In this dark and gritty collection - featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman - nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil....
Unfortunately, that's exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.
In number-one New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher's "Cold Case", Molly Carpenter - Harry Dresden's apprentice-turned-Winter Lady - must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you're a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad.
New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire's "Sleepover" finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything weird. They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.
In New York Times best-selling Kevin J. Anderson's "Eye of Newt", Zombie PI Dan Shamble's latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner....
And New York Times best-selling author Rob Thurman's infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals with some overdue - and nightmarish - vengeance involving some quite nasty "Impossible Monsters".
Also includes stories by Tanya Huff, Kat Richardson, Jim C. Hines, Anton Strout, Lucy A. Snyder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Erik Scott de Bie.
Full cast of narrators includes Jon Lindstrom, Sumalee Montano, Mozhan Marno, Karissa Vacker, and Macleod Andrews.
©2016 Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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"Only good story here was the one with Molly in it!"
Not sure what happened, Jim Butcher is awesome but these authors were crappy at best.
Yes, I will read anything written by Jim Butcher.
First story was great the rest.....MEH!
"It's an Urban Fantasy Anthology, not Dresden"
My favorite story was Molly's by Jim Butcher, but other stories stood as decent works. Not the best anthology I've ever read, but far from the worst.
Gladly. This is Jim's first foray into editing, and I feel like the theme didn't come out too well. I'd expect future works to be an improvement.
The ending of the first story could be quite heart-wrenching. None of the others really affected me that strongly, though there were a couple laughs.
The narration overall was really solid, and each story brought something unique to the table. Don't go into it expecting what isn't there. Anthologies like this aren't for everyone, and you have to know what to expect going in.
"good and meh"
the short story kicking off the anthology is pretty revealing about Molly's new gig. The rest of the anthology held less interest for me. there may be another gem or two in the rough.. but don't expect to be stunned.
"If you're looking for Dresden, don't bother…"
Personally, I thought this was going to be another version of book 11.5. Meaning a bunch of well written short stories that give us a good look at the "between the book " moments of the series that we all love. The first story, written by Butcher, was exactly that. The rest of the stories save one or two were just mediocre. I gave this review a story star for each story I actually liked.
Bottom line, give this one a skip and go look on the Dresden wiki for the story details.
"Save the Credit"
The Jim Butcher story was great. The rest not so much. Pretty much just a collection of whining and angst. Wish I could get my credit back.
"Not what I thought..."
I, like others, was excited about a new Dresden set of short stories. I realized they were not all written by Butcher, but I did think the stories were at least in the Dresden universe.
While the first story was about Molly, the rest just seemed to be about creatures that MIGHT have been in the DresdenVerse, they were not specifically written that way. When you pair that with the fact that they weren't written by Dresden either, it turns out to be a real let down.
Jim Butcher is a great author and I love the way he weaves a story together. I don't JUST like wizards and vampires, etc..I like the way Butcher does it. I did not care for the rest of the stories after the first one. I tried to like them anyways, but I found myself skipping to the next story on several occasions.
If you were really excited to see a new book in the Dresden lineup, you might skip this one. In my opinion it wasn't worth the credit. Kind of wish I'd saved mine for the new Sanderson book that just came out in the Stormlight Archive series (also short stories). Now I have to wait for more credits!
"This anthology should be renamed...."
"Authors who desperately need to get laid". Jim Butchers story was decent, but the second one reads like bad Lost Girl fan fiction ( painful to to listen too) and the rest are almost as terrible. I feel bad, because I love Butchers work and this was his debut as an editor but I think he needs some more practice as I'm not really seeing the Theme for this anthology coming to the forefront. it was too busy on its backside.
I think Jim should have followed some Dresden logic and poured some icewater down his pants to clear his mind.
The narration over all was passable, nothing special but not bad either.
This is was not worth the full credit.
"Dishonest to Call This a Dresden Files Book"
From Jim Butcher, yes... With anyone else included, no...
I purchased this on my cell phone. The lack of information that I received on my phone caused me to assume that this was a full Dresden Files book. Sadly I was mistaken. This is a collection of short stories. Hopefully you don't get tricked like I did.
Nothing wrong with the narrator.
I would remove anything that was not a Dresden Files story.
You deceived me. I am not pleased.
Poorly written stories. With almost no connection to the Dresden universe. In my opinion, do not waste your time or money.
"Disturbing. I mean it in a good way"
I just finished the last story and I am just as disturbed by this one as the first. Definitely worth my time. Perfect distraction.
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