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Keep Kleenex nearby when you read this collecting of vignettes about writers feeling on the Pulse shootings.  Some used their personal feelings and dramatic retellings of the events, others used comic characters they are working on to show their reactions to the attack.  I had to take breaks reading this because of the emotions reading this brought about. This is a moving tribute to the people that suffered at the hands of the shooter and an emotional read.



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I grabbed this one from the library as an easy comfort read without realizing I am skipping a few of the previous collections.  Each story does stand on its own but several of the stories do build on previous short stories in the last few books that I missed. This just means that I have more reason to get caught up.  There were more stories that dealt with life outside of Valdemar and several that you really didn’t know when in the time line they happened and that was a nice change.   Good solid stories in a setting that is familiar to readers of the series.


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This anthology has a cool theme.  Not quite villains not quite heroes but certainly fitting the anti hero mode.  The nice thing about the collection you get a look at several side characters in well-established story universes that certainly deserve a turn in the spotlight.  Overall the collection was well worth the price of admission. I was originally excited about new Butcher and McGuire but I think the one story I read that made me miss reading more in the universe was the Tanya Huff Vicki Nelson story.  Overall the collection has given me some new series to track down and read and I think that is the best thing that can come out of these themed anthologies.

 

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A Fantasy Medley 3 by Yanni Kuznia, Jacqueline Carey, Kevin Hearne, Laura Bickle, Aliette de Bodard


This short story collection has three stories set in previously written worlds and one in a new setting.  Kevin Hearne’s story is set in his Iron Druid series and has Atticus telling his apprentice the story of how he met Shakespeare.  So this is a perfectly good sample for the series.  I hadn’t read Laura Bickle before but after reading this story that is also set in a multi book series, it left me wanting to know more about the world and find out about the characters. The Aliette de Bodard story is set as a prequel story that needs no info about the novel’s universe it is set in.  The last story by Jacqueline Carey seems to be a standalone story and the world is fleshed out enough that I would like to see more in this setting to find out how the society came to be.

All in all, a good collection of stories and well worth the time and money to track down and read.  I already have my copy on order.


Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley



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I like themed anthologies and for the most part they normally work pretty well and this one was no exception. John Joseph Adams always puts together strong collections and this one is no exception. Of course I didn’t like every story but I have to think long and hard if there was a collection that had at least a few stories that didn’t do it for me. Several of the contributing writers wrote stories in a known universe but I think I liked the ones that seemed to be in all new settings.  Several of the writers were new to me and now I’ll have to keep my eyes open for them.  The stories in the collection all deal with war either in a fantasy setting or in a more modern setting but the thread that ties them all together is war with some form of magic use. You get setting going from high fantasy up to modern times but all of them deal with some part of fighting.  I’ll be looking back at this collection when it comes to Jan 2016 to work on my Hugo ballot.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley


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I was only familiar with half the writers in this collection. The Sighn story is set in her Psy-Changeling universe and this is more of a romance with a touch of mystery but doesn’t do anything to the overall story arc. Bastien scents a changeling in the city that he knows will be his mate and has trouble tracking it since it is so faint.  Saying much more will give away the plot but it is a nice HEA story.  The Andrew’s  story is set in the Kate Daniels universe but doesn’t deal with Kate or Curran. This is set during the time frame of Magic Rises but deals with Jim and Dali. I liked the more info in Dali’s magic use and again this is a bit of a mystery with a HEA. The other two writers were new to me.  Shearin’s story seems to be a bit of a backstory piece to her current series. Lots of our heroine floundering around at her first day of work and being tossed into the deep end of the pool. It was ok but not sure if I would bother to read any more in the series. The last story by Vane just rubbed me the wrong way. Looks like this is a pen name for another writer that I haven’t read but it seems the story is a stand alone. This was a high fantasy setting completely different than the urban fantasy feel of the other three stories.  If it was me doing the collection I don’t think I would have added it since the setting was so different than the rest of them. The first two stories have were creatures in it so you get the shift in the title. The third story has a werewolf but not as the main character. The fourth story doesn’t have any shape shifters in it.


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I like this universe so reading more set in it with other takes would be great. Several of the stories are set outside the usual time frame that the author has used. As with most collections there were high points and low points. It wasn't an amazing collection of stories but there is something for everyone that is a fan of the Elemental Masters books. Now to read the first collection of these stories at some point in time. Mostly to see if there is more by some of the writers I did like in the collection and if they have more with their take on it.


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A collection of stories based on the old ideas of Mars. The ERB's version of Mars and some of the stories hit the mark square on. In fact a few of them have people travel to Mars using ways that have a nod to John Carter. The collection had that pulpy feel to it and it was a lot of fun to read. Some great stories in here and some ok ones but not a single clunker in the collection at all. I won't be surprised if a story from the collection gets some critical nods but I doubt it will be one of my favorites.  A good book to give to someone wishing for the books they don't write anymore.


