Welcome to the wide world of paranormal pastimes, where striking out might strike you dead.
Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner are your announcers for this all-new story collection of the most peculiar plays ever made....
Sports fans live and die by their teams' successes and failures - though not literally. But these 14 authors have written spirited - in more ways than one - new tales of killer competitions that would make even the most die-hard players ask to be benched.
In number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris's "The Blue Hereafter", Manfred Bernardo learns about softball from a certain blond barmaid in Louisiana.
Life-and-death stakes make the competition get serious in New York Times best seller William Kent Krueger's "Hide and Seek".
New York Times best-selling author Mercedes Lackey's "False Knight on the Road" features a high-stakes drag race on a foggy mountain road between a clever young bootlegger and a mysterious stranger.
In New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman's "Ice", a young girl learns the true story behind a bit of neighborhood folklore.
New York Times best seller Seanan McGuire presents "Jammed", in which a chimera loose during the Roller Derby makes it anyone's guess as to who will still be skating by the time the buzzer sounds.
In number-one New York Times best-selling author Brandon Sanderson's "Dreamer", a game of cops and robbers is a new challenge when the players are able to switch bodies at will.
And New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler follows ghost stomper Hunter Hunterson as he investigates a haunted, never-ending baseball game in "The Case of the Haunted Safeway".
These and eight more supernatural sporting stories are guaranteed to have you rooting for the home team...or else....
"Introduction" © 2014 by Charlaine Harris, Inc., and Toni L. P. Kelner. "In the Blue Hereafter" © 2014 by Charlaine Harris, Inc. "Hide and Seek" © 2014 by William Kent Krueger. "Stepping into the Dead Zone" © 2014 by The Zoo After Dark, Inc. "Dead on the Bones" © 2014 by Joe R. Lansdale. "The Devil Went down to Boston" © 2014 by Caitlin Kittredge. "On the Playing Fields of Blood" © 2014 by Brendan DuBois. "The God's Games" © 2014 by Dana Cameron. "The Case of the Haunted Safeway" © 2014 by Empty Set Entertainment, LLC. "Prise de Fer" © 2014 by Ellen Kushner. "Dreamer" © 2014 by Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC. "False Knight on the Road" © 2014 by Mercedes Lackey. "Jammed" © 2014 by Seanan McGuire. "Hide and Shriek" © 2014 by Adam- Troy Castro. "Ice" © 2014 by Laura Lippman. "Bell, Book, and Candlepin" © 2014 by Toni L. P. Kelner.
©2014 Charlaine Harris, Inc., Toni L. P. Kelner, and Tekno Books (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This is a book of the good the ok and the boring...
Not all the pieces in this book were to my taste but I still enjoyed the overall..
Anthologies like this are always great at introducing new authors that you wouldn't necessarily read..
The stories were well written and well narrated. They provided me with a little chuckle.
Brandon Sanderson's contribution was a great take on the game of tag.
Too many great character's to pick from. They were all performed well.
This provided plenty of chuckles for me.
"Fun Stories, Terrible Narration"
I'll be returning this, and that makes me sad. I really enjoyed the stories, but it took some effort to dig them out from under the narration.
Kate Rudd seems to have only the one character voice, making all the strong female characters sound the same, even when she's using a strong accent. Paired with an awkward cadence, the effect is something like having Christopher Walken reading all the male leads in an anthology. It would certainly be... distinctive, but may not be right for all listeners.
Todd Haberkorn does much better with his part, with the only notable exception being his portrayal of Sister Hepsebah in the second story. A woman so sultry and beautiful that she can tempt a basically decent boy into doing terrible, terrible things to others is portrayed with a voice better suited to a decrepit crone.
With that said, I'm going to purchase this as an ebook instead.
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