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Wolfsbane and Mistletoe Paperback – November 2, 2010
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“Fresh interesting tales…[that] star some of the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse.”—Alternative Worlds
“The expertise of fifteen wolfishly inspired authors is dished up into a combination of stories that run the gamut from funny to downright creepy. There’s a little something for every taste—literally!”—RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse and Midnight, Texas, fantasy/mystery series and the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series. Her books have inspired HBO’s True Blood, NBC’s Midnight, Texas, and the Aurora Teagarden movies for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. She has lived in the South her entire life.
Toni L. P. Kelner writes the Family Skeleton Mysteries as Leigh Perry and, under her own name, is the author of the “Where Are They Now?” Mysteries and the Laura Fleming mystery series. She has won an Agatha Award and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated multiple times for the Anthony, the Macavity, and the Derringer awards.
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All that said, the rest of the stories left me fairly unimpressed. The book starts off slow, peaks in the middle, and dribbled off at the end. It could have used better editing and perhaps looked at other authors that may have done a better job at creating holiday stories given the constraints. Some of the stories barely felt like werewolf stories, while others felt like it had nothing to do with Christmas.
To be honest, I think Wolfsbane and Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris would be better off being borrowed from the library or given as a white elephant gift than to be purchased by a serious werewolf story collector.
All in all, a really smart buy and I can read them all again in December! Sometimes, I have found, a collection of short stories is a good change from reading a novel over a period of a week because you don't have to wait for the ending. And these stories have some smashing endings! Hope you enjoy as I did.
Gift Wrap: A fine Sookie Stackhouse story. Takes place later in the series than where I am, so I skimmed it a bit to try to avoid remembering anything spoiler-y :)
The Haire of the Beast: This was a funny story, but the implications of turning people into wereanimals just because you don't like them kept me from loving it. It's hard to sympathize with a character that doesn't see a problem with that...
Lucy, at Christmastime: Not my favorite, but I thought the setting was really interesting.
The Night Things Changed: I didn't love the characters, and I thought the relationship between the siblings was kind of weird. But the world was interesting, and the plot twist set up something that I think would make a good full novel.
The Werewolf Before Christmas: A lot about this story was really interesting, but I didn't like it very much, I thought it was a bit too dark, and the characters could have been better developed. The overall premise was very creative though.
Fresh Meat: At first I didn't think I would like this story, but in the end I did. It was sort of predictable, but the characters were flawed yet likable, and the dogs were a nice touch :)
Il Est Né: The actual story was fine but nothing special. I liked the characters though and I think I might end up checking out the series it takes place in.
The Perfect Gift: This story felt rushed and not particularly well developed plot-wise or character-wise. I didn't dislike it, but it was forgettable.
Christmas Past: This felt like it should've been a novella from a series, but I'm not sure that it was, so that was a little weird for me. Overall it was fine, but I felt like I was missing background information on the characters that would have helped me to enjoy the story more.
SA: This was the one story I really didn't like. The beginning was gross, and a lot of it just read like a stereotypical male fantasy (he gets to be a special werewolf, he find a sexy girl who falls for him right away, etc.). Irena felt like the epitome of a character that doesn't pass Kelly Sue DeConnick's "sexy lamp" test (look it up). The story was also just so freaking corny. I did kind of love Phyllis though.
The Star of David: Definitely one of my favorites. I've been meaning to check out Briggs, and after reading this I definitely will. The characters and plot all felt fully developed, which is tough for a short story. This one also had great representation!
You'd Better Not Pyout: This story had one of the more interesting concepts. I didn't love the story, but the idea did intrigue me. Also I would totally read a series about Ingrid.
Rogue Elements: I didn't get into this one right away, but I ended up really enjoying it. The plot was alright; it was the characters and relationships that made the story. And Cyrus was the rare example of a bad boy done right!
Milk and Cookies: This story was really well done, but really disturbing. One of those stories that is good, but not necessarily likable.
Keeping Watch Over His Flock: Jake's alternate animal was funny, but I found the characters in this story pretty unlikable which kept me from enjoying it. Also there was a werewolf school called Dogwarts which prejudiced me against the story from the get go, because come on, you can do better than a lame Harry Potter joke.
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