child and how the adult copes.Winterkill is yet another story set in the Nightseer universe. The main character is a lot like Edward of the AB series - she has found that killing ordinary humans are far too easy and only kills wizards. She's hunting a wizard who killed her family, she uses some of the rules of the world to fix things. Reads like a transcript of a roleplaying session.Stealing Souls is another story set in the Nightseer universe. A wizard has been stealing and imprisoning souls in order to boost his power, and something must be done to stop him. Two of those souls are the heroine's sisters. Features a vampire sword.The Girl who was Infatuated with Death was previously printed in Bite where I read it, a girl with bone cancer who is about to lose one leg and possibly more is hunted by Anita because she's underage. A very mixed bag, some of the stories are quite short and many of them could possibly make good longer stories but there would also probably be too much sex if they were lengthened.
whitewavedarling on LibraryThing 3 months ago
If you're a fan of Hamilton's novels (particularly the Anita Blake series), you'll probably enjoy this. However, I'd recommend starting with the novels. While these are interesting stories to escape into, I'm not sure you'll see the depth to the characters or her ability to engage come across so much as it does in her longer works. These are fun escapes, but at the same time, I likely won't come back to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect little candies of literature from an amazing imagination!
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I usually prefer my books having more sustenance but I so enjoy the characters she creates I have to admit this was fun. Great having small doses to read before bed that don't make me stay up all night!
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If you have not read any of the Anita Blake stories, this collection has two stories that will introduce you to her alternate world of werewolves, vampires and zombies in St. Louis, Missouri, of all places. Other stories in the collection include cupids, vampires, witches and other supernatural creatures. These stories are really twisted, so be prepared to have your head spinning by the end of the stories. An excellent introduction to an author of really unique supernatural stories that are situated in the every day. If you like Charlaine Harris, or Lynsay Sands, you will find Laurell K. Hamilton to be very interesting reading.
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aats More than 1 year ago
These short, dark stories reminded me of why I love Hamilton's writing. 
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But still good she has donebetter. But i am a loyal fan so Ill kep reading. Thanks Girl!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed all of the short stories presented in this collection but "here be dragons" really made the book for me. It's definitely worth the read.