An Apple for the Creature Author:Charlaine Harris (Editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (Editor) The best of a rare crop of supernatural and urban fantasy stories -- and here's the theme: supernatural creatures + schools. But not all these schools are conventional schools, and the 'characters' learn more than the basic ABCs. Includes a never-before-published Sookie Stackhouse story! What could be scarier than t... more »he 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!
"Playing Possum" / Charlaine Harris;
"Spellcaster 2.0" / Jonathan Maberry;
"Academy Field Trip" / Donald Harstad;
"Sympathy for the Bones" / Marjorie M. Liu;
"Low School" / Rhys Bowen;
"Callie Meet Happy" / Amber Benson;
"Iphigenia in Aulis" / Mike Carey;
"Golden Delicious" / Faith Hunter;
"Magic Tests" / Ilona Andrews;
"An Introduction to Jewish Myth and Mysticism" / Steve Hockensmith;
"VSI" / Nancy Holder;
"The Bad Hour" / Thomas E. Sniegoski;
"Pirate Dave and the Captain's Ghost" / Toni L. P. Kelner.
I really enjoyed these stories - a perfect spooky read for October! I think as long as you know going in that they are very short, you won't be disappointed. (It's more like saying "Hi" to Sookie in the hall in passing than getting to settle in for a visit with her.) I was sorry to see no Harry Devlin story this time around, but enjoyed Faith Hunter's so much that I'm going to seek out her series.
I was so happy to get my hands on this anthology. The Ilona Andrews story was great. Her daughter gets her first case. The apple theme goes through all of the stories. A good book to check out of the library, I couldn't find it issued as a paperback, so it was very expensive for just a few good stories.
The Ilona Andrews story was the best. I enjoyed it even though I'm not caught up in that series (Kate Daniels). To do over again, my anal self should have read in order. Speaking of another series on my TBR (but not started) I didn't enjoy Faith Hunter's story. I think because I'm not familiar with the characters. The Sookie story was okay, I think it would have been better had it not involved a gun, a school, and a an evil man. I liked Nancy Holder's story.