Death's Excellent Vacation

Even monsters need a vacation! In Death's Excellent Vacation, there are thirteen short stories ranging from a brand spankin' new Sookie Stackhouse story, which happens to be one of my most favorite series, to new-to-me authors. Admittedly, I've never been a fan of anthologies such as this because if I like a story in it, by the time it's over, I always want more! So I'm left unsatisfied and I don't like that. However, I highly enjoyed most of the stories in this anthology.

One of my favorites is Katie MacAlister's story, "The Perils of Effrijim". It's told in Jim's point of view and he is the demon dog from her Aisling Grey series and I absolutely love that character. Love! He's absolutely hilarious and I was so incredibly happy to read his story.

There's also another story I really enjoyed: Jeaniene Frost's short story titled "One for the Money" about Cat and Bones, I totally love those books and it was really cool to revisit some old favorite characters.

While there were several stories I highly enjoyed, like Lilith Saintcrow's "The Heart is Always Right" and L.A. Banks' "Seeing is Believing," I didn't enjoy them all. There's some new-to-me authors that I'll definitely look up but some stories just didn't hold my attention.

Overall, Death's Excellent Vacation is a fun quick read in which you can revisit favorite characters or find new authors, I really enjoyed it and while I don't think I'll ever be a huge fan of anthologies, they're a cool read every now and then.

Book Blurb for Death's Excellent Vacation

New York Times bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, Katie MacAlister, Jeaniene Frost – plus Lilith Saintcrow, Jeff Abbott, and more – send postcards from the edge of the paranormal world to fans who devoured Wolfsbane and Mistletoe and Many Bloody Returns.
With an all-new Sookie Stackhouse story and twelve other original tales, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations that are frightening, funny, and touching for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque. Learn why it really can be an endless summer – for immortals.

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 3.00