- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 30 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: June 7, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0054N6KPC
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As with any anthology, results are mixed. It's a great way to get side tales for authors you follow, and can be a good way to pick up new ones. My general point of view is it's worth it if I get one story I like, likely from an author I follow. This had two, which was a bonus.
Shiny by Rachel Caine introduces a not-so-rogue djinn to our favorite weather warden and her djinn-boss lover, not to mention a fast car, a diamond bikini and a car chase.
In Vino Veritas by Karen Chase dhampir Dory finds herself up against the Chinese vampire mafia, trying to drink their boss under the table until back up arrives.
In Hunt by Rachel Vincent a werecat finds her camping trip turning into a rescue mission, first for a friend than for herself. I'm not a fan of Vincent's writing and I found the actions of everyone involved a little silly but it was cute and not a bad read.
Monsters by Lilith Saintcrow follows a vampire whose self-appointed role has been to collect and freeze in time human masterpieces in the form of vampires. With her charges brutally killed she tracks down their murderers one by one only to learn a horrible truth. I love driven, hurting characters and she exhibits her skills in this story.
In Vampires Prefer Blondes, P.N. Elrod's vampire P.I. is only mentioned as we follow his very human girlfriend. She proves you don't have to be supernatural to get the job done, as she battles a conniving vampire over an innocent girl.
In Nine-Tenths of the Law, Jenna Black's exorcist and demon-king host main character isn't sure who's the good guys as she works to find and protect and illegally-possessed girl. Jenna Black's S&M themes in her books finally turned me off but none of that in this short story!
In Double Dead by Cheyenne McCray Metamorphs, shape-shifters (I think) are plotting to kidnap and make a place for themself on the Paranormal Council. Had to force myself through this one. I found the main character silly, naive and just stupid. I didn't buy her as kick butt. Only story I struggled with.
A Rose by Any Other Name Would Still Be Red by Elizabeth A. Vaughan follows Red as she follows her lord's orders to sweep in and rescue the newly freed slaves of her land. Red has that always necessary habit of following the rules right up until they interfere with her job. She rescues a few unexpected creatures along the way. Not a bad read but not spectacular.
Superman by Jeanne C. Stein follows her resistant vampire as she tracks down a blood-thirsty vampire coyote killing illegals along the border. She's working with her ex-lover and the baggage isn't pleasant for either of them. Not bad, enough back story to the series to make you interested in that but not so much it gets confusing
Monster Mash by Carole Nelson Douglas follows Delilah Street as she deals with a songstress driving the werewolves in their glass house (er, casino) mad with her high pitched soprano. Cinema Simulacrums (SinCims) are black and white movie characters overlaid on zombies for entertainment. The casino's gotten in a new shipment and it's up to Delilah Street to determine where the piercing voice is coming from, with a little help from vampire Sansouci.
In Wanted: Dead or Alive by L.A. Banks, Tanya, a mobster assassin becomes a reluctant vampire ruler and gains a conscious at the same time. She meets another wronged vampire, deprived of his calling when she kills her maker. Together they work to set the vampire world on its heels.
Mist is one of Odhinn's handmaidens in the story by Susan Krinard. Ragnarok has come and gone and it didn't go as planned. Trapped in Midgard, Mist is guarding a magical spear, and her boyfriend happens to be Loki in surprise. Before long Mist is fighting jotun with an elf at her side, trying to rescue the powerful spear. Cute, a little predictable, but she fits the kick butt.
Beyond the Pale by Nancy Holder is probably my favorite. An American border guard finds herself drafted into an ancient group of knights which rides out every night to protect mortals from the Erl King and his baby-snatching goblins. There's a lot of great world building and characterization in this, and I'd love to read more about this character and her world.
Definitely highly recommended. I'm adding some of these authors to my "to be read" collection.
I didn't care for Saintcrow or Chance, but those were the only two authors I was familiar with and their writing has gotten pretty boring to me. The authors that I'm going to check out right now are P. N. Elrod, Elizabeth A. Vaughan, and Susan Krinard. Their stories were my favorites but I loved the rest as well. If I could afford it I would go buy one by each author.