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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.

Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac novels, a six-book urban fantasy series set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll always consider that glittering dust bowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).

Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of paranormal romances and urban fantasy. In the world of comic books, she is also the writer of NYX: No Way Home, Black Widow, X-23, and Dark Wolverine. She lives in the American Midwest and Beijing, China.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061239097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061239090
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are a fan of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan Series, this book is worth the price for Harrison's story alone. A prequel to the series, "Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel" is a much better stand-alone, than Harrison's Ivy prequel in anthology Dates From Hell, but it is even better for fans of the series. This story reminded me of how much I liked the series before the disappointing last book For a Few Demons More .

Harrison's "Two Ghosts" shows an eighteen year old Rachel, still struggling to overcome the disease that almost killed her as a child and beginning to discover her true power as she strives to garner the support she needs to meet her goal of becoming an Inderland Security runner like her late father. For fans, there is some real insight into what drives Rachel in later books. For newbies, there is still a great story, where Rachel will have to push past her limits to save two souls, one already dead and one soon to be if she fails.

I also enjoyed Lynsay Sand's contribution, "Run, Run, Rudolph". This is a follow on to the "Claire Switch Project" (also from Dates from Hell) and stars Jill who is caught in the same shapeshifter ray that brought both her brother Kyle and her best friend Claire love and trouble. Sand's story is silly at times but is still a fun romance. Jill somehow manages to make all her Christmas wishes starring handsome Nick come true, while shapeshifting to try and avoid an evil scientist who wants to use her as a lab specimen.

Marjorie Liu's effort was fine but I prefer her longer Dirk & Steele novels to her short stories.
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Whether your preference is Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Christmas, or New Year's, you'll find a paranormal adventure here to suit your spirit.

Kim Harrison shows us in Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel what happens when a spell to call a ghost goes haywire and brings the wrong one to you. Rachel Morgan is a teenager trying to prove she has what it takes to make it in her dream job at Inderland Security, in spite of her frequent illness growing up. When her brother challenges her, Rachel is determined to win, no matter what, even if it means fighting vampires.

If you are a fan of her Hollows series, or as in my case, are new to the series, you'll enjoy this prequel. Rachel is a spirited young woman full of spunk who won't take no for an answer, even when it means running around on the night of the Solstice celebration to help a young girl in danger. Rachel even gets to experience a little love and romance with the ghost she accidentally summons, which adds a little touch poignancy to the story.

Lynsay Sands gives us a humorous take on a psycho stalkers obsessed with studying shape shifting abilities, even if it means said stalker has to trick people into "participating" in his scheme in Run, Run Rudolph. Here we meet Jill, who is tricked into being blasted with a shape shifting ray while babysitting her niece. Now she's on the run just when her love life finally seems to be heating up neighbor store owner, Nick, in time for them to play Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the annual Christmas parade.

This story is a sequel to a novella featured in the book Dates from Hell.
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I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but these were long enough to be satisfying. Unfortunately, except for Harrison's novella, that was where the satisfaction stopped. Harrison's "Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel" provided interesting backstory and a very different view of the heroine from her popular "Hallows" novels. This is a good coming-of-age story that kept me interested from start to finish. Kudos to Harrison for successfully re-imagining Rachel, and for showing readers something of the special culture of the Hallows.

The other three authors in this anthology have apparently been published before, but I've never read any of their work and I certainly won't be looking for them, based on the stories published here. Lynsay Sands ("Run Run Rudolph") starts with a completely unbelievable premise, and continues with dull characters and a predictable plot. While boredom set in quickly, I made it about three quarters of the way through before paralysis of the brain cells forced me to quit reading. Marjorie Liu's much edgier "Six" looked interesting at first, until it became clear that there was no substance behind the noir-ish surface. Vicki Petterson's "The Harvest" started dull and continued boring; IF she's published a novel featuring these characters and IF you've read it, the novella might be more interesting, but if like me you're unfamiliar with her work, this is not an enticing introduction.

If you're willing to get one good novella for the price of four, buy this book. Otherwise, put the price toward the next Kim Harrison novel.
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