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Beyond the Pale
I love short story anthologies, and this was definitely a keeper. There’s something in here for everyone, as long as you love paranormal/fantasy stories.
The biggest reason I wanted to read this one was that there was a story written by Jim Butcher, Author of the popular Harry Dresden Files. He’s amazing, and his contribution was no let down, fun and full of action. I also really loved some of the ghost stories in the collection, a few of them were spooky and some where a little bit fun, and it was just really exciting. There were some stories that I didn’t quite get, like one about a girl who suddenly gets this “power”, and it feels like it was actually a novel that the author just took a bunch of information out. It’s really confusing and feels incomplete. But I read it anyways, because the concept was intriguing, if not the storytelling.
Another thing I loved, is that at the end of the book is a little info about each of the authors, so when I got done reading my favorite stories, I could see what other things they’ve written so I can read even more! More books are always better, in my opinion. I love short stories for bedtime, since it’s easy to stop, but I had a hard time putting this one down at night. Not to mention, it was sort of scary and the thought of turning the lights out was a little intimidating. I cannot say enough good stuff about this book. It’s one of the best I’ve read recently, and I read a lot of books, so you know it’s good!
Rating: 5 out of 5 Hearts (Book Ratings Guide)
About the Book:
Beyond the Pale is an anthology of fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal stories that skirt the border between our world and others. Was that my imagination, or did I hear something under my bed? What was that blurred movement in my darkened closet? There is but a thin Veil separating the real and the fantastic, and therein dwell the inhabitants of these stories.
Beyond the Pale contains eleven short stories by award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Nancy Holder (Wicked), Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels), and Jane Yolen (Owl Moon).
The noun “pale” refers to a stake (as in impaling vampires) or pointed piece of wood (as in a paling fence). “Pale” came to refer to an area enclosed by a paling fence. Later, it acquired the figurative meaning of an enclosed and therefore safe domain. Conversely, “beyond the pale” means foreign, strange, or threatening. You are about to go Beyond the Pale.
- Title: Beyond the Pale
- Author: Various; Henry L Herz, Editor
- eBook: 197 pages
- Publisher: Birch Tree Publishing
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I received a complimentary copy of Beyond the Pale in exchange for an honest review.