"Carniepunk" Takes Lovers of Urban Fantasy For the Ride of Their Lives

CarniepunkTitle:  Carniepunk
Author:  Various
Format:  E-galley
Length:  448 pages
Publisher:  Gallery Books
Expected Date of Publication:  July 23, 2013
Rating:  5 stars

A star-studded urban fantasy anthology featuring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, and Kevin Hearne, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals.

The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?

And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.

Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed, Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.  -Goodreads

My Thoughts
Carniepunk combines all of the mystery that surrounds the bells, whistles, barkers, and baddies that have lured countless people to stroll the midway; with the creatures, demons, angels, and spirits that have captivated the hearts and minds of humankind through the ages.

The stars of the urban fantasy genre have never shown brighter than they do in this collection.

Rachel Caine
Jennifer Estep
Kevin Hearne
Seanan McGuire
Rob Thurman
Delilah S. Dawson
Allison Pang
Jackie Kessler
Kelly Gay
Kelly Meding
Hillary Jaques
Mark Henry
Nicole D. Peeler
Jaye Wells   

One of the great draws of this anthology is the fact that a great number of the authors featured have chosen to include stories built around characters that readers are familiar with from well known series.  This book for those readers, will be like seeing an old friend in new clothes.  For the reader who may be familiar with the author but not the series; these Big Top themed glimpses into their creations may lead to exploration of the literary homelands of their new acquaintances.

Another plus of this read lies in the sheer variety of tastes available at this paranormal potluck.
There is something for everyone.  Sweet, comical, terrifying, or steamy, each story better than the last.
If you are a reader ready to push the boundaries of imagination past all known limits; this is the book for you.
This is a must read fright with their freakish fun.


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