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Home Improvement: Undead Edition [Kindle Edition]

Charlaine Harris , Toni L.P. Kelner
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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There's nothing like home renovation for finding skeletons in the closet or otherworldly portals in the attic. Now here's the perfect treat for any homeowner who's ever wondered, 'What's that creaking sound?' (just before the ceiling comes crashing down!). Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner return with an all-new collection, this time on the paranormal perils of Do-It-Yourself.

As well as a brand-new Sookie Stackhouse story by the Number 1 Sunday Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, there are 13 more cautionary tales of home renovation by bestselling authors Patricia Briggs, James Grady, Heather Graham, Melissa Marr, amongst others. This is an outstanding line-up of frightening and funny fixer-upper tales guaranteed to shake foundations and rattle readers' pipes.

This is the fourth anthology following on from Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, Many Bloody Returns and Death's Excellent Vacation.


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'Fourteen authors hit the nail on the head with these truly DIY nightmares. With literal skeletons in the closet or portals in the attic, the stories range from the chilling to the offbeat' Romantic Times.

'an endearingly frothy piece' Rue Morgue.

'A fun and feisty journey through the fantastical and sometimes freaky imaginations of fourteen fabulous authors, many of whom I have never read but will certainly be looking out for from here on in' Beauty and Lace.

'Perfect for teens of all ages' Guardian.

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'Fourteen authors hit the nail on the head with these truly DIY nightmares. With literal skeletons in the closet or portals in the attic, the stories range from the chilling to the offbeat' Romantic Times. 'an endearingly frothy piece' Rue Morgue. 'A fun and feisty journey through the fantastical and sometimes freaky imaginations of fourteen fabulous authors, many of whom I have never read but will certainly be looking out for from here on in' Beauty and Lace. 'Perfect for teens of all ages' Guardian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 984 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books; Undead edition edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BP3JW8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to test the waters with great talent 28 May 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
If there's one thing that Charlaine and Toni do, is bring together a whole host of talent from the Urban Fantasy genre in order to present a series of stories that not only work their way into the readers imagination but give the reader a chance to try out other names for a smaller outlay to see if the writing and characters are to their taste.

Each book has a theme and whilst each story has their own way of dealing with them, it presents the reader with something from all aspects of the genre that will work their way deep into their imagination. They're all snappy, they all have wonderful prose and solid pace which, when you add the ability to dip in as and when you want, gives you a book that is a cracking addition to any collection as well as giving the reader a solid sense of tales for all occasions. Great stuff and a wonderful collection for the Jo Fletcher stable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Roroblu's Mum TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I only got the antho for the above two authors - I read pretty much whatever they put out, but I am glad that I relied on my friendly librarian and didn't buy this, as I couldn't get into the other tales.

The Sookie Stackhouse one is the best of the two that I read in full, and takes place just after Tara has had her twins. Whilst remodelling her house to create space for the babies, a bloodied hammer is discovered...and a spirit is unleashed in the house. ...a really good tale with Sookie, Sam, a new nanny who happens to be psychic and Tara and hubby.

The Patricia Briggs one comes very close to being as good as the SS one. Elyna is a vampire, who has come back to buy and renovate the house where she and her husband were so happy until his death...at her hands. She had been abducted, held for several days and managed to escape, not realising that she was changed, but then overcome by bloodlust, she killed her beloved husband. She's part vigilante, part rebel vamp, trying to change the established vampire hierarchy and traditions...a sad but also happy tale.

Was the antho worth paying for? Not at the hardback price. I tried to read the other tales, but one featured zombies, another ghosts, but none other than these two appealed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 13 Nov. 2011
Format:Hardcover
I have never read a anthology before due to thinking i would not get the stories since most of them are extended stories from other series. However I'm glad I took the chance. The sookie stackhouse was fantastic. The others took a bit of getting used to since I was unaware of the other authors apart from Patricia Briggs which I have yet to read any of and after reading her short in this I'm looking forward to reading more. The only thing about these anthologies since reading this I am looking for others like revamped and many bloody returns is that amazon no longer has them and you can only buy them from other sellers at high prices.

There was a story by James Grady I basically flipped through because it was weird and did not make sense even the style of writing did not make sense if u are into obsecure it's perfect for you.

I loved the wizards home security story it takes a little while to get into but had a perfect statisfying ending. Talking of endings I got into squatters rights right away but halfway through the story it just got bizzare and the ending confused me. Who endings like that. And I don't mean a ending that makes you think it's either went that way or another. It's not even a ending. It seems a bit like reading a preview chapter it has no real ending. Very dissapointed.

Another great story was Blood on the Wall. Now I have looked up other books of this author and would not purchase any but this story was fantastic. I recommend it. The style of writing makes it flow really quickly and your dissapointed when it ends.
The Strength Inside by Melissa Marr is just weird.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Rachel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fantastic collection of short stories with a lot of wit, surprises and excellent writing styles. Unfortunately I liked Charlaine Harris' story least but I still give this book 5 stars as all the other stories were brilliant - they make you want to read more. I don't want to give away too much but if you like contact with all kind of supernaturals (including working zombies and ghosts) doing home improvements or hindering these, then this book is for you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't do it for me 4 Dec. 2012
By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
These two authors have compiled other anthologies of paranormal fiction based around more "normal" things, I have three of their previous collections themed around Christmas, birthdays and weddings. Each of these has original short stories by a variety of different authors. I enjoyed the other books I had previously read but found this one very disappointing.

For this anthology the authors used the theme of DIY as a hook for authors to use to create their contributions around. Authors did use this theme in a very remote fashion with most of the stories concerning ghosts inhabiting an old house where new people moved in. Some were a little more inventive with the "home" being a faery enclave or a tomb but the plots were much the same.

This collection is not a success. The individual stories are difficult to differentiate and they seem to struggle to use the theme in a creative way. None of them is particularly memorable and I have not sought out the work of any of the contributors as a result of their offering in this book. By the time that I got to the end of the book I was heartily tired of these tales and didn't want to read another paranormal DIY story ever again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good short stories
I enjoy having a book of short stories on the go and these were all good reads! Some were better than others but that is just a matter of taste. Well worth a try.
Published 11 months ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars supernatural mayhem
This is much better than Games creatures Play. I liked all the stories but my favourites are IF I HAD A HAMMER, [Charlaine Harris] GREY [Particia Briggs] and IN BRIGHTEST... Read more
Published 13 months ago by marion musgrove
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The item was in excellent condition making it the perfect gift which was required. The arrival time of the product was superb, meeting and exceeding any expectations I had of the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by minkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Short story's
As always I have enjoyed the short story's edited by Charlain Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, I have read several of their other books and have also enjoyed them.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. S. Mcgrath
5.0 out of 5 stars A wide range to suit all
This is a great book with a variety of stories that range from creepy to laugh at loud funny.

If you don't have time to stick your nose in a book for a few hours or have... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jacqueline Le Ber
3.0 out of 5 stars some of these stories need a funeral
the first few tales I really enjoyed but gave up on the book about 2 thirds of the way through, I have quite a vivid imagination but some stories are really off the wall
Published 24 months ago by G. M. Colvin
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories from well known authors
Short stories about home improvement - bit of an odd choice I thought. I bought this for Patricia Briggs' story which was quite good. Its about a vampire who is being haunted. Read more
Published on 25 Mar. 2012 by Mrs R
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, dull, dull, dull,dull.....
really not worth the money. I felt the authors were slumming it! Not one interesting story among the lot of them. very disappointing.
Published on 26 Nov. 2011 by Amazon Customer
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