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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.; 1 edition (5 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312598343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312598341
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Fans of paranormal romance will welcome the rare chance to see [their] favorite authors working in short form"

About the Author

Authors include New York Times bestselling authors Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Carrie Vaughn and Vicki Pettersson. Additional contributors include Rachel Caine, Deidre Knight, Lilith Saintcrow, Shannon K. Butcher and P. N. Elrod

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sharon on 13 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
I am not really a short story fan ordinarily, but these stories got me carried away & gave me an idea of the other writers style that I had not read before.
Here's a snap shot of each story to give you an idea of what to expect.

Ilona Andrews - A Questionable Client.
Kate works for the Mercenary Guild & when she's offered £3000 dollars for one nights work she knows it's going to be a nasty job, even if it is bodyguarding.
Superb characterisation, plot, magical creatures. Written with wry humour & intelligence.

Deirdre Knight - Unknighted.
Magical fantasy she has to complete the puzzle, but there is something missing, a benefactor suddenly gives what she needs, to release whats in the puzzle. Failure is not an option, slow build up to a life threatening ending.

Jim Butcher - Even Hand
Written from John Macone point of view, he who is cold hearted, mobster extrodinaire, has lines even he won't cross especially when it comes to drugs, prostitution involving kids. Which maybe is why he uncharacteristically agrees to give his protection to Justine & a child. Hardhitting, magical vilolence.

Sean Butcher - The Beacon.
Ryder is an assassin, he's sick to the teeth of his job, he has to kill the 'Beacon' - A human, he falters & has to stand & fight, a fight he has no chance in hell of winning. Dark & gritty - desperate measures take place for pure survival - superior descriptive writing.

- Even a Rabbit will Bite.
A slow burner this one, She's been a dragon slayer for over 700 years & has to train the new slayer who is going to take her place. A melancholy tale with a desperate twist. Dark undertones that make you think..

P.N Elrod - Dark Lady.
1930's noir type suspense thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ImReallyAnElf VINE VOICE on 20 Jan. 2011
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The stories are well described by the first reviewer. I think I was misled by the synopsis and use of Knights in the title, into imagining I'd be reading paranormal/urban fantasy with romance thrown in. The writing in these was excellent, but romance there certainly wasn't! I found the book lacking because of that, but if you don't need any vestige of romance in your books in this genre, go for this as some of the stories are worth it, and give a different "take" on a few of the authors. However, overall I found the individual stories too much leaning to the dark to be satisfying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on 21 Feb. 2011
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I picked up this anthology primarily because I was interested in Jim Butcher's story from Johnny Marcone's point of view. As a bonus, I got to read a story by his wife, whose writing I hadn't read yet, as well as several other excellent authors.
Although the Rachel Caine story didn't bowl me over, I did enjoy it more than the one Weather Wardens book I tried and failed to get through.
The story that disappointed me the most was Deirdre Knight's. The world seemed quite interesting and the set-up full of potential. However, the story seemed to come down to the woman deciding which sexy male she was going to obey. I also did not care for the hint of Middle Eastern=evil in the story.
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By Rotgut VINE VOICE on 25 May 2012
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Collection of "urban fantasy" with creatures of legend in dark and gritty modern day settings, featuring the work of best selling authors such as Jim Butcher and Vicki Pettersson.

Short stories are probably the perfect vehicle for fantasy tales...the fantastic elements can be shown without bothering with long explanations and backstories. To pick just a few examples, Rob Chilson's "The Last of His Breed", L Sprague de Camp's "The Hardwood Pile", Jack Dann's "The Black Horn" and, one of my all time favourites, Gene Wolfe's "The Woman Who Loved the Centaur Pholus" are all short stories featuring legendary creatures (Winged Horses, Unicorns, Dryads, Centaurs) survivng in the modern world. All of these are memorable, punchy and evoke a genuine sense of wonder.

The stories in "Dark and Stormy Knights" suffer in comparison with these earlier works. Almost all show the mythic creatures as things to be shot at and blown up, there is little wonderment. Basically most have violent monsters: werewolves, demons, vampires, in physical conflict with heavily armed humans. As well as rather one dimensional, the stories do seem very samey.

The exception, "Even a Rabbit Will Bite" by Rachel Caine is an actual story with a proper start and ending and doesn't just describe a fight. It was, for me, by far the best of the nine stories here.

To be fair, all the short stories are well written and very readable, I doubt any will live as long in my memory as Wolfe's 9 or 10 page "..Centaur Pholus.."
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