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Home Improvement: Undead Edition by [Kelner, Harris]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Praise for the editors' previous collections:

"Exceptional authors...a captivating collection." --Darque Reviews

"Entertaining and worth reading. This excellent collection will appeal to the growing legion of paranormal fans." --"Library Journal
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"Experienced genre hands ensure the high quality." --"Booklist

""Fresh, interesting tales... [that] star some of the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse." --Alternative Worlds

"Thoroughly enjoyable." --Monsters and Critics

Praise for "Home Improvement: Undead Edition"
The authors do a fine job of exploring the danger of the DIY movement. The tone ranges from silly ( It's All in the Rendering ) to classic horror ( The Mansion of Imperatives ) there is no lack of imagination in this collection This is definitely one of the most fun books you will read this summer. "San Francisco Book Review
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These are delightful, entertaining and chilling stories. Some of them you'll be carrying around in your head for days. Do yourself a favor and spend a rainy afternoon with this book. "Fresh Fiction
" Fun, different and often surprising compilation of short stories This collection is a treat; the stories are strong and most reward the reader with a pleasing plot twist. The paranormal element added to the mundane yet trying experience of home or business renovation was an inspired theme certain to strike a cord with anyone who has lived the experience. Just the thing to enjoy on a languid summer day with a tall glass of cold lemonade. "Monsters and Critics ""

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'Fourteen authors hit the nail on the head with these truly DIY nightmares. With literal skeletons in the closet or portals in the attic, the stories range from the chilling to the offbeat' Romantic Times. 'an endearingly frothy piece' Rue Morgue. 'A fun and feisty journey through the fantastical and sometimes freaky imaginations of fourteen fabulous authors, many of whom I have never read but will certainly be looking out for from here on in' Beauty and Lace. 'Perfect for teens of all ages' Guardian.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1317 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books; Undead ed edition (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BP3JW8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These two authors have compiled other anthologies of paranormal fiction based around more "normal" things, I have three of their previous collections themed around Christmas, birthdays and weddings. Each of these has original short stories by a variety of different authors. I enjoyed the other books I had previously read but found this one very disappointing.

For this anthology the authors used the theme of DIY as a hook for authors to use to create their contributions around. Authors did use this theme in a very remote fashion with most of the stories concerning ghosts inhabiting an old house where new people moved in. Some were a little more inventive with the "home" being a faery enclave or a tomb but the plots were much the same.

This collection is not a success. The individual stories are difficult to differentiate and they seem to struggle to use the theme in a creative way. None of them is particularly memorable and I have not sought out the work of any of the contributors as a result of their offering in this book. By the time that I got to the end of the book I was heartily tired of these tales and didn't want to read another paranormal DIY story ever again.
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Format: Hardcover
I only got the antho for the above two authors - I read pretty much whatever they put out, but I am glad that I relied on my friendly librarian and didn't buy this, as I couldn't get into the other tales.

The Sookie Stackhouse one is the best of the two that I read in full, and takes place just after Tara has had her twins. Whilst remodelling her house to create space for the babies, a bloodied hammer is discovered...and a spirit is unleashed in the house. ...a really good tale with Sookie, Sam, a new nanny who happens to be psychic and Tara and hubby.

The Patricia Briggs one comes very close to being as good as the SS one. Elyna is a vampire, who has come back to buy and renovate the house where she and her husband were so happy until his death...at her hands. She had been abducted, held for several days and managed to escape, not realising that she was changed, but then overcome by bloodlust, she killed her beloved husband. She's part vigilante, part rebel vamp, trying to change the established vampire hierarchy and traditions...a sad but also happy tale.

Was the antho worth paying for? Not at the hardback price. I tried to read the other tales, but one featured zombies, another ghosts, but none other than these two appealed.
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Fantastic collection of short stories with a lot of wit, surprises and excellent writing styles. Unfortunately I liked Charlaine Harris' story least but I still give this book 5 stars as all the other stories were brilliant - they make you want to read more. I don't want to give away too much but if you like contact with all kind of supernaturals (including working zombies and ghosts) doing home improvements or hindering these, then this book is for you!
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Format: Hardcover
I have never read a anthology before due to thinking i would not get the stories since most of them are extended stories from other series. However I'm glad I took the chance. The sookie stackhouse was fantastic. The others took a bit of getting used to since I was unaware of the other authors apart from Patricia Briggs which I have yet to read any of and after reading her short in this I'm looking forward to reading more. The only thing about these anthologies since reading this I am looking for others like revamped and many bloody returns is that amazon no longer has them and you can only buy them from other sellers at high prices.

There was a story by James Grady I basically flipped through because it was weird and did not make sense even the style of writing did not make sense if u are into obsecure it's perfect for you.

I loved the wizards home security story it takes a little while to get into but had a perfect statisfying ending. Talking of endings I got into squatters rights right away but halfway through the story it just got bizzare and the ending confused me. Who endings like that. And I don't mean a ending that makes you think it's either went that way or another. It's not even a ending. It seems a bit like reading a preview chapter it has no real ending. Very dissapointed.

Another great story was Blood on the Wall. Now I have looked up other books of this author and would not purchase any but this story was fantastic. I recommend it. The style of writing makes it flow really quickly and your dissapointed when it ends.
The Strength Inside by Melissa Marr is just weird.
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This is a great book with a variety of stories that range from creepy to laugh at loud funny.

If you don't have time to stick your nose in a book for a few hours or have a short span of attention this is for you.
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Format: Hardcover
If there's one thing that Charlaine and Toni do, is bring together a whole host of talent from the Urban Fantasy genre in order to present a series of stories that not only work their way into the readers imagination but give the reader a chance to try out other names for a smaller outlay to see if the writing and characters are to their taste.

Each book has a theme and whilst each story has their own way of dealing with them, it presents the reader with something from all aspects of the genre that will work their way deep into their imagination. They're all snappy, they all have wonderful prose and solid pace which, when you add the ability to dip in as and when you want, gives you a book that is a cracking addition to any collection as well as giving the reader a solid sense of tales for all occasions. Great stuff and a wonderful collection for the Jo Fletcher stable.
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