PS Yesterday, I saw a bald eagle and an osprey out my back window I think not! View all 3 comments. Jul 18, Elentarri rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy-and-sf , anthologies. This is a collection of short fantasy, science-fiction and urban fantasy stories by Mercedes Lackey. The stories are generally entertaining, quick to read and "fluffy". My favourite stories included those with a protective, homicidal Teddybear; a genetically enhanced, telepathic spaceship cat; an AI with a personality; the story titled "roadkill"; and the two stories involving the girls and the parrot.
The author does tend to "info-dump" a bit too much. This is especially evident with the 4 'SKi This is a collection of short fantasy, science-fiction and urban fantasy stories by Mercedes Lackey. This is especially evident with the 4 'SKitty stories, where the plot of the previous story is explained in the current story. This might be useful if you haven't read the previous stories, or there are years between publications, but in this book the 'SKitty stories all follow each other, and the info-dump gets annoying.
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Still, each story makes for a fun and relaxing read before bedtime. Aug 04, Olga Godim rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy-scifi. Jan 03, CatBookMom rated it really liked it Shelves: finished , cbm-library , ebook-owned , sff-fantasy. This is a really good anthology, with three Skitty stories and the first story about Alberich's escape to Valdemar, thanks to his Companion.
Always worth a re-read. Dec 30, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , short-stories , science-fiction. A couple stand alone stories, additions to the Diana Tregarde series, several Skitty stories, a Valdemar short and 2 background stories with future elemental master series characters. I loved it. Sep 21, Melody rated it liked it. I hated the Teddy bear story.
Where was he when the first child was taken? Enjoyed some of the stories but not all. Feb 13, Jeff rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , science-fiction. A few decent stories in the collections which I enjoyed. Others were just ok. Jun 22, Serena rated it liked it. You know what struck me most strongly when I read this anthology of Mercedes Lackey? It was the short stories of Skitty. She's never written a real science fiction book on her own, nothing that takes place in space, on another planet - no, it's mostly fantasy; in fact, I think the SKitty short stories are all that I've ever seen out of her.
I've been a reader of hers since high school; a reader, while not a fan, but usually eager enough.
I find that while she does a lot of info-dumping that is not You know what struck me most strongly when I read this anthology of Mercedes Lackey? I find that while she does a lot of info-dumping that is not necessarily correct or necessary , she's written about a dozen books I really, really love. That hope is what keeps me going back to reading her works. It's strange to me to think that way, she wrote books with C. Still, all these short stories were nice to read, some for the first time, though most of the Gray stories became "Wizard of London".
Apr 02, Heather Cawte rated it really liked it. This is a collection of short stories that are of somewhat variable quality, although overall a varied and entertaining read. The theme running through the majority of stories is the interaction between people and animals, which she handles very well. The 'Skitty' stories I found really enjoyable, and, again, I would have liked more.
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The two 'Grey' stories had me right back in Frances Hodgson Burnett territory one of my favourite childhood authors. I especially admire the second, about the unmasking of a fraudulent Victorian medium. Nov 16, Patricia Litz rated it really liked it. I had read this one a long time ago.
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It is a collection of short stories by different authors in science fiction. Writers were trying to get noticed by the book world and fiction magazines. I like the old ones by Andre Norton. They were all good stories and reminded me that I needed to go back and re-read some of them. It has to be ordered from warehouses across the country. I hesitate to buy them because space is new review. I hesitate to buy them because space is limited. My worry is that libraries are going to stop keeping books on hand and you will have to buy a kindle or nook or heaven forbid an iPhone to listen to your books.
I like the feel of books in my hands. Aug 14, Arliegh Kovacs rated it liked it Shelves: favorite , series , sf-fantasy. Werehunter is a collection of short stories about a wide variety of different worlds and people so don't be fooled by the title.
The "Werehunter" was written by invitation for an anthology set in Andre Norton's Witch World ; "Stolen Silver" is the only short story Lackey wrote in the Valdemar series the story later expanded into 2 books about the main character Alberich; "Operation Desert Fox" was co-written with her husband Larry Dixon for a Keith Laumer Bolo anthology; and the final 2 stori Werehunter is a collection of short stories about a wide variety of different worlds and people so don't be fooled by the title.
The "Werehunter" was written by invitation for an anthology set in Andre Norton's Witch World ; "Stolen Silver" is the only short story Lackey wrote in the Valdemar series the story later expanded into 2 books about the main character Alberich; "Operation Desert Fox" was co-written with her husband Larry Dixon for a Keith Laumer Bolo anthology; and the final 2 stories "Grey" and "Grey's Ghost" later become the basis for a book in her Elemental Masters series.
The other stories in this anthology are equally engaging. Jan 13, Jane Williams rated it liked it. A bit of a mixed bag. I've read quite a lot by Lackey, and from the look of this, her style is more suited to novels than shorts. Still, much of it is early works, reprinted, and that probably explains the lack of depth.
A fun read, but Skitty too obviously pre-dates Weber's treecats, the title story might work as the start of a novel but as a stand-alone, doesn't go anywhere, and the Grey stories are rather too obviously a "Little Princess" re-write. This reads, to me, like a new writer who hasn A bit of a mixed bag. This reads, to me, like a new writer who hasn't yet found their voice, playing around with ideas.
And maybe that's what it was, and as such, it was a fun read, but if you're used to the Lackey novels, I think you'll be disappointed. I read the author's notes, and as I like birds, I learned a lot about rescuing birds of prey. The collection of stories is various. Until now I had only read Valdemar stories of Herald-Mages. The Skitty series of four short-stories predated I hope David Weber's intelligent treecats.
It has a feel of classical space-op about it. The story I found the most funny was her witch detective in a Fantasy writers Halloween banquet.
The description of the cutthroat writing milieu is scathing. I loved th I read the author's notes, and as I like birds, I learned a lot about rescuing birds of prey. I loved the phrase "My advances are bigger than your advances, so I am writing Deathless Prose and you are writing tripe. Nov 01, Lesley Arrowsmith rated it liked it. I finally got round to reading this one, and rather enjoyed it, especially the Diana Tregarde stories - I love the idea of Andre the French vampire dressing up as John Steed to Diana's Mrs Peel!
The SKitty stories were quite a fun re-telling of the Dick Whittington and his Cat story, and I quite liked the Bolo story one man and his Rommel obsessed tank. It was nice to see how a Karsite Captain became a Herald of Vandemar, too.
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