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Games Creatures Play [Hardcover]

William Kent Krueger , Charlaine Harris , Toni L. P. Kelner
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Book Description

April 2014

Everyone plays something - whether it's solitaire or squash or stockcar racing, World of Warcraft or World Wrestling Entertainment tournaments, darts or dodgeball. Games bring out the best in us, the worst in us, the thing-we-never-expected in us. Human beings just naturally like to test their limits, both mental and physical - and why should the supernaturals be any different?

In their latest anthology international superstar Charlaine Harris and award-winning mystery writer Toni Kelner have collected stories that feature ghostly players, bloodthirsty interruptions, and competitions with deadly outcomes, from some of the top writers in the fantasy, horror, crime and mystery genres. Game on!

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256879
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,062,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlaine Harris writes the No. 1 Sunday Times and internationally bestselling paranormal fantasy series featuring Sookie Stackhouse (the basis for the HBO series True Blood), amongst others. She lives in Texas.

Toni L.P. Kelner is the Agatha Award-winning author of the'Where are they now?' and Laura Fleming mystery series. She was awarded a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award and has coedited four very successful fantasy/mystery anthologies with Charlaine Harris. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, fellow author Stephen P. Kelner, Jr. and their two daughters.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good buy 22 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition

What would you expect from a book featuring Charlaine Harris (and also edited by)? for me its still part of a foray out of my reading comfort zone. I enjoy watching True Blood (not just for the get the kit off action before someone comments) Its good fun, has a fast pace and many twists and turns. Her short story in this anthology is no different from that. The other authors were all new to me, each and every story something different, something that pushed my boundaries of comfort (i hide behind cushions during horror films). Despite all of that i enjoyed nearly every story, and the couple i didn’t… well that’s more personal quirk than anything to do with the story, i know many will love every single story in the book.

So if a shock, a scare a little fright, something to get the pulse racing is what you enjoy…well this is the anthology for you.

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3.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings 1 May 2014
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I usually love the compilations of Harris and Kelner but unfortunately not so much this time.I really liked the Sookie/Manfred story and a couple of others . Still looking forward to next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars get ready, get set, go! 12 April 2014
Games Creatures Play is an entertaining anthology from fifteen contributors, with each short story featuring the unusual combination of the paranormal and sports.

Some of the authors didn’t venture too far from their comfort zone. ‘Into the Blue Hereafter’ by Charlaine Harris is set at a softball game in Bon Temps, where Sookie Stackhouse and Manfred Bernado meet for the first time. Similarly Seanan McGuire doesn’t stray far from the familiarity of her InCryptid series, ‘Jammed,’ in which a chimera is on the rampage during a Roller Derby, features Antimony Price. I enjoyed both stories in part at least because of my familiarity with the characters and their worlds.

My favourites included Scott Sigler’s ‘The Case of the Haunted Safeway’, a ghostly tale of love and baseball which managed to be funny, sweet and a little bit spooky all at the same time, Jan Burke’s ‘Stepping into the Dead Zone’ which portrays dodgeball as a test of loyalty and friendship, and ‘Bell, Book and Candlepin‘ by Toni L. P. Kelner in which more than just the bowling balls are returned.

In Games Creatures Play you will find witches, monster stompers, faeries, Gods, ghosts and more, all playing to win and even though I have very little interest in sport in general, I really enjoyed this anthology. Get ready, get set and go… pick up a copy today.
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Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner
A review by Jeanette Greaves
The game – produce an anthology of fifteen stories.
The rules – they must be short stories, they must include at least one supernatural creature such as a shapeshifter, fairy, vampire or ghost. They must include a strong element of a game or a sport. No author can contribute more than one story.
And thus was born 'Games Creatures Play' an anthology of fifteen stories, bracketed by Charlaine Harris's 'In The Blue Hereafter' at the beginning, and Toni L.P. Kelner's 'Bell, Book and Candlepin' at the end.
There is a great deal of variety in the stories, as you'd expect from such a wide brief. Some of the stories are all about the game or sport. Others, including those from the two editors, use the games as a background against which the story develops. Harris's story is a Sookie Stackhouse tale, nestled closely into the True Blood universe and its existing characters and mythos. It works nicely as a stand alone, whilst enticing a captured reader deeper into the bigger picture. Kelner's story works in a similar way, and I was surprised to find that it's only her second venture into this particular world of the Allaway Kith. There are some interesting ideas in this story, that I'd love to see explored further.
Most of the contributions to this collection are set in the approximate present of the 20th and the early 21st century. The exception is Dana Cameron's 'The God Games', a story about a man travelling to the Olympic Games of ancient Greece, on a vital mission. The games and the sports are richly and authoritatively described, but take a back seat to the plot and the characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly fun, mostly light monsters and mayhem anthology 3 April 2014
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This was a fun book for the most part. While some of the stories qualified as "spooky," and many were bloody, only one of them stuck sideways in my head as actually horrible. And I don't mean "horrible" as in badly written, but as in a "that's gonna haunt me for a while" horror story. To give you some quick content previews:

"Hide and Shriek" by Adam-Troy Castro was my favorite. This short story told the tale of three Elder Gods being so bored that they decided to play hide-and-seek among the many worlds where apes were evolved enough to communicate. The various descriptions of both the squabbling gods and the adventuresome (or not) humans were fun, and the twist at the end was a good joke.

"False Knight on the Road" by Mercedes Lackey told the story about a bootlegger racing the Devil on the mountain. The story was either kinda fun and kinda random, or really funny, depending on whether you have read her SerratedEdge stories.

"The Case of the Haunted Safeway" by Scott Sigler was interesting, and the fact-foundation to the fantasy gave it more weight and a lot more context against current events. I liked the idea of it, and I liked the conclusion. But it felt a little heavy as compared to its neighbors. It's also the one that I'll be thinking about for a while yet.

I picked up this book to support authors I like, especially Harris and McGuire. I recommend it to people who enjoy the supernatural, sports, and the collisions of the two. But not to people who have any nightmares about falling through thin ice or being messily slaughtered on hiking trips.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Nah. Not Memorable 18 May 2014
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I started reading it but...yeah, the stories aren't that great. So I just read the book when I was on my exercise bike, stretching the reading time out to 2 weeks. I finished last night and I can honestly say that I don't remember a single story in the book, it was that unremarkable. Ok, wait, the grocery store one was kinda cute but...kinda juvenile too. I didn't walk away with any new authors to go look up to read more of their work. I'd skip this one, if I could do it over.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 6 April 2014
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Kept me thoroughly entertained. Great variety of stories. I wasn't keen on the subject at first, but this is not about your typical sports or your typical players.
Found some new writers, can't wait to read their works.
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 13 July 2014
By stefani - Published on
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Not worth the time or money!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 3 July 2014
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The person this gift was purchased for enjoyed the book.
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