Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Dates From Hell (A Hollows Novella) Mass Market Paperback – March 28, 2006
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From Publishers Weekly
Failing to capitalize on what should be a sure-fire concept, this quartet of paranormal romance novellas falls prey to the usual suspects: lack of cohesion, formulaic characters and flimsy plots. Harrison kicks off the book with a prelude to her Hollows series, an exposition-heavy tale of confusing office/vampire politics, in which a vampiric homicide detective looks for a way to get ahead at the office apart from letting the boss into her jugular. Harrison's over-the-top atmospherics make for a jarring transition to the light touch of the second novella, Sands's farcical story of young researcher-cum-shapeshifter Claire, who attends her high school reunion as two different people: herself, accompanying schoolyard dreamboat Kyle, and hunky Hollywood actor Brad Cruise, a favor to her dateless best friend Jill. Nestled in between Sands's slapstick and Handeland's passable closer—about a tough-as-nails demon hunter out to save a virginal literary agent—is the collection's one gem: Armstrong's tale of a bold and sassy half-demon peacekeeper who finds herself falling for a werewolf thief. Unlike her compatriots, Armstrong works well with the space constraint, giving her story an open-ended, promising conclusion. (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After, and The Undead Pool, plus the short story collection Into the Woods, The Hollows Insider and graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Undead in the Garden of Good & Evil - Kim Harrison could slap her name on a piece of lettuce at this point and we'd all sit around oohing & awing at it. The woman is that enthralling. For fans of her series, don't expect this short tale to further that storyline. But it does give us more incite into the lives of both vampires, Ivy & Kisten. It helps you associate with why certain choices are then made in the series.
The Claire Switch Project- I love Lynsay Sands. In fact if I could trade my own dear husband in for a few of her hero's I would! This was very light & entertaining if a tad predictable. The ending was very intrigueing though. If she ever gets tired of her vampire series ( please no, never)she could start this theme for a new one. Think Mystique from X-Men!
Chaotic- Very good story by Kelly Armstrong! A half demon would be spy thinks she's using her powers to detect chaos to bust the bad guy & help the world. However she finds that the real bad guys have been using her & she must help jewel thief Karl Marston save the day. Warning: Our jewel loving werewolf doesn't neccisarily get the girl. But the author does set them up very interestingly to continue with further stories...
Dead Man Dating- Alright I wil admit that I HATED the Moon series by Lori Handeland, it's no secret. But I think her short may have been the most memorable & exciting of the great stories in this book! A somewhat mousy librarian becomes a hunted conquest for a new breed of sexual demon unleashed in New York. Sort of Like a Succubbus with out the frailties, this demon needs a virgin sacrifice. That's hard to find in the big city. Enter a reclusive demon hunter with possesion secrets of his own to save the day. I felt there was a lot of chemistry in this story. With believable tidbits of modern terror in the big apple, I was blown away by the ending which surely must be setting us up for a new series by Handeland. Shockingly, I'd buy it as well!
"Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" by Kim Harrison is the story of Ivy and Kirsten before they met Rachel. Ivy is being pressured by her boss Art (a vampire jerk) and how she deals with him is downright funny; it also explains why she wound up as a runner for Interland Security.
"The Claire Switch Project" by Lynsay Sands Clare and Kyle are old high school buddies (now grad students) working on a molecular destabilizer. She is zapped by another researcher who wants to speed up human trials, and finds that as a result she can change her appearance to that of anyone else. This hasn't blown the plot thats about what happens at her high school reunion. The disaster is quite funny and about as complete as could be expected. Several good surprises as well.
4 1/2 stars
"Chaotic" by Kelly Armstrong Hope is a half demon who can sense chaotic forces. She is working for the Interracial Council running down supernatural bad guys. She senses a heist at a museum fund raiser and meets Marsten a werewolf, thats when the surprises start. Some humor and an excellent plot. Its nice not to have the protagonists jump each others bones in a short. The characters are compelling and I would like to see more of them.
"Dead Man Dating" by Lori Handeland is one of the more original stories I have come across in a while. Kit is a bored literary agent and has demon troubles (this is a little rocky technically as the author is confusing members of the descending hierarchy with demons, but hey its a fantasy) and demon hunter Chavez comes to the rescue. Good characters, interesting plot. One brief erotic scene but thats central to the plot. Overall an excellent read.
While these stores are short all are excellent for the genre and overall the book deserves 5 stars.