- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Random House Canada (April 13 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307357562
- ISBN-13: 978-0307357564
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.4 x 24.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 621 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #659,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tales of the Otherworld Hardcover – Apr 13 2010
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“There is something for everyone between the covers. Fans of the Otherworld can find out more about their favourite characters, and many new readers will be intrigued enough to pursue the novels. The book is a win-win situation for any reader.”
— The Globe and Mail
Praise for Kelley Armstrong:
“Like Stephen King, . . . Armstrong not only writes interesting page-turners, she has also achieved that unlikely goal, what all writers strive for: a genre of her own. . . . This is not The Call of the Wild; it’s Nora Roberts meets The Sopranos by way of Henry David Thoreau.”
— The Walrus
Praise for Men of the Otherworld:
"The intriguing tales, originally published as serials on Armstrong's web site, unfold so fluidly that they read almost like a novel, providing a good introduction to new readers and a real treat for fans."
— Publishers Weekly
"It truly is a treat, even for those not familiar with Armstrong's previous work…. No matter which man is narrating…Armstrong creates a distinct and engaging voice and depth of character while maintaining her own sophisticated style."
— Winnipeg Free Press
Praise for Living With the Dead:
"As Armstrong readers have come to expect, this book is balanced between likable characters and the creepy evil that they fight, all wrapped together with nonstop, edge-of-your-seat action."
— Library Journal
"Rarely is the ninth book in a series as fresh and entertaining as the first, but this Women of the Otherworld volume defies the odds."
About the Author
KELLEY ARMSTRONG is the author of the Women of the Otherworld series, as well as the New York Times #1 bestselling young adult trilogy, Darkest Powers. She lives in rural Ontario with her family.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Fans aren't disgruntled by the fact that these previously free stories are no longer available online ' because (as Armstrong says in her author's introduction) after she published her e-serials the number 1. fan question was 'when will they be available in book form?'. Well, that time has finally arrived. And Armstrong's even gone so far as to donate the proceeds of 'Tales' to the World Literacy of Canada ' a nonprofit volunteer organization. Wow. As if fans needed another reason to heap praise on this legendary paranormal author'
'Tales of the Otherworld' is a collection of 8 short stories featuring some beloved character, and a few secondary ones. Only 1 short story is original, and never before been available for download.
'Rebirth' is the story of Aaron, and his transition from human to vampire.
'Bewitched' is the new story in the collection, and is all about Eve Levine (Savannah's mother). The story is a 'prologue' of sorts, recounting how Eve met and became lover to Kristof Nast.
'Birthright' is the back-story to a deceased werewolf pack member. It explains how Logan discovered his werewolf heritage and journeyed to Stonehaven to come face-to-face with his father for the first time.
'Expectations' follows Lucas Cortez in an early investigation of his.
'Ghosts' is another time-filler, set during the timeline of 'Bitten' when Jeremy is left alone at Stonehaven.
'Wedding Bell Hell' is a story that fills in the timeline gaps between books, by telling the tale of Lucas Cortez and Paige Winterbourne's wedding
'The Case of The El Chupacabra' is a Lucas and Paige murder-mystery investigation.
All of the stories are wonderful. Of course they are when written by the masterful Kelley Armstrong and set in her colourful 'Otherworld' universe. A lot of them are filling in the gaps and fleshing out stories that were previously referenced in the 'Otherworld' novels, but only in passing.
It's one of the wonderful things about the 'Otherworld' series; the narrators and characters change in each book, but when a narrator picks up the thread of their story they don't get bogged down in recounting the missing months or years. It means that the series always moves at a swift, energetic pace, because Armstrong isn't concerned with giving every minute detail of her character's goings on' but it also means there are some gaps that fans want filled. Some stories that we miss out on and actually want to be told. Well, 'Tales' scratches that itch ' well and truly.
My favourite short story was 'Beginnings' ' it's the prequel to Elena and Clay's romance' the story of how they met.
Elena is my favourite narrator, and Elena/Clay are one of my all-time favourite Urban Fantasy couplings. I absolutely loved getting the back-story to their story.
Clay is teaching anthropology at the University of Toronto where Elena is studying journalism. From their first 'encounter', it becomes clear that Clay and his wolf are intrigued by Elena' she's not like other flirty, vapid co-eds. She's smart, tenacious and not afraid to stare Clay down. For him, Elena is the first female he's ever had an interest in. Hell, she's the first human he's ever had an interest in.
Clay is a rare werewolf who thrives on his wolf-nature and instinct. He understands his beast better than his humanity, and as such he's never been one for slaking carnal lust or one-night-stands. In Elena he sees a true mate.
From Elena, readers are offered a perspective on her first real healthy adult relationship. Elena's character history is quite dark and sad; she was passed around from foster home to foster home, where she was repeatedly sexually abused. It's a history that Armstrong recently addressed in 'Frostbitten', but is even further developed in 'Beginnings', adding more layers to Elena's character.
Ultimately though, 'Beginnings' is completely romantic. Elena and Clay are one H-O-T couple who steam up the page in their 'Otherworld' novels. Armstrong definitely communicates that lust in 'Beginnings', but it's a slow burn from first meeting, to tentative friendship, blooming relationship and then full-blown romance. And there's a real element of forbidden love to them too ' since werewolf pack law forbids any werewolf from entering into a long-term relationship.
'Beginnings' is a very fleshed out, microcosm of a story. Elena and Clay both narrate, which is wonderful. Fans get rare insight into Clay's thinking ' particularly his decision (calculated or otherwise) to bite Elena and turn her into a werewolf' another issue that has recently been discussed between them in 'Frostbitten', but now holds more weight because of Clay's point of view in 'Beginnings'.
I loved this collection of short stories. It doesn't feel like a mishmashed, haphazard collection, hastily thrown together' rather, all of the stories in 'Tales' offer new perspectives and insights into characters and side-stories. It is a very cohesive, layered collection that sheds new light on the 'Otherworld' universe.
If you are a 'Women of the Otherworld' fan, you MUST give this collection a read.
Her characters are almost always very bright, complex and articulate. They also are decent, even when they may be confused, self-centred or selfish. They bruise more easily than they want known and can be touching, very funny, self aware and vulnerable. There is not a cliche to be found in this book and each story ended long before I wanted it to. Armstong respects each of her creations and controls her work with a steady hand.
I have several favourite paranormal writers but she is the only one to whom I would like to write a fan letter. She is Canadian and we are very lucky to be able to claim her. I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this book.I could not put it down.
Thanks Kelley! Keep them coming!