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  • Taschenbuch: 384 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper; Auflage: First Printing (30. Oktober 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0061239097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061239090
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,4 x 17,1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (3 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 215.302 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon, A Perfect Blood, Ever After, and The Undead Pool, plus the short story collection Into the Woods, The Hollows Insider and graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.



Lynsay Sands is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there are occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.



Vicki Pettersson is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac novels, a six-book urban fantasy series set in her hometown of Las Vegas. Though she'll always consider that glittering dust bowl home, she now divides her time between Vegas and Dallas, where she's learning to like good Tex-Mex (easy) and the Dallas Cowboys (easier than you'd think).



Marjorie M. Liu is an attorney and New York Times bestselling author of paranormal romances and urban fantasy. In the world of comic books, she is also the writer of NYX: No Way Home, Black Widow, X-23, and Dark Wolverine. She lives in the American Midwest and Beijing, China.


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6 von 6 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amber am 10. November 2007
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I promised myself 'No more anthologies'! However I am pretty happy about getting hold of this one and don't feel cheated at all. With 3 of my favourites authors writing stories for this one then I couldn't go wrong ;)

Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison

As the title suggests this is a story based on the wonderful witch, Rachel Morgan. A little twist though! This is a story from her past...when she is gettin ready to sign up for Inderland Security.

It was a great story and I really enjoyed it. It was exactly what I need to take the edge off my addiction to this series while I wait for the new release! I hope the author writes more stories about Rachel's past. It was really interesting.

Run , Run, Rudolph by Lynsay Sands

This story about shape changers was quite interesting. A little to romancy at times but really good fun to read. I am really looking forward to reading the new 'Argeneau' books coming out in the new year.

Six by Marjorie M. Liu

This was a new author for me and I have to say that I didn't like this story at all. It was all too Tom Clancyish for my liking and maybe would have worked as a whole novel but as a short story it was too rushed. I also didn't like the characters that much or the writing style.

The Harvest by Vicki Petterson

Loved the first book in the 'Zodiac' series and was happy to see this short story was based on the agents of light. Short but sweet this story was set in the past and gave away some nice little background details.

I can't wait to read the second book in this series. This short story has really left me craving for more!
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Deb Lee am 30. Dezember 2007
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Holidays Are He11 is an anthology of four entertaining urban fantasy tales that are a fun visit with favorite characters, and the chance to meet new ones. If you're already a fan of any of the series that are represented you'll love getting the back-history on these characters, and if you're new to them it's a wonderful place to start.

Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel by Kim Harrison: It's the solstice and Rachel takes her brother, Robbie, up on a bet. If she wins she can join the I.S. with his support, if she loses she'll go to the West coast with her brother and continue schooling. Things don't quite go according to plan.

Run, Run, Rudolph by Lynsay Sands: Jill finds herself changed and pursued by a madman who wants to use her as a guinea pig. With Nick by her side, Jill will have to make use of her new abilities in order to escape the deranged scientist's clutches and stop him from ever doing it again.

Six by Marjorie M. Liu: Six is an undercover government agent when she teams up with Joseph, a necromancer. Their separate goals become one and together they plan to stop the terrorist cell that has ties to vampires. Surviving unscathed may not be so easy.

The Harvest by Vicki Pettersson: Having already passed on her chi, Zoe returns to the zodiac agents of Light as a mortal. Surprised and wary of her arrival, they allow her to explain. She needs their help to save innocent lives from the Tulpa and the zodiac Shadows. Zoe knows that their only chance of success is as a team!!! I would also recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you missed it!
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Ich habe gedacht es handelt sich um einen Roman aus der Argenau Serie

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A must read for Kim Harrison fans! 11. November 2007
Von melindeeloo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
If you are a fan of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan Series, this book is worth the price for Harrison's story alone. A prequel to the series, "Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel" is a much better stand-alone, than Harrison's Ivy prequel in anthology Dates From Hell, but it is even better for fans of the series. This story reminded me of how much I liked the series before the disappointing last book For a Few Demons More .

Harrison's "Two Ghosts" shows an eighteen year old Rachel, still struggling to overcome the disease that almost killed her as a child and beginning to discover her true power as she strives to garner the support she needs to meet her goal of becoming an Inderland Security runner like her late father. For fans, there is some real insight into what drives Rachel in later books. For newbies, there is still a great story, where Rachel will have to push past her limits to save two souls, one already dead and one soon to be if she fails.

I also enjoyed Lynsay Sand's contribution, "Run, Run, Rudolph". This is a follow on to the "Claire Switch Project" (also from Dates from Hell) and stars Jill who is caught in the same shapeshifter ray that brought both her brother Kyle and her best friend Claire love and trouble. Sand's story is silly at times but is still a fun romance. Jill somehow manages to make all her Christmas wishes starring handsome Nick come true, while shapeshifting to try and avoid an evil scientist who wants to use her as a lab specimen.

