Monday, March 31, 2014

Games Creatures Play: Edited By Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner



Sports fans live and die by their teams’ successes and failures—though not literally. But these fourteen 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 #1 New York Times bestselling 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 bestseller William Kent Krueger’s “Hide and Seek.”

New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling author Laura Lippman’s “Ice,” a young girl learns the true story behind a bit of neighborhood folklore.

New York Times bestseller 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 #1 New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling 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…

Who doesn’t love sports?

Sports contain some of the most emotionally charged suspenseful moments in human history, between last second shots in basketball or hockey, homeruns in the bottom of the ninth in baseball, or upsets in march madness (it being the season and all) we’re glued to sports. So it makes complete sense to have an anthology about monsters and other creatures that go bump in the night playing sports (one would think they would excel at them in fact.)

This anthology like many anthologies offers readers a great chance to become introduced to new and aspiring writers while at the same time getting a taste of continued greatness from talented writers that readers are already aware of. In this anthology I personally was excited to read Seanan McGuire and Brandon Sanderson’s additions. I was not disappointed.

Seanan McGuire takes readers into her Incryptid world. Fans of the series will enjoy reading a fun roller derby story from the youngest sibling (and only sibling not to get a book yet) Antinomy’s POV. Readers who have not read the series should read the series, not because they need to in order to understand this short story, just because it this is a fun and entertaining series. McGuire does a good job cramming action and a quick refresher for those who don’t know this series, and little pieces of info relating to the other books for those that do read the series (as well as the action of course.) All in all I liked this short story.

Sanderson’s story could be in a horror anthology and it would fit in great. The ramifications from his story are terrifying. It is very short, full of shocking action and deaths, and it is only at the end that you see the connection to the “games”. While I liked “Dreamer” I would have preferred to know more about these creatures and their “games”. All in all, not my favorite Sanderson short, but not bad by other writer’s standards.

As for the rest, Laura Lippman, William Kent Krueger, Scott Sigler, and the other author do a great job showing us more creature games. I would have preferred to see more traditional games told from monster perspectives (teen wolf playing basketball type of stories), but overall this was a good anthology that I fully recommend.


Publisher: Ace

Published: April 1, 2014

Price: $26.95

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