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Strange Brew (Jane Yellowrock) [Kindle Edition]

P. N. Elrod
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Today's hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic!

In Charlaine Harris' "Bacon," a beautiful vampire joins forces with a witch from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband. In "Seeing Eye" by Patricia Briggs, a blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother--and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected. And in Jim Butcher's "Last Call," wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark powers--the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.

For anyone who's ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who's imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection of short stories!



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Anthologist Elrod (My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding) taps into the urban fantasy craze with a mixed bag of wizardry, mystery and glamour. The best include Patricia Briggs's wistful Seeing Eye, wherein blind witch Wendy Moira Keller helps werewolf Tom Franklin search for his missing brother, and Jim Butcher's funny Last Call, which finds wizard Harry Dresden hot on the tail of Meditrina Bassarid, a wicked wine-loving maenad who wreaks havoc in a Chicago bar. In Rachel Caine's romantic Death Warmed Over, Holly Anne Caldwell, a resurrection witch, falls in love with Andrew Toland, a corpse from 1875, while Elrod's Hecate's Golden Eye tells of a 1937 hunt for a curious family gem. Though not particularly groundbreaking, these tales will easily keep paranormal mystery fans entertained. (July)
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Review

These tales will easily keep paranormal mystery fans entertained.

This uniformly excellent anthology starts off strong and proceeds to weave in plenty of action and dark magic.... There's something here for every supernatural taste.

Readers will pick this one up for the popular authors and be pleasantly surprised by the tyros. Highly recommended.

Product Details

  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 381 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312383363
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 Original edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LA0AAW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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123 of 127 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
SYNOPSIS:
This anthology contains nine paranormal short stories. The following is a brief description of each story.

1. Seeing Eye by Patricia Briggs - A blind witch decides to help a man, a werewolf, find his brother who is an undercover cop and has disappeared while on a case.

2. Last Call by Jim Butcher - Harry Dresden walks into his favorite bar for a beer and a sandwich and finds chaos instead. What is wrong with the beer being brewed by the bar owner?

3. Death Warmed Over by Rachel Caine - Holly is a resurrectionist witch. The last time she brought Andrew Toland back from the dead she fell in love with him. Now the police need his special help to solve another case but how can Holly stand the pain when Andrew has to die this time?

4. Vegas Odds by Karen Chance - Accalia (Lia) trains recruits at the War Mage Corps. Imagine her surprise when she realizes it is her own students who are trying to kill her.

5. Hecate's Golden Eye by P. N. Elrod - Chicago 1937 - Charles Escott and his undead colleague Jack Fleming are hired to help the rightful owner steal back her pendant. The history of the jewel says that any man who touches the Golden Eye dies. Luckily for Jack, he's already dead.

6. Bacon by Charlaine Harris - Dahlia Lynley-Chivers is a vampire who is now a widow because her werewolf husband was defeated in a challenge fight for pack position. She hires a witch to help her find out what was done to her husband to make him vulnerable and weak during the fight.

7. Signatures of the Dead by Faith Hunter - Spruce Pine, North Carolina, is being targeted by a band of rogue vampires.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Make mine a double --- 4.5 stars out of 5 July 13, 2009
By Dana
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
You never quite know what you are going to get with an anthology. Strange Brew has nine stories involving witchcraft, potions, and the like that definitely doesn't disappoint. I was excited by the fact that I had heard of 7 out of the 9 authors and have read works by 5 of them. I had high hopes that, for once, weren't dashed. I liked EVERY single story in this anthology --- high marks for all the authors involved (mostly A's and perhaps one or two B/B+'s).

Briggs gives us a story of a witch, a werewolf, and the ties that bind: family & love. It may be set in the Mercy Thompson/Alpha & Omega universe, but this is the first time we've seen these characters up close. (I hope to see more of them.)

Harris also sets her story in her well-established Universe (Southern Vampire Chronicles) but using less established characters. Her story of revenge, Bacon, is made all the more delicious and satisfying if you're already familiar with the unlikely interspecies love story, Tacky, found in My Big Supernatural Wedding that precedes this one.

