Dark and Stormy Knights Paperback – 5 Sep 2010
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With supernatural beings, mystery, action, danger and romance, there's something for everyone in these pages. "Darque Reviews on Strange Brew" If you are a fan of the paranormal or urban fantasy genre then this book is a definite must read. "Night Owl Romance on My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon" Fans of paranormal romance will welcome the rare chance to see [their] favorite authors working in short form. "Publishers Weekly on My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding""
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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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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.Read more ›
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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The Jim Butcher story is the gem. See Marcone deal with a plea for his protection, under the unseely accords. A story about buisness and civility. Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
The first reviewer provides a useful summary - there are quite a few stories in here and some certainly better than others. Read morePublished on 19 July 2011 by Caitkin