Games Creatures Play, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. Urban Fantasy. Hardback, 356 pages. Anthology.
This was a fun book for the most part. While some of the stories qualified as "spooky," and many were bloody, only one of them stuck sideways in my head as actually horrible. And I don't mean "horrible" as in badly written, but as in a that's gonna haunt me for a while
"Hide and Shriek" by Adam-Troy Castro was my favorite. This short story told the tale of three Elder Gods being so bored that they decided to play hide-and-seek among the many worlds where apes were evolved enough to communicate. The various descriptions of both the squabbling gods and the adventuresome (or not) humans were fun, and the twist at the end was a good joke.
"False Knight on the Road" by Mercedes Lackey told the story about a bootlegger racing the Devil on the mountain. The story was either kinda fun and kinda random, or really funny, depending on whether you have read her SerratedEdge stories.
"The Case of the Haunted Safeway" by Scott Sigler was interesting until it got so heavy-handed and preachy that I just couldn't continue thinking this was light entertainment. I liked the idea of it, and so I'm still poking at my reaction to figure out why I didn't like it. Maybe because the story and the ephiany were told in first person? I shall contemplate.
"Jammed" by Seanan McGuire was not all that special. It was another roller derby story about Antimony Price, but I found it to be mostly slightly chewy filler in the granola bar of a book.
"The Blue Hereafter" by Charlaine Harris suffered the same thing as the McGuire story. The softball game was fine, but really this was mostly a character study of Manfred Bernardo.
I picked up this book to support authors I like, especially Harris and McGuire. I recommend it to people who enjoy the supernatural, sports, and the collisions of the two. But not to people who have any nightmares about falling through thin ice or being messily slaughtered on hiking trips.
This book also caused me to go back and re-read Home Improvement: Undead Edition
.Books for 2014