Digital copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss

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A good solid collection of fairy tales that are a retellings of older stories. I liked Keirnan's take on Little Red Riding Hood and Yolen's Sleeping Beauty from a different viewpoint was fun. Not every story was a remix of another story but took the bones of fairy tales and made them into new stories. IT certainly reminded me of they Datlow and Windling collections of stories and I hope there will be more.

Digital review copy provided by the publisher through Netgalley.

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This was a themed anthology of 4 stories that stuck to the theme of bringing back the dead. Some but not all were settings that the writers had used before but all the stories had that creepy factor. Only one really had what you could call a happy ending. And one was just sad from start to finish. If you like reading stories about raising the dead then this is a really great collection for this and it shows off the talents of the writers as well. I'll be checking out books by some of the other writers.

Digital copy provided by the publisher through Edelweiss

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Up front I supported the Kickstarter for this book and I also happened to win a review copy off of Goodreads.  I was sold on this anthology mostly because of Seanan McGuire was in it and I enjoy her stuff. What I got was a great story by her and several other stories that were great and at least one I know will be on my Hugo ballot for short story next year. There were a few stories that didn't kick with me but that seems to happen in every theme anthology that read. As much as I thought all the stories would be about roller derby there were some that were more clubbing than skating but that would work with the glitter part of the title. I probably would have rated it higher on Goodreads if I hadn't hit several stories that just didn't click with me at all.

Review copy provided by the publisher through Goodreads.

missingvolume: (books cats)
This 3 story collection I tracked down mostly for the Lackey Five Hundred Kingdoms story. It was a cute retelling of Hades and Persephone marriage. Enjoyable and if you haven't read the stories set in that universe it a nice taste of how they are written. The other two were new to me and at some point I might track down the West series but if I don't I'm not that compelled and the Haley series I finished to see if I would like it and I didn't for the most part. So that one is a skip for me. Overall this is a win for me since I got the book from the library.

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I had heard about this collection from a writer I like and I knew I was going to have to track down a copy and read it. The stories in here are really well crafted and for the most part they stand on their own since as far as I could tell only one writer worked the Oz setting into one of their story universes. The stories go for a wide range of emotions and at least one brought tears to my eye. If you are a fan of the stories then go and grab a copy of this book when it hits the shelves. There are a few nods to the movie in the collection but this is certainly for the fans of the books. 

Digital review copy provided by NetGalley




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The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius edited by John Joseph Adams


Themed collections are always a mixed bag. I tend to read them for certain writers but I do try to read all the stories. I did skip one since it was more here is something in my universe instead of hey I wrote a cool story to fit the concept of the book. A few stories were really clever, some were funny but a few were a bit bittersweet.  Overall a good themed collection and it gave me some really good reads I will have to remember for next year’s Hugo ballot. 

Digital review copy provided by Netgalley

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I really like the themed collections that Harris and Kelner have been doing. For one thing they have lots of writers that I do read so dipping into familiar universes is great. The plus was a new to me writer that I will probably track down and read some more stuff and that is the point of this series of collections. Mostly familiar but always something new to trip over. So if urban fantasy is your thing this collection as a bit of everything along the spectrum of what people think is urban fantasy. 



 
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Another anthology that collects several writers that I really like to read. All the stories are set in previous story universes, granted the Rachel Caine one there has only been one other short story with those characters. So this collection is a great calling card for these writers to get you to taste their writing styles and see if you want more of their universes. For the most part I was pretty happy with what I read there were a few that didn't work for me and that means I'll  be skipping them. I did add one maybe to the mountain of TBR but who knows when I will get to it. Most of the contributors I have enjoyed their stuff and it was nice to get a small dose of their writing while waiting on the next book. 


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This YA anthology had some real big hitters in it but for the most part I didn't really like most of the stories to find out more about the worlds they were set in. Even the ones that were set in story settings I knew, the story left me with more of a "eh" feeling than lets find more of that. 


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I really like the anthologies that Harris and Kelner have done. I've read three complete ones and parts of two more and for the most part they stick to the theme they are working with and have good stories to boot. Not every story was all hearts and flowers type urban fantasy that some fan seem to crave there were some stories that were more horror bent and they worked the theme very well. All in all an enjoyable collection and I'll be sure to pick up the next one they decide to work on the next time around. 

          

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Four angel themed stories with some set in well established universes. Only one of the stories angel theme was faint with the rest having the angels front and center to the plot. I liked 3 out of 4 of the stories and only one wasn't my cup of tea.  The Shinn story universe was interesting enough that I have requested the first one from the library to give it a whirl. I did like the Singh story since it is set in her Archangel series but doesn't deal with any of the regular characters so it is a nice taste of the series without having to commit to several books. 

  
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A really nice short story anthology that doesn't seem to have all the usual suspects that you find in a lot of urban fantasy collections. I thought this gave a really good sampling of lots of good writers. 


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