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Out of This World Hardcover – Large Print, Jan 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Lrg edition (January 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786238445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786238446
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 14.3 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,490,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Although this anthology features some of the most popular names in futuristic and paranormal romance, it reads more like a catalogue than a cohesive book. Robb's "Interlude in Death," featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas, kicks off the collection and is the strongest of the four entries. The story's suspense is as well drawn as the romance, and readers won't have to be familiar with Robb's In Death series (Betrayal in Death, etc.) to enjoy this futuristic thriller. In contrast, "Kinsman," Krinard's (Touch of the Wolf) tale of two telepaths who try to prevent an interspecies war, falls victim to its own exposition and draws to a conclusion that is steamy but familiar. The remaining two stories are more traditionally paranormal. Shayne's "Immortality" features Puabi, a Dark Witch of Sumer who is reincarnated to right an ancient wrong, and Hamilton's "Magic Like Heat Across My Skin" finds Vampire Hunter Anita Blake in an S/M club with her two lovers, a Master Vampire and a werewolf king. As one might imagine of such a setting, the sensuality is dark and intense, but this will be no surprise to fans of Hamilton's Vampire Hunter novels (Obsidian Butterfly, etc.). Each of the works in this anthology is solid and should please current fans, but as a whole, the stories are only loosely connected and would have benefited from a stronger theme to tie them together.

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Four novellas by the leading ladies of paranormal and science fiction romance open a view into the lives of both familiar beloved characters and new faces. In J. D. Robb's (aka Nora Roberts) tale, Lieutenant Eve Dallas uncovers a murder-frame plot at a law enforcement seminar held at an off-planet resort owned by her husband. Susan Krinard abandons her usual werewolf and vampire heroes for a space-traveling telepath who works with a princess to uncover an interstellar political plot. Maggie Shayne's unsympathetic immortal is rescued by a bereaved husband and finds redemption and humanity in his arms. In "Magic Like Heat Across My Skin," Laurell K. Hamilton's vampire-slaying Anita Blake intensifies her erotic love triangle with a werewolf and a vampire when they rescue her wereleopards from captivity in a nightclub specializing in dominant and submissive sex. While they won't appeal equally to all readers, these tales do reveal the breadth of the genre and offer a delightful opportunity to sample these popular authors. Diana Tixier Herald
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Out of This World is the anthology that all fans of futuristic and fantasy romance have been waiting for! For everyone moaning about the lack of futuristics available there is not one, but two fantastic stories in this anthology. J.D. Robb gives us an excellent addition to her In Death series with a story that finds Eve Dallas attending (very reluctantly) an off world police conference with Roarke in tow. When a crooked cop attempts to bring Roarke down, Eve finds herself fighting one of her own. J.D. Robb is consistently good -- and this story is no exception. Susan Krinard contributes a great futuristic of her own with "Kinsman" a sci-fi adventure telling the story of an empathic/psychic who must join forces with a not-so-truthful woman in order to save both of thier species' from destruction. "Kinsman" is an excellent story combining what I love best: Science-fiction, psychic phenomena, and a HOT love story! Maggie Shayne contributes a short story that is connected to her witch series of books. The tale of an immortal dark witch who lives to regret her actions, and the mortal man who fishes her out of the ocean, this story was very enjoyable, but in my opinion it did not stand alone. I hadn't read the most recent novel in the which series, and found myself lost a few times while reading the story. Laurell K. Hamilton contributed an excerpt from her novel Narcissus in Chains due out in October. It was a wonderful excerpt despite its teaser ending, picking up right where the book Obsidian Butterfly left off. But again, in my opinion the story didn't stand alone -- anyone not familiar with Anita Blake would have been lost. I also felt the publisher had an obligation to state on the cover of the book that her contribution was an excerpt. But as you can see from my rating, the quality of these stories especially Robb's and Krinard's were such that I still highly reccomend this read. Buy it, Read it, Love it!!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being a huge fan of both J.D. Robb and Laurell K. Hamilton, I couldn't WAIT for this collection of tales to be released. Fans of both authors will not be disappointed. I did not sleep last night until I had concluded both stories from those authors (I have yet to read the ones by the other 2 authors). J.D. Robb once again delivers a quick and entertaining read about Eve and Roarke. Everything fans love about these characters shines in this short story--from Eve's tough warnings to Roarke's classic confidence to Peabody's own humorous mutterings. The mystery itself is very quick and keeps one interested. There's also a very shocking and surprising secret revealed about family trees in this story. The selection by Laurell K. Hamilton was even better. Personally, I missed Jean-Claude and Richard just as much as Anita has. While Obsidian Butterfly disappointed me because of their absence, this selection (which is in reality the beginning part of LKH's next release *Narcissus in Chains*) was incredibly satisfying! Jean-Claude is hotter than ever (yes, it's possible) and Richard is as well. It was wonderful to read about them all being together again--and fans know what happens when the three of them are together again: the thrill of passion and the roll of power! Jason and Asher are back as well as other characters, and we have some really new threats in this one as well. It's so interesting to see Anita change and evolve through these novels. I can't wait for more...I guess I'll just have to re-read these until the next ones arrive. Enjoy!
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This anthology was much more than I had hoped for. Laurell K. Hamilton and J.D. Robb are my two favorite authors, but I've never read books by Krinard or Shayne before. I was almost surprised that I enjoyed all four stories.
J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts, contributed "Interlude in Death." This mystery/romance story follows her bestselling In Death series, as NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, chases an esteemed *rogue ex-cop* at an intergalatic conference. The cop harbors a personal vendetta against Roarke because of his mysterious past. As always, Eve and Roarke catch the villain, and manages to find time to chill out together. All in all, the story stands well alone, and will prove satisfying whether you're a long-time Robb fan or a new reader to the series.
Susan Krinard's story "Kinsman" is a futuristic/romantic thriller. When her brother's ship disappears during a secret space mission, a young princess of a small planet asks a "Kinsman," (a member of a special human *race* that possess certain telepathic powers) for aid. Along their journey to find the missing prince and his crew, the two discover a conspiracy brewing among the Kinsman's own people. They also discover that they're falling in love. I find this the weakest of the four stories, mostly because there were a lot of names and species that I didn't really understand. Also, *alien* type of stories are just not my thing. Perhaps I'll try her next wolf novel, SECRET OF THE WOLF, of which there was a short excerpt in the anthology.
Maggie Shayne's "Immortality" continues her Witch series. Puabi is an Immortal High Dark Witch who finds, after 4,000 years of existence, that she doesn't want to continue her old, evil ways.
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