I only read Tailed by Seanan McGuire and Kelley Armstrong featuring Verity Price from SM s InCryptid series and Elena from KA s Otherworld series This story takes place in the InCryptid world fairly early on but it appears to take place uite a bit later in the storyline of the Otherworld series I ve not read that series to knowI enjoyed this uick story Verity is out looking for a poacher in upstate New York and Elena is on a field trip in the same woods Their paths cross nearly or closely a few times and in actuality only once for a couple of moments I was actually looking a bit forward to how exactly Elena would be understood by Verity but I guess the conclusion she came to was the only one possible as werewolves as we know them in the InCryptid series is not compatible with the wolves of the Otherworld seriesAll in all fun and I enjoyed Verity here than Elena but that s probably because I m invested in her world and character Urban Allies edited by Joseph NassiseNormally I am not fond of short stories however I am fond of Nassise s work so I thought I would give this a chance It is an outstanding collection of Urban Fantasy The problem with reviewing a book of short stories is that the review is of necessity either very brief or exceptionally long if ou try and review each story This will be brief The focus of the stories is supernatural monster and weird happenings Two authors collaborate on bringing their uniue characters together to work on a problem Great premise that worked very well Larry Corr Anthology I read 8 of the 10 stories My rating average is 34375 stars so 35 stars This is higher than I thought it would be with a couple of the first stories I didn t care for The remaining stories redeemed the book A good Urban Fantasy anthology1 Caitlin Kittredge Jaye Wells Ladies Fight Skipped it I don t like Angel stories where they are portrayed as bad unless of course they re fallen angels Since the story started out with a remark about how the Angels and demons are in essence idiots I just stopped reading it Everybody has their no go books and these are mine No rating since I didn t read it 2 Seanan McGuire Kelley Armstrong Tailed CrypticWomen of Otherworld storyline It seemed a little disjointed but that may be because two authors wrote it I wish we knew what happened to the bad guys 3 stars3 Steven Savile Craig Schaefer Sweet Blissful Certainty Since I m not familiar with either author I couldn t really tell who wrote what The story was okay After the person was brought in there is a huge jump forward with the guy moving to another country and then we don t really see what the box held or why it hurt someone so bad Okay story 3 stars4 Joseph Nassise Sam Witt Pig Roast Okay got to the phrase Knights Templar and said Done I just cannot read any books with these characters or Arthurian characters either No rating because I didn t read it 5 Diana Rowland Carrie Vaughn Takes All Kinds Finally a great story They ve either been bad or mediocre so far This has Kitty and Angel meeting up by chance These two narratives blended seamlessly I just loved how they worked together to figure out who did it and how they both sighed because they could rip the bad guy apart Great story 5 stars6 Weston Ochse David Wellington The Lessons of Room 19 Really strange story about ghostskins that can become people ou love or didn t love that much who died The part that bothered me is the guy is beating with a wire hanger the poop out of the ghostskin that has manifested as someone he doesn t want to see trying to get it to turn into someone he wants to see He s a special forces guy and to even think that he would go to the place where he thinks he should beat a living thing with a wire hanger until it tears apart is a psycho killer kind of act So I ended up having no sympathy for the guy when his story was explained The female rescuer was interesting though I wouldn t mind reading about her So just because of the female main character I m giving this story 3 stars 7 Charlaine Harris Christopher Golden Blood for Blood Another short story with Dahlia As an aside it seems that most of Charlaine Harris stories in anthologies
ARE ABOUT DAHLIA THIS ONE HAS HER AND A about Dahlia This one has her and a named Peter looking for a half faehalf demon to take his blood They both get caught and now they have to not only escape but find that faedemon guy I enjoyed this story 4 stars 8 CE Murphy Kat Richardson Spite House I liked that Joanne Walker and Harper Blaine met but the story was just strange in a bad way Did the sisters really drown or not Why would finding death differently be enough to make them want to kill each other in the afterlife It was just be enough to make them want to kill each other in the afterlife It was just 2 12 stars 9 Jeff Somers Stephen Black Crossed Wires Two men from parallel worlds try to stop a woman from killing people for their blood in order to gain power Okay story 3 stars 10 Larry Correia Jonathan Maberry Weaponized Hell This type of book is usually not my go to unless of course there is a strong woman somehow attached to the narrative However I ended up really liking this story Two men find and stop in any way possible monsters in the human and otherwise persuasion 4 stars In each story in this book two authors collaborated to write urban