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Product Details

  • Series: Supernatural Suburbia (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Original edition (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133200
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Esther Friesner is winner twice over of the coveted Nebula Award (for the Year’s Best short Story, 1995 and 1996) and is the author of over thirty novels, including the USA Today best-seller Warchild, and more than one hundred short stories. For Baen she edited the five popular “Chicks in Chainmail” anthologies. Her works have been published in the UK, Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Italy. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, and two rambunctious cats.  


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on October 28, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Strip Mauled (2009) is the second fantasy anthology in the Supernatural Suburbia series, following Witch Way to the Mall. It contains twenty original stories, an introduction and an afterword.

Leader of the Pack by Esther M. Friesner is an introduction to this work. Although not really fiction, it does set the stage for what follows. Prepare yourself for a few puns and lots of fun.

Howl! by Jody Lynn Nye exposes a Customs agent to lycanthropy.

Special Needs by K. D. Wentworth introduces a Cub Scout den to a new -- and unexpected -- member.

Fish Story by Tracy S. Morris confronts a writer and her werewolf friend with a water hazard.

Blame It on the Moonlight by Tim Waggoner depicts the meeting of a werewolf and a new woman in the neighborhood.

Imaginary Fiend by Lucienne Diver divulges the case of the cop and an invisible creature.

Neighborhood Bark-B-Q by Daniel M. Hoyt recounts the weird experiences that happen to a computer programmer at a new job.

That Time of Month by Laura J, Underwood examines some difficulties of living next door to country werewolves.

Pack Intern by Berry Kercheval tells of a novice witch getting a job with mall security.

Support Your Local Werewolf by Karen Everson involves a teenage werewolf in an abduction.

Isn't That Special by Esther M. Friesner presents a suburban control freak with a werewolf problem.

Prowling for Love by Linda L. Donahue takes an unmarried werewolf to a furry convention.

Lighter Than Were by Robert Hoyt considers the costs and advantages of technology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Young on December 23, 2009
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This is a compilation of short stories about werewolves in a modern sub-urban setting. Some stories are touching, some funny, and some flat. If you love supernatural stories about wereworlves I recommend this book. Otherwise, pass.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christina Paige on October 23, 2009
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21 stories about were-wolves and the like living in suburbia, this anthology is a follow up to Witch Way to the Mall, so the cover shows a well-endowed witch serving tea to a pixie, a were-wolf, and an even more well-endowed vampire.
Friesner introduces the stories with a truly funny essay that commences, "Alas, poor were-wolves, forever doomed to be Avis to the vampires' unassailable fang-hold on Hertz, Pepsi to their Coke, Burger King to their McDonalds!" The next two pages are full of alliteration and airy persiflage - a refreshing change from all the angst and hard-bitten cynicism that have inundated the SF genre. Most of the stories that follow are pleasant diversions. The emphasis is on humor, and even if it isn't laugh-out-loud-until-you-cry, this and an apple may help keep the doctor away.
K.D Wentworth's "Special Needs" is about a cub scout meeting for young weres in training that gets invaded by a pushy Mundane mom and her hapless son. But it turns out there is more to the misfit than meets the eye.
Lots of the stories represent the struggle to retain human semblance and self-direction under provocation, and all of them are set in the deceptively familiar blacktop-and-mass-production here and now. But the characters come in all sorts and sizes. There's the cop with a pixie companion in "Imaginary Fiend" who discovers that an obvious threat may not be the greatest danger. There's the U.S. Customs attorney who, in "Howl!" has to contend with a sly and smarmy adversary by day and midlife crisis at home, which proves to be ...transformative. In "Where-Wolf" Kevin is a suicide hot-line volunteer with an unusual challenge. In other stories, there are house moms, teens, retail workers, kids running amok, and strange neighbors.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Robinson VINE VOICE on October 18, 2009
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This is a set of 21 short stories all of which are very good to excellent I almost never give a collection a 5 star rating because there are almost always a couple real dogs but here we have some real Weres. These stories are all humorous and if you don't like to see fun poked at the genre you will not like this book. But it does a good job of exploiting cliches and providing nicely written humor. One of my favorites is when a self proclaimed Evil Magician manages to turn his freshman room mate into a were wolf and the gets himself a wolf shape to complement his were jaguar. The were flea is good as is the tattooed, biker, dwarf detective.

Over all an excellent read not a dud in the bunch. And even a few memorable characters as well.
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By Amazon Customer on January 28, 2014
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I completely love these anthologies. I only wish I could get them on Kindle because once I'm done, I'm done.
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