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Shadowed Souls Kindle Edition
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s Cold Case, Molly Carpenter—Harry Dresden’s apprentice-turned-Winter Lady—must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you’re a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad...
New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.
In New York Times bestselling Kevin J. Anderson’s Eye of Newt, Zombie P.I. Dan Shamble’s latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner...
And New York Times bestselling author Rob Thurman’s infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals wih some overdue—and nightmarish—vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters.
ALSO INCLUDES STORIES BY
Tanya Huff * Kat Richardson * Jim C. Hines * Anton Strout * Lucy A. Snyder * Kristine Kathryn Rusch * Erik Scott de Bie *
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“Butcher is the dean of contemporary urban fantasy.”—Booklist
“Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.”—Entertainment Weekly
Praise for Seanan McGuire
“The plot is strong, the characterization is terrific, the tragedies hurt...and McGuire's usual beautiful writing and dark humor are present and accounted for. This has become one of my favorite urban fantasy series.”—Fantasy Literature
Praise for Kevin J. Anderson
“Anderson's skill in delivering taut action scenes and creating well-rounded human and alien characters adds depth and variety to a series opener that belongs in most SF collections.”—Library Journal
Praise for Rob Thurman
“Thurman continues to deliver strong tales of dark urban fantasy.”—SFRevu
About the Author
Kerrie L. Hughes has edited thirteen anthologies in addition to Shadowed Souls, including Maiden Matron Crone, Children of Magic, Fellowship Fantastic, and Dimension Next Door.
- ASIN : B01BK0SQF4
- Publisher : Roc (November 1, 2016)
- Publication date : November 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1169 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 350 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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- #286 in Science Fiction Short Stories
- #347 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #404 in Fantasy Anthologies
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1. Cold Case. 5/5
It's a good story even if it does have some continuity snarls. It helps show some of the ways Molly has changed now that she is Winter Lady.
2. Sleepover. 6/5
This story is the surprise MVP for me. I have never read anything my Seanan Mcguire but after reading Sleepover i have ordered a few of her “InCryptid” books. Now to the actual story; it's very well paced with a whole lot of world building hooks which allow the story to seem like it actually inhabits a real setting. The characters are likable and the plot relies more on the characters then on flash or fighting.
3. If Wishes Were. 3/5
The story is a little bit cliche. The main character seems somewhat overpowered to me. i will admit the story did not interest me enough to research if it takes place in a larger setting where the character would be justified to be as powerful as it is. Other than that, the mains love interest is flat, the initial antagonist seems like just an excuse to start the plot. And finally, the main antagonist while being extremely powerful (for reasons, and in a way, that makes way more sense then the main character) it is still defeated without difficulty via deus ex machina.
4. Solus. 3/5
Simple description? Men in Black meets The Dresden Files. Only problem is, it feels like you're following around the B team from either setting. It's a bit wacky mixed with “Magic A is Magic A”.
5. Peacock in Hell. 4/5
This one is a weird one to go into without any prior knowledge. It's like someone took “Bartimaeus Sequence” series of books and gave it a pack of cigarettes to make it more “edgy”. Don't get me wrong it's done well, but it seems like it's trying a bit too hard to by grown up when it's not. Also, maybe placing this story right after the wacky story in the anthology might not have been the best place for it as far as tone is concerned.
6. Eye of newt. 1/5
Nope. I got through 4 pages of cringe and decided this story is not for me.
7. What dwells within 2/5
Who doesn't like a telepathic Ferret as a main character…. Me it turns out. I am guessing this story is part of a larger series but it does a really bad example of getting a new person involved with the setting.
8. Hunter healer 4/5
This story reads like a “day in the limelight” for a background NPC. It has good execution, and when read from the point of view that it's a minor character getting some development the story is good.
9. Baggage. 5/5
This one is good, even if it is ostensibly about superheroes. Sadly it is not part of a larger series instead the author has floated the characters/setting out on a few anthologies and is planning on trying to make it a comic if there is enough interest. It's a bit modern noir mixed with a thriller.