fantasy stories featuring two of their beloved characters Overall the authors seem to have made good pairings The stories were all good with one exception and some were uite enjoyable Though some of my extra enjoyment was when a story featured my favorite characters and series of course But I was also introduced to several new authors that I liked a lot which is one of the things I want from an anthology If I want to read something that s entirely authors I know and already like I ll read an a collection from an author I follow This book featured a nice variety of authors too considering what could have been the restrictive or repetitive theme of urban fantasy depending how it was interpreted There were authors who specialize in military SF thrillers of a horror focus there was some humor uite a spread of specialties and interpretations I ve seen a lot uniformity in books who s theme could have theoretically allowed for a diverse author and topic pool so I thought the writers and the editor did a nice job here On the other hand when it comes to editing I really wish this book had told us which of the authors series the characters in these stories came from if not what point in their series This takes place after book Or between books. In this impressive anthology 20 of today’s hottest urban fantasy writers including Charlaine Harris Jonathan Maberry Kelley Armstrong Larry Correia and C E Murphy are paired together in ten original stories featuring their favorite series charactersUrban Allies brings together beloved characters from two different urban fantasy series Peter Octavian and Dahlia Lynley Chivers Joanne Walker and Harper Blaine Joe Ledger and Agent Franks Sabina Kane and Ava in ten electrifying stories.
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And I shouldn t have had to look it up each time and try to figure it out The anthology business model is to tease readers with a few big names so they buy the book and then introduce some other authors to a new audience and sell books Or in this case use all pretty big names but offer a variety so readers probably haven t read all of them How can they get us to buy books if we don t know what series to buy It was really stupid and annoying Most of the stories were from ongoing series and a lot of people won t bother to find that out the authors and publishers are the big losers in that But the stories were all good so overall the readers winCaitlin Kittredge Jaye Wells Ladies Fight Ava the hellhound and Leo the Grim Reaper were looking for his Scythe between books one and two of Kittredge s series He s the first GR with capital letters in almost a thousand ears as opposed to the lower case reapers who ve been doing the job with a hefty helping of petty politics demons interference and other troublemakers since the last guy had the job Ava and Leo got a tip from some scumbag friend of a friend of a necromancer that the Scythe is in the home of a vampire in New Orleans Too bad that home is Sabina Adam and Giguhl s from Wells most popular and beloved series though all of her books are great Un lieu incertain you should read them Oops I wish I could have seen the look on Ava s face when she broke into the house and hairless cat form Giguhl surprised her She was in hellhound form so he was pretty surprised too Sabina is half vampire half mage and all assassin and smart ass Adam is a mage And Mr GigglesGiguhl is a seven foot tall green scaled demon when he s not a much portable and able to blend in in our world hairless cat This was a great match up of authors the story felt very consistent to both series it fit both series very well It did a good job of balancing the wit of Sabina s world with Ava s somewhat darker viewpoint Fans of both should enjoy it And I think people who haven t read either would think it was a fun story and would probably be intrigued about these crazy characters Seanan McGuire Kelley Armstrong Tailed This story featured Verity and Sarah from McGuire s InCryptid series They just spent two days at a Pet Expo looking for poachers and they were miserable from all of the horrible people they encountered especially telepath Sarah who saw into the minds of people who were thinking about murder sex credit card fraud wild caught snakes and sugar gliders and a breeder of jackalopes just to name a few of the horrors But no illegal poachers of cryptids And then Verity headed off into the woods to try to find the local tailypo which resemble long tallied raccoons by herself before the hunter could find them Enter Elena from Armstrong s Otherworld Unfortunately I only read the first book in that series and it was probably a decade ago but I m aware of the series and some of the story progression from reading a few short stories Fans will probably be thrilled to see Elena and Clayton s eightear old twins I m sure they went through a lot to get to the point where they were settled together much less with kids Apparently Elena insisted that they kids be socialized with humans including regular school And now they were on an overnight field trip to Albany with Elena chaperoning The class took a break on the way to do a science project scavenger hunt in the woods Guess where The woods outside the Pet Expo what a surprise And of course Elena and the kids and Verity separately