Thursday, March 19, 2009

Introducing Reviewettes

I have decided to introduce a new daily feature here at which I am calling ‘reviewettes’. On a semi-regular basis I plan to select an urban fantasy or paranormal anthology and do a daily mini review of one story from the collection until the anthology has been completely reviewed. I have found that trying to review an entire anthology at a single pass often doesn’t do justice to the individual stories and author contributions.

The first anthology I have selected is the just released The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance which has a wonderful selection of top flight paranormal, fantasy and urban fantasy authors. Twenty-four stories. Twenty-four authors. Twenty-four days. I’ll be reviewing the stories in the order that they appear in the book. Here is the Table of Contents.
  1. Carrie Vaughn - The Temptation of Robin Green
  2. Cheyenne McCray - Succubus Seduction
  3. Kelley Armstrong - Paranormal Romance Blues
  4. Anna Windsor - John Doe
  5. Anya Bast - Taking Hold
  6. Jean Johnson - How to Date a Superhero
  7. C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp - Daniel
  8. Holly Lisle - Light Through Fog
  9. Mary Jo Putney - The Tuesday Enchantress
  10. Eve Silver - Trinity Blue
  11. Ilona Andrews - Grace of Small Magics
  12. Dina James - Once a Demon
  13. Maria V. Snyder - Night Vision
  14. Catherine Mulvaney - Pele’s Tears
  15. Jeaniene Frost - Pack
  16. Lori Devoti - When Gargoyles Fly
  17. Sara Mackenzie - The Lighthouse Keeper and His Wife
  18. Lynda Hilburn - Blood Song
  19. Alyssa Day - The Princess and the Peas
  20. Michelle Rowen - At Second Bite
  21. Rachel Caine - Blue Crush
  22. Sherrilyn Kenyon - The Wager
  23. Meljean Brook - In Sheep’s Clothing
  24. Allyson James - The Dream Catcher
Editor Trisha Telep tells us in the Introduction that the collection contains “a magical collection of succubi, selkies, mermaids, werewolves, angels, ghosts, sorceresses, goddesses, gargoyles, fae princes and djinn, to name just a few.” Alittle something for everyone that loves paranormal tales.

Running Press Book Publishers
Published: March 2009
ISBN #: 9780762436514
Format: Trade paperback
Pages: 532


  1. Oh fun! I always find with the anthologies I review 2-3 of the stories, and can never do the whole book justice either.

    Reviewettes are a great idea.

  2. Really great idea! I look forward to this mini reviews because I'm interested in reading this anthology (=

  3. Awesome idea! Looking forward to it!

  4. Thanks Bella Lee I am going to give it a try. I can always find the time to do one short story per day.

    Mishel me too. I think if I thought about reviewing it altogether it would be too intimidating. This way I take my time and enjoy.

    Thanks Gwen!

  5. What a great idea. :-) When I get around to this anthology, I think I'll take a similar approach.

  6. Christina the approach seems to be working, a lot less pressure by spreading the reviews out. If you decide to review them let me know I'd love to read your impressions.


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