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Hex Appeal Paperback – June 5, 2012
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“Heavy hitters serve up sharp, dark, witty urban fantasy.... Fans of Elrod's Strange Brew, which included many of the same authors, will find plenty more to enjoy in this strong anthology.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Elrod has a real gift for gathering great authors and terrific stories for the anthologies she edits. That is certainly true of Hex Appeal, which boasts a stellar cast of nine storytellers providing their take on menacing magic and hazardous hexes!” ―RT Book Reviews
“A solid collection for lovers of urban fantasy and wizards in the modern world.” ―Library Journal
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Features stories from ILONA ANDREWS, JIM BUTCHER, RACHEL CAINE, CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS, P.N. ELROD, SIMON R. GREEN, LORI HANDELAND, ERICA HAYES and CARRIE VAUGHN.
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Bigfoot on Campus--Jim butcher--A Dresden story, with bigfoot and the white court.
Holly's Balm, Rachel Caine---characters from Death Warmed over ( Strange Brew) probably the most moving story in the collection
Snow Job, Carole nelson douglas---a good story but not my favorite, just can't really get into the world of Delilah Street but keep trying.
Really not a bad story in the bunch.
The stories by Jim Butcher and Carrie Vaughn were pleasant surprises. Butcher's story is far more engaging and feels more complete and I love the fact that it's set in Oklahoma. Vaughn's storytelling is far more subtle but just as satisfying.
The rest of the stories ranged from blah to downright disturbing. Some authors are simply trying too hard to be unique.
One thing missing from the Kindle edition is that each of the stories should have been categorized as a chapter for easier browsing through the book.
If you're looking to wring every penny's worth out of this anthology you might be disappointed. If you really just need your Ilona Andrews' fix and are open to being pleasantly surprised by some of the other authors, then go for it.
I'm rating this two stars because I sincerely disliked the majority of the short stories. Thank goodness Andrews' work is at the beginning!