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These anthologies can be a HUGE miss sometimes but I think I got a hit this time. This book has the usual hit urban fantasy writers such as Charlaine Harris, Carrie Vaughn and Patricia Briggs. But it also has Diana Gabaldon with a short Lord John Zombie story as well as gem of the story from Lisa Tuttle Set with a curious mystery of cursed goods set in 19th centery London. I have to say I loved to read about Warren from the Mercy Thompson story taking a spotlight in her short story!
Recommned it to anyone who likes a little unusual detective stories! and of course if you are a fan of those arthors and their world, you will definately have fun!
1. “Death by Dahlia” by Charlaine Harris (from Sookie's world)
2. “The Bleeding Shadow” by Joe R. Lansdale
3. “Hungry Heart” by Simon R. Green (Nightside story. Humorous)
4. “Styx and Stones” by Steven Saylor (this seems to be a part of a series)
5. “Pain and Suffering” by S. M. Stirling
6. “It’s Still the Same Old Story” by Carrie Vaughn (Kitty's world a Rick story!)
7. “The Lady is a Screamer” by Conn Iggulden
8. “Hellbender” by Laurie R. King (Really interesting premise! I wonder if there is more)
9. “Shadow Thieves” by Glen Cook ( a part of a series I think)
10. “No Mystery, No Miracle” by Melinda M. Snodgrass (Really interesting. I would love to read more about Cross and his work )
11. “The Difference Between a Puzzle and a Mystery” by M. L. N. (This was a really clever story and I would love to disscuss it with someone)
12. “The Curious Affair of the Deodand” by Lisa Tuttle (I loved this short story. I would love to read more from this world)
13. “Lord John and the Plague of Zombies” by Diana Gabaldon (YES! another Lord John story!)
14. “Beware the Snake” by John Maddox Roberts (A part of a series I think)
15. “In Red, with Pearls” by Patricia Briggs (A part of Mercy's world and Warren is the main character! I loved it!)
16. “The Adakian Eagle” by Bradley Denton ( a lot going on with this story... I think I need to relisten to it)
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So thankful to Yuriko who listed the stories with the authors and some comments! It was such a chore to try and keep track of all the stories and authors as well as remember what they were about. So, thank you, Yuriko!I gave this book only 4 stars because the stories were of very uneven quality. Some I absolutely loved and others, I actively disliked. Some, I wished were much longer and could have been novels. But, others, I stopped paying attention to as I listened.
The main reasons I got this book are the authors, Diana Gabaldon and Charlaine Harris. But ironically, their stories were mediocre, and some other authors' stories that I thought I wouldn't like, such as Patricia Briggs, turned out to be terrific.But first I need to say that ANYTHING read by my hearthrob boyfriend (I wish) Phil Gigante, is worth five stars in my high esteem. His voice, no mattter the character, is SO melting. So with that totally unbiased opinion, I especially LOVED "In Red, With Pearls" by Patricia Briggs. How wonderful to have the main character of Warren, a gay werewolf, and his lover, Kyle, a human. I ADORED these characters and the premise and I hope for Ms. Briggs to wite a series using Warren as the main character! Please, please, please. I will buy every book.
The main reasons I liked "Lord John and The Plague Of Zombies" by Diana Gabaldon are the Lord John character and his brief mentions of Jamie Fraser (that I ate up with a spoon) and Ms. Gabaldon who could write a book about the phonebook and I'd be enthralled. This is not her finest work, but who's complaining when it's Lord John?
But the absolute worst was "Beware The Snake" by John Maddox Roberts. I'm sorry, but I happen to love snakes and all animals and having to hear about all the cruel and abusive things those pesky ancient Romans did to the animals really left me cold. Besides the historical details, the story was boring.
"The Lady Is A Screamer" by Iggulden (sp?) was a standout. I love ghost exorcists! But, I'm sorry, salamnders? In "Hellbender" by Laurie R. King. I mean, really, salamanders?
But there's plenty to enjoy in this anthology and I highly recommend it.
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