all got into some trouble in those woods Both authors did a good job of showing who these people were and making a case for why I should be interested in them The characters from the different series barely interacted but it felt true to the characters and how they d have handled the situation It was fun to see how each could still be amazed at the things in the world that they hadn t encountered et were still open to the new to them and fascinating wonders that were out there to be explored Steven Savile Craig Schaefer Sweet Blissful Certainty I hadn t read either of those authors before The story was about Eddie Sunday Daniel Faust and Cadmus Damiola Apparently I own the first Daniel Faust book I must have purchased it recently in a story bundle lucky me Now it s high on my to read list And it seems that Savile is a big deal in England and as a writer of tie ins Glass Town will be his US debut featuring Cadmus Damiola and other aspects of this story It was an intriguing short story about magic and magicians both stage and the urban fantasy kinds The characters were a really sad sack medium Eddie of a former preacher who s life fell apart when he really started seeing the souls of the departed and couldn t stop a former gangster turned detective from what I seeing the souls of the departed and couldn t stop a former gangster turned detective from what I tell with a plan Daniel and the magician they pulled through time by accident Cadmus It made me want to read in both series so it was both enjoyable and effective as well the anthology business model at work Joseph Nassise Sam Witt Pig Roast Featuring Cade and a team from Nassise s Templar Chronicles and Joe from Witt s Pitchfork County series The Templars were tracking a biker gang that s stolen the eye of horus that seemed cheesy to Eye of Horus that seemed cheesy to though may be in context with the series but their surveillance euipment didn t work in Pitchfork County go figure Joe was their man on the ground so to speak The authors seemed like a good match they seemed simpatico in enjoying a lot of stuff about guns and tactics I suspect that both lead characters are usually grouchy and touchy even in their own books Joe was witty and sarcastic Cade seemed like the big chinned tough guy except wounded and scarred I was enjoying the story at first but I found it shocking that these guys the authorities could just blow people s heads off Is that fun to read about Is theft an executable offense They weren t being threatened it was just on approach to the building as a tactic to get in one guy distracted a guard and another sniper shot him Like fish in a barrel one of the Templars thought then shot the guard next to the headless corpse These were the heroes Not cool I m definitely not reading the Templar series After This Though I this though I interested earlier in the story and after reading the summary of the first book when I looked the author up I m pretty sure the Pitchfork series is out too I wanted to DNF the story but I thought I should give it chance since it s short It was crude and violent I do. Combining fictional worlds in one dual adventure each of these stories melds the talents of two high profile authors many working together for the first time giving readers a chance to see their favorite characters in an imaginative and fresh way Edited by acclaimed bestselling author Joseph Nassise who is also a contributor this outstanding collection showcases the brilliant storytelling talents of some of the most acclaimed fantasy writers working today among them seven New York Ti. N t mind stories that graphic in general I read a number of books or series with a lot of violence I m no shrinking violet but it has to be for a purpose and within certain bounds In fact I think violence should be described clearly it shouldn t be glorified or glossed over For example I think war shouldn t be glorified shouldn t seem easy or fun Being shot or stabbed should be excruciating and messy the person who did it should feel conflicted But this felt very gratuitous and like it was supposed to be big manly fun fun fun and it wasn t not fun at all Not good Diana Rowland Carrie Vaughn Takes All Kinds Werewolves Kitty and her husband Ben Vaughn s Kitty Norville books were in Louisiana lost on their way to New Orleans on their way to the Southern Paranormal Research Conference And they ran into my gal Angel from Rowland s White Trash Zombie series Which makes sense because why wouldn t zombies exist in the world where there are werewolves and vampires I m not usually thrilled by most of Vaughn s short stories and novels outside of the Kitty universe but her stories are good inside of Kitty s world And I haven t read anything by Rowland et that I haven t really enjoyed So I wasn t surprised that the authors meshed well together for this story When I saw that it was in Louisiana I was wondering if this was going to feature Angel or Kara Gillian from her other Louisiana based series but little Ms Smartypants was a good balance for Kitty Kara and Kitty are both a little too serious for the story to have worked well My only problems with the story was that I think we got of a sense of who Kitty was in the story than Angel though we got to see Angel s setting and atmosphere White Trash Zombie fans will like