Wolfsbane and Mistletoe

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe


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ISBN-13: 9780441017621
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.

Toni L. P. Kelner writes the Family Skeleton Mysteries as Leigh Perry and, under her own name, is the author of the “Where Are They Now?” Mysteries and the Laura Fleming mystery series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated multiple times for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer awards.


Southern Arkansas

Date of Birth:

November 25, 1951

Place of Birth:

Tunica, Mississippi


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

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Wolfsbane and Mistletoe 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
rowenacherry More than 1 year ago
Some of us push the envelope... JA Konrath's sense of humor does that in this hilarious and outrageous werewolf story which begins with a most unhappy --but healthy-- gentleman crossing a snowy parking lot, carrying a semi-see-through, blue plastic box containing a large stool sample. In fact, it's not a sample. It's the whole enchilada. He's taking this vigorous specimen to his doctor because there's something unusual about it. There are buttons and coins embedded in it. Now, it's nothing like that health insurance advert where the patient has money coming out of the wazoo, as the western oriental ER surgeon explained when making one of those predetermination phone calls. The coins are small change. The doctor's advice about unhealthy midnight snacks is... priceless. After a thorough rectal exam which brings to light many strange things and leads to some unpalatable conclusions in the mind of our hero, he waddles off to search the internet for clues as to whom he's been eating when the moon is full. Just when I thought I'd read every dragonish permutation of bad people tasting good (or bad), or good people tasting bad (or good), JA Konrath comes up with a fresh twist. This story is a riot. I laughed out loud three times in the first three pages. Of course, there are certain bathroom words that will make me laugh out loud. One of them is poop. Starting with the scat is an excellent -and original- short cut to world-building, although some Romance readers might be taken aback. But for a short story about a magical being, why not start where the sun don't shine? I'm not a gentle reader. I don't suspend disbelief easily. I'm not programmed to trust my author, no matter how outrageous. Not at first, anyway. I can give werewolf do the benefit of the doubt for several reasons. For a start, the narrator is embarrassed about it. That's believable. He's also frightened. He's not Mike Rowe (of Dirty Jobs), so he's probably not inclined to put it through a sieve. If there are bits of teeth, chips of bone, coins, buttons, a crucifix, a clump of dead man's beard... I get the picture. I don't worry about the force of a werewolf's bite, or his stomach capacity, or the inhuman speed of his digestive processes whereby the indigestible evidence of his midnight feast ends up in his morning toilet bowl. The story does degenerate into an action packed, heart-pounding, irreverent satire of all sorts of genres including thriller, action, sweet romance, paranormal, with strong elements of farce, also some horror. Nevertheless, an enjoyable read. (Not for children, or those who cherish a belief in Santa Claus.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved almost every story in this book. In fact, I carry it and read it all year round. Yes, I agree that you should not read a couple of the stories if you still believe in Santa and Rudolph but I promise you will not be let down. There were a few that I'd actually like to read more of like "Fresh Meat" and "The Night Things Changed" but the endings were still quite satisfying. The whole book is worth the time and money spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm quite fond of short story anthologies. For pleasure reading, anthologies are about all I have time for anymore. Usually, I find anthologies with a few gems & a few duds. This is the first time in a long time that I've enjoyed every single story in the collection. Wolfsbane & Mistletoe just became my favorite go-to book when I need cheering up. Thank you authors for sharing your talents & creativity!
camino_kid More than 1 year ago
This is a compilation of authors writing about a general theme..werewolfs and christmas.... The stories are absolutly a great read and each story attackes the general theme with a brand new look.. I couldnt hardly put the book down..
Guest More than 1 year ago
In MANY BLOODY RETURNS, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner limited the scope to vampire birthdays. This time the pair restricted the topic to a merry werewolf Christmas. The results are similar as in spite of the incredibly narrow and restrictive theme, the fifteen contributors provide fresh interesting tales with no losers and star some of the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse in ¿Gift Wrap¿ by Harris and radio talk host Kitty in ¿Il Est Ne¿ by Carrie Vaughn. Patricia Briggs¿ 'The Star of David' showcases that even werewolves have family issues while Simon R. Green opens and closes with the memorable line of ¿You Never Forget your first¿ in his short short ¿Lucy, at Christmastime¿. Fans will enjoy this fine anthology whether it is a paranormal investigative tale (see 'Christmas Past¿ by Keri Arthur) or half breeds (see ¿Rogue Elements¿ by Karen Chance) summed up nicely over ¿Milk and Cookies¿ (by Rob Thurman) as simply ¿You Better not Pyout¿ by Nancy Pickard. My only suggestion is to spread the compilation over the Twelve Days of Christmas (or longer) because singing Jingle Bells fifteen times in one sitting will lead to a Blue Christmas.------------ Harriet Klausner
