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The editors of the New York Times bestselling Death's Excellent Vacation bring home a new collection...with a never-before- published Sookie Stackhouse story!

There's nothing like home renovation for finding skeletons in the closet or otherwordly portals in the attic. Now, 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, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner return with an all-new collection of the paranormal perils of Do-It-Yourself.

Sookie Stackhouse resides in these pages, in a never-before-published story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris. And New York Times bestselling authors Patricia Briggs, James Grady, Heather Graham, Melissa Marr, and nine other outstanding writers have constructed more frightening and funny fixer-upper tales guaranteed to shake foundations and rattle readers' pipes.

Published: Penguin Group on Aug 2, 2011
ISBN: 9781101517307
List price: $12.99
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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.read more
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I picked up this anthology of paranormal home improvement projects because I am a sucker for a Sookie Stackhouse short story. Reading through this book I found that I enjoyed several of the other stories as well, many by author's that I have not been exposed to before. The first story is the Sookie Stackhouse, If I Had a Hammer. In this story Sam and Sookie embark on a home improvement project to make more room for Tara's twins. They disturb some nastiness in the closet and have to put things to rest. These short stories really highlight the disjointed relationship between the books and the HBO show. Tara in the books is nothing like Tara on the show. The only thing they have in common is the name. After watching the show it takes me a little time to reacquaint my self with the way the characters are portrayed in the books. Wizard Home Security is a story of a con scheme set up in the world of wizards. Gray is a story that really capitalizes on the improvement theme. A newbie vampire named Elyna is on the run from some bad vampires and trying to redecorate her new apartment. Too bad for the workers when her two lives collide. Squatter's Rights is a psychological thriller. Eve and her new husband Joe move into a home where a murder suicide has occurred. Slowly Eve's mind starts to unravel and it's up to the reader to decide if it is the result of paranormal happenings or is she just paranoid of her husband. This was one of my favorites as it evoked in my mind the short story The Yellow Wallpaper.Blood on the wall is a straight forward vampire/ werewolf story set in Louisiana.The Mansion of Imperatives is a full on, gory horror story, as five friends take on a home improvement project in a house that has a mind of it's own.read more
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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!read more
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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.
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I picked up this anthology of paranormal home improvement projects because I am a sucker for a Sookie Stackhouse short story. Reading through this book I found that I enjoyed several of the other stories as well, many by author's that I have not been exposed to before. The first story is the Sookie Stackhouse, If I Had a Hammer. In this story Sam and Sookie embark on a home improvement project to make more room for Tara's twins. They disturb some nastiness in the closet and have to put things to rest. These short stories really highlight the disjointed relationship between the books and the HBO show. Tara in the books is nothing like Tara on the show. The only thing they have in common is the name. After watching the show it takes me a little time to reacquaint my self with the way the characters are portrayed in the books. Wizard Home Security is a story of a con scheme set up in the world of wizards. Gray is a story that really capitalizes on the improvement theme. A newbie vampire named Elyna is on the run from some bad vampires and trying to redecorate her new apartment. Too bad for the workers when her two lives collide. Squatter's Rights is a psychological thriller. Eve and her new husband Joe move into a home where a murder suicide has occurred. Slowly Eve's mind starts to unravel and it's up to the reader to decide if it is the result of paranormal happenings or is she just paranoid of her husband. This was one of my favorites as it evoked in my mind the short story The Yellow Wallpaper.Blood on the wall is a straight forward vampire/ werewolf story set in Louisiana.The Mansion of Imperatives is a full on, gory horror story, as five friends take on a home improvement project in a house that has a mind of it's own.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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