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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Collection!, 26 Feb 2011
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Miss Victoria Ramage (Leeds, UK) - See all my reviews
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You know what I love the most about Stephen King? His short stories! So I was pretty excited to learn that Holly Black has done some, not enough Authors do them these days. The Poison Eaters is a compilation of short stories (most of which have appeared in other Anthologies), all in the fantasy genre. In here you can expect a whole host of fantasy creatures - werewolves, unicorns, elves, Vampires, the Devil and Wolverine. Yes, really, even has a cigar. The stories are quite varied too - The Poison Eaters, the last in the book, is more of a Fairy Story, a touch of romance is added in The Coat of Stars and some Fae try and get pregnant in 'Going Ironside'. The end up with a drug addiction.
I'm actually tied for what my favourite stories is. I loved the concept Paper Cuts Scissors, where you meet Wolverine and various other storybook characters, but The Poison Eaters was pretty damn good and a breathtaking ending that left me wanting more.
Of course, one major pull to buy this for a lot of Holly fans is The Land of Hearts Desire, where you get to meet the characters from Tithe again. I didn't enjoy the story as much as the others, I felt that it dragged a little. One thing I did love in this however is that there's a couple of gay relationships. Not many YA authors seem to be willing to explore this idea, sticking to what's safe but I find the ones that do are some of the best Authors.
If you read a few other Holly Black novels, throughout this you'll find a feeling f familiarity - many elements in this can be linked to books such as Tithe and Spiderwick. I hope that she'll write another short story compilation sometime, this one was amazing. Will be buying it!

Received free from Simon and Schuster to review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic collection, 10 Dec 2010
This book is another fantastic opportunity to delve into the imagination of Holly Black, one of the best fantasy writers for young adults currently living. There are about 10 stories in all, ranging from an eating contest with the Devil to a new take on vampire lore. Holly has managed to paint an often dark but always detailed picture for her characters to inhabit, each one just right for a short story. Buy this book today!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 18 July 2014
This review is from: The Poison Eaters: And Other Stories (Paperback)
Enjoyable and imaginative read
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