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Inked (Berkley Book) Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2010
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About the Author
Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney who has lived and worked throughout Asia. She hails from both coasts, but currently resides in the Midwest, where she writes full-time. When not writing, she enjoys listening to music, painting, designing websites, and returning to old movie favorites, some of which involve light sabers, various applications of the Force, and small green men with pointy ears. She is also, occasionally, commandeered by poodles.
Eileen Wilks is a national bestselling author and a three-time RITA Award finalist, and has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times.
Top Customer Reviews
"Skin Deep" is Chance's third short starring half werewolf war mage Accalia (Lia) set in Chance's alternate Las Vegas (Lia also appeared in "Rogue Elements" in Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and "Vegas Odds" in Strange Brew) - When Lia's full-blooded were-mate goes missing while he's undercover searching for a were-killer, Lia must try get in touch with her were-blood in order to find Cyrus before he becomes the next victim - I actually really enjoy Lia and her mate Cyrus and would love to read a full length novel with them in the lead, but even in this short format Chance manages to work in a fair amount of backstory (and a little bit of steam) with flashbacks to Lia and Cyrus' past together.
"Armor of Roses" finds Liu's Hunter Kiss heroine Maxine going back in time when she receives a note from the past asking her help. - This was a nice little carve out from the series and it gives just a bit of insight into the reason Maxine's demons are so enigmatic when Maxine timetravels back to WWII China and meets up with her Grandmother.Read more ›
Marjorie M. Liu's Armor of Roses introduces us to the latest in a long line of demon hunters. She's investigating a murder, but it seems to lead back to a case her grandmother worked long ago, and her own allies don't want to tell her what's going on. Liu's story gives us a dark and unflinching look at a less well-explored part of World War II, and introduces us to a fascinating legacy.
Yasmine Galenorn's Etched in Silver sets a half-human, half-fae investigator, Camille, on the trail of an extremely dangerous man. She discovers a surprising ally in her task, however, in the form of Trillian, one of a type of Fae few trust. As he sets out to help her, a strange connection seems to form between the two of them. I felt that this one rushed a bit, making it seem a little anticlimactic.
Eileen Wilks's Human Nature takes FBI agent Lily Yu to Northern California to investigate the death of a werewolf. She'd better hurry, however, because there are plenty of people who don't want her to investigate. Right now, she can't even tell how the man was killed, let alone who, or what, might have done it. This tale presented a fascinating mystery, in a world that was presented well and clearly despite the short length of the story. I love Lily as a character, and enjoyed watching the complex dance of were/human politics.Read more ›
"Skin Deep" is the first short story I ever read by Chance, and lead me to another anthology, "On The Prowl". Everyone else has told you the story line, so I will just say that the story was enjoyable, and was my first step to adding Chance to my 'must read' list. Will see how that goes.
Liu is, as always, delicious. Her whole storyline with her character Maxine Kiss is based upon tattoos, hence her perfect fit within this anthology. Maxine's tattoos are characters of their own - demons, fixed within her skin, peeling away from her body at night to become major players within her stories. The Iron Hunt (Hunter Kiss, Book 1) was a treasure to read the first time, and should be on everyone's reading list.
I am not really a fan of Galenorn. Nothing against her, or her writing, her work just doesn't fall within my interests. I am sure, if you like her work, you will find it wonderful. I actually enjoyed her story, just won't invest in further books by her for my own reading. Again, though, if you like her type of work, she is a great writer and well worth your time.
And then there is Wilks and her Lupi. This is a nice stand-alone story, but it also brings into account new characters who could make later entry into her Lupi books. Once you read "Human Nature" I hope you find that you are highly interested in Wilks further work. I find it well written, with good world building, strong characters, humour, and well developed story lines. Well worth the investment.
In all, a strong group of stories by a strong group of writers. Recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had a difficult time getting into these stories. It was darker than I anticipated and I didn't enjoy reading it.Published 4 months ago by dragonsfire
Stories are okay but nothing jumps out as excellent. A decent collection of paranormal stories but nothing to celebrate or remember.Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer