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review 2017-05-15 23:00
HOME IMPROVEMENT UNDEAD EDITION - VARIOUS AUTHORS
Home Improvement: Undead Edition - Simon R. Green,Heather Graham,James Grady,Charlaine Harris,S.J. Rozan,Rochelle Krich,Toni L.P. Kelner,E.E. Knight,Victor Gischler,Stacia Kane,Melissa Marr,Suzanne McLeod,Seanan McGuire,Patricia Briggs

Anthology The rating I'll round up to 3 but only a few of the stories were worth reading

1. If I Had a Hammer, Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13.1). It's been awhile since I read a Sookie book so this was really nice to read about her now. Even though I thought I'd everything out there this story was new. I liked it, I just wish the Sookie wouldn't be hypocritical where other people are concerned. Sookie even acknowledges it but is more like, "Oh well, that's how I think." Very good story. 4 stars.

2. Wizard Home Security, Victor Gischler. A wizard is robbed, pays for security, is trapped by the security and then thwarts the robber. Super short. 3 stars.

3. Gray, Patricia Briggs: (Mercy Thompson universe). A very good story about a female vampire who moves back home hoping to find some peace. 4 stars.

4. Squatters' Rights, Rocelle Krich. A story about a house with a bad history and how that affects the new owners. I have no idea what was going on with the "squatters". 2 stars.

5. Blood on the Wall, Heather Graham. A mild mannered detective stops a killer that's targeting a fake demon cult. We never figure out why they were targeted in the first place. 2 stars.

6. The Mansion of Imperatives, James Grady. A strange story that I think the author was trying to make scary but didn't really suceed. 2 stars.

7. The Strength Inside, Melissa Marr. Sisters and the children they take care of are trying to improve their home and use unconventional (or should I say ancient) methods to do so. Strange story. 3 stars.

8. Woolsey's Kitchen Nightmare, EE Knight. Morbid and flippant don't usually go together and they don't in my opinion. 2 stars.

9. Through This House, Seanan McGuire (October Daye #4.5) A good story about Goldengreen and some of the horrors that took place there. 4 stars

10. The Path, S J Rozan. I really tried to read this story but it was soooo slooowww. I just gave up. No rating.

11. Rick the Brave, Stacia Kane (Downside #5.5) I miss Terrible and Chess! Please Stacia Kane, write another book in their series!!! This is a short story about a home improvement project that goes bad. 5 stars.

12. Full-Scale Demolition, Suzanne McLeod (Spellcrackers) Cute story about a Sidhe who's job is to round up fae that are causing a commotion. There's a kelpie that the heroine is attracted to if she can get beyond the kelpie tendencies to drown people. Throw in a couple of lamias and children to rescue - it should have been a lot of fighting but mostly it was getting hit, passing out and then waking up. (Another book I'm reading has the same passing out theme. A little frustrating.) 3-1/2 stars.

13. It's All in the Rendering, Simon Green. This couple lives and works in a sanctuary house for the normal and paranormal world. Both sides inspect the home and say all kinds of changes need to be done. The couple and the guests discuss different options, end up doing nothing and that's what works. What the frick!? 2 stars

14. In Brightest Day, Tony Kelner. The author was trying to write humor for the main character or at least make her humorous. To me, it didn't work. And bringing back the same guy over and over was really cruel. The reason didn't seem enough for me. 2 stars.

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review 2017-04-24 17:08
CRAVINGS by LAURELL K. HAMILTON, ETC
Cravings - Laurell K. Hamilton,MaryJanice Davidson,Eileen Wilks,Rebecca York

Anthology 4.75 out of 5 stars. Excellent for an anthology.

1. "Beyond the Ardeur" (An Anita Blake tale) By Laurell K. Hamilton - I started reading this and I kept thinking that I've read this before. I searched for this title or series # in the list of titles. Nothing. So I kept reading, knowing what was coming next. Then I went back to the anthology's blurb and saw this: ***This short story is a condensed version of Incubus Dreams, book 12 in the Anita Blake series! No wonder, I have read it. I gave Incubus Dreams 5 stars, so I'll give this 5 stars.

