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ISBN13: 9781476714158
ISBN10: 1476714150
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A star-studded urban fantasy anthology starring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, and Rob Thurman, and including Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Gay, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole D. Peeler, and Jaye Wells, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals.

The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions — the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion — is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?

And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns — or maybe some magic of one’s own.

Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.

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"Paranormals of varying temperaments and dispositions amp up the mystery and magic intrinsic to carnival midways in this anthology of 14 new stories, some of which extend their authors' long-running urban fantasy series. In Kelly Medding's clever 'Freak House,' the daughter of a gypsy and a djinn schemes to liberate her captive father from an unscrupulous sideshow owner. Rachel Caine's poignant 'The Cold Girl' unfolds at a carnival whose resident vampire gives a dying murder victim a new lease on (un)life and an opportunity to revenge herself on her attacker. In Alison Pang's 'A Duet with Darkness,' a mortal musician puts her soul in pawn to a fey violinist when she borrows his enchanted instrument to perform at a carnival music show. In several selections, such as Mark Henry's 'The Sweeter the Juice,' the carnival setting seems more an underdeveloped afterthought than a crucial story element. Regardless, the alternating currents of horror and fantasy that course through this volume ensure that readers of several genre tastes will find stories to their liking." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Rachel Caine is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, and the new Revivalist series.

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Oleofox, August 2, 2013 (view all comments by Oleofox)
Carniepunk- This collection really reaches into the darkness of the mind. Many of the stories are really dark and freaky in ways that remind me of how scared I was during and after watching episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? when I was a kid. Definitely not a book for younger fans of the contributing authors; unless they are ok with horrific things and events.

Painted Love- Rob Thurman:
This story was strange all around. I really didn’t like the concept of a demon tattoo somehow being sentient and acknowledged by surrounding people. With the person the tattoo was located on seeming as if he knew it was happening at some points during the story and not knowing about it other times. Totally strange.

The Three Lives of Lydia- Delilah S. Dawson:
I actually liked this story. The concept of the world Sang being there when you were really injured or dying was interesting. The twist ending was also great. Definitely makes me want to know more about Sang and its inhabitants. So it looks like I will be checking out this author’s Blud series.

The Demon Barker of Wheat Street- Kevin Hearne
LOVED IT! Not surprising since I am a huge Iron Druid Chronicles fan. It was nice to read a story set between Tricked (novel) and Two Ravens and One Crow (novella). Hearne’s short story along with those of Jaye Wells, Allison Pang and Seanan McGuire were the reasons why I picked up this book in the first place.

The Sweeter the Juice- Mark Henry
Creepy on so many levels; and I still don’t understand the fascination people have with zombies.

The Werewife- Jaye Wells
A dark story compared to the author’s Sabina Kane series. But I loved how it had the long enduring morale of “be careful what you wish for.”

The Cold Girl- Rachel Caine
This author definitely has the writing style of a teen girl down perfectly. I really could believe it was written from a teenage girl’s point of view; at least my interpretation of it, as I personally was never that boy crazy and willing to be led along. But the story did end in a way that was pleasing to me.

A Duet with Darkness- Allison Pang
After reading all 3 Abby Sinclair books (currently available) we finally get the real story as to how Melanie obtained her breathtaking violin.

Recession of the Divine- Hillary Jacques
I’ve never been very interested in the Greek pantheon, but Olivia in this short has piqued my interest. This in my way of thinking, indicates a great storyteller. I definitely will be checking out this author’s other works.

Parlor Tricks- Jennifer Estep
I first heard about the Spider/Gin Blanco a few years ago and planned on reading the series but I never got around to it. But after reading this great short story, I must put it back on my ‘to read’ list. Perfect mix of cop/assassin badassery and a creepy carnival atmosphere. The story itself had the feel of a finished piece of work that could easily be part of a full length novel. Which is appealing and in this case good because there are full length novels featuring this character that one can read.

Freak House- Kelly Meding
Another excellent short story that had my full attention from the start; and results in another author to be added to my ‘to read’ list. One aspect that I really liked was the range of paranormal beings, some of which I have read a lot about in other series and others I have barely heard mentioned.

The Inside Man- Nicole Peeler
As soon as I read “They don’t tell you about the killer clowns” I was a bit worried about how the story would progress; and my fear of clowns (especially those of the killer variety). The characters were very distinct for a short story. I’m intrigued.

A Chance in Hell- Jackie Kessler
I wasn’t expecting such a shocking opening scene after reading the previous stories. All I have to say is that it might not be appropriate for those under 16 years of age. This story really made me realize that most of this collection is not really about carnivals except for the location. The stories involve the characters (whatever being they might be) and their own internal drama.

Hell’s Menagerie- Kelly Gay
Overall it was good. The characters were interesting enough that I want to check out this author’s other works.

Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open Lonely Sea- Seanan McGuire
A very different type of story than the author’s October Daye series. The topic of mermaids was an out of the ordinary choice as I have rarely seen them being used in the types of books I normally read. I actually could see the author taking the world introduced in this story and making it into a series.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781476714158
Author:
Caine, Rachel
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Author:
Dawson, Delilah S
Author:
Estep, Jennifer
Author:
Hearne, Kevin
Author:
Gay, Kelly
Author:
McGuire, Seanan
Author:
Pang, Allison
Author:
Meding, Kelly
Author:
Thurman, Rob
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Short Stories
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130723
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.12 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Paranormals of varying temperaments and dispositions amp up the mystery and magic intrinsic to carnival midways in this anthology of 14 new stories, some of which extend their authors' long-running urban fantasy series. In Kelly Medding's clever 'Freak House,' the daughter of a gypsy and a djinn schemes to liberate her captive father from an unscrupulous sideshow owner. Rachel Caine's poignant 'The Cold Girl' unfolds at a carnival whose resident vampire gives a dying murder victim a new lease on (un)life and an opportunity to revenge herself on her attacker. In Alison Pang's 'A Duet with Darkness,' a mortal musician puts her soul in pawn to a fey violinist when she borrows his enchanted instrument to perform at a carnival music show. In several selections, such as Mark Henry's 'The Sweeter the Juice,' the carnival setting seems more an underdeveloped afterthought than a crucial story element. Regardless, the alternating currents of horror and fantasy that course through this volume ensure that readers of several genre tastes will find stories to their liking." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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