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Vampires: The Recent Undead (Otherworld Stories series) [Kindle Edition]

Holly Black , Kelley Armstrong , Rachel Caine , Susan Sizemore , Carrie Vaughn , Charlaine Harris , Karen Russell , Caitlin R. Kiernan , Michael Marshall Smith , Paula Guran
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Book Description

The undead are more alive today than ever. Immortal? Indeed! Nothing has sunk its teeth into twenty-first century popular culture as pervasively as the vampire. The fangsters have the freedom to fly across all genres and all mediums—there's even apps for vamps.

Whether roaming into romance, haunting horror, sneaking into science fiction, capering into humor, meandering through mystery—no icon is more versatile than the vampire. Slake your insatiable thirst with the best sanguinary stories of the new millennium: terrifying or tender, deadly or delicious, bad-ass or beneficent, classic or cutting-edge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 430 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prime Books (7 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00551PBSA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #258,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Good, the Bad & the Ugly 29 May 2013
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some good, some bad, some dire - I purchased the audio version. Some of the stories were quite good, particularly those by authors that have a good track record in paranormal/urban fantasy. Some were simply verging on boring. And some were awful - I particularly hate american authors who try to "do English/British voice". Really, if you haven't spent years in the country, associating with locals, listening to them & properly understanding the words, stop bloody pretending. Here's an example, straight from one of the stories in this collection: the word "w*nk" (I hate using * to try and obscure the word, but I think that Amazon may not publish the review with it in plain sight). The use throughout this story is simply that of someone who doesn't understand it. In Britain, one does not call someone a "w*nk", one uses the term "w*nker". The word "w*nk" is that of the act itself. It's exactly as if the author had his characters call each other "a masturbate." That particular story wa not quite enough to make me stop reading the whole collection, but it has happened in the past. I implore all writers who are not British/English/Scottish/Welsh/Irish (or, if they are, haven't spent a great deal of time "at home"), if they sincerely wish to write in that way to find a few good alpha & beta readers who _are_ to correct such misuse of words/idioms/dialects. I equally implore all editors, if they too are not native to the country that the author attempts to portray, to please have someone who is to run through the story to check whether an native reader is going to throw the book at the wall screaming about "stupid, lazy writers" who should "stick to their own sodding language". I'd offer my services, but I probably don't have the diplomatic skills to deal with delicate writerly egos ;)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slog of a read 19 Sept. 2011
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
One thing I love more than anything is stories about vampires so I thought this book would be well worth a read.

How wrong could I have been. There are one or two stories which I enjoyed but these were not strong enough to save all the other short stories in this anthology. I understand that these types of narrative are not meant to be fully descriptive, however, the author's should still have tried to attempt a connection with the reader.

If you are fanatical about vampires and own anything to do with them, then this is your book. If you want something with a bit more story behind it, look elsewhere.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vampires the recent undead 20 April 2011
By Ruby - Published on
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I loved all the stories in the book, but was disappointed to find out the Sookie story was one I had already read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 9 Nov. 2012
By Adoration - Published on
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Great book and I'm very happy I finally got it. It has been sitting on my Wish List for over a year while I worked my way through the other must read items. This book did not disappoint. Granted some stories fell a bit flat, but that's not unexpected. As a compilation of great authors this book is a must read, because you'll defiantly walk away with a few new favorite authors.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so 26 Jun. 2011
By Book Bunny - Published on
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I enjoyed this book but there were a couple of stories I just couldn't follow and didn't understand the ending. Too cryptic for me. That being said - most of the stories are interesting and I did enjoy the book overall. I wouldn't buy it - get it from the library.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just fishing 16 Jan. 2013
By Kristina - Published on
I was just fishing around for a good book to read when i came across this book. I almost passed over but i didnt and i feel really enthused about it. This is a wonderful book and im glad i read it.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mostly unreadbale 16 May 2011
By Kevin E. Davis - Published on
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I bought this book mainly to read the Harris story, only to be disappointed to find out it was "Dahlia Underground," which I had already read in the much better "Crimes by Moonlight" anthology.
Most of the rest of the collection was unreadable by me, and I actually enjoyed only a few of them.
Skip this book.
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