Hex Appeal Paperback – 5 Jun 2012
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"Heavy hitters serve up sharp, dark, witty urban fantasy.... Fans of Elrod's Strange Brew, which included many of the same authors, will find plenty more to enjoy in this strong anthology."
--Publishers Weekly "Elrod has a real gift for gathering great authors and terrific stories for the anthologies she edits. That is certainly true of Hex Appeal, which boasts a stellar cast of nine storytellers providing their take on menacing magic and hazardous hexes!"
--"RT Book Reviews" "A solid collection for lovers of urban fantasy and wizards in the modern world."
Heavy hitters serve up sharp, dark, witty urban fantasy.... Fans of Elrod's Strange Brew, which included many of the same authors, will find plenty more to enjoy in this strong anthology. "Publishers Weekly"
Elrod has a real gift for gathering great authors and terrific stories for the anthologies she edits. That is certainly true of Hex Appeal, which boasts a stellar cast of nine storytellers providing their take on menacing magic and hazardous hexes! "RT Book Reviews"
A solid collection for lovers of urban fantasy and wizards in the modern world. "Library Journal""
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Features stories from ILONA ANDREWS, JIM BUTCHER, RACHEL CAINE, CAROLE NELSON DOUGLAS, P.N. ELROD, SIMON R. GREEN, LORI HANDELAND, ERICA HAYES and CARRIE VAUGHN.
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Most seem to be set in established 'worlds' from these authors, so it was kind of hard to get a grasp on the tales, but all are solid enough paranormal reads for a one-off.
I'm especially glad I read the JB tale, as there hasn't been a full-length Harry Dresden tale for some time, and apparently there still won't be til next year. I've not read anything by JB for some time, but I had no trouble picking up this tale, which involves HD helping out Bigfoot. Not 'the' Bigfoot, but his friend Bigfoot.
The Ilona Andrews tale was set in the world of Kate Daniels, who IMHO, is her best creation, but doesn't feature any of the characters we've seen so far, and it took place in Philadelphia, not in Kate's domain. I was hoping for a tale featuring characters we'd at least seen before, which it wasn't, but it was a decent tale featuring Saiman's cousin, and was a worthwhile read as a freebie, but I'm not sure I'd have wanted to pay for it as a freestanding, paid-for Kindle read. It wasn't quite worth that, and I'm also debating whether it'll be worth reading GunMetal Magic, which comes out in a few weeks, featuring Kate's friend Andrea.
The Lori Handeland tale is from her now defunct Phoenix Chronicles series, and explains why things went wrong between Jimmy and Liz. It's the encounter between the fairy Summer and Jimmy, on Ruthie's orders, and would have been very welcome a couple of years back, before the series got cancelled due to falling sales.Read more ›
The first story by Iona Andrews was pretty interesting but not quite enough for me to rush out and pick up the authors other books. Cherry Kisses by Erica Hayes was a decent story and memorable but I really didn't like the characters. Carrie Vaughn's story was good but felt more like a teaser than a stand alone story.
The P.N. Elrod vampire story was awesome and I will definitely be checking out this writer's other stuff. The characters were cool and the story was action packed. The Harry Dresden Bigfoot story was excellent, as expected (I'm a huge fan of the Dresden files). But the standout favourite for me was Simon Green's story - I just love Dead Boy, he's a brilliant character and finding out more about him was worth the cost of buying this book alone.
I didn't really enjoy the rest of the stories. I must admit I'm not a big fan of Rachel Caine, I read the story on the off chance it might convert me but I'm still not a fan. The other couple of stories in there just didn't strike my interest for whatever reason and I don't remember much about them.
Overall I'd say there's enough good in there to make this book a worthwhile purchase, whatever your supernatural tastes are. My personal preferences made me rate the book 3 stars, I would have rated the 3 stories I really enjoyed 5 stars though.
I picked up this anthology because I'd heard about it from somewhere and thought it might be an interesting sampler for a collection of today's better urban fantasy authors. While I've heard of some of the authors, the only one I'd ever read anything of was Jim Butcher, so I came in here with no clue as to the nature of the worlds or the kind of storytelling I was expecting.
Unfortunately, many of these made poor short stories for the simple reason that they had to expound huge amounts of backstory for you to understand the world, or they didn't and you then didn't understand what was going on.
I kind of expected the best of the set to be Jim Butcher's, and I wasn't wrong. While there is a vast array of background in Harry Dresden's world, you didn't need to know much of it to get the story or the characters, and Butcher does not reveal it if you don't need to know. The story is pretty cool too.
I had heard good things about Simon R Green and I'm sorry to say that his story put me off his Darkside series entirely. I didn't like the characters or the storytelling.
Lori Handeland's "There Will be Demons" has the only decent sex scene in it. (If you're looking at that cover and title, and expecting something sexy, don't be fooled.) Beyond that, it appeared to make essentially no sense. Snow Job by Carole Nelson Douglas suffered badly from the author's desire to place the story within a series. If I heard "Post Millennium Revelation Vegas" one more time I might have shot something.Read more ›
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4 stars: Retribution Clause - Ilona Andrews
This is set in the same world as the Kate Daniels series but we don't get to see any of the characters we already know and... Read more
Am reading this at the moment and really enjoying it. Great storiesPublished on 8 July 2014 by Margaret Ravel