Shelen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This starts slowly, with a Charlayne Harris story I read in another anthology. But stick with, and you'll never look at Santa quite the same way again, or Rudolf for that matter. This is no treacly collection of feel-good holiday. It is a fun collection and introduced me to some authors I'm not familiar wth.
onyx95 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
**** Star of David by Patricia Briggs - read on 11/15/10After accidentally killing his wife and her lover in front of his own daughter (Stella), David Christiansen understood why she was scared of him especially in his werewolf form. Getting a call for help was something he would never ignore, he would do anything to be a part of her life again. The help she wanted wasn¿t for herself as much as it was for one of the foster kids that she was responsible for. A werewolf might be the only way to help Devonte Parish with his particular problem. - What a sweet and tender story - from David¿s point of view. A short story that shows exactly why Patricia Briggs is so good with her werewolf characters. I really enjoyed the vulnerability of all the characters, from the small child that had been beat up by a vampire to the werewolf that was there because he too is a monster in his own daughters eyes.
MisfitRhi on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Happy Hair Raising Howl-idays! (5 stars)A collection of Christmas tales with werewolves as central characters? Count me in. I'm a self-proclaimed Halloween freak. I look forward to it all year. But there's just something appealing about the idea of werewolves and Christmas stirred together. What's next from the clever editors though? They've done vampires and birthdays and now werewolves and Christmas... maybe witches and Valentine's or ghosts and graduations? Whatever Harris and Kelner come up with let's hope they can find authors with contributions as good as most of these turned out to be!But let me break each short story down for you individually:[GIFT WRAP] by Charlaine Harris, A Sookie Stackhouse tie-in this short story must take place pretty deep into the series. On the outs with her brother and just having met her great-grandfather she's spending her holiday alone until a hunky injured werewolf pops up on her property. Though rather short and a little anticlimatic it has a cute twist very suitable to Christmas surprises. (I'd also like to note that if you've not read the series and are currently watching True Blood it is a bit spoilery). 4/5 stars[THE HAIRE OF THE BEAST] by Donna Andrews, When a brother's Christmas wish to become a werewolf gets his sister to translate a magical werewolf spell things get a little hairy. This one surprised me. I didn't really like it at first but I couldn't help but appreciate the hilarious ending. 4/5 stars[LUCY, AT CHRISTMAS TIME] by Simon R. Green, A Nightside tale of love lost. Most likely the shortest in the book and actually one of my favorites. Highly romantic but tragic. 5/5 stars[THE NIGHT THINGS CHANGED] by Dana Cameron, Claudia and Gerry are Fangborn, a vampire sister and a werewolf brother. It's their job to protect the world from bad guys but what if one of them turns out to be a fellow Fangborn? This story was okay but didn't really feel like a Christmas tale. It felt like it belonged in a full length novel. 3/5 stars[THE WEREWOLF BEFORE CHRISTMAS] by Kat Richardson, Matt's been a bad little werewolf and eaten a certain red-nosed member of Santa's team. Where will Santa find a new guide for his sleigh on such short notice? This story has every great element I could have asked for and was the PERFECT story for this anthology. I LOVED it! 5/5 stars[FRESH MEAT] by Alan Gordan, Sam Lehrmann trains guard dogs but this Christmas Eve he may need some guarding himself. This one will definitely appeal to dog lovers! It was an enjoyable short story that could have happened any time of year but was better for being set at the holiday. 4/5 stars[IL EST NÉ] by Carrie Vaughn, A Kitty Norville story set before Kitty Takes a Holiday. Spending her Christmas at a Waffle House, Kitty meets a newly turned werewolf with no pack of his own and no idea how to control what he has become. This one really dissappointed me as a Kitty fan. It felt kind of forced and no one questioned she and David's odd behavior considering there was a murderer on the loose. 3/5 stars[THE PERFECT GIFT] by Dana Stabenow, A family of murderers are brought to justice and a Christmas Eve born man fulfills a prophecy. This story had nothing to do with Christmas and was an overall dissappointment. 1/5 stars[CHRISTMAS PAST] by Keri Arthur, A Christmas-time murder investigation brings exes back together. Just the sort of story the PNR fans are looking for, hunky hero, sassy heroine, sexual tension and a happy ending. 3/5 stars[SA] by J. A. Konrath, Robert Weston Smith has been having... tummy trouble. Could his bowel troubles be explained by lycanthropy? And what does the Salvation Army have to do with it all? I don't think I've laughed so hard reading a werewolf story... ever! This definitely isn't for everyone, bring a very irreverent sense of humor and enjoy. 5/5 stars[THE STAR OF DAVID] by Patricia Briggs, Can a father and daughter divided by his werewolf mistakes be brought together to save a young man's life and for a
