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"Revenge is certainly not a dish served cold in this short-story collection." - The Guardian

"Sounding worrying like a manual for angry Bobbitt types, this anthology of short stories looks at ways of serving up the cold dish of revenge. This is an entertaining set of modern Tales of the Unexpected." - The List

"A kick-ass anthology - funny, sexy, wicked, sad and positively blood-curdling by turns. Getting Even should probably be banned - it'll give revenge-seekers far too many ideas!" - Lauren Henderson

"Neat little narratives in which women exact an ironic or fitting revenge on the boorish, neglectful or philandering men who have wronged them. But there are ghoulishly delectable pleasures to be had...." - The Independent

"The stories in this collection tread the very thin line between harmless fun and sheer bitterness. Some could be held accountable for stirring unsavoury sentiments in readers who are looking for a good way to get their own back." - The Big Issue

"'These are deliciously wicked stories. Revenge has never been sweeter... or sexier' MJ Rose"

About the Author

Mitzi Szereto is an author and anthology editor of multi-genre fiction and non-fiction. She has her own blog Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto's Weblog, and a web TV channel Mitzi TV, which covers the "quirky" side of London. Her books include Rotten Peaches (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles) and Normal for Norfolk (The Thelonious T. Bear Chronicles) - the quirky crime/cozy mystery series co-authored with her sidekick bear Teddy Tedaloo; Love, Lust and Zombies; Darker Edge of Desire: Gothic Tales of RomanceThe Wilde Passions of Dorian GrayThrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and FirePride and Prejudice: Hidden LustsRed Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance;  Getting Even: Revenge StoriesDying For It: Tales of Sex and Death; In Sleeping Beauty's Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales; Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers; and Silk Sheets: Collected Stories of Mitzi Szereto
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852429615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852429614
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,282,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 3, 2008
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These seventeen tales share the title theme as women avenge affronts and insults perpetrated mostly by men although in a few cases a couple is the cause and target. The short story collection is fun as the audience compares the means and opportunities used by each of the scorned female; motives are provided throughout and make important segments of all the stories, but it is how the woman gets even that makes this an engaging compilation; although I wonder why my husband chose a business trip at this time as he kept mumbling "Be Very Afraid" as "Hell Is Where the Heart Is". He took some solace in that he is an Aquarius and not an Aries. This is a fun compilation as "Hell has no fury like a woman scorned".

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Most multi-author anthologies I've read tend to follow a bell curve: a few really good stories, a few fairly bad stories, and the vast majority somewhere in the middle -- decent enough reads that leave no lasting impression. Unfortunately, this one doesn't meet my bell curve model, with more than its fair share of duds and snoozers. I picked it up because I have a weakness for revenge fantasies, having been done hard by a few times in the course of an otherwise comfortable life. However, what the title, subtitle, and cover copy fail to mention is that these are exclusively stories about females taking revenge. There's nothing wrong with that as a theme, I just wish it had been explicitly stated. Oddly enough, in looking back at the seventeen stories (I read the book several months ago), my two favorite are the two written by men.

Granted, one of these is Niall Griffiths, whose prose sensibilities usually leave an impression -- and his suicide-turned-zombie revenger is simple but effective stuff. The other is "Dolls, Revenge, Dolls Again" by Chris Dunning, a writer I'd not previously encountered. As the title hints at, the story is set amidst a group of toy dolls, albeit ones with personalities and vendettas of their own to pursue. The other two stories that left a trace of an impression were Umi Sinha's "Parvati," which strays into bizarre turf with it's strange human/monkey baby, and Vivki Hendricks' brief reverse-rape fantasy, which is just weird enough to be interesting. Alas, the other thirteen stories are pretty blah. This is probably because, for the most part, the men in them are straw figures and thus aren't very interesting as objects of retribution.
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