it but Ben and Kitty fans will definitely appreciate it Those two can t go anywhere without getting into trouble Weston Ochse David Wellington The Lessons of Room 19 Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants terrorists border crossers narco punks and human smugglers His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations I think he might be of a character than the people in his stories Jack Walker from Ochse s SEAL Team 666 series was featured in this story apparently rather far along in the series considering his emotional distress in the story about view spoilera ghost that resembled his deceased fianc e hide spoiler Rating 4 starsReview posted at Fantasy Literature This was an advance reading copy Ten urban fantasy stories each written by a pair of well known authors Intriguing At no time did I feel that the writing was forced We meet some very well known characters in very different circumstances such as Kelley Armstrong s Elena and Kitty Norville Thoroughly enjoyable Overall rating 363333 stars As of March 12 2018 anyway There is hope et Pretty sure the rating will go down as I read stories in this collection and stuffPresentingthe Shaken Not Stirred Crappy Non Review SNTCNR In which I shall crappily non review the short stories in this collection in total disorder and complete randomness and stuff Gotta keep ou on Edge of Chaos Sons of Chaos MC your toes the pincersou don t have my Little Barnacles What You didn t know Vol au-dessus d'un nid de coucou you had toes Of courseou do The fact that The Summer I Wasn't Me you are at the very bottom of the subauatic food chain doesn t meanou are lacking in the digiti pedis
you know I ever so slightly digress Soooooo let s spin the Disorderly Random Wheel of Reviewing Doom DRWoRD and see what we get OoopsMarch 12 2018 Story Crossed Wires by Stephen Blackmoore and Jeff Somers Rating 389999 stars And a halfMy excuse for reading this one is that I am currently on the hunt for UF with male leads and recently added the Eric Carter series to my TBR and Eric Carter happens to be one of the MCs in this story so ED and stuffSurprisingly Enough This Story Was this story was a winner which makes 2 out of 3 so far When the Crap Ratio CR for anthologiescollections like this one is usually off the charts Color me slightly flabbergasted and stuffSo Crossed Pincers Wires I thought view spoiler es it happens sometimes Don t worry though it s only but a rare occurrence hide spoiler Could not finish this book Only made it through 2 of 10 short stories before closing it and placing it far far away in a place I ll never be able to find it again Very disgruntled I recommend Tales from a Pilots Logbook you read this book ifou are into sorcery and magic and anti climatic drama thrillers This new anthology from Harper Voyager features paired urban fantasy authors bringing their series together to take on demons haunted houses and twisted not so mythological creatures It was interesting to see how the authors decided to cross their universes too Some had their characters inhabit the same world while others found overlapping dimensions through interdimensional bubbles or fairylandSome of my favorite stories were set in series that I m not that familiar or I only know one of the authors Also some of these tales are DARK I m talking don t read during a power outage or during a deep depression The writing is consistently good throughout with great suspense and wonderful teasers for what goes on in their full novels This Book Was Given To Me By The Publisher In Exchange For An Honest ReviewThis is a very different sort of anthology wherein instead of a collection of individual short stories form authors which often provide extra insight or an introduction to their world here we have well known characters pairing up with other well known characters and getting crossover storiesSome of the authors were known to me some stories had one author I knew and some were completely unknown but it didn t stop all of the stories being enjoyable Of course the characters I knew were always going to be appealing but seeing them in new settings was very excitingThe writing or maybe the editing of the stories was excellent with none of them feeling disjointed or being voiced by than one writer Something I will admit I was concerned about going inFans of the authors featured will probably buy this just for those features but I imagine like me if they give the others a chance they might discover some new ones to check out As I stayed it is a very different sort of Anthology and not what I expected but some real gems in here and I give it a 4 stars over all VVReview has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl OfficialFor information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite wwwfacebookcomNerdGirlng. Mes bestselling authors two USA Today bestselling authors and multiple Bram Stoker Award winners Contributors include Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden • Carrie Vaughn and Diana Rowland • Jonathan Maberry and Larry Correia • Kelley Armstrong and Seanan McGuire • Joe Nassise and Sam Witt • Steven Savile and Craig Schaefer • David Wellington and Weston Ochse • Stephen Blackmoore and Jeff Somers • Catie Murphy and Kat Richardson • Jaye Wells and Caitlin Kittredge.department ou know