Marjorie Liu's effort was fine but I prefer her longer Dirk & Steele novels to her short stories. The heroine, Six, is has been trained since childhood as kind of a special ops agent for the Chinese government, but has hit a snag in her latest mission when she runs afoul of vampires. Six is saved by a sexy necromancer but not before being infected. Not truly understanding why, she gives up the only life she has ever known and discovers a love that may mean her salvation. There was romance here but it was too rushed to have much depth, but the basic storyline was interesting and I wouldn't mind seeing another story with these characters.

The final story, "The Harvest" by Vicki Pettersson is a prequel to her Zodiac series. It really captures the flavor of her other books (The Scent of Shadows (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 1) and The Taste of Night (Sign of the Zodiac, Book 2)) even in this short format. I have somewhat mixed feelings about this series but this was is a nice little fill-in giving a little more background on characters from the series, Warren, Tulpa, and Joanna's mother Zoe the former Zodiac archer, as Zoe tries to rescue Joanna's child stolen by the Shadow agents. There is a touch of bittersweet romance and I couldn't help but feel sorry for Zoe who has spent her entire life sacrificing love for duty and the fight against evil.
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a wonderful collection of paranormal holiday tales 25. Januar 2008
Von Kelley Hartsell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Whether your preference is Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Christmas, or New Year's, you'll find a paranormal adventure here to suit your spirit.

Kim Harrison shows us in Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel what happens when a spell to call a ghost goes haywire and brings the wrong one to you. Rachel Morgan is a teenager trying to prove she has what it takes to make it in her dream job at Inderland Security, in spite of her frequent illness growing up. When her brother challenges her, Rachel is determined to win, no matter what, even if it means fighting vampires.

If you are a fan of her Hollows series, or as in my case, are new to the series, you'll enjoy this prequel. Rachel is a spirited young woman full of spunk who won't take no for an answer, even when it means running around on the night of the Solstice celebration to help a young girl in danger. Rachel even gets to experience a little love and romance with the ghost she accidentally summons, which adds a little touch poignancy to the story.

Lynsay Sands gives us a humorous take on a psycho stalkers obsessed with studying shape shifting abilities, even if it means said stalker has to trick people into "participating" in his scheme in Run, Run Rudolph. Here we meet Jill, who is tricked into being blasted with a shape shifting ray while babysitting her niece. Now she's on the run just when her love life finally seems to be heating up neighbor store owner, Nick, in time for them to play Mr. and Mrs. Claus in the annual Christmas parade.

This story is a sequel to a novella featured in the book Dates from Hell. Having not read the previous story I still followed along fairly well, though I was missing the back story on why our villain was so desperate to trap Jill and use her in his science experiments. We had a very enjoyable, and funny, story here nonetheless and I'm going to now have to go read the preceding story. I especially loved watching Jill come to terms with her new ability and how to control it, when constantly changing her appearance (even becoming a reindeer at one point!)

Marjorie M Liu has us spend Chinese New Year with a young government agent who unwittingly finds herself caught up in a war against soul sucking vampires in Six. Orphaned at a young age, all Six has ever known is her training and later her career as a government agent. When her latest mission introduces her to hideous soul stealing vampires, her only aid is in the form of a sinfully seductive necromancer who has his own job to fulfill where the vampires are concerned.

This story probably had the most romance of any in the book. Be forewarned however, if you are a fan of the Dirk & Steele series, Six is completely different from the stories found there. This is a very dark and gritty story though it still showcases Liu's incredible talent for word building and character development. I've come to love Liu's books and found Six to be quite captivating, though I could see it working a little better as a longer novel.

Lastly, the story I was most waiting for, Vicki Pettersson's The Harvest rounds out the collection. Pettersson gives us a prequel to her Zodiac series when former Light Agent Zoe must spend Thanksgiving trying to rescue her granddaughter from her greatest enemy and leader of the Shadow Zodiac, the Tulpa, who happens to be the grandfather of this special child.

I love the Zodiac series and have been waiting for this story since I read the first two books earlier this year. I knew Zoe was a fascinating person and had so much story to tell. The Harvest only scratches the surface of Zoe's complex life, but it was enough to satisfy this eager fan, at least for a little while. Another added bonus was discovering more about Warren, the leader of the Light Zodiac. This story sheds a lot of light on his reasons for treating Joanna the way he does in the other books in the series. However, while fans of the story will be sucked right in, readers who are new to Pettersson's world may find themselves confused here and there, trying to keep all the details straight.

Holidays Are Hell is a wonderful collection of paranormal holiday tales. Keep in mind that while this is not a romance anthology, we do have a bit of romance in every story, some more than others. What a perfect book to read when needing some relaxation during the hectic holiday season.

