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Powers of Detection: Stories of Mystery and Fantasy

de Dana Stabenow (Editor)

Altres autors: Donna Andrews (Col·laborador), Michael A. Armstrong (Col·laborador), Anne Bishop (Col·laborador), Jay Caselberg (Col·laborador), Mike Doogan (Col·laborador)6 més, Laura Ann Gilman (Col·laborador), Simon R. Green (Col·laborador), Charlaine Harris (Col·laborador), Anne Perry (Col·laborador), Sharon Shinn (Col·laborador), John Straley (Col·laborador)

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Sèrie: Retrievers ("Palimpsest", 1.5), Nightside (Nightside, Needless to Say, 3.5), The Black Jewels Series (The Price), Cosa Nostradamus (Palimpsest, 5.5), Sookie Stackhouse (Fairy Dust, 4.1)

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"Powers of Detection features a dozen tales of mystery and fantasy, set in worlds where sleuths may wield wands instead of firearms - and criminals maybe as inhuman as the crimes they commit." "From a magical boarding school murder to a courtroom where a witch stands trial, from ancient legends of Alaska and Egypt to stories featuring such familiar faces as Sookie Stackhouse and such familiar places as the Nightside, these paranormal procedurals reveal the mysterious behind the mystery."--BOOK JACKET.… (més)
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This collection was a mixed bag. I liked about half the stories in it well enough to go out and buy more by the same authors but the other half I could have done without.

It's a nice idea, and a good sampler of fantasy writers, but not a great anthology.

"Cold Spell" by Donna Andrews is a comic confection so light, I never really got my teeth into it. I suspect it would work better if I'd read some of the novels this twenty page story of mages and magic was set in.

"The Nightside: Needless To Say" by Simon R Green. I've never taken to the whole Nightside idea: it's too self-consiously noir to be fun - a pastiche on Chandler with a dash the supernatural added to give it some spice. This tale was stylised and glib. The underlying idea was a good one but the storytelling was lazy and the characters were dull. Not for me.

"Lovely" by John Straley was original, when did you last read a story from the point of view of a crow, and well written but more an amuse-bouche than a meal. It did give me the appetite to look him up on GoodReads and I think I'll give his Cecil Younger series a try: who could resist a mystery, set in Alaska, and called"The Woman Who Married A Bear"?

"The Price" by Anne Bishop was fascinating: an intense and disturbing look into a nasty world. I'm a fan of Anne Bishop's "The Others" series. This is a LONG way from that. This is much more grown up than Meg Corbyn will ever be. It tells the story of a witch (with a rich and very dark background) hunting a killer who rips men apart, in a land where men are trained for only two things: to serve women and to fight enemies. It turns out that the main character was from Anne Bishop's "Black Jewels" series. I've just bought the first one, "Daughter of the Blood".

"Fairy Dust" by Charlaine Harris is a neatly constructed but slightly light on content tale about Sooki using her ability to read minds to discover who killed a fairy. Fun but insubstantial.

"The Judgement" by Anne Perry has the idea of witch trail as catharsis at its centre. It's cleverly conceived but I felt that there wasn't enough subtlety in how the tale was told. The authorial voice was too loud, with far more tell then show. Still, the novelty carried me to the end and the idea will stay with me.

"The Sorcerer's Assassin" by Sharon Shin was about the murder of a magic professor in a school for magic. It didn't work for me. The plot was a little light, the characterisation more so and the whole thing felt too cosy to generate and sense of thrill or threat.

"The Boy Who Chased Seagulls" is a classic fairytale, meant to warn as well as entertain. It was very nicely done, full of atmosphere and foreboding, but didn't really have anything to do with magical detective work that I could see. A nice read though.

"Palimpsest" by Laura Anne Gliman gave me a glimpse into a well-developed magical world, where "Retrievers" use their Talents to find and retrieve objects. regardless of ownership. I was intrigued, so I bought the first book in the Retriever series, "Staying Dead".
"The Death of Clickclickwhistle" by Mike Doogan lost me after a few pages. It's the kind of sci fi comedy that used to be common in the 1970s: stylised, self-consciously amusing, trying for zany and hitting embarrassing. It has its tongue pushed so hard into its cheek, I lost all interest in what it was trying to say.

"Cairene Dawn" by Jay Caselberg is a Chanler meet Cairo with a whiff of ancient magic. Strong on atmosphere but the pace dragged and the noirish parts didn't quite get there.

"Justice Is A Two Edged Sword" is wonderful. I'd read it before in Dana Stabenow's "The Collected Short Stories"but I read it all the way through again. This is a first rate sword and sorcery with a good mystery plot. I'm hoping that this will become a series of books one day.


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  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
The Price by Anne Bishop (The Black Jewels)

62 points/100 (3.25 stars/5).

Surreal is investigating the deaths of some innocent boys.

This is a short little story set in the Black Jewels series shortly after the events of Kaeleer’s Heart which is contained in Dreams Made Flesh. Estimated need to read the series prior to the short story to get it: 2/5. It was rather easy to read, I didn’t get too bored or annoyed at it. It was fairly basic as a detective story. It was mostly just a cute way to show the characters you fell in love with from the series.
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
Creepy, one of those cautionary tales.

Cairene Dawn by Jay Caselberg -
Strange tale, Jacques is hired to find a woman's husband. It seems his brother killed him before and she thinks he's done it again.

The Death of Clickclickwhistle by Mike Doogan - 3
Murder in space on a diplomatic ship. Didn't care for it, but it was well written.

Palimpsest by Laura Anne Gilman - 4
Wren is hired to 'retrieve' an item from the museum, things don't go as planned. Wren is a Talent, she can use current. Engaging. I'm guessing this novella goes with this series but not sure where it falls in the reading order.

The Nightside, Needless to Say by Simon Green - 4
Larry wakes up and finds out he's been murdered and he can't remember who killed him.

Fairy Dust by Charlaine Harris - 4
Sookie is sought out by faires to help determine who killed their triplet. Faires can be scary. Introduction of Claudine's brother Claude.

The Judgement by Anne Perry - 4
A trial where a woman is accused of killing by witchcraft. Strange, didn't really get the ending.

The Sorcerer's Assassin by Sharon Shinn - 4
Sorcerer's apprentice solves the murder her Master was sent to investigate. Ok short

Lovely by John Siraley - 4
Gunk is a raven who likes dead meat and follows a man he hopes will make more dead meat. Strange little story of murder.
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
Vampire stories: Fairy dust / Charlaine Harris (pp. 88-112) -- The death of Clickclickwhistle / Mike Doogan (pp. 196-227).
  wayneandmelinda | Apr 28, 2017 |
Interesting combination - fantasy and mystery. Nice variety of stories. ( )
  SF_fan_mae | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Stabenow, DanaEditorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Andrews, DonnaCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Armstrong, Michael A.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Bishop, AnneCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Caselberg, JayCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Doogan, MikeCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Gilman, Laura AnnCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Green, Simon R.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Harris, CharlaineCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Perry, AnneCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Shinn, SharonCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Straley, JohnCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Barkat, JonathanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lagerman, JudithDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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