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Strange Brew
Edited by P.N. Elrod
Cover Artist: Bruce Emmett
Review by Gayle Surrette
St. Martin's Griffin Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780312383367
Date: 07 July 2009 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

There have always been short story anthologies of short stories, whether themed or not. I have several sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get to them. Lately, there's been an upsurge, or so it seems to me, of anthologies of the longer works that fall short of novel length. I love these because they're a great introduction to an author usually known for novels -- you get time to actually appreciate the authors style and characters yet don't have to commit to reading a full novel. In Strange Brew, editor P.N. Elrod has collected stories by Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Karen Chance, Charlaine Harris, Faith Hunter, Caitlin Kittridge, Jenna Maclaine, and one of Elrod's own stories. This give readers a chance to sample some of the upcoming and established fantasy authors currently writing today.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Today's hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic!

In Charlaine Harris' "Bacon", a beautiful vampire joins forces with a witch from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband. In "Seeing Eye" by Patricia Briggs, a blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother--and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected. And in Jim Butcher's "Last Call", wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark power--the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.

For anyone who's ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who's imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!

(Source: St. Martin's Griffin)

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