10. Sales. Force. 4/5
This story is good, but if it was a full book it would probably outstay its welcome. The main character is a monster, not in the literal sense but rather she is a psychopathic killer with little regard to normal human characterization. That kind of amoral killer that is sometimes fun to see in limited, Controlled, settings along the lines of “yes, but she’s OUR monster”. That being said there doesn't seem to be much in the terms of control or humanization here.
11. Impossible monsters 5/5
THIS is how you do an amoral psychopathic killer right. This is a monster aimed at other monsters. It also part of a larger series “cal leandros”. Overall it does a good enough job of explaining the character and world that it's understandable to a new reader. Additionally, it has enough character and world setting to really pull a new reader in.
Cold Case by Jim Butcher: 3.5 stars
The story is about Molly Carpenter in her capacity as the new Winter Lady. Mab has sent her to collect a tribute from a small group of Fae, the Miksani, in Unalaska. There is something odd going on in the town and it may cause trouble for what she needs to do. Carlos Ramirez also happens to be in town which makes it even more clear that there is a problem in the town that cold make the Winter Ladies job even harder.
The characters are just as well drawn here as if they were simply pulled away from their lives in Chicago and the never-never. The new characters are a little hazy and their place in the Fae world are not very clear. The story is enjoyable if a little slower than expected. There is also no appearance by Harry, this is strictly about our Molly and the lesson that Mab has to teach her.
Sleepover by Seanan McGuire: 3.0 stars
Elsinora 'Elsie' Harrington is half human/half succubus in a world that does not really know that supernaturals live among them. Elsie is at a roller derby match rooting for her cousin when she meets a pretty girl and does something totally silly, she follows her out without telling anyone. Before she can formulate a thought she is drugged and taken away by a group of teenage boys who want her to get back the sister of one of the boys.
The characters are a little dull and boring but they still manage to keep you reading. The story has not real snap to it but you can push through and find something interesting in what the are doing. Not sure it really fits the theme.
If Wishes Were by Tanya Huff: 2 stars
Vicki Nelson is a detective who also happens to be a vampire, though this does not seem to have any bearing on anything. When a woman comes to her about a lamp she has found which contained a Jinn, she wants help to set things right. The problem is that she is tricked into doing just what the Jinn wants. Vicki makes an attempt to handle it on her own with less than satisfactory results.
Truth be told this was one of my least favorite stories. I could see potential but it never materialized. I was bored with it almost from the start and it never got better for me.
Solus by Anton Strout: 2 stars
The Department of Extraordinary Affairs-Other Division goes to investigate the claims of ghosts in a castle. They found the ghost of a lonely young woman, Agatha Sedgwick, who was haunting the castle.
I was so bored I cannot even remember anything much about this story. I actually went to sleep while reading it so draw your own conclusions.
Peacock in Hell by Kat Richardson: 3.5 stars
Emily Ann Peacock is half dead and a master thief. She is sent into Hell to rescue Lenny Red Mane for a sketchy character named Peter Fiori. What she finds is though Lenny may be the one in Hell she is working for a devil. The thing is what can she do about it.
I really liked this story and the characters. They held my attention and made me like them and the situation they found themselves in. This is a good one.
Eye of Newt, A Dan Shambles Zombie P.I. by Kevin J. Anderson: 2.5 stars
Dan Shambles has a new client, a newt named Geck who comes to him because there seems to be a hit out on him. He was attacked and one of his eyes was taken out. He needs help and Dan goes on the case.
This was a nice story with a different kind of hero and a different kind of world.
What Dwells Within by Lucy A Snyder: 3 stars
Jesse Shimmer, a magic user and his ferret familiar Pal are outlaws in the magic community. When a friend of hers is compelled to kill himself and his girlfriend is taken Jesse steps in to help. She is very good at killing devils and this one needs it more than most.
Nice short story that holds your interest and makes you want to know more about the characters.
