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Strange Candy Hardcover – October 3, 2006
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For an excellent collection of paranormal romance stories of many different subsets, look no further than Strange Candy. The stories collected therein give an excellent depiction of Laurell K. Hamilton's range as an author. Each story has a personalized introduction from the author and it's nice to have added perspective on a story's history rather than just reading it cold. Some of them were considered failures by editors, others display the goals she set for herself as a novice author. I've never read anyone who takes as many risks as Hamilton does within the paranormal genre. Though not every story hit home with me, there were a few that I felt were stellar, and that was enough to ensure that I'll read more of her work in the future.
In particular, I loved:
A Lust of Cupids: A woman in her early-thirties is hunted by a group of young cherubs determined to see her fall in love. When she is rescued by a man around her age who is equally determined to stay off the marriage market, what else could happen but that they'd fall in love. I was particularly captivated by this story because I've never thought of Cupid outside of the idea that he was a single Roman god and had never even considered that there might be groups of cupids. That Hamilton was willing to twist such an established idea, and do it so thoughtfully and humorously, was delightful to me.Read more ›
The first story in the book, "Those Who Seek Forgiveness" is, as Laurell puts it, "the first time Anita ever walked on paper for me." I hate to say it, but it's not that great a story. This is obviously Anita Blake Mark I. The character traits that would make Anita something special, the wit, the vicious sense of humor, the repressed sexuality, are nowhere in evidence - because they didn't yet exist in the author's mind.
Many readers will be shocked to discover "Those Who Seek Forgiveness" was the template for much of Laurell's short novel Micah. I said good things about Micah upon its release. I would have been less impressed had I known how much of it was a retread. The basic plot of Anita being hired by a murderer to raise the zombie of their victim, the zombie breaking free of Anita's control to attack its killer, Anita flung through the air to crack her head on a gravestone, being knocked unconscious, waking up at the end of the story in a hospital bed after her client's death, all were lifted from "Those Who Seek Forgiveness".
The rest of the stories are mostly forgettable, about half-and-half not-very-fantastic fantasy and not-very-horrible horror. There's a reason Laurell K. Hamilton is not known as a great short story writer: she isn't. Overall her characters are cardboard, she hasn't the gift of sketching a believable, sympathetic personality in the few strokes allowed within a short story's limited word count. There's rarely a sense of real peril involved in the problems her characters face.Read more ›
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I love all of LKH's books, and this one is no different. It's a compilation of short stories, all dark and some made me wish she had expanded the story into a full book. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jennifer Collins
One I'm a fan of both LKH's series. I caught the Anita Blake series early on, before sex was ever an issue. And I don't really care that they've gone the direction they have. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cacey Kennedy
This anthology is a fantastic romp through the short stories of this author's deviously twisted mind. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Janet Julien
Short stories and a few of the first glimpses into Anita Blake, the Executioner. All the stories were good but the Cupids, the Merman, and of course the Anitas were excellent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bookelf
Whomever told you to not write non-urban fantasy may need to be shot. While I didn't love all of them, they were all pretty good. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R.S.W.