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Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations (English Edition)
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Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Neil Gaiman , Simon R. Green , Caitlin R. Kiernan , Joe R. Lansdale , Paula Guran

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Paranormal investigators. Occult detectives. Ghost hunters. Monster fighters. Humans who unravel uncanny crimes and solve psychic puzzles. Sleuths with supernatural powers of their own who provide services far beyond those normal gumshoes, shamuses, and Sherlocks can. When vampires, werewolves, and things that go “bump” in the night are part of your world, criminals can be as inhuman as the crimes they commit, and magic can seep into the mundane. Those who solve the mysteries, bring justice, or even save the world itself, might utter spells, wield wands as well as firearms, or simply use their powers of deduction. Some of the best tales from top authors of the twenty-first century’s most popular genres take you down mean streets and into strange crime scenes in this fantastic compilation.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not a Review: I'm the Editor 25 mars 2013
Par paula r guran - Publié sur
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Since the contents are not listed, thought I would supply it. As the description points out these are: "Some of the best twenty-first century tales from top authors of the century's most popular genre"--a selection of the best stories published in the past few years on this theme.

Contents (alphabetical by author):
"Cryptic Coloration" by Elizabeth Bear
"The Key" by Ilsa J. Blick
"Mortal Bait" Richard Bowes
"Star of David" by Patricia Briggs
"Love Hurts" by Jim Butcher
"Swing Shift" by Dana Cameron
"The Necromancer's Apprentice" by Lillian Stewart Carl
"Sherlock Holmes and the Diving Bell" by Simon Clark
"The Adakian Eagle" by Bradley Denton
"Hecate's Golden Eye" by P.N. Elrod
"The Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman
"The Nightside, Needless to Say" by Simon R. Green
"Deal Breaker" by Justin Gustainis
"Death by Dahlia" by Charlaine Harris
"See Me" by Tanya Huff
"Signatures of the Dead" by Faith Hunter
"The Maltese Unicorn" by Caitlín R. Kiernan
"The Case of the Stalking Shadow" by Joe R. Lansdale
"Like a Part of the Family" by Jonathan Maberry
"The Beast of Glamis" by William Meikle
"Fox Tails" by Richard Parks
"Imposters" by Sarah Monette
"Defining Shadows" by Carrie Vaughn
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Reprints 23 mars 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Although the stories in this book are excellent, it should be noted that at least some are reprints of old stories in previous anthologies. It was disappointing to find I had already purchased and read several of the stories. If you are going to just reprint old work, it should be marked on the book that it is not original.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 All repeat performances from 2004 to 2011. 31 mars 2013
Par myotherself - Publié sur
Before you make your decision to buy this anthology you need to understand that every story collected here has been previously published, between the years 2004 and 2011 according to the Introduction by editor Paula Guran. That is a very important bit of information I was not aware of when I bought the book. Because I read a lot of books which are collections of specific genres, I found that I had already read quite a few of the stories gathered here. It is always true when you begin reading an anthology that you are very likely to enjoy some of the stories more than others. By having so many I had already read included it substantially reduced the number of new authors I was likely to discover and that is my main reason for reading collections. These stories all feature an investigative detective, some are fully human, some partially human, with vampires and werewolves thrown into the mix.

Just because you recognize the name of an author don't think their contribution will automatically include the main character you are familiar with. Simon Green is one example of this with the story taking place in the Nightside, but featuring a character other than his familiar John Taylor. Still a very enjoyable story, just a slight twist on what you might expect. The Faith Hunter story gives you the first appearance of Jane Yellowrock. Charlaine Harris's story may have the name Dahlia in the title, but her Dahlia Lynley-Chivers is not part of the story. Examples like this are fine for readers who want to explore more characters from a particular author. It can be a disappointment if you expect one character and get another.

The book has some interesting differences from other anthologies which I especially enjoyed. Each story begins with a section called The Case which is a very brief synopsis of what the story is about. It also includes The Investigators which lets you know who will be doing the detecting and often some interesting aspects of that detective. At the end of each story is a short biography of the author including titles of published works. In the back of the book is a listing of each story to tell you where that story appeared in print for the first time. All of that was helpful in letting me know if I could expect to be familiar with the story or character and then to help me find more material by the author if I wanted to read more written by them. My favorite story in the collection was "Fox Tails" by Richard Parks because it was so totally different from any other story included in the book and also different from any occult/paranormal/weird story I had read up to that point. Having it take place in Japan's Heian era (794 to 1185 according to the editor) with a setting and characters so completely different from most paranormal stories was a delightful surprise. Second favorite would definitely be "The Case of Death and Honey" by Neil Gaiman featuring his take on an aging Sherlock Holmes.

The reason for the three star rating is because I probably would have thought long and hard before purchasing this book if I had known I had already read so many of the stories. Out of twenty-three stories I only came away with two authors I want to read further. I can only count that as a good return on my investment if I include the five authors I now know I am not interested in pursuing further.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Urban Fantasy I Hope Helps To Redefine The Genre 28 avril 2013
Par Solemn Folly - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This was an excellently choreographed collection of shirt stories depicting the best of the occult, fantastical, and phatasmagoric in hard boiled detective fiction. I am a fan of we'll written urban fantasy, especially that which revolves around detectives with magical predilections. Unfortunately, the genre suffers from a lack of good story telling and an over abundance of copy cat plots and repetitive hackneyed plagiarism of Celtic myth. This collection, however, shows that there is promise in the genre still. If you enjoy urban fantasy, the paranormal, and/or detective fiction, give this a try. It's an excellent cross section of the best this mixed hybrid of genres has to offer and you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable Anthology 29 mars 2013
Par Ron Titus - Publié sur
This is a collection of previously published stories brought together as they all deal with detectives of one sort or another. I had read about half the tales before in one anthology or another, but I still enjoyed rereading them and reading the other tales for the first time. If you enjoy detective tales, read this anthology! You will likely find a tale or two that you will enjoy.

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