miércoles, 29 de noviembre de 2017

Reseña: An Apple for the Creature (Antologia)

An Apple for the Creature 


Charlaine Harris 

336 pages
Published 2012 by Ace 
ISBN:0425256804 (ISBN13: 9780425256800)
Edition Language: English
BLURB: What could be scarier than the first day of school? How about a crash course in the paranormal from Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner, editors of Home Improvement: Undead Edition? Your worst school nightmares—taking that math test you never studied for, finding yourself naked in school assembly, not knowing which door to enter—will pale in comparison to these thirteen original stories that take academic anxiety to whole new realms.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris’s story, "Playing Possum," Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew's entire class but finds she's one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up.

When her guardian, Kate Daniels, sends her undercover to a school for exceptional children, teenaged Julie learns an all-new definition of "exceptional," in New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews's "Magic Tests." For those who like fangs with their forensics, New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder offers "VSI," in which FBI agent Claire is tested as never before in a school for Vampire Scene Investigation. And in New York Times bestselling author Thomas Sniegoski's "The Bad Hour," Remy Chandler and his dog Marlowe find evil unleashed in an obedience school.

You'll need more than an apple to stave off the creatures in these and nine other stories. Remember your first lesson: resistance is fruitless!

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My shelves: fantasia-urbana, ghosts, horror, magia, psychic-powers, shapeshifters, short-story, vampiros, werewolf-hombrelobo-lycans, witches-wizards 

Antologia de relatos cortos de lo sobrenatural y la educación en diversas formas que van desde Ilona Andrews a Charlaine Harris y Faith Hunter, pasando por Marjorie M. Liu (cuya historia buscaba al leer esto), la historia excepcional de Mike Carey y varios otros autores desconocidos para mi. Recibe el nombre por la historia corta de Faith Hunter.

1)“Playing Possum” by Charlaine Harris. 2.8 ★ ★ ★ (Sookie Stackhouse #17)
Sookie va a la escuela primaria de su sobrino Hunter con cupcakes, y luego se convierte en algo que seguramente es la pesadilla de muchos padres.

2)“Spellcaster 2.0” by Jonathan Maberry 2,5 ★ ★
Un proyecto de un grupo de estudiantes universitarios que intenta crear un programa con hechizos mágicos de todo el mundo pensando en hallar la raíz. Pero recibirán una sorpresa inesperada.

3)“Academy Field Trip” by Donald Harstad. 2.7 ★ ★
Agentes especiales conducen un curso acerca de crimenes inusuales, y llevan a un novato para una demostracion de una investigacion. Con un giro.

4)“Sympathy for the Bones” by Marjorie M. Liu. (Horror) 4 ★ ★ ★ ★
Haunted tale in the mountains with old witches and apprentices, hoodoo and dolls and sympathetic deadly magic.

5)“Low School” by Rhys Bowen. 1 ★
cliche and predictable. Pesadilla de secundaria...

6)“Callie Meet Happy” by Amber Benson. 1.5 ★ (Calliope Riper-Jones #1.5)
In a remedial class the more annoying Death ever has to learn how to open a wormwhole . She falls into another story with haunted house included.

Nunca habia leido nada de esta autora - y sí se trata de la actriz de Buffy- , me soprendió saber despues que la prota tiene 20 años , pues parece una adolescente de 13.

7)“Iphigenia in Aulis” 2012 by Mike Carey (10663 words) ...original tale that later become Melanie the Girl with all the Gifts of 2014 . More Novella than short story.
4.5 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Was I a baby?” Melanie asks.
“A very tiny baby, Melanie.”
“How tiny?”
“Tiny enough to fall into a hole between two laws.”

Una escuela en una base militar con niños muy especiales. Aunque el género no es uno de mi preferencia, ya me habia enterado de la trama de la novela al leer comentarios, por lo que no fue una sorpresa como termina. Muy bien escrito y en menos de 40 páginas./SPOILERS--->el único problema que tengo con esto es que no consigo entender como crecian los niños sin comer nada... no me computa<---SPOILERS/

8)“Golden Delicious” by Faith Hunter. 3.5 ★ ★ ★ (Jane Yellowrock #4.2)
Rick in PsyLed boot camp plus Brutus and Pea. Sí, todos odiamos a Rick, pero Faith sabe como escribir y es interesante saber como funciona el campo para Spooks, a pesar de no sentir ninguna simpatía por el protagonista.

Witches and shapeshifters and policial training.

9)“Magic Tests” by Andrew Gordon and Ilona Gordon. 3 ★★★ (Kate Daniels #5.3)
Kate tricks Julie into going to school.
Yep, I hate Julie, so I'll go with nice Dragon, cool magic.
Ya la habia leido antes.

10)“An Introduction to Jewish Myth and Mysticism” by Steve Hockensmith. 2 ★ ★
Uf, profesores universitarios acosadores. Really boring.

11)“VSI” copyright by Nancy Holder. 2 ★ ★
Polices detectives recluted for an special unit about... vampires. The minor twist is really lame. Another cliche vampire prompt.

12)“The Bad Hour” by Thomas E. Sniegoski. 1.5 ★ (Remy Chandler #5,5)
Dogs and angels and doggie school. No conocia esta serie, pero la premisa no me atrae.

13)“Pirate Dave and the Captain’s Ghost” by Toni L. P. Kelner. 2 ★ ★
Second part of the Pirate Dave and his girlfriend werewolf. Where she goes to a lecture about werewolves to know more and encounter not so nice supes.

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