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Games Creatures Play Hardcover – April 1, 2014
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“Fresh, inventive, and downright entertaining.”—Monsters and Critics
About the Author
Charlaine Harris is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy/mystery series featuring Sookie Stackhouse (the basis for the HBO series True Blood), the New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring lightning-struck corpse locator Harper Connelly, and other acclaimed novels.
Toni L. P. Kelner writes the Family Skeleton Mysteries as Leigh Perry and, under her own name, is the author of the “Where Are They Now?” Mysteries and the Laura Fleming series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated multiple times for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer awards.
Together, they edited the bestselling anthologies An Apple for the Creature, Death's Excellent Vacation, Home Improvement: Undead Edition, and Wolfsbane and Mistletoe.
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As it turns out, this is a much darker anthology than I had anticipated. Not that that is a bad thing, however. There were indeed a few pieces that were a little less serious, but for the most part, there are some pretty dark concepts being played out on the sports field. The stories aren't uber-violent or bloody; they're more visceral and old-style spooky.
As with many anthologies, there are contributers with which you may already be familiar, and there will be new writers to which you had not been previously exposed. Charlaine Harris, Scott Sigler, Seanan McGuire, Mercedes Lackey and Brandon Sanderson all contribute quality stories, but really the whole book is full of great supernatural fiction.
"Hide and Shriek" by Adam-Troy Castro was my favorite. This short story told the tale of three Elder Gods being so bored that they decided to play hide-and-seek among the many worlds where apes were evolved enough to communicate. The various descriptions of both the squabbling gods and the adventuresome (or not) humans were fun, and the twist at the end was a good joke.
"False Knight on the Road" by Mercedes Lackey told the story about a bootlegger racing the Devil on the mountain. The story was either kinda fun and kinda random, or really funny, depending on whether you have read her SerratedEdge stories.
"The Case of the Haunted Safeway" by Scott Sigler was interesting, and the fact-foundation to the fantasy gave it more weight and a lot more context against current events. I liked the idea of it, and I liked the conclusion. But it felt a little heavy as compared to its neighbors. It's also the one that I'll be thinking about for a while yet.
I picked up this book to support authors I like, especially Harris and McGuire. I recommend it to people who enjoy the supernatural, sports, and the collisions of the two. But not to people who have any nightmares about falling through thin ice or being messily slaughtered on hiking trips.
A few really good stories but not enough to justify the price.
Good stuff: 'On the playing fields of blood' by Brendan Dubois and 'Dead on the bones' by Joe R. Lansdale - both ghost/haunting stories with great twists and excellent execution.
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