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Home Improvement: Undead Edition

Home Improvement: Undead Edition


Home Improvement: Undead Edition

ratings:
3.5/5 (17 ratings)
Length:
14 hours
Released:
Aug 2, 2011
ISBN:
9781455820788
Format:
Audiobook

Description

For any homeowner who's ever wondered, "What's that creaking sound?" or fans of how-to television who'd like a little unreality mixed in with their reality shows, these fourteen authors have constructed stories guaranteed to shake your foundations and rattle your pipes.

With fourteen frightening and funny fixer-upper tales, Home Improvement: Undead Edition takes readers behind closed doors to give a fresh look at why there really is no place like home...
Released:
Aug 2, 2011
ISBN:
9781455820788
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. She has written four series, and two stand-alone novels, in addition to numerous short stories, novellas, and graphic novels (cowritten with Christopher Golden). Her Sookie Stackhouse books have appeared in twenty-five different languages and on many bestseller lists. They’re also the basis of the HBO series True Blood. Harris now lives in Texas, and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously. Her house is full of rescue dogs.

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  • (4/5)
    More paranormal reading from the basis of "Home Improvement".

    "If I Had a Hammer": Sookie was interesting (for a change none of her indecisiveness). While helping to remodel Tara's sun room by moving the closet from one side of the wall to another a bloody hammer is discovered and a very unhappy ghost is released.

    "Wizard Home Security": Older more traditional wizards are being burglarized and then disappearing... a home security expert is called in. The home security put in place is so good that.........

    "Blood on the Wall": a fake occultist (who uses the DeFeo Family Tomb for his fake rituals) finds his cult members murdered in the most grisly manner.... torn apart & left in pieces. However, P.I. DeFeo knows that the fake one is Not Guilty and together they set a trap to find out just who is.

    "Squatters Rights": A young couple buy a new home. The wife begins hearing noises, then voices "Leave, Leave LEAVE". and all the home improvements that are completed on the house, are ruined the next morning...... The couple who lived there previously, well they are dead by not so good circumstances......

    "Gray": Elyna is a vampire, her maker is dead and she is next in line to govern her Seethe. Elyna has just moved back "home" to Chicago, into dangerous territory, that of Colbert, a very ruthless vampire. Her Seethe members are calling her wanting her to come back to them, but she knows they will kill her so they might rule in her place. Elyna just wants to be "home", in her home, where she once lived with her husband Jack. Her former home is in quite a state of disrepair, no one who has bought it has ever been able to stay..... Elyna buys her home back and hires off duty policemen to make the needed repairs. She makes herself known to Colbert who seeks to teach her a lesson.......

    I really liked these stories, they were interesting and they held my interest.
  • (5/5)
    Loved the short stories of surreal characters in Fixer upper tales
  • (3/5)
    I'm becoming less interested in twist endings to short stories, which may be why I liked some of these stories much better than others. I found the Gischler, Briggs, Graham, McGuire, McLeod, and Kelner stories to be the most fun. I'd really like to read more set in the Briggs, McLeod, and Graham worlds introduced here.
  • (4/5)
    From gruesome to ghastly with a nod to humor here and there, these home improvement projects come with decks (and closets) stacked against the homeowners. There are a few standouts, but for the most part this collection of short stories reads evenly. I particularly enjoyed Seanan McGuire's October Daye entry, and Victor Gischler's "Wizard Home Security" had a nicely twisty ending. You may finish this one eying the walls suspiciously and wondering a bit about that new establishment advertising upscale exclusive cuisine though, so beware!
  • (2/5)
    I picked this up for the "never before published Sookie Stackhouse story," which was LAME. Thanks for phoning that one in, Charlaine... The Heather Graham short in here more than made up for it.
  • (5/5)
    This collection of short stories doesn't have any dead weight. All the stories are entertaining and unique - who knew home improvement could be so creepy, funny, and deadly? There's a Sookie story here that isn't a key part of the through line, as well as stories by Simon Green and Patricia Briggs. Highly recommended.
  • (3/5)
    Several great stories, my favorites were Gray, Wizard Home Security, and Full- Scale Demolition!
  • (4/5)
    What a fun book. Home Improvement but with a vampire, ghost, monster or fairy bent to it. The Sookie Stackhouse story is what starts the book off which actually turns out to be a ghost story rather than a vampire story as one might expect. Also included in the anthology are zombies, other vampires, ghosts, pixies as well as other assorted other worldly creatures.
  • (4/5)
    An excellent collection of stories. I enjoyed every single spooky one, save for two which I found to be a tad too dark for my taste. I will definitely pull this book out again and again when in the mood for a good short story.
  • (3/5)
    I really like the anthologies that Harris and Kelner have done. I've read three complete ones and parts of two more and for the most part they stick to the theme they are working with and have good stories to boot. Not every story was all hearts and flowers type urban fantasy that some fan seem to crave there were some stories that were more horror bent and they worked the theme very well. All in all an enjoyable collection and I'll be sure to pick up the next one they decide to work on the next time around.
  • (2/5)
    I got this book from the library just to read the story by Patricia Briggs, about a vampire who goes back to restore the apartment she lived in when she was a human. It was sweet but not incredibly memorable.
  • (4/5)
    I read Gray by Patricia Briggs and Rick the Brave by Stacia Kane.

