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Single White Vampire Seeks Same Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2001
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Mickey Zucker Reichert
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Gary A. Braunbeck
Bradley H. Sinor
Esther M. Friesner
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Charles de Lint
There are some well-knowns and some not-so-well-knowns, but this is a strong collection with some incredible short stories. In my reading experience, any anthology bearing Martin. H. Greenberg's name is a sure-fire winner. Don't be fooled by the title; this one has something for everyone, not just the vampire fans. You can't go wrong with this collection!
Below you will find more details, with some limited spoilers:
"Personals wishes" by Mickey Zucker Reichert - a nice, gentle and heart-warming love story with just a very discreet supernatural element; author is a paediatrician by profession and in her writing you can feel some of the natural warmth that seems to radiate from most of the people who daily help children; one critical remark however on a point of detail - for somebody who got college education, confusing Apollo with Helios is indeed a grave mistake...
"Folk lure" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch - in this story a private investigator befriends and later falls in love with his attractive neighbour - but she completely ignores him as a man and instead looks for meeting someone through personal ads; the day she decides to meet the author of an ad both interesting and a little bit odd, her silent admirer, jealous and alarmed decides to follow her...
"A kiss at midnight" by R. Davis - a woman places an ad proposing a one-night stand and guarantees unforgettable evening to those who understand the hungers of the flesh... This story follows the one man who she ultimately chooses... A nice story!
"Starless and bible black" by Gary A. Braunbeck - a lonely man meet a woman through personal ads and soon realises, that she is not exactly a stranger to him; this is one of two stories which I found rather weak and also really dark and even depressing (and in this precise case also slightly disgusting...)
"Fireflies" by Bradley H. Sinor - a naughty girl decides to play with her food - and finds she bit more than she can safely chew...; not really a very good story, but funny and relaxing
"Bernard Boyce Bennington and the American Dream" by Peter Crowther - a story in which the style seems to be more important that the content; it is well written and reading it is a pleasant thing, but the plot itself is rather weak and the ending rather banal; still, I rather liked it and I will look for more stories by the same author
"Werotica" by Esther M. Friesner - the funniest and in my opinion the best story in the collection; the title already suggests a lot, so I will not say anything more about the plot - but believe me, it is hilarious!
"Someone to share the night" by Tanya Huff - another hilarious story, this time about the risks of placing a personal ad in the section "Alternative lifestyles"... I loved that one and it made me laugh almost all the time from the beginning to the end.
"Fixer-Upper" by Tim Waggoner - a very good story about a second chance and a strong warning about the risks of ingratitude...
"Secret identities" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman - a teenage girl fascinated by witchcraft decides to meet a total stranger whose personal ad attracted her attention; her two friends, very concerned, decide to follow her; a funny "teenage witch" story with a surprising twist...
"Déjà vu" by Michelle West - this story is sad, slow paced, rather weird and I am not certain exactly what it is about or how to understand the ending - well, maybe you will have a better luck...
"Trading hearts at the Half Kaffe Café" by Charles de Lint - a very nervous young werewolf meets for the first time (for purposes of romantic and not dietetic nature) a young human girl who (unaware of his condition) answered his personal ad; his main problem - hide his protruding teeth which always start growing when a nubile female attracts his attention... and that is just the first of many issues he will have to cope with during this unforgettable evening...; a very funny tale which allows the reader to close this book in a merry mood...
Some of the stories are actually pretty good, and some missed the boat. The biggest problem i had with this book is the many typo's.
Over all, I'd say get this book. Some of the stories have several plot twist that will keep your attention.