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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312590725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312590727
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

P.N. Elrod- Outside the Box.
Lola Jane
Take the time, read all the stories, not just the authors you know, and you might just find yourself with some new addictions, too.
I usually only read short story collections if they contain a story from a an author I already like.
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Format: Paperback
Another solid supernatural anthology featuring some of the biggest names in urban fantasy.

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...
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Thilmany TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
The anthology carries novellas from--I believe--ongoing series of nine established authors of Urban Fantasy. This book, while received free for review, was already on my `To Buy' list because I regularly read four of the authors and used to read a fifth one. The stories run anywhere from 30 - 50 pages and do a good job of filling you in on the different worlds and characters and tell the story without a too-rushed type of feeling.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dread Pirate Thomas on June 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent collection of paranormal short stories. There's enough big names in there (Elrod, Butcher, Green) to catch your interest and the unfamiliar ones (at least to me) were, for the most part, a pleasant introduction. The only reason this didn't get 5 stars was because of one story I didn't enjoy, but even that wasn't bad, it just didn't measure up to the rest. It's well worth the purchase price and the time it takes to read (which wasn't long, due to it's enjoyability; my new word).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lola Jane on October 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Not every story is a home-run but I think that well more than half were good and a few were very, very good. Overall, it was totally worth the time to read and I'm even going to look up an author I had abandoned and another I haven't read based on the strength of their short stories.

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.

The Stories:

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.
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