2. "Dead Girls Don't Dance," by MaryJanice Davidson. I've read this one too. I have a feeling I read this before I was on Goodreads. I liked this story. Thought it was funny and sweet. 5 stars.

3. "Originally Human" by Eileen Wilks. Read it previously also. He's a "something different" that fell in love with her from afar. Cute story. 4 stars.

4. "Burning Moon" by Rebecca York. Okay I read all of these stories but this one was worth a re-read. Serial killer after handicapped woman and a werewolf who is there to stop him. 5 stars.

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review 2017-04-24 16:49
ELLORA'S CAVEMEN: TALES FROM THE TEMPLE III
Ellora's Cavemen: Tales from the Temple III - Jaid Black,Cheyenne McCray,Mary Wine,Delilah Devlin,Anya Bast,Diana Hunter,Sherri L. King

Anthology Average is 3 stars out of 5

1. Wolf’s Law by Cheyenne McCray. Okay story about a werewolf coming upon a woman sold into slavery and falling in love/lust. 3 stars.

2. Scarlet Sweet by Anya Bast. The fae separate to separate planets and find themselves in dire straights. One has the potential to be "embraced" which makes her something more and maybe finding someone more. Good story. 3 stars.

3. Writers Unblocked by Diana Hunter. A couple who have been married for two years finally come clean about what floats their boat. 3 stars.

3. Looking Forward by Mary Wine. Colonists come to a planet and one of the women becomes an unwanted widow until the planet's inhabitants get a look at her. Good story. 3-1/2 stars.

4. Raptor's Prey by Delilah Devlin. He's part of a dream but he's not. They have sex in these dreams but she's not sure if it's real because he ended one talk with a really cryptic remark. And what's up with the hawk? 2-1/2 stars.

5. Voyeurs Overexposed by Sherri L. King. People living under Earth's crust fight evil and try to stop humans from finding out. One of the Shikar meets a photographer who took pictures of a battle. Why they sent this girl, I have no idea. Okay story. 3 stars.

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review 2016-11-22 20:16
RUNNING WITH THE PACK edited by EKETERINA SEDIA
Running with the Pack - Mike Resnick,C. E. Murphy,Carrie Vaughn,Laura Anne Gilman,Lawrence Schimel,Susan Palwick,Jeffrey Ford,Maria V. Snyder,Peter Bell,Marie Brennan,Steve Duffy,Amanda Downum,Samantha Henderson,Jesse Bullington,Karen Everson,Ekaterina Sedia,Geoffrey Goodwin,Gen

Anthology. Average rating is 3.52 stars. There were a few I skipped because of violence against children, there were a few stinkers but quite a few good ones so worth the read.

1. Wild ride by Carrie Vaughn. A lonely man finds out he's got a horrible disease and discovers a way to get a cure. Then he has to either live the life that's expected or try to move on. Good story. 3-1/2 stars.

2. Side-Effects May Include by Steve Duffy. A guy breaks his wisdom tooth on a business trip to China and after reading an article in a scientific journal he tries to find the miracle cure. It doesn't end well. 2-1/2 stars.

3. Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Antipathetics as Employed Against Lycanthropes by Marie Brennan. Didn't read. No rating.

4. The Beautiful Gelreesh by Jeffrey Ford. Really strange story of a kind of counselor who fixes and then consumes his patients and the legend he creates. 2-1/2 stars.

5. Skin in the Game by Samantha Henderson. Bunco gone wrong with the adage "Cheaters never prosper" thrown in. 4 stars.

6. Blended by C.E. Murphy. This was a great short story! An orphan werewolf girl meets her family's killer and finds a companion. I wish there were more in this series. 5 stars.

7. Locked Doors by Stephanie Burgis. A little boy is left to take care of his dangerous father. Very good story, I wish it were longer. 5 stars.

8. Werelove by Laura Anne Gilman. Such a short but powerful story. I'm wondering how it ends. I a definitely going to check out more of this author's work. 5 stars.

