- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (6 Nov. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780872631
- ISBN-13: 978-1780872636
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A solid collection filled with enjoyable, quirky and fun-packed stories. As always, Harris and Kelner have commissioned the best the genre has to offer' Andromeda's Offspring. (Andromeda's Offspring)
'As usual the talent within is top notch and when edited by two top notch names in the genre, all round gives it a seal of quality that you can't ignore. Great stuff' Falcata Times. (Falcata Times)
'Harris and Kelner consistently manage to pull together a quality collection of short stories. 4**** of 5' Vampire Book Club. (Vampire Book Club)
'I really enjoyed this anthology. Get ready, get set and go ... pick up a copy today' BookdOut. (BookdOut)
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.See all Product description
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Some I really enjoyed others I found a little cold.
But this type of book is ideal for finding new authors and I have found a couple I will certainly be looking out for on amazon.
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.
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.
Thus, the reader gets real-life Capture-the-Flag, Hide-and-Seek with malevolent gods or with horrific consequences for the found, a fight-night where a dead victim gets revenge, car racing with the Devil, lacrosse with ghosts, taking on in a game of chance, Greek wrestling with a shapeshifters, fencing in a French finishing school, shoe-skating on thin ice, roller derby with monsters, softball with psychics, a haunted candlepin alley and baseball in the Safeway.
Some of the stories are chilling, some are laugh-out-loud funny and some are just OK. At least one is so verbose it borders on being boring. Harris offers a meeting between Sookie Stackhouse and Manfred Bernardo that feels like a prelude to the Midnight, Texas novels. Kelner’s offering is clever, but the stand-out gem in this collection is Scott Sigler’s The Case of the Haunted Safeway, featuring Hunter Hunterson and family. This is a good chance to sample the wares of fifteen authors without committing to a full novel and worth reading for the Sigler story alone. A mixed bag.
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.Read more ›
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A great combination of Writers including Charlaine Harris [True Blood Author] , although Horror based it is a very humorous book in many places, I really loved it.Published on 24 April 2015 by moonwolf
It's good enough we read but if i had to chose between this and another i've not read i would chose the other.Published on 21 Jan. 2015 by Amazon Customer
I’m a huge fan of books that bring together a whole host of authorly talent from across the genre as it not only gives the reader cracking tales but also allows them to try authors... Read morePublished on 20 July 2014 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
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