Friday, July 16, 2010

Review! Death's Excellent Vacation

Death's Excellent Vacation
Charlaine Harris, Toni L.P. Kelner 
August 3, 2010
ISBN-10: 0441018688
ISBN-13: 978-0441018680

The editors of Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns deliver a new collection-including a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story. 
New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost-plus Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott, and more-send postcards from the edge of the paranormal world to fans who devoured Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns.

With an all-new Sookie Stackhouse story and twelve other original tales, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations that are frightening, funny, and touching for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque. Learn why it really can be an endless summer-for immortals.
Even monsters need a vacation! In Death's Excellent Vacation, there are thirteen short stories ranging from a brand spankin' new Sookie Stackhouse story, which happens to be one of my most favorite series, to new-to-me authors. Admittedly, I've never been a fan of anthologies such as this because if I like a story in it, by the time it's over, I always want more! So I'm left unsatisfied and I don't like that.  However, I highly enjoy most of the stories in this anthology.

One of my favorites is Katie MacAlister's story, "The Perils of Effrijim". It's told in Jim's point of view and he is the demon dog from her Aisln't ing Grey series and I absolutely love that character. Love! He's absolutely hilarious and I was so incredibly happy to read his story. There's also another story I really enjoyed: Jeaniene Frost's short story titled "One for the Money" about Cat and Bones, I totally love those books and it was really cool to revisit some old favorite characters.

While there were several stories I highly enjoyed, like Lilith Saintcrow's "The Heart is Always Right" and L.A. Banks' "Seeing is Believing," I didn't enjoy them all. There's some new-to-me authors that I'll definitely look up but some stories just didn't hold my attention. Overall, Death's Excellent Vacation is a fun quick read in which you can revisit favorite characters or find new authors, I really enjoyed it and and while I don't think I'll ever be a huge fan of anthologies, they're a cool read every now and then.

Lush Rating: 3!


The Queen B said...

I love the blog's new look!!
Nice review, baby ;)

Wendy said...

Thank you, sweet pea! x

Moonsanity said...

I could be polite and say "Thank you for the wonderful review." or I could be me and say "Man, you suck. You got to read this before I did!" *snort* Seriously, this is a pretty big anthology isn't it? 12 stories-- that's a lot. I know a lot of the authors, and I'd buy it just for the Cat & Bones story:)

Wendy said...

MS, I never expected you to be polite.. LOL. It is pretty big and the Cat & Bones stories is one of the ones that make it awesome. Hope you get to read it soon! :)

cribs said...

I read this Death's Excellent Vacation book. This a great book to read. I spent my vacation reading this book. I will recommend this to everyone. It is a nice book.

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