Hunter Healer by Jim C. Hines: 4 stars
Julia Chapel ran from a life that she could not live any longer. Now she is a Healer who has an assistant who is a hearth fairy, Hob. Terrence Chapel is Julia's father and a Hunter, he is also the reason that Julia ran away. Julia had a twin sister, who was a very good Hunter, but now her sister resides within her making Julia double souled. When a Harvester comes to her it is only to gain her attention because it also leads a rogue hunter named Shard to her, and he wants to be the only one with a double soul.
Good story that draws you in and sets up the back story in a quick and effective way. The characters are well fleshed and give you a good look at who they are and can be. I enjoyed this one a lot.
Baggage by Erik Scott de Bie: 3 stars
Vivienne Cain, aka Lady Vengeance, former demon possessed super-villain turned edgy it-girl superhero turned fugitive from vigilante justice. She is a high functioning alcoholic who uses the drinking to keep her powers under control. V has been going to a gym working through some of her frustrations for a while when she senses a demon lurking about. As V becomes friends with a girl at the gym the demon gives glimpses of itself but never fully shows itself.
I really like the character of V but she is never as fleshed out as I would like her to be. None of the other characters are very fleshed out either and the story is a little thin.But it was still a good read.
Sales.Force. by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: 3.5 stars
Kaylee loses her fiancee, Dex, in a car accident after he has sworn that they would be together forever. Kaylee had not worked very much while she and Dex were together, her job is killing evil supernaturals. Kaylee goes back to work after only a week and her boss gives her an assignment that is not exactly up her alley, she is sent to investigate, not kill. When she looks into a love potion it may be the best thing for her.
Good story premise with characters who are likeable and make me willing to see more of in a longer version.
Impossible Monsters by Rob Thurman: 4 stars
"Infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals with some overdue-and nightmarish vengeance involving some quite nasty Impossible Monsters". Caliban has two lists, one that his brother made for him in order to keep him from doing something unforgivable and inhuman. The other list is one he has made for himself that has the names of people who have done things he feels are wrong but that he wants to give them a chance to change. It's time for him to start working on that second list.
I totally like the Caliban and plan to read the books which can give me a closer and deeper look into who and what he is.
Like with most anthologies this one has good, bad, and iffy stories in it. What did not work for me might work for someone else just as what I liked might not be as good for another. I would recommend this to anyone who likes urban fantasy.
Mr. Butcher said he challenged them to go dark, going dark does not mean so gross you don't want to read it. Nothing entertaining in the book after first two stories. I would take a refund if it was offered I paid too much for this one.
I have ALL of the Dresden series on kindle and paperback by the way, money well spent. Love the series and gave reread it several times!!
Cold Case, Jim Butcher
Sleepover, Seanan McGuire
If Wishes Were, Tanya Huff
Solus, Anton Strout
Peacock in Hell, Kat Richardson (This one was really fun - more of a rogue-type character.)
Eye of Newt, Kevin J. Anderson
What Dwells Within, Lucy A. Snyder
Hunter, Healer, Jim C. Hines
Baggage, Erik Scott de Bie
Sales. Force. Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Impossible Monsters, Rob Thurman (This one was dark but interesting, maybe the best of the bunch.)
As far as anthologies go, it made for good reading on the treadmill, but wasn't what I would call riveting. If you end up liking this one, you might also enjoy Unfettered, another anthology with stories that often center on rogues or other anti-heroes (not all of them do).
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Molly takes on her first real case as Winter Lady. This story takes place after Skin Game (book 15). I wasn’t thrilled when I found out the Dresden Files story was going to be about Molly but this story gave me a whole new appreciation for her character. I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just say that it keeps the tone of the Dresden Files novels and gives us a glimpse into some of the inner workings of the Sidhe.
Sleepover – Seanan McGuire ****
I was completely unfamiliar with this author. Loved the story. The main character reminded me a bit of Trixa from Rob Thurman’s Trickster series. Some sass and strength and a lot of humanity in a non-human. Great, quick read.
If Wishes Were – Tanya Huff ****
Vampire PI/cop story set in Toronto. I couldn’t help but think of that wonderful old Canadian TV show, Forever Knight. Clever story, witty and with a likeable main character. This was another author I was unfamiliar with. I thought it was going to go off in a direction I wouldn’t enjoy when I discovered the antagonist but I was pleasantly surprised.
