Out of This World Hardcover – Large Print, Jan 2002
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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.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
The good thing about anthologies is that there are generally a number of authors contributing different short stories to be read in one book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lady Sam
This is 4 pieces of fiction by the top names in paranormal romance fiction! The J.D. Read more
I bought this one for Puabi's story Immortatily by Maggie Shayne. She was the evil dark witch in Destiny & I thought how can Maggie write a story about a dark one & then I thought... Read morePublished on June 6 2003 by J COFFMAN
I BOUGHT THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT CONTAINED A "NEW" ANITA BLAKE STORY. IN FACT IT ONLY CONTAINS THE FIRST 6 CHAPTERS OF NARCISSUS IN CHAINS. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2003 by Amazon Customer
All of these stories are written well, but I especially love J.D. Robb's Interlude In Death. I have been reading the In Death series for many years and continue to love them.Published on Jan. 2 2003
I love romance and anthologies are so perfect for a little relaxing night time reading before your beauty sleep. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2002 by Dawnine K. Clews
I bought this book simply because I am an Anita Blake junkie and couldn't wait to get my next fix. So you can imagine my surprise at how much I really enjoyed the other... Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2002 by Bookseller
Being both a JD Robb and Laurel Hamilton fan, I purchased this book happily. The Robb story didn't fail to please, it was great. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2002 by Adele Pobega