As far as I know, Caine's tale of love resurrected and Chance's action-packed account of espionage among the War Mage Corps are wholly original pieces. I could, of course, be wrong. Regardless, both stories were unique and hard to put down.

The rest of the authors give us stories within there respective series:
Butcher gives us a story involving Harry Dresden, tainted beer, and the Chicago Bulls. Elrod gives us a classic tale of double cross from her Jack Fleming/Vampire Files series.
Hunter's story introduces us to her new butt-kicking, vampire-slaying, heroine - Jane Yellowrock - whose very own book Skinwalker is available this month (7/09).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Overly Juicy, But Satisfying September 3, 2009
Format:Paperback
Anthologies can be a bit hit or miss. Sometimes there is one fantastic author and a cluster of up and comers who haven't hit their stride yet. Not the case here! Strange brew is packed with big writers with big stories that just happen to be short. There's not enough length to the stories for anything too steamy if that's what you require, but the individual stories will keep you too busy flipping pages to notice.

Seeing Eye by Patricia Briggs
Returning to the same world as her Mercy Thompson and Alpha & Omega series, werewolves and witches are real and dominant Tom needs a witches help to get his human brother back after he's taken by a coven. Deformed and odd white witch Moira is the only one willing and capable to help. I read this story and was so pleased to find these characters cropping back up in the newest Alpha & Omega book!

Last Call by Jim Butcher
I'm never a big reader of the Dresden files but Butchers shorts still always amuse me! Of course this one provides a good mystery when the patrons of Harry Dresden's favorite watering hole go crazy and he and love interest Murphy need to track the villain down in time. Even if Harry's tempted to take a more delightful offer...

Death Warmed Over By Rachel Caine
This was possibly the most memorable story of the book! I was bawling be for the end of it! Holly is a resurrection witch paid and bullied by the police to bring back a legendary dead man and former witch whom she's brought back previously and secretly loves. When Holly ends up in a killers twisted sight, Andrew will do anything to protect her, even die all over again for love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry when it came
Most of my favorite authors in one book; how could I not love it! The short stories are fully rounded and show promise for later novels. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brenda Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anthology!!!
This is by far the best Urban Fantasy Anthology I have ever read! For me, all of the stories were fantastic excee for the last story, which took place in 1818 and I just can't get... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shannon Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good stories
Published 5 months ago by Julia T. Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This book introduced me to so many incredible authors and so many unforgettable characters. I would recommend to anyone who loves paranormal romance and is looking for inspiration.
Published 5 months ago by Mickayla Mace-McNary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item! A+++
Fast shipping! Great item! A+++
Published 6 months ago by Kelly Bruell
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Stange Brew - These short stories give you a verity of magic,...
~ 4 Strange Brew Stars ~

I picked this book up just to read Patria Briggs story Seeing Eye, but found myself reading the rest of these quick interesting short story's. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I LOVE IT!!! I could not put it down once i got it.
Published 9 months ago by A. Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
Love finding new authors and visiting a few favorites as well. Adventure, suspense, live and magic--with a dash of humor. Don't pass this one up!
Published 10 months ago by Gmamma
4.0 out of 5 stars All good "brews", no bad
I like buying collections of short stories, but there are usually 1-2, sometimes more, I think could be listed as a waste of time or in a few cases where I wish I had a delete key... Read more
Published 11 months ago by R. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
This was a great book. Introduced me to several new writers and new series. I will buy some of their books.
Published 12 months ago by Cecile Croghan
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Does Anyone Have Any Info on the Patti Briggs Entry?
There's nine novelette length stories. I'm keeping up on things at the editor's blog.

Here's the entry that lists the writers: http://p-n-elrod.livejournal.com/59540.html
May 4, 2009 by Mystik |  See all 19 posts
"Bacon"
I got to read it today, and Dahlia is in fine form. You're gonna like it! :D
Jul 9, 2009 by Mystik |  See all 3 posts
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