pollywannabook on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Review Courtesy of AllThingsUrbanFantasy.blogspot.comReview: "Gift Wrap" by Charlaine Harris occurs chronically after From Dead To Worse (book 8) in the Sookie Stackhouse Series and you might want to save this story for later if you plan on reading the Sookie series and aren¿t caught up as there are a number of spoilers (but of course my reviews are always spoiler free). Sookie is an odd character. I remember wondering if she was mentally challenged when I started the first Sookie book because she is very forthright and in a way childlike in how she interacts with the world around her. And Sookie brings that same guilelessness to Gift Wrap when she stumbles across a wounded werewolf in her woods and brings him home on Christmas Eve. I'll admit I found the idea of the gift Sookie recieves in this story, considering the source, to be a bit creepy. But Sookie fans will enjoy this much too brief holiday tale.Sexual Content: NoneReview: "The Haire of the Beast" by Donna Andrews, who is best known for her Meg Langslow Mystery Series, contributes probably the shortest story in this book. The first of the brother and sister pairings in this anthology has a witch agreeing to decipher a spell for her brother to make him a werewolf and get even with her ex in the process. Not a lot to say about this story considering its brevity.Sexual Content: NoneReview: "Lucy, at Christmastime" by Simon R. Green is a Nightshade short story and its bittersweet. A werewolf remembers his first love while sitting in a bar on Christmas. I enjoyed the somber tone here and even though the ending is predictable, the writing is very good. One of my favorites in this anthology.Sexual Content: None Review: "The Night Things Changed" by Dana Cameron Gerry Steuben is an average guy, a PI living in Salem, Massachusetts. He¿s also one of the Fangborn, an ancient family of werewolves and vampires secretly dedicated to protecting humankind from evil. When a series of increasingly violent murders is committed, Gerry and his vampire sister Claudia must confront an unimaginable supernatural threat on Christmas Eve. -Dana Cameron¿The Night Things Changed,¿ won the 2008 Agatha Award, the 2009 Macavity Award, and was nominated for the 2009 Anthony Award! "The Night Things Changed" by Dana Cameron offers the second brother and sister tale and one of the longer stories in this anthology. Don't let the innocuous title fool you, this is one of the best stories in this collection. The world building was very strong here and extremely compelling. Fangborn (werewolves and vampires) are the unsung heroes of this world seeking evil to cleanse it where possible, destroying it where not. There are some fun twists on vampire mythology here to. Vampires don't feed off of human blood, but rather bite bad people and suck evil out of them and then sun cleanses the evil from the vampire's systems. Sadly I couldn't find any evidence that this author plans to continue writing about the Fangborn.Sexual Content: None Review: "The Werewolf Before Christmas" by Kat Richardson is perhaps the most festive story in this anthology as it takes place at the north pole and Santa Clause is a main character, but its also arguably the most fractured tale as it describes what happens when a werewolf eats Rudolph and must then lead Santa's sleigh. Kat Richardson takes a break from her Greywalkers series to give us a whole new (and rather macabre) spin on the origin of Santa Clause and some of our most treasured Christmas traditions.Sexual Content: None Review: "Fresh Meat" by Alan Gordon is a quiet unassuming tale about a dog trainer who has an uncanny gift for communication with the animals (one guess why). But being a werewolf causes more problems then it solves when his furry secret costs him the only woman he's ever loved and, on Christmas Eve, threatens to take his life as well. The author claims to be working on a book based on this character. I liked this story, but it probably isn't the kind I'd r
amberjc on LibraryThing 5 months ago
One of the best Christmas themed anthologies I've read in a long time!
Antares1 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Like all anthologies Wolfsbane and Mistletoe had good and not-so-good moments. The contributions were as follows:Gift Wrap by Charlaine Harris - I love Ms. Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series, but this short story was disappointing. Sookie finds a wounded man on Christmas Eve and takes him home with her. It just didn't sound like the Sookie I'm familiar with in all the novels.The Haire of the Beast by Donna Andrews - A woman's brother wants her to use a grimoire from her ex to become a werewolf. After hemming and hawwing about it she agrees. It was an OK read. I realize in a short story it's difficult to develop truly three dimensional characters, but there was little if any depth to these characters.Lucy, at Christmastime by Simon R. Green - On Christmas Eve and man reflects on the events leading to the death of his loved one. This was well written. The twist at the end was telegraphed early on, but still managed to entertain.The Night Things Changed by Dana Cameron - A brother and sister team of werewolf and vampire must stop one of there own from doing evil. It was an interesting take on both vampire and werewolf mythos. Unfortunately, the world building wasn't compelling.The Werewolf Before Christmas by Kat Richardson - A werewolf must take Rudolphs place pulling Santa's sleigh after he makes a meal of the red-nosed reindeer. For a short story, this one could have been