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Carniepunk [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Caine , Rob Thurman , Kevin Hearne , Seanan McGuire , Jennifer Estep , Allison Pang , Kelly Gay , Delilah S. Dawson , Kelly Meding
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Book Description

Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy’s biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world. . . .

RACHEL CAINE’s vampires aren’t child’s play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in “The Cold Girl.” With “Parlor Tricks,” JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea.” KEVIN HEARNE’s Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in “Painted Love.”


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While quite a lot of this collection relies on standard horror tropes, each of the stories tends to use them well enough to keep things interesting. From the opening tale, Painted Love to Seanan McGuire’s haunting Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea, the promise of magic, illusion, and adventure on the midways of various traveling carnivals is conveyed vividly and with striking detail. While not all of the stories necessarily do anything to illuminate the human condition (with a few exceptions, which manage nicely to illustrate the pains of not belonging and of pretending to be something you’re not), they’re all interesting pieces of narrative and entertaining in their many, varied ways. And of course, there are a few good, solid action stories in among the more psychological horror. A few of them, including Delilah S. Dawson’s The Three Lives of Lydia and Nicole Peeler’s The Inside Man, are also effective teasers for their authors’ novels. --Regina Schroeder

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the immensely popular Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, Outcast Season, and Revivalist series. Learn more at RachelCaine.com.

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  • File Size: 3944 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A281B5I
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent urban fantasy sampler July 23, 2013
Format:Paperback
"Painted Love" by Rob Thurman
Marvelous surprises await you in "Painted Love." Told from the point of view of a supernatural hitchhiker, "Painted Love" takes readers on an exploration of love and evil. Rob Thurman gave Doodle such an interesting, unique voice that I was drawn into the story from the start and couldn't stop reading until I learned what was going on. I'm afraid I can't say much about this story without spoiling it, but suffice it to say that you're in for a fascinating journey. "Painted Love" stayed with me long after I finished reading it and I'm looking forward to reading more of Rob Thurman's work.

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"The Three Lives of Lydia" by Delilah S. Dawson
I admit, I picked up the Carniepunk anthology for this story. I love Delilah S. Dawson's Blud series and thus was eager to delve into the world of the Bludmen once more. Ms. Dawson does not disappoint. "The Three Lives of Lydia" explores the terrible beauty of Sang and of Criminy's Clockwork Caravan as seen through the eyes of Lydia, a human from our world who wakes up in Sang. I loved the vibrancy of the carnival, the darker undertones of the world, and seeing Sang -- not to mention curious Bludman Charlie Dregs -- through Lydia's eyes. The twists and turns the story took were interesting, leaving me to ponder the implications of what Ms. Dawson revealed.

If you haven't read the Blud series, "The Three Lives of Lydia" is a good introduction to the world of Sang. Chronologically, it takes place before the first book, Wicked As They Come, so fans of the series will undoubtedly be thrilled to see the caravan and its members (including Blud heroes Criminy and Casper) before Tish's arrival.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price of admission July 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've never been a big fan of anthologies. There is limited reading time (sad, I know) so I stick to novels where I can find character development and a depth to the story. However, in the past several months I decided to read more short stories. Earlier this year I read and reviewed a book of short stories / novellas by one of my favorite authors. And, my husband surprised me with an anthology of zombie shorts that I have enjoyed to the halfway point. So, when I saw this group of authors (many very well-known for their paranormal writing) and, hello, CARNIVALS - I really wanted to give this one a shot. Am I glad I did? You betcha!

As with any eclectic group, some of the stories are definitely better than others. I won't review each one separately here but if you are interested, I did rate each one with my Goodreads status updates while reading. The ratings varied from 1 to 5 stars with most receiving 3.5-4.

My favorite was definitely "The Cold Girl" by Rachel Caine. It was scary and sad - abusive teenage relationships, fortune tellers and the reaper. About 30 pages but better character development than many full length paranormal novels out right now.

Least favorite was "The Sweeter the Juice" by Mark Henry. I can't even describe it. Just weird. And, I hate to say but not good at all.

Overall, 4/5 stars and worth the price of admission.

Thank you to the Gallery Books for providing a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Anthology December 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A collection of stories with a carnival theme by a number of awesome authors. Some were outstanding, some were good, but all were well worth reading. I think some of the stories had an advantage to winning my affection, since they are set in worlds and with characters that I'm already familiar with from series I love. Some ended somewhat ambiguously, and I think I liked the stories with a clear happy ending better, but that's just my taste. I'm not going to go into each one here, but the stories I thought were outstanding were:

The Demon Barker of Wheat Street by Kevin Hearne - a story featuring the characters and world of the Iron Druid series, this one was full of action and I loved the ending.

The Cold Girl by Rachel Caine - a story of a teen girl in a relationship with the wrong boy with tragic results, but the ending was fantastic. I'm always a sucker for a well-deserved revenge.

A Duet With Darkness by Allison Pang - I wish I had read this story before I read A Sliver of Shadow because it features some of the characters that appeared in that book and explains their relationships. It features the violinist Melanie St James and was set in the world of the Abby Sinclair books.

Parlor Tricks by Jennifer Estep - a short story featuring Gin Blanco from her Elemental Assassin series which is one of my favorite series, so of course I adored it. It involved Gin and her sister Bria attending a carnival while looking for a missing girl. I loved the way Gin and Bria worked together to defeat the villains.

Freak House by Kelly Meding - this one was not set in the world I'm most familiar with, the Dreg City novels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag
This collection was an mixed bag. Some of the stories were to my taste and others were not. It was okay overall
Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat misleading title
This uneven collection isn't exactly what the title advertises. Sure, all of the settings involve carnivals, but only in one story (maybe one and a half) are the protagonists... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Evil Voodoo Celt
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh. Would probably have enjoyed this more if I'd read the series that...
This was billed as an “urban fantasy anthology” in which every story took place at a circus. I think there’s a lot that can be done with a circus setting (if you read my review of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Sessions
4.0 out of 5 stars Carnival of Stories
These stories are all over the board with one connection: a traveling carnival. They brought back my own excitement/fear/curiosity I felt as a kid at the carnival. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jasblu
4.0 out of 5 stars The Carnival's in Town. Woohoo!!
All the stories in this anthology revolve around the carnival and/or circus life, a subject I really enjoy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cherie Barstow
3.0 out of 5 stars Very dark stories focused in Carnivals -- Hit or Miss
Overall:
I have to give CarniePunk three stars for the following reasons:
1) Quality of the writing in the stories is variable depending on the author of the short story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. C Glover
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush, beautiful writing!
Trying to describe the beautiful writing in CARNIEPUNK is difficult, because anything I say will fall short. But the words “gorgeous,” “lush,” and “inspiring” come to mind. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chelsea P.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Some were great, others not so much :-(
Published 3 months ago by E.V.
4.0 out of 5 stars oh(regret)...im done with the book.
I enjoyed all of these stories more than previous reviews would have suggested. A challenging mix of styes is offered by the editor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian Klugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The book came in perfect condition.
Published 3 months ago by Ellen M. Cornia
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