Solus – Anton Strout *****
Another author I was unfamiliar with, this story reminded me a bit of All Seeing Eye by Rob Thurman and the Felix Castor series by Mike Carey. Set in New York City, police investigate supernatural happenings and I would love to read more about these characters. It was a bit of a slow build for me and I wasn’t sure how I’d like this story and by the end, I loved it.
Peacock in Hell – Kat Richardson ***
This felt like I’d been dropped into the middle of a novel and there it was a bit hard to follow at first. I feel like there was a lot left unexplained. Since I’m not familiar with this author, I don’t know if these characters are part of a bigger story that would make this short one make more sense but as a stand-alone story, it was OK, if a bit confusing.
Eye of Newt – Kevin J Anderson ***
This was well written and funny but not at all my cup of tea. It was written as more of a farce with over-the-top everything. Fans of the Nightside series by Simon R. Green may enjoy this though I prefer Nightside to this story.
What Dwells Within – Lucy A Snyder ***
There was way too much unexplained stuff going on in this story. The main character also seemed to be able to do everything. Too much of a deux ex machina for my liking. That said, the writing itself was solid and I’m sure it would appeal to some.
Hunter, Healer – Jim C Hines ****
I really liked this story. If it weren’t for the incredible vulgarity of one of the characters I’d give it 5 stars. I have no problem with some vulgarity but this was excessive and over the top. I assume it was meant to be funny but it seemed low-brow and childish and detracted from an otherwise solid and affecting story.
Baggage – Erik Scott de Bie ****
This one was great. Tough girl(s). Demons. I would definitely like to read more about the characters in this story. I liked that the main character had power but wasn’t invincible either. Also, the story explained itself and didn’t leave me with information overload or a lot of blanks to fill in like a couple of previous stories have done.
Sales Force – Kristine Kathryn Rusch ***
Magic and grief. It was a good story but the characters didn’t really grab me.
Impossible Monsters – Rob Thurman *****
This story is part of the Cal Leandros series which I cannot possibly recommend enough. Buy it. Read it. Cal is part monster, part human and all sarcasm. This story takes place sometime after book 10. This story was excellent and I enjoyed getting to read about Cal again. This story was also the most brutal of the bunch as only Cal can be. Just because you’re a monster doesn’t mean you can’t do some good.
After a rather pointless 'Introduction' and an awesome 'Foreward' (former by the editor, latter by the great Jim Butcher) we have the stories. They were~
1. "Cold Case" by Jim Butcher: When the first story in the anthology is either the best story or one of the best three, it reeks of sales tactics. Nevertheless, it was great in terms of action, humour, and pathos.
2. "Sleepover" by Seanon McGuire: Funny, edgy, and brilliant.
3. "If Wishes Were" by Tanya Huff: Simply terrific. Three winners in the very beginning. What can go wrong?
4. "Solus": Somewhat inferior compared to the first three, but readable.
5. " Peacock in Hell" by Kat Richardson: Wonderful! Beautiful characterisation, serious action, awe-inspiring landscaping (hellscaping?). Loved it.
6. "Eye of Newt" by Kevin J. Anderson: This Dan Shamble story alone is worth the price. I would recommend you to get hold of author's 'Zomnibus' ASAP.
7. "What Dwells Within" by Lucy A. Snyder: Good one. Predictable without any punch whatsoever, but crisp and readable.
8. "Hunter, Healer" by Jim C. Hines: Rise of the first serious dud, with lots of tissues.
9. "Baggage" by Eric Scott de Bie: Another massive dud, with talk-talk-talk and rubbish action.
10. "Sales. Force" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Began in a similarly tearjerking fashion as the previous two, but improved remarkably.
11. "Impossible Monsters" by Rob Thurman: Complete and unadulterated rubbish.
Overall, had the editor compelled those dud-ists to stick to the formula of wisecracking or silent but focussed and action-oriented hero dealing with their issues while dispatching nasties, without getting into alcoholic angst, this one could have been a five-starrer. She didn't. We ended up with a four starrer.