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Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives Paperback – March 1, 2011
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This collection would be perfect for those on the hunt for some new urban fantasy series to try, each tale giving us a brief taste of the author's style and their characters. Some delight us with humor and wit, some shock us with paranormal twists to standard detective work, and some hint at a darkness and pain we know will affect us more profoundly should we pick up the full length novels. The only complaint would be the length of each story, on average about 15 pages-a challenge that forces us to absorb a lot of details and individuals in rapid succession and never allows us time to fully settle in. Reading this book is akin to ordering a sampler platter-a great variety of tasty morsels are presented but ultimately we find our favorites and try to savor them before moving on to nibble on the next.
MY PERSONAL FAVORITES:
Little Better Than a Beast by T.A.Read more ›
There are stories like Chris Marie Green's "Soul Stains" which is a unique spin on vampires, a new mythos that I haven't come across before. And fans of Tanya Huff's Blood books and the Smoke and Mirrors series will be happy to find a deliciously dark story starring Tony Foster. Hurray Tony!
A few favorites in the collection were Simon R. Green's "The Spirit of the Thing," which is one of the best ghost stories I have read in ages. It was haunting and cryptic, just as a ghost story should be. "Dusted" by Laura Anne Gilman was another great one, any story that has gnomes, fauns and pixies in it is an automatic win for me.
Overall, I absolutely loved this book, there wasn't a single story I didn't enjoy, which is a rarity when it comes to anthologies. Every story was well-written, different, yet fit in with the book perfectly. I highly recommend picking up this chilling and unique collection.
The detectives cover the gamut from hard-boiled PI's giving - and getting - low blows on the mean streets to intellectuals expounding on crime in refined quiet rooms. Sleuths include the demon-fighting soccer mom trying to shepherd her daughter safely past demon-snares as well as the normal risks of adolescence, the disgruntled Security sorcerer who battles bureaucracy as well as beasts, and other detectives both amateur and professional.
The paranormal elements are equally varied. In addition to the usual vampires and werewolves, there are demons of compelling variety and more than one style of shape-shifter. Snakes, ugh. Fairy-tale creatures such as gnomes and fairies also appear. The detective isn't necessarily chasing a monster, nor is the monster always the villain. The settings are mostly urban, mostly modern, with an overlay (or underbelly) of fantasy elements.
One reservation about this collection was that some authors presumed a familiarity with their series work and left me faintly lost at first, while others seemed to be trying to fit several novels' worth of back story into the opening paragraphs and slowed the pace accordingly.Read more ›
There are a few distressing typographical issues in this anthology that probably reflect poorly on the editing process rather than on the authors, but that's true of almost every anthology I've read recently, so I don't think this is specific to the editor at hand, but probably reflects the current flaws in the process of publishing anthologies.
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The thematic construct of the book was urban fantasy crime-solving. The unspoken purpose of this book was to bring together short stories set in existing urban fantasy worlds and... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Rover
I love this guy. Great and fun stories and always keeps my somewhat eccentric interests.Published 11 months ago by Gary W. Mac Kendrick
I love anything written by this author.....I think I have all but 3! Please write faster!Published 16 months ago by W. E. Roberts
This is a selection of short stories set in ongoing "urban fantasy" universes. I'm familiar with some of the series - John Green's Nightside, for example - but I'm not... Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Peter S. Bradley
Now we all know anthology books can be extremely hard to put together and also they can be pretty hard for the reader too. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Larissa
While traveling to visit relative, I started reading this book. The short stories are all good reads and the length is well suited to unwinding from a day of travel. Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by DJ
Lots of different authors and lots of great stories. Would definitely recommend this anthology to anyone who loves a great detective story.Published on March 7, 2013 by Robert
I read alot of the series that these short stories are from, and find them all great reads. I completely love this book.Published on February 25, 2013 by Avid Reader