9. In Sheep's Clothing by Molly Tanzer. Didn't read. No rating.

10. Royal Bloodlines by Mike Resnick. Okay -what I found wrong/strange with this story. 1) The country preacher reads/talks with a country accent but everyone in Hungary understands him? Are they speaking English? 2) This is supposed to be 1936 but the card game in the toilet has a pot of several thousand dollars - so first off the amount is way too large for 1936 and dollars? 3) The dog show in Hungary has a $10,000.00 prize (again dollars and the amount) and the wolf wins in the miniature poodle division? 4) The ending was kind of gross - well not kind of, it was gross. 2 stars.

11. The Dire Wolf by Genevieve Valentine. Sad story about a lone wolf and what she does and has to give up for her people. 3-1/2 stars.

12. Take Back the Night by Lawrence Schimel. Lesbian werewolves gone wild - literally. 3 stars.

13. Mongrel by Maria V. Snyder. A foster girl forced on the street finds a life with stray dogs, rescues one and starts a new, hopefully better. life. Very good story. 5 stars.

14. Deadfall by Karen Everson. A high school girl feels the power of her family against horrible bullies. Really good story. 5 stars.

15. Red Riding Hood's Child by N.K. Jemisin. A boy loses his innocence and finds not only a companion but revenge. Pretty good story. 4 stars.

16. Are You a Vampire or a Goblin? by Greoffrey H. Goodwin. Didn't read, no rating. Well, I take that back, I started it but it had dreams/nightmares of the main character eating a neighborhood kid. The other one I skipped had the same kind of story. I can't handle that even if it's fiction.

17. The Pack and the Pickup Artist by Mike Brotherton. A playa boy is smitten and then his whole life changes. The pick-up lines were a little ridiculous and pretentious bit it was still a pretty good story. 3 stars.

18. The Garden, the Moon, the Wall by Amanda Downum. The main character is I think a goblin not a werewolf. The only werewolves are the once she thinks she glimpses from the shadows and the ones to greet her and ask a price at the gate to the garden. Does she change into a werewolf?There are also ghosts thrown in that only she can see. I didn't get it. Maybe if I read a longer version of this story it would make more sense to me. 2-1/2 stars.

19. Blamed for Trying to Live by Jesse Bullington. A trying to be vegan boy wants to become a werewolf. Cute story. 3-1/2 stars.

20. The Barony at Rødal by Peter Bell. A father who loves to travel to gardens goes on a holiday with his daughter and might have come across Nazi shapeshifters. This story was strange. I could not get into it at all. 2-1/2 stars.

21. Inside Out by Erzebet Yellowboy. For a short story, this dragged a lot. Gretchen kept going back to the cabin, over and over and over and over. It was a little ridiculous. Not my favorite. 2-1/2 stars.

22. Gestella by Susan Palwick. A girl who ages as a dog finds a pedophile, then lover, then husband, then executioner. Really sad story. 3 stars.

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review 2016-08-19 00:43
NUMBERS by LAURANN DOHNER
Numbers - Laurann Dohner
Two stories. I gave 3 stars to each story so the combined rating remains 3 stars.

140 - Don't get me wrong, I love this author's New Species books much more than Lora Leigh's Breed series which are so filled with angst that it has become literally a chore to get through, but this romance came out of nowhere. It started with her holding Mourn's (stupid name by the way) hand and then he wanted a relationship. This was not because of some overwhelming love, which did come very quickly, but it seemed that it was "just because". Made no sense to me. Now her, being confronted by a very attractive, intense man, how can you not fall in love. So, maybe that's my answer, he was confronted with a very attractive, intense woman and couldn't help falling in love. 3 out of 5 stars.

927 - Candi watched her dad kill her mom and then he threw her into the lab where he worked where she met 927 (later renamed Hero). After thinking each other dead they find out that is not the case but Hero has a lot of anger to work through. Okay, so first of all how did her scent change after so many years? Hero said it changed the last time they were at the lab but years and years later she still smells like the feline? I don't get it. Then I know I talk a lot about how I like that this author's books aren't chock full of angst like Lora Leigh's books, but this could have played up a little more the anger Hero felt when he saw Candi again. That was looking like it was going to be a really emotional scene but to me it was all about the running - him running off, her running to chase him, people running to catch her. I got tired reading it. So another book/story that wasn't my favorite. 3 out of 5 stars.
 
 
 

 

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