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Hex Appeal Paperback – June 5, 2012
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“Heavy hitters serve up sharp, dark, witty urban fantasy.... Fans of Elrod's Strange Brew, which included many of the same authors, will find plenty more to enjoy in this strong anthology.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Elrod has a real gift for gathering great authors and terrific stories for the anthologies she edits. That is certainly true of Hex Appeal, which boasts a stellar cast of nine storytellers providing their take on menacing magic and hazardous hexes!” ―RT Book Reviews
“A solid collection for lovers of urban fantasy and wizards in the modern world.” ―Library Journal
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Features stories from ILONA ANDREWS, JIM BUTCHER, RACHEL CAINE, CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS, P.N. ELROD, SIMON R. GREEN, LORI HANDELAND, ERICA HAYES and CARRIE VAUGHN.
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Top Customer Reviews
Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels' world)
The magical world of the Kate Daniels series is unparalleled in urban fantasy. Truly. So it was great fun to read a story that takes place across the country from Kate's Atlanta in Philadelphia. There are no character crossovers, but the hero is Saiman's cousin and also a frost giant. The characters are impressively developed for the page length, and the Seek and Assassinate mission that Adam and his partner go on is packed with magic and mayham...and even a little romance. Fans of this world will love this and new readers will get hooked on this world.
Rating: 4/5 Sexual Content: Kissing
Bigfoot on Campus by Jim Butcher (The Dresden Files)
Jim Butcher is the king of short stories. I've yet to read one that wasn't thoroughly entertaining, and I think Bigfoot on Campus is the best yet. Professional wizard, Harry Dresden agrees to investigate a potential threat against his friend Bigfoot's son. There aren't any real clues as to when this story takes place chronologically in The Dresden Files, so longtime fans and newbies alike can jump right in. Harry's trademark biting wit and sly observations are out in force here. Easily my favorite story in the anthology.
Rating: 5/5 Sexual Content: Kissing, magical lust magic that causes a orgy in a college dorm (no descriptions), a non graphic/vague sex scene.
Holly's Balm by Rachel Caine
So glad to see Holly and Andy back. I loved them in the STRANGE BREW anthology and hope to see more of them in future short stories (or full novels). It reads a little like an early Anita Blake story...Read more ›
Ilona Andrews - Retribution Clause. This story is set in Kate Daniels' world, although it takes place in Philadelphia with Saiman's frost giant cousin, Adam. He doesn't have the same level of magic as Saiman does, and he works as an insurance adjuster. He and his partner Siroun are sent out on an impossible task; a client had a retribution clause in her life insurance policy, to kill any person that kills her. They have to determine if the person they're after is guilty, but even more difficult is getting to the guy. If you need a fix from the Kate Daniels' world, this one works nicely and I wouldn't mind seeing future stories about these two. You shouldn't have a problem getting into this world if you haven't read the series.
Jim Butcher - Bigfoot on Campus. From the Harry Dresden series, this is the story I enjoyed the most. Bigfoot has used Harry before and hires him to go to his son--whom he's never met--as he has a premonition that his life is in danger. The story is laid out for us after the fact as Harry explains to a college campus police officer why he was found in the middle of an orgy, how a car ended up on the fourth floor of a dormitory, and why there were reports of seeing Bigfoot. This is an out-of-town story, so the white vampires encountered here are new to us.Read more ›
I think short stories are really hard to pull off. They are so brief that there isn't a lot of time to pull together good characters, a strong conflict, a compelling narrative, and a decent resolution. The fact that some authors managed is really impressive. All of the stories were really well-written, all had at least one strong and well-drawn character, and most had a solid story line.
Ilona Andrews- Retribution Clause. The Andrews writing team never fails to impress me. This story read like the introduction to a brand new paranormal suspense/urban fantasy series. Two completely new characters who were really well-drawn. In fact, the heroine had this great shadowy back story that was alluded to (as if we will see her again and I hope we do). The Andrews' teased us really, really well. I could have done with less adventure and more on the characters. It was a brief story (too brief!) but it really felt like a complete adventure. It was a highlight and an example of how to write a short story without relying too heavily upon an established franchise (though they did rely upon their Kate Daniels universe a bit).
Jim Butcher- Bigfoot on Campus. This is a Harry Dresden short story that relies upon his established franchise and universe. Still, it was really, really good.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As expected, Jim Butcher's short was as slick as Harry's wit and just as jaunty. A fun read. P.N. Elrod's short was equally as entertaining. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Richard C. Drew
I purchased this book specifically for the Ilona Andrews story and it does not disappoint. The story is set in the world of Kate Daniels but introduces two new characters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Emmasmom
4 stars: Retribution Clause - Ilona Andrews
This is set in the same world as the Kate Daniels series but we don't get to see any of the characters we already know and... Read more
this collection of short stories was very good and worth rereadingPublished 16 months ago by stewart
Some good back stories and some extended views of little known charactters. Some of the stories were kind of "twitty" though... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Christopher L. Lee
Purchased for Ilona Andrews "Retribution Clause" which was great (5 plus stars). I have loved all of Ilona Andrews books and the characters and worlds they create in them. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carol