© Kelley A. Hartsell, December 2007. All rights reserved.
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Harrison is good, others fail 13. Dezember 2007
Von Jeannine DeWald - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but these were long enough to be satisfying. Unfortunately, except for Harrison's novella, that was where the satisfaction stopped. Harrison's "Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel" provided interesting backstory and a very different view of the heroine from her popular "Hallows" novels. This is a good coming-of-age story that kept me interested from start to finish. Kudos to Harrison for successfully re-imagining Rachel, and for showing readers something of the special culture of the Hallows.

The other three authors in this anthology have apparently been published before, but I've never read any of their work and I certainly won't be looking for them, based on the stories published here. Lynsay Sands ("Run Run Rudolph") starts with a completely unbelievable premise, and continues with dull characters and a predictable plot. While boredom set in quickly, I made it about three quarters of the way through before paralysis of the brain cells forced me to quit reading. Marjorie Liu's much edgier "Six" looked interesting at first, until it became clear that there was no substance behind the noir-ish surface. Vicki Petterson's "The Harvest" started dull and continued boring; IF she's published a novel featuring these characters and IF you've read it, the novella might be more interesting, but if like me you're unfamiliar with her work, this is not an enticing introduction.

If you're willing to get one good novella for the price of four, buy this book. Otherwise, put the price toward the next Kim Harrison novel.
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mixed bag of novellas 22. Dezember 2007
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Holiday Are Hell is a collection of four novellas by four different authors.

Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel is by Kim Harrison, and part of her Hollows urban fantasy series. This is a well written back story of Rachel Morgan, a young witch, and one of the three main characters of the series. Her dream is to become an officer of the supernatural police force like her deceased father. But she is a bit too young, and still recuperating from a near fatal disease. Her older brother promises to sign the permission papers if she can cast an advanced spell. What happens when Rachel tries the spell is unexpected, and leads to all sorts of problems. I love the Hollows story, and got this anthology just to read this story, and was not dissappointed in it.

Run, Run Rudolph by Lynsay Sands is a light hearted and funny novella about a woman who suddenly gains the ability to shape change, and the mad scientist who is determined to capture her for study. Helping her out is her big crush, a sexy local businessman. This is a sequel to the author's funny story in Dates From Hell.

Six by Marjorie M. Liu is the story of a Chinese government agent who must join forces with a necromancer to fight vampires. I wasn't too sure about his one. It had promise, but not enough to make me go seek out other stories by this author. I am unsure of whether or not this is tied to a series.

The Harvest by Vicki Petersson is part of her Zodiac urban fantasy series. This one did not do much for me, as I did not particularly like the main character or the world - an alternate Earth where super heroes fight on the part of good or evil. However, since this is part of a series which I have not read, it is quite likely that I am not getting full value out of the story. I am sure that people more familiar with the author and series would probably get a lot more out of the story than I did.
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Worth it for three out of four stories 4. Januar 2008
Von C. A. Sweeney - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Not a fan of short stories, I nevertheless bought this book because of Kim Harrison. I'm behind on reading her Rachel Morgan series and thought this would be a good way to get back into it. Turns out it was an excellent way -- this short look at Rachel's background was extremely well done. If I hadn't already been into the Morgan series, this story would have been enough to make me seek out Harrison's full-length novels.

The Lynsay Sands contribution was too superficial. She had a neat plot idea, but her characters seem like they could be cut and pasted out of any average romance novel. Even though it was short, I got bored with the story and skipped to the end so I could get to the next author.

Which turned out to be Marjorie M. Liu, with a story set in China. A no-nonsense woman, raised by the government to be a human weapon and known only as "Six," meets a mysterious man with unusual abilities and has to partner up with him to battle vampires -- and try to avoid becoming one herself. Six is an awesome fighter, the kind of character that often sucks authors into making them too perfect (the "Mary Sue" syndrome). Liu resisted the temptation, though, and even in a short story still managed to give readers insight into Six's vulnerabilities and desires. I've never read Liu before but will definitely try one of her full-length novels next.

Vicki Pettersson was another new author for me. Apparently her story in this collection is part of her "Sign of the Zodiac" series. Readers who require a "happily ever after" ending will be disappointed, but I like the fact that she didn't try to cram such an ending in. I don't know all the rules of her Zodiac universe and its good-versus-evil superhumans. Maybe in a longer Zodiac novel she could have worked her characters around to that point, but the point where she left her characters at the end of this tale felt very honest. It also felt like it was laying the foundation for a sequel, so maybe the happily-ever-after readers will get their wish in a later installment.

Overall, the book was worth buying. I'm going to get back into reading Harrison's Rachel Morgan series next, but I'll definitely check out Liu's and Pettersson's other works too.
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