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“Fans of paranormal romance will welcome the rare chance to see Sherilynn Kenyon, Susan Krinard, Rachel Caine, Lori Handeland and other favorite authors working in short form.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Combining top talent from all across the paranormal genre provides plenty of magical thrills, spills and giggles. Taking a trip down the aisle with these nine authors is a blast.” ―Romantic Times--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B002F0X0KA
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (April 1, 2010)
- Publication date : April 1, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 473 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 319 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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- #554 in Horror Anthologies (Books)
- #824 in Fantasy Anthologies & Short Stories (Kindle Store)
- #918 in Fantasy Anthologies
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In "Spellbound," author L.A. Banks, tries to answer the question "What would happen if a Hatfield tried to marry a McCoy?" Is true love stronger than old family magic?
"Something Borrowed," by Jim Butcher, takes us to the wedding of two werewolves. With wizard Harry Dresden as the best man, almost anything can happen.
"Dead Man's Chest," by Rachel Caine, ponders the question "Can true love be found aboard a ghostly pirate ship?"
P.N. Elrod's "All Shook Up" takes a look at what can happen when Elvis makes an appearance as your wedding singer.
"The Wedding of Wylda Serene," by Esther M. Friesner, shows us what happens when a god straight out of Greco-Roman mythology gets bored and decides to marry a human.
In Lori Handeland's "Charmed by the Moon" we are invited to the wedding of two werewolf hunters. Can their love survive their very risky occupation? Or are other forces at work here?
"Tacky," by Charlaine Harris, takes us to a rare and unexpected werewolf-vampire wedding. With both sides against this ultimate "mixed marriage," will a traditional wedding ever take place?
Sherrilyn Kenyon's "A Hard Day's Night-Searcher" is the story of how immortal Dark-Hunter Rafael Santiago finds true love. But can Rafael break the vows of his profession to marry a human?
Author Susan Krinard gives us an alternate reality story set in Victorian England. In "... Or Forever Hold Your Peace," magical talents are inherited like titles and land and can manifest is a myriad of ways. The surprising twists and turns of this paranormal mystery keep suspense levels high. Will true love triumph over magic?
I admit I purchased MY BIG FAT SUPERNATURAL WEDDING for the Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher) short, but I enjoyed all of the stories. I had heard of several of the other authors, but not read any of them previously. This is something I will correct very soon. The stories in MY BIG FAT SUPERNATURAL WEDDING are light, fluffy, and fun - a very nice summer distraction - and the short stories within a nice break from big, heavy novels. MY BIG FAT SUPERNATURAL WEDDING gives the reader a quick peek into these fun, exciting paranormal worlds, and whets the appetite for more.
NOTE: This review is for the KINDLE edition of My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding .
The book opens with a reimagining of the McCoy versus Hatfield feud, with spells meant to keep one from socializing with the other. Here, we see a young McCoy in love with a young Hatfield--risking the damage of a terrible spell. The essay shows how they hope to work around the obstacles and get married on their graduation day. This work is okay, but there are some distracting factors for me. Still, it is fun to see how the young people try to work around the spell.
A few other examples (no need for a 1,000 word review!). Jim Butcher has created an interesting character, Chicago's only wizard who is also a private investigator (Harry Dresden). There is a missing person on the day of the wedding of one of Harry's friends--the bride! Harry teams with a police officer who investigates weird events in Chicago. Murphy and Harry end up saving the day (if the wedding had gone through with a phony bride masquerading as the real one, Harry's friend would have been in deep trouble! All's well that ends well.
The third story is a gem--"Dead Man's Chest" by Rachel Caine. A cad wishes to marry Cecilia, purportedly out of love. In reality, he thinks he'll inherit her money. Venue for the wedding? A pirate ship. Of course, the kicker is that the pirates died long ago and are condemned to live anyhow. This works out well and leads to an improbable conclusion--but fun all along the way!
And so on. There are some really wonderful stories here, such as Lori Handeland's "Charmed by the Moon." Charmed by Elvis? Take a look at P. N. Elrod's "All Shook Up." I didn't like it much as it began, but it ended up a charming tale for me.
Anyhow, if you're in the mood for werewolves, undead, wizards, spells, and weddings, you might give this a look.
Top reviews from other countries
1. “Spellbound” by L.A. Banks: As a result of my rather extensive reading of mushy “supernatural romance”-s in various anthologies, I have developed a somewhat thick skin towards horrible writing that specialises in describing horny teen-agers/co-eds. But this novella had slackened my jaw. It was UNADULTERATED CRAP! Can you imagine BEGINNING a book with such a piece!
2. “Something Borrowed” by Jim Butcher: After the murky depths of sewers, this was like looking at the rainbow while smelling rosy air! God save Jim Butcher and his Dresden Files.
3. “Dead Man’s Chest” by Rachel Caine: Not bad. Not bad at all.
4. “All Shook Up” by P.N. Elrod: A rather naïve story resembling plain & decent bridesmaids who are presented to make the bride look dazzling or/and ravishing. Not exactly supernatural either.
5. “The Wedding of Wylda Serene” by Esther M. Friesner: Usually Jim Butcher or Charlaine Harris (or, in case she is present, then Patricia Briggs) steals the thunder of entire anthologies. But in this case, THIS was the ONE for me. This is a story that is absolutely brilliant, and I would be returning to this anthology simply to revisit this story many-many times.
6. “Charmed by the Moon” by Lori Handeland: Mediocre stuff. Too romantic for my taste, but others might be more charitable/appreciative.
7. “Tacky” by Charlaine Harris: People go ga-ga over Sookie Stackhouse. I am soooooooo floored by Dahlia, and her adventures! This is a very special story, and any one following these anthologies would do well to read this story before reading another Dahlia story in another Elrod-edited anthology (Strange Brew): “Bacon”.
8. “A Hard Day’s Night-Searcher” by Sherrilyn Kenyon: The story had begun brilliantly, with the adequate mix of wit, comedy and action. Then it became too predictably romantic, and unnecessarily (unless, once again, it’s the horny teenagers/co-eds who are the target audience) graphic. Blah!
9. “…Or Forever Hold Your Peace” by Susan Krinard: Apart from being a rather interesting mystery set in an alternate England nee Albion, this story had enough complexities, treacherous acts, magical acts, sexual tension, emotional tension etc. to give one curly hair. But it was VERY GOOD, and I would most assuredly look forward towards reaching more adventures of Kit & Olivia.
Now, it’s upto you to decide: to read, or, to not read.