even shorter. The initial scenes are drawn out. The twist at the end was unexpected.Fresh Meat by Alan Gordon - The werewolf owner of a watchdog training facility has to rely on his dogs to help save him. The villain wasn't very well developed, but the hero was well definied.Il Est Ne by Carrie Vaughn - A newly turned werewolf tries to clear himself of murder with Kitty's help. There was a good portion of internal dialog that added life and conflict to the characters.The Perfect Gift by Dana Stabenow - The motives in this story were somewhat obscure. There's some discussion of thinning the herd, and then the action moves to a police officer and his partner acting on an anonymous tip. The correlation of the two is obvious at the end. The author failed to engage me in the story. Christmas Past by Keri Arthur - The story had the typical romance scenario. A jilted heroine is forced to work with her ex. He tries to win her back. It was well written.SA by J.A. Konrath - A man starts seeing strange things in his bowl movements, and figures out he must be a werewolf. He goes to a shapeshifter's anonymous meeting and learns the true story behind were-creatures. It was a very imaginative piece I found to be very entertaining.The Star of David by Patricia Briggs - A boy in foster care ends up in the hospital. His Social Worker calls upon her werewolf father for help in the case. This was a very interesting story with a unique twist on things.You'd Better Not Pyout by Nancy Pickard - Two vampires decide that Santa Claus must be a vampire, and try to get an endless supply of blood from him. There were too many characters for much depth in a short story. Rogue Elements by Karen Chance - A war mage is assigned the task of locating some missing werewolf girls. The auther did a good job of world building in such a short story. I wouldn't mind reading more about the characters and their world.Mild and Cookies by Rob Thurman - An offbeat tale of a teenager dealing with bullying at school. It was a good story. The only thing I can find fault with is the fact the most bullies have their own entourage.Keeping Watch Over His Flock by Toni L. Kelner - A teen werewolf begins to adjust to life in a pack. Jake wants to go out for a run, but a missing girl means he needs to stay home with his pack alpha's daughter and the alpha. Jake sneaks out for a run, and ends up a hero of sorts.
IceQueenTN on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The book was ok, and there were really just a few stories that I enjoyed. The 1st holiday anthology was much better in my opinion.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 5 months ago
"Wolfsbane and Mistletoe" is an anthology containing werewolf stories by 15 different authors including Keri Arthur, Patricia Briggs, Karen Chance, Simon R Green, Charlaine Harris, and Carrie Vaughn, among others. There's something for everyone here as the stories range from humorous to scary, a little spicy to plain vanilla. Each story is fairly short which makes the book easy to put down and pick back up without 'losing' anything. And finally, each story also centers around the holiday season, making this a great book to give as a gift for 'fur' fans.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Christmas and werewolves, what goes together better? Enjoyable collection with a little something for everyone. Alan Gordon's "Fresh Meat" is an interesting take on canine communication and what werewolves do for day jobs. Carrie Vaughn's "Il Est Ne'" finds Kitty spending the holidays in Waffle House.Simon R. Green's "Lucy at Christmastime" takes a look at first times. Not that kind, either - get your mind out of the gutter!Sookie Stackhouse is spending Christmas alone - that is until a thoughtful relative sends her a gift without price in Charlaine Harris' "Gift Wrap."Patricia Briggs fills in a bit more back story, this time for lone wolf mercenary David Christiansen and his family in "The Star of David." - One of my favorites! "Rogue Elements" by Karen Chance introduces Cyrus and Allacia. Can't wait to see these two get something full length!And Rob Thurman's "Milk and Cookies" has a seriously twisted ending. Enjoy!
highvoltagegrrl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Through reading this book I've found a few writers I'll have to look up. Many of the writers seem better suited for long stories and I primarily read this book for the story from Charlain Harris. Her Sookie-verse story was wonderful of course and there were a few other notable authors. This book is a great way to find other similar authors you might enjoy.
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I thought the collections of stories made you want more from each author.
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JZY More than 1 year ago
This was a great book!! A collection of shorts that all contain Werewolves and Christmas...Loved It
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
"Wolfsbane and Mistletoe" is an anthology containing werewolf stories by 15 different authors. I thought most of them were quite good. There were a few that I did not like and even 1 or 2 that offended me a bit. They were all short, great for all of the holiday running around I have been doing. I read it because of Patricia Briggs contribution and I really loved it and found some new authors I might want to investigate now.
faery-recluse More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable read. I loved the Christmas/werewolf themed short stories. They were able to get me back into the Christmas spirit.
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