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“Teeth: Vampire Tales” by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Saturday, July 30, 2011 - Book Reading
“Teeth: Vampire Tales” by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

Back of the Book:

The first bite is only the beginning.

Twenty of today’s favorite writers explore the intersections between the living, dead, and undead. Their vampire tales range from romantic to chilling to gleeful—and touch on nearly every emotion in between.

Neil Gaiman’s vampire-poet in “Bloody Sunrise” is brooding, remorseful, and lonely. Melissa Marr’s vampires make a high-stakes game of possession and seduction in “Transition.” And in “Why Light?” Tanith Lee’s lovelorn vampires yearn most of all for the one thing they cannot have—daylight. Drawn from folk traditions around the world, popular culture, and original interpretations, the vampires in this collection are enticingly diverse.

But reader beware: The one thing they have in common is their desire for blood. . . .

Erin’s Review on Goodreads.com:

The new anthology TEETH, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, includes a delectable assortment of bite sized vampire stories that should be tasted and savored. Yes, all of the stories are that good. One of the best things about TEETH is that the stories consistently establish strong, unique worlds filled with characters who are compelling and interesting. Plus, you’re sure to find a few new vampiric details and treasures that are not part of the standard mythology in today’s vampire literature. (read her entire review here)

Pages: 480

Published: 2011-03-17

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=3.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is that it actually gets boring. :-/ The next time I read this, I’m going to make sure that I space all the stories out a bit instead of one immediately after another. They’re all interesting stories, but there are just so many of them that I got tired of hearing about vampires that were just slightly different from the traditional stereotype… *sigh* This was the first time I’ve read a short story collection with a specific topic and not just a specific genre or world. I wasn’t prepared for the vampire overload and I think that was my only issue with this anthology.

The very best thing about this book is how creative some of the stories are. Honestly, because of that worst thing I mentioned, they tended to run together in my mind, but some of them were truly interesting and I will be rereading these stories in the future.

Challenges:

This book will be placed under the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, the 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, and the iChallenges 2011.

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