A solid anthology, with some great short stories from the worlds of Sookie Stackhouse, Harry Dresden, the Morganville Vampires, and Women of the Otherworld. All the authors were given the topic of vampires and birthdays, and the results range from humorous to bleak, from light-hearted to disturbing. If you’re a vampire fan, this is your anthology. For 16 and up, but most are targeted at adult readers.
Like most anthologies, this is a mixed bag. Really enjoyed the Dresden short story, and the third one, from the Greywalker series, is strong as well.
A neat short story collection somewhat constrained by the wedding motif. But fans of Jim Butcher and Charlaine Harris will enjoy more from these authors, and some of the lesser-known authors have amusing offerings as well.
This is book 15 for the Dresden Files, and it’s still one of the best urban fantasy series out there. I marvel at Butcher’s ability to write compelling, coherent storylines, and keep Harry’s trademark mix of snark and self-doubt intact. Wonderful action sequences, ripping plot, go read it! What are you waiting for?
Butcher is the rare author of a long-running fantasy series whose books continue to improve. This one, the 14th of the Dresden Files, is terrific. Butcher blends modern urban fantasy with mystery better than anyone writing today, and despite the fact that the books are populated with fae, monsters, and sprites, along with our hero, a wizard and private eye, they all take place in recognizable present-day Chicago. Harry Dresden narrates with snark and wisecracks (i.e. about a sexy woman: “Her smile was so wicked it should have been sent to reform school”) and he plays for high stakes. Tons of fun.