maandag 13 september 2010

Anthology - Death's Excellent Vacation

Two Blondes by Charlaine Harris
A short Sookie Stackhouse story; Sookie and Pam are on their way for a holiday weekend, mixing fun with some business. Their business part goes bad when they are visiting this strip-club and the manager has other things on his mind.

The boys go fishing by Sarah Smith
An old superhero longs for death after he lost everyone around him, but he gets a visit from a bunch of “talented” kids, who are in need for some training/guiding.

One for the money by Jeaniene Frost
Cat and Bones need to guard a spoiled human heiress, who has been targeted by supernatural hit men.

Far across the Caspian Sea by Daniel Stashower
This is about an author who has lived for many centuries and shares his experience with the world thru his novels. But when he meets this new researcher he knows that this one is special.

The Innsmouth Nook by A. Lee Martinez
Two friends have started a Bed and Breakfast. They are about to find out what the Island secret is and they new legendary guests.

Safe and Sound by Jeff Abbott
A young determined TV reporter will do anything to keep the investigation open of a young man and his disappearance. Everything is working against her, even the missing man himself.

Seeing is believing by L.A. Banks
A young woman goes to New Orleans to fight the beasts, when she discovers several of the deaths are supernatural. There she meets this young man and learns they are linked somehow.

The perils of Eferjim by Katie MacAlister
Demon Jim has some free time coming up, now his boss is away. So he wants to spend some time with his demon girlfriend in Paris. But he’s forced into his human form and banished to Abaddon, where he has 10 days to escape.

Thinwalls by Christopher Golden
A man has lost his wife to cancer and has been travelling around the world to see all their favourite places. During that tour he meets a young woman with a creepy secret.

The heart is always right by Lilith Saintcrow
A gargoyle rescues a young woman from a supernatural attack and discovers she might be his key to his ultimate dream. But will he sacrifice her?

The demon in the dunes by Chris Grabenstein
A dying man thinks back at that one summer where he met his summer love and their strange adventure with ghostly encounters.

Home from America by Sharon Newman
A young man wants to visit his homeland Ireland for some time now and when the opportunity comes it’s not exactly what he expected.

Pirate Dave’s haunted Amusement Park by Toni L.P. Kelner
A recently turned female werewolf returns to her childhood favourite vacation spot to think about her future. At the amusement park she discovers that her teenage crush on pirate Dave is still there…just like pirate Dave.

Death’s Excellent Vacation Anthology has a theme…vacation. I saw some of my favourite authors in here, but also met a few new authors.

Jeaniene Frost, Katie MacAllister and Toni L.P. Kelner were my favourite of this anthology. Their stories were fabulous and I really liked them.

Charlaine Harris, L.A. Banks and Lilith Saintcrow’s stories were okay. A long with the stories from the authors above they made the book worth to read. But the rest of the short stories weren’t really my kind of reading. Of course I liked one story better than the other, but I have to say some of them were a little weird.

This anthology was overall good to read, I really think that some of the stories were to short for them to tell the story. Sometimes you were missing the clue, so maybe next time they can cut some of the authors and concentrate of getting more pages for the stories.


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