Bookin' It

So Many Books. So Little Time. Let's Review!

An Apple For The Creature edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni P. Kelner

Charlaine Harris & Toni P. Kelner's An Apple for the Creature Cover

My Rating:  4 of 5 Stars

I’m sure it’s well-known by anyone following my blog that I love good anthologies, and An Apple for the Creature definitely qualifies for that designation.  I really enjoyed this collection of short stories featuring tales of “Unnatural Education.”  There were quite a few strong entries, and almost no weak ones.  I even enjoyed the Sookie Stackhouse story, though I gave up on what had been a beloved series for me about 3 books ago.  (The reasons for that will probably be dealt with in another review someday.  Maybe.)

Personally, I enjoyed a few entries more than others, including Thomas E. Sniegoski’s “The Bad Hour.”  His black lab, Marlowe, was so endearing, I’m planning to start the Remy Chandler books as soon as I can squeeze them into my To Be Read basket.  Nancy Holder’s “VSI” story held my attention all the way through, though I thought the ending was a bit of a let-down.  But best of all, “Magic Tests,” by Ilona Andrews, was another great story from the wonderful world of Kate Daniels and her Beast Lord, Curran.  Yeah, sounds hokey, but their Magic series is so much fun!  Anyone who enjoys well-written Urban Fantasy ought to like it, if you ask me.  (Okay, nobody asked me, but I’m volunteering anyway.)

I will say that one story, Mike Carey’s “Iphigenia in Aulis,” was my least favorite story in the book.  I haven’t been a fan of the Felix Castor stories, and now I know it is probably because Carey’s writing just doesn’t work for me.  Plus, I found the premise of this story absurdly repugnant.   Other than that, the book is a strong entry into the Urban Fantasy anthology field.

What I love most about anthologies is getting to “test drive” a lot of writers who are new to me.  I nearly always find one or two worth checking out in the future.  And once again, I have added a couple of names to my Must Read More Of list.

An Apple for the Creature

 If you decide to place an order with amazon, clicking through from my links will give me credit.  If you are enjoying  my reviews on Bookin’ It, it’s a great way to let me know!  Thanks!


Single Post Navigation

2 thoughts on “An Apple For The Creature edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni P. Kelner

  1. Funny…I just bought that one.


  2. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did, Sooz. Be sure to stop back by and let me know. I’ll be interested in your opinion.

    Thanks for visiting today!


Let Us Hear From You! NOTE: If in doubt about leaving comments on this blog, please read privacy statement under ABOUT, in menu bar above.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Writing - Loving What I Do and Doing What I Love!


Life in a flash - a weekly blog on daily living

Tara Sparling writes

Book Humour. A Sideways Perspective on the Bonkers Business of Books

The Daily Tales of Gregg Savage

Every day, I write a unique story for you to share and enjoy.

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

Staci Troilo

Suspense, Passion...Fiction That Flutters The Heart

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


Books! Where are the great books?


at home and abroad, new bloggers, writers, photographers experiment with me - enthusiastic - persistent - encouraging

Mostly Blogging

Practical solutions and established strategies to improve your blog. Suggestions that will make a difference.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Dream-protecting author

Story Empire

Exploring the World of Fiction

D.G. Kaye Writer

Thoughts on writing, life, writing tips, live laugh love

Lemon Shark

Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Life


Hollywood Ghostwriter

Nicholas C. Rossis

Award-winning, dream-protecting author

Judith Barrow

Writer & Author

Barb Taub

Writing & Coffee. Especially coffee.


A lovers review of everything books. Come for the reviews, stay for the pictures!

Archer's Aim

The speculative fiction of P. H. Solomon

Rosie Amber

Book Reviewer, Avid Reader and Bookworm. Campaigning to link more readers to writers. People do not forget books that touch them or excite them—they recommend them.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Skye Hegyes

Mother, Author, Blogger, Creative Enthusiast

Bookin' It

So Many Books. So Little Time. Let's Review!

Callum McLaughlin

"The stories we love best do live in us forever."

The Write Stuff

"Writers Helping Writers" with Marcia Meara & Friends

Joanne Clancy

Writer of Killer Thrillers

%d bloggers like this: