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3.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 53.55 out of 5 3.55 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlaine Harris Narrator: MacLeod Andrews, Tanya Eby Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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Let's face it - the holidays can bring out the beast in anyone. They are particularly hard if you're a lycanthrope. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest, saddest werewolf tales, by an outstanding pack of authors, best heard by the light of a full moon and with a silver bullet close at hand.

Whether wolfing down a holiday feast (use your imagination) or craving some hair of the dog on New Year's morning, the werewolves in these 15 frighteningly original stories will surprise, delight, amuse, and scare the pants off listeners who love a little wolfsbane with their mistletoe.

Authors include Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Kelner, Patricia Briggs, Keri Arthur, Carrie Vaughn, Donna Andrews, Simon R. Green, Dana Cameron, Kat Richardson, Alan Gordon, Dana Stabenow, Joe Konrath, Nancy Pickard, Karen Chance, and Rob Thurman.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/16/2014

    " I got this to in order to read the shorts listed below. I'm not usually a fan of anthologies but this was fun. All the stories were strongly linked by a Christmas and werewolf theme, but each of the authors explored the ideas in different ways. Most of these writers are horror rather than UF and there are no PNR stories here though Kerri Arthur and Charlaine Harris are close. Even though I am not really a horror reader I was entertained. The 15 shorts in this anthology are quite light-hearted & tongue in cheek: some are stories with a twist, some are retellings of Christmas tales within a werewolf or paranormal framework, some just have characters working in a seasonal setting. Many are quite short which was good- they fulfilled their brief then stopped. This also meant that you never really got irritated by a narrative style that you were uncomfortable with. Most significantly all the authors seemed to have fun writing them, and that enthusiasm was catching. Some readers may be irritated by the recurring Christmas theme, the the short length of the stories or by the lack of PNR given that it is edited by Charlaine Harris. Think of them as a Christmas smorgasbord of werewolf snacks with a smattering of meatier spin off tales from established UF writers. There are too many to review each one but I've added brief comments on the 4 or 5 that caused me to request this for Christmas. 1. Charlaine Harris - Sookie Gift Wrap #8.5: I actually preferred this to the novels probably because it did't have Eric or Bill. Sookie is expecting solitary Christmas. A bit tongue in cheek.4* 2. Patricia Briggs - Star of David #3.5?- great story with David Christiansen, who gets a call from his estranged daughter just before Christmas. Great pace. 5* 3. Karen Chance - Rogue Elements4* creates a were - community within her existing world of war mages featuring Lia and her family. Needs a second read - too much packed in too fast - new view of her established world. Lia is more like Dory or Andrea from Ilona Andrews. 4. Carrie Vaughn - Il Est NeDavid # 2 - a lone werewolf seeks help from Kitty. This reminded me why I liked the Kitty series. Great short: Kitty at her best. 5*. 5. Keri Arthur - Christmas Past Brodie joins the heroine, Hannah, for a Christmas stake out. PR but romantic rather than sexy-quite sweet 4* "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cat | 2/15/2014

    " After struggling thru the "Many Bloody Returns" anthology, which was mediocre at best, in my opinion, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed "Wolfbane and Mistletoe"! So much so that I wouldn't mind owning a copy of this anthology to re-read during the holidays for that "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" feeling that only reading about werewolves can achieve ;) Also surprising was the fact that the Sookie Stackhouse story was one of my least favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathi Jo Horner | 2/15/2014

    " Read Rogue Elements by Karen Chance - Cassie Palmer series 3.2 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/26/2014

    " This was a really great collection of short stories from authors that interested me-not one of them was bad! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 1/25/2014

    " I was introduced to some really great authors that I didn't know about. This was an excellent collection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lissa & Alexa The Novel Lasses | 1/15/2014

    " A great supernatural holiday read for fans who want more of the supernatural world they love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/20/2013

    " I have to be honest I didnt read every story in this book, but I enjoyed the ones I did read! I'll go back and read the rest next Christmas - feels like the wrong time of year now that it's almost January :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 10/31/2013

    " All of the stories were weak, especially Charlaine Harris's. I was disappointed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 10/12/2013

    " This is a compliation of short stories. It was okay but as soon as you got into the story it was over. Great way to get exposure to different authors but not really my sort of thing. The stories were all pretty good though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tia | 9/24/2013

    " I read this one for Carrie Vaugh and Charlaine Harris. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 7/19/2013

    " I didn't care for this book too much. I liked the Charlene Harris short story, but all the rest were really lacking. Not the worst book I ever read, but far from great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyndsey | 6/22/2013

    " Eh it's kind of slow and there are a ton of dang editing errors! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Molly | 6/8/2013

    " I just read the Sookie story. Which, was pretty strange and a little creepy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Jayasundara | 5/12/2012

    " excellent short stories! the perfect christmas gift. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 5/4/2012

    " 3.5 a nice themed collection - some stories much better than others as is teh way of the short story collection "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shanon | 4/28/2012

    " I got this book because of the Sookie Stackhouse short story, which I did not really care for, but I ended up reading the whole book. Some of the stories were hits, others misses, but overall I really enjoyed this anthology and plan to check out some of the contributing authors who were new to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.L | 3/9/2012

    " I love everything about Patricia Briggs and her books,she brings them alive and the main series im obsessed with is Mercy Tompson novels and and Alpha and Omega novels i hope she writes a bunch more on them!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leandra | 1/13/2012

    " This compilation of supernatural Holiday stories was a scream (pun intended). I can read this anytime, whether it's Christmas or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 12/20/2011

    " There were about two stories that I really didn't like, and the last few were so very funny. It was great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/8/2011

    " A terrific assortment of werewolf tales during the holidays by writers like Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Dana Cameron, Keri Arthur, Rob Thurman, and others. These folks have wild and fun imaginations! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 10/19/2011

    " Patricia Briggs & Charlaine Harris "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephani | 7/16/2011

    " I liked most of these stories, although I do wish some had been longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 5/27/2011

    " Loved it. Gave me a chance to sample some other authors than the ones I usually read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 5/4/2011

    " This review is only for Patricia Briggs' story "Star of David". This short story was very good. I was hoping it would contain characters from the Mercy Thompson series, but even without them it was still fascinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jensownzoo | 4/29/2011

    " The theme of this anthology was werewolves and Christmas. There were a few gems, but overall I was not impressed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lissa | 4/28/2011

    " A great supernatural holiday read for fans who want more of the supernatural world they love.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 4/26/2011

    " These were probably excellent stories, but I am not a short fiction person - just as I'm really getting into the story, it's over... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amynah | 3/16/2011

    " Only read the Karen Chance portion "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josette | 3/12/2011

    " I only read the Sookie Stackhouse portion of this book. I just gotta say she has a one of a kind grandfather and not just because his fae..........WOW, what a Christmas present! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bud | 2/9/2011

    " Enjoyed the Xmas theme of stories. This is a good way to sample stories of other authors. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/27/2011

    " Some of the stories were good, but most were at least a little cheesy. Werewolves and Christmas just don't go together very well... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/26/2011

    " It was alright. Another book where I only read the Sookie Stackhouse book and it wasnt anything spectacular. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 1/21/2011

    " A nice compilation of stories. Well-written, some more gripping than others, all with generally happy endings...a nice read. "

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About the Author
Author Charlaine Harris

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling mystery author and editor. She has written a number of successful mystery and urban fantasy series, including the Aurora Teagarden series, the Harper Connelly series, and the Shakespeare series, among others. The first book in Harris’ Southern Vampire series, Dead until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001; the series is also the basis for the hit HBO series True Blood. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, and the International Crime Writers Association. Currently, Harris lives in Magnolia, Arkansas.