Saturday, April 18, 2009

Reviewette – “Zen and the Art of Vampirism” by Kelley Armstrong

Zen and the Art of Vampirism is one of four stories in the anthology A Fantasy Medley edited by Yanni Kuznia.

Zen and the Art of Vampirism is set in Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld universe. This humorous piece features Zoe Takano. She is the only vampire in Toronto until a couple of vampires arrive and inform her that they are taking over her territory. Instead of the expected battle for supremacy, what we get is Zoe agreeing to leave the city and even offering to provide a thorough orientation of the city and their new responsibilities to the vampires. Poking a little fun at vampire culture, Zoe offers up this observation on their attire upon meeting the duo –
Someone had watched Underworld one too many times.
Zoe uses a subtle campaign of misdirection to slowly undermine the vampires’ confidence and desire to take over the city beginning with this too true but funny homage to Toronto –
"So you're looking at Toronto?" I laughed. "Seriously? Sure, it's a world-class city, multicultural, blah, blah. But it's Toronto. There's a reason a third-rate vamp like me lives here. No one else wants it. Long cold winters. Hot humid summers. Smog so thick you can taste it. Taxes are outrageous, and for what? Free health care? Like we need that."
By the time Zoe is finished with them, the would-be intruders can’t get out of town fast enough. At 24 pages, Zen and the Art of Vampirism is a brief and entertaining return visit to Armstrong’s Otherworld.
Subterranean Press
Published: April 28, 2009
ISBN #: 9781596062245
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128

  1. Zen and the Art of Vampirism by Kelley Armstrong (An Otherworld story)
  2. Riding the Shore of the River of Death by Kate Elliott (A Crown of Stars story)
  3. Words Like Coins by Robin Hobb (a Farseer story)
  4. From Russia, with Love by C.E. Murphy (a Negotiator story)


  1. Great reviewette! I love them!

    Kelley Armstrong is another favorite, now two more anthologies to add to my list!

    Dottie :)

  2. Well, shoot! I hate having to buy an anthology for a 24 page story. But as a Torontonian born and bred I'm sure it will be worth every penny.

  3. Thanks Dottie there are quite a few good anthologies coming out later in the summer so lots more reviewettes to come!

    Hey Anonymous and fellow Canuck. Hope you can find a copy in the stores because I think Subterranean is sold out :(

  4. Got to go add this to my list now! I just adore Armstrong and this piece sounds like something I'd really, really like!

  5. Lady_tink hope you are able to find a copy. Kelley Armstrong is one of my favourite authors and I hate to miss anything she writes.

  6. If anyone gets it in pdf let me know, having problems finding the short stories, I don't have 30.00 for a medley just for one story so I get them on pdf online... Please help!


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