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Dates From Hell (A Hollows Novella) Mass Market Paperback – March 28, 2006
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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.
Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus. Please visit her on the web at lynsaysands.net.
When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.
Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.
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Top Customer Reviews
"Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" by Kim Harrison--A very exciting story as it is a prequel to Harrison's Rachel Morgan series (Dead Witch Walking). This one is told from Ivy's point of view. She's trying to climb the corporate ladder in her office, but must do so on her boss's terms. Art is a "dead" vampire, as opposed to Ivy, who is a living one with the vampire virus. He wants Ivy to feed off of. When she discover's Art is covering up a serious crime, she takes measures to put a stop to his interference in her job.--Loved this one as we get a more intimate view of Ivy's character, one I didn't fully understand, or like, till reading this short. If you're a fan of Harrison's books, pick this one up and enjoy. You'll be sorry you missed it otherwise. Five stars.
"The Claire Switch Project" by Lynsay Sands--Claire Beckett and Kyle Lockhart are scientists experimenting with and perfecting a molecular destabilizer. A rogue employee, impatient to test the device on humans, tricks Claire and zaps her with the device's beam. Concerned, Kyle takes her home with him to watch for any harmful effects. What neither knows is that teach of them has cared for one another for quite some time. Claire sees an opportunity to get close to Kevin, and Kevin wants the same.Read more ›
"The Claire Switch Project" by Lynsay Sands is humorous despite some fairly predictable scenes. Claire Beckett and Kyle Lockhart are working together on a molecular destabilizer when another scientist, John Heathcliffe, decides to speed up the human trials by zapping Claire with the ray. No side effects are noticed until Kyle leaves Claire at home with his sister, Jill (her best friend from high school), and Claire realizes she can look at a picture of anyone and morph into that person. Jill has just been dumped by her boyfriend who is now going to their high school reunion with the bane of Jill and Claire's high school years, Magda. Jill convinces Claire to go as her date in the guise of movie star, Brad Cruise, only Kyle also invites her as his date to the reunion. Claire attempts to shift between both dates and the results are what one would expect- and yet it worked as I found myself laughing out loud.Read more ›
I think Sands comedy about a shapeshifter was a much needed relief from the intensity of Ivy, and I will definetly be getting some of her books.
Armstrong's story is the introduction of a half-demon heroine who, I hope, is turned into a recurring character in later novels she writes. Although obviuosly inexpereinced as a bounty hunter, she doesn't lack for courage or intelligence. Definetly the best story in the book.
Handelands final story is the week link in the book, but it is still a good read. I hope it is a one shot story though.
They did not disappoint in Dates From Hell. I thoroughly enjoyed both stories by these authors. But the big winner for me was the Ivy story by Kim Harrison. I've been fascinated by Ivy in the Rachel Morgan series, but she's such an enigma. "Undead in the Garden of Good and Evil" did a lot to help fill in the blanks and explain more about who she is and what makes her tick. For me, that story was worth the price of the book alone and is a valuable addition (as prequel) to that series. It's also what helped rate this book a four stars.
Lynsay Sands is new to me and I was disappointed by her "Claire Switch Project." Though I do love the title's clever play on words. While the concept had potential and the story was quite humorous at times, it was also highly forgettable. I think part of why it didn't resonate with me was because of the weird mix of science fiction with what is normally a paranormal feature, that of shapeshifting. I'm a fan of both genres, but the SF context was really out of place in this collection. If she had kept it a pure paranormal story, it would have been better. The zapped with a ray thing came across as really stupid and the writing was rather bland.
Lori Handeland, on the other hand, was a nice little surprise. I very much enjoyed "Dead Man Dating." Part of what made it so appealing was the fact that the female lead wasn't some hottie in a short skirt and impossibly high heels, but instead was a rather dumpy and ordinary woman.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased the Dates From Hell (A Hollows Novella) for my oldest son. Previous to this author I could not beg him to read a book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by KarenTheWriterAndReviewerRoguski
A fun series of quick reads from a group of top notch authors!Published 19 months ago by Laura Eheart
Okay seriously it's an older release but I had to get it with these author greats in it. Everyone knows I started enjoying reading by reading anthologies. Read morePublished 21 months ago by David C. Helms
This is a good collection of four short stories of paranormal romance. Kim Harrison's prequel to her Hollows series was a little strange, not just because Rachel was missing, but... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anne Gaul