Strange Brew Anthology {My Thoughts}

Strange Brew (Includes: The Dresden Files, #10.4; Sookie Stackhouse #9.1; Cin Craven, #1.5)Strange Brew by P.N. Elrod
Paperback, 372 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN 0312383363 (ISBN13: 9780312383367)
edition languageEnglish
original titleStrange Brew (Includes: The Dresden Files, #10.4; Sookie Stackhouse #9.1; Cin Craven, #1.5)
seriesSookie Stackhouse #9.1 , Cin Craven #1.5, Vampire Files #11.5, Jane Yellowrock 0.5 prequel , more
charactersCin Craven, Michael
 My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Synopsis

Today’s hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic!
In Charlaine Harris’ “Bacon,” a beautiful vampire joins forces with a witch from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband. In “Seeing Eye” by Patricia Briggs, a blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother—and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected. And in Jim Butcher’s “Last Call,” wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark powers—the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.
For anyone who’s ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who’s imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!

My Thoughts
 My favorite stories are part of two series that clear up some of the questions readers have as to how certain things came about with the main characters.

In author Jenna Maclaine's offering featuring Cin Craven we learn how Cin finally came to control use of her powers.

In author Faith Hunter's prequel to her Jane Yellowrock series we meet Jane and watch how she and her best friend Molly start their relationship when they work together to save Molly's sister from a gang of rogue Vampires.

The rest of the stories are from some of the authors that I now have been reading for years, as far as I can tell all but Jim Butcher and Caitlin Kittredge have written novellas that are not a part of a series but are fine stand alone tales with characters that all of their fans would enjoy meeting.

I waited for years to get a chance to read this anthology and it was well worth it to me!

Jim Butcher's Goodreads page WebSite
Faith Hunter's Goodreads page Web Site
Caitlin Kittredge Goodreads page Web Site
Jenna Maclaine's Goodreads page Web Site



Aurian said...

I absolutely loved the Cin Craven series, and am sad that she isn't writing anymore. I do love the other stories as well, or they are from authors on my wishlist. Glad you enjoyed it Jackie.

Jackie Burris said...

I am still wishing, hoping and waiting patiently for the day Jenna Maclaine decides to once again pick up her author hat and pens us more stories! This entire collection was great and you are right some of the authors were on my wishlist too so getting a "peek" at something they wrote was nice teaser intro into their work.

Cherry Mischievous said...

I haven't read most of those serieses yet, so would it confuse the reader to read the short stories in the antho without the background knowledge of the series?

Jackie Burris said...

I have only read all of Cin Craven and Jane Yellowrock series myself and only 1 or 2 Harry Dresdens and none of Sookie Stackhouse so the only one you would be lost if read alone would be Cin Craven series by Jenna MacLaine as the short story does not make sense without reading the full length books. At least to me anyway, good stories Cherry so if on your bookshelf I would grab it down and enjoy soon!