Writer: Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, Sunny
Genre: Paranormal Romance
For all the urban fantasy that I read, I've never been one for these compilations/anthologies that are published. I've got a variety of half-assed reasons for this, but the point is, I wasn't going to get this one. In fact, I fought it. Yes, I wanted to read Patricia Briggs's novella that introduces the main character in her latest book, Cry Wolf, but I haven't read the other three authors, and I wasn't interested in reading them either.
But I broke, because I've seen enough reviews of Cry Wolf to make me realize I'll probably like that book much better if I have the novella under my belt. Plus, there is the added bonus of sampling authors I've never read before in order to get a better idea of whether or not I'll want to pursue their work.
But the truth is this: writing short stories or novellas is a bitch anyway, and it's even HARDER when said story takes place in a world you've created for your novel. You'd think it'd be easy, because all the world-building's done, but what's actually EASY is to keep the story self-contained as well as coherent. Yes, your readers might be familiar with your world and the on-going story, but readers of an anthology such as this may not be, and you want to do justice to both, particular the reader not in the know. After all, you want to attract more readers, right?
So reviewing this book is a little tricky. 3/4 stories take place in existing, established UF universes. And more to the point, this book is more paranormal romance than urban fantasy. I wondered why Border's had this book shelved in romance instead of SF/F where I'd seen it in Barnes & Noble, and now I know why. 3/4 stories have some seriously sexy scenes.
That's not a bad thing, necessarily. Just want to let you know what you're getting into. :)
Give It Away: I only bought this book for one story, and of the four stories, I only really liked two. And if I were completely honest and unbiased, the only story that's really SOLID and good is Karen Chance's, but that's me. I understand why Borders shelved this book in the Romance section (but it's paranormal romance--don't let the spine saying "dark fantasy" fool you), and interestingly enough, the two stories I didn't like at all came from authors I suspect are highly marketed to Romance readers rather than SF/F readers. Go figure. But I got what I wanted out of the book, so I'm happy enough.
In my journal, I've reviewed each individual story. I'm pretty sure I talk spoilers, so be warned. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome.
REVIEW: On the Prowl featuring Patricia Briggs, Eileen Wilks, Karen Chance, and Sunny
Happy Reading! :)