    In Gray, Patricia Briggs writes about a vampire who purchases a haunted condo/apartment that she lived in while human. Although, this story doesn't have any of the characters from the Mercy Thompson books, the vampires appear to have the same rules and mannerisms as the vampires from that series. She is hiding from the seethe in Chicago. This vampire, just wants to be left alone in her apartment where she can feel close to the husband she killed right after being turned. She does eventually have to face the seethe.

    In Rick the Brave, Stacia Kane takes us back to Downside (**swoons**). I love the Downside Ghost series. In this story, the story is told by Rick. He is down on his luck and takes a job because he needs the money. He's an electrician and had to go to Downside for the money he needs. While doing some repair under Terrible's watchful eye, a ghost comes out of nowhere. Chess comes and Rick has to face his fears of either the ghosts or what Terrible might do to him. I liked seeing Chess and Terrible from a different point of view. They are just so cute together.
  • (3/5)
    If I had a Hammer by Charlaine HarrisSookie and friends unearth an angry ghost while remodeling Tara’s house. This story was a bit boring, and the ending was anti-climatic.Wizard Home Security by Victor GischlerA wizard gets robbed and so puts in a home security system. But there are downsides to bobby-trapping your own house.I loved this story. One of my favorites in this collection.Gray by Patricia BriggsA lonely vampire returns to her old house, determine to fix it up as nice as it had been in the day. But things seem to conspire against her, including a vengeful ghost and the master of the city.This story was enjoyable. I especially liked the romantic twist at the end.Squatter’s Rights by Rochelle KrichA young Jewish couple are haunted by scratching in the walls at night.This story was very formulaic. I was disappointed in the ending especially.Blood on the Wall by Heather GrahamA serial killer is stalking and killing the local satan worshipers. Can a beat cop and a reformed satanist stop the violence?This story was fun with a cool twist at the end. Begs for a sequel story.The Mansion of Imperatives by James GradyA group of friends attempt to renovate a home in the middle of a blizzard. But the home seems to have other plans.Short sentence fragments, head hopping, and messy writing make this almost impossible to read. It settles down near the end, and the twist was interesting, but overall I could not enjoy it.The Strength Inside by Melissa MarrA pair of Bori sisters attempt to make a home for their younger siblings, but a stubborn HOA representative fights their home improvement project.Anyone who has problems with their home owner’s association would appreciate this one. This is by far my favorite story of this collection. The twist at the end had me rolling on the floor.Woolsey’s Kitchen Nightmare by E.E. KnightA restaurant consultant tries to help a restaurant catering to translife (the undead and monsters) become profitable.A bit slow to get going, I enjoyed this one. The setting is unique and the story is very original. An impressive array of monsters populate this story, including zombies, skeletons, vampires, Devi demons, and night riders.Through this House by Seanan McGuireA old neglected mansion is a hard enough home improvement project, but place that magic in Fearie and populate it with Pixies and Boogies, and your project becomes infinitely harder.I liked this story, although I haven’t read any of the rest of the series. Very original, with lots of action and a cast of unique characters.The Path by S.J. RozanThe ghost of an old monk must go against his inner nature in order to be reborn.I really tried with this one, but I could not finish it.Rick the Brave by Stacia KaneAn unemployed electrician takes a cash job in a seedy part of town helping to fix up an old mansion, but a pack of ghosts has other plans.Very fun, I enjoyed Rick’s adventures in home improvement. Not much of a twist, but I enjoyed the ride.Full-Scale Demolition by Suzanne McLeodWhen a home renovation opens up a pixie portal in a clients mansion, Genny Taylor a sidhe fae, is called in to catch the pixies and close the portal. But things do not go as planned.This story seemed to have a lot of background, I think its part of a series. I’d be interested in looking up more after reading this piece. Highly recommend this story.It’s all in the Rendering by Simon R. GreenA house at the border of worlds poses unique challenges in the realm of home improvements. A change on one side needs to balanced by an equal change on the other.Another disappointing story. I liked the ‘twinning’ aspect of this story, of seeing the two different sides of everything, but overall it was boring.In Brightest Day by Toni L.P. KelnerA houngan raises a corpse so he can finish a home renovation. But someone else doesn’t want this project completed and keeps killing the undead.I really enjoyed this one. Very original and funny. The twist was hilarious.Overall I give this collection 3 stars. A few duds really pull down the quality of the entire collection, and nothing here is amazing enough to make up for it.
  • (3/5)
    Synopsis: Ghosts, werewolves, zombies, fairies, and others that make it their business to bump in the night are all experiencing the joys and frustrations of renovating their homes.Review: This collection of short stories has some real gems such as ‘Woolsley’s Kitchen Nightmare’ and ‘Full-scale Demolition’ as well as some stories with rather abrupt and disappointing endings. Harris and Kelner have done a good job of putting together an entertaining set of tales.