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Publisher's Summary

An all-star urban fantasy collection featuring short stories from number one New York Times best-selling authors Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kelley Armstrong, and more....

In this short story collection of courage, adventure, and magic, heroes—ordinary people who do the right thing - bravely step forward.

But running toward danger might cost them everything....

In number one New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher’s “Little Things”, the pixie Toot-Toot discovers an invader unbeknownst to the wizard Harry Dresden...and in order to defeat it, he’ll have to team up with the dread cat Mister.

In number one New York Times best-selling author Patricia Briggs’ “Dating Terrors”, the werewolf Asil finds an online date might just turn into something more—if she can escape the dark magic binding her.

In number one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris’ “The Return of the Mage”, the Britlingen mercenaries will discover more than they’ve bargained for when they answer the call of a distress beacon on a strange and remote world.

And in number one New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong’s “Comfort Zone”, the necromancer Chloe Saunders and the werewolf Derek Souza are just trying to get through college. But they can’t refuse a ghost pleading for help.

Also includes stories by: 

  • Annie Bellet 
  • Anne Bishop 
  • Jennifer Brozek 
  • Kevin Hearne 
  • Nancy Holder 
  • Kerrie L. Hughes 
  • Chloe Neill 
  • R.R. Virdi
©2022 Jim Butcher and Kerrie Hughes (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Loved these.

Jim Butcher did it again. I loved hearing Toots story. He is totally a hero. As always, James Marsters did an amazing job on the reading. He is the voice of the Dresden Files and they would not be the same without him.

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You Will Not Be Disappointed

This has been one of the best anthologies I have listened to. The authors for the most part continued some of there various stories. Thus giving more depth and a more complete understanding of the stories.
You will find it is money well spent in fact I believe
I will be purchasing the kindle addition for my kindle library.

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Fantastic

This is a fantastic collection and is possibly the best collection I have ever read. There were some of my long time favorite authors and a few new to me . Of the new authors my stand out stories were written but R R Virdi, Kerrie L Hughes and Jennifer Brojak. The stories by Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher were my favorites.. If you like well crafted stories you will love this collection.

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Toot-Toot needs to learn sign language

Great stories. But the narrator doing Toot's voice sounds stupid. It was difficult not to be in a state of constant cringe. If I were Harry & had to listen to that voice I would either cast a spell of silence on Toot or cut out his vocal cords or put rat poison on the pizza. Otherwise really good stuff.

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Great collection

I LOVE that the narrators from the rest of the series recorded these stories. Hearing them again helps bring you right back into these worlds effortlessly.

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Some good

Some of the stories were especially good, enough that I plan to look up more from those authors, which is the point of these collections. But there were a couple that didn’t fit….they felt poorly written and I tired of them quickly.

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Mostly YA Stories

Not what I expected. A few good yarns but has a teenager feel.
I like my fantasy stories a bit more mature and complex.

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Couple of good stories in here

A few of the stories in here are very good. Toot Toot's and Oberon's stories were fantastic, Train to Last Hope was very well written and performed, Troll Life was really good and made we wish that it was a full series, Dating Terrors and Comfort Zone were decent, The Necessity of Pragmatic Magic was a fun listen, and the Vampires Karamazov was a refreshingly original vampire story.

The rest however were either so bad that I couldn't wait for them to be over (The Dark Ship and Return of the Mage), flat out mediocre (Silverspell), or didn't feel like it fit the theme of the anthology (Grave Gambles)

Overall it was an OK anthology and if it's part of a 'Buy 2 get 1 free' or similar promotion then I say go for it. But I personally don't think it's worth a full credit

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Not what I expected

I was expecting a side story in Jim's world what I got was a collection of mixed stories with one being set in Butchers world. Would not recommend going to try and get my credit back.

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nice little change

A nice group of not boring happily ever after stories. i only knew a few of the authors, but enjoyed it

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  • Alan. Hardman
  • 06-01-22

Somewhat decent but not worth the price -

It's a crapshoot sometimes with these collections if you get your money's worth and unfortunately this time I came away with a loss, for the full set of stories there's less than half that are decent.

Little things - Jim Butcher is why I bought this, a novellette from the perspective of Toot Toot, who wouldn't be interested in seeing that and as expected it was VERY good, enjoyed it a lot.

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It was marketed as a team up between the Za Lords Guard and Mister, the old Tom Cat of Harry's and in my head I expected to at least have some sort of communication between the cat and the Fae. Alas it wasn't to be, so it gets a lil demotion for that in my book, but outside of that it worked well and fit the themes of this book collection.

Dark Ship - Freaking amazing premise and detailed characterisation and story, but one thing bugged me about it. It was rushed, seemed to be forced to get the amount of words probably needed for this collection, meaning it ended WAY too quickly for me. Would love to see more from this world though.

Comfort Zone - One of three stories in this collection that feels less like the unlikely hero and more the romance genre as this story is heavily laced with themes of romance and couply issues. Not that its a bad thing - I enjoyed it for what it was - but it felt wrong in places.

Train to Last Hope - If the author has a series for this world, I would but that right this second, I would LOVE to find more things from this author, the writing style and world are nicely fitting - if a little confusing at points - but if this were a full novel and/or series I would jump on it, feels dark and mysterious in places.

Fire Hazard - Its from the perspective of a Dog, who doesn't love dogs?! It was fantastic, funny and has an interesting backstory that I would love to see more of, like previously this is a W in my book.

Grave Gambles - A ghost body jumping to save people from monsters, WOW! freaking amazing idea, I love this! And well thought out, with a decent set of characters, would definitely read more of this universe.

Silverspell - Stilted and hard to get through, with weird ideas put in and a narrative that jumps from first to third person depending on the point, it's not a W here.

Troll Life - Clunky and yet heartwarming in places, it fits the theme and it works well, but like I said - clunky - I need more of this world to fully understand it and the full reasons for how the world works, I mean having magical creatures BE a subway train is a cool idea but...where were they before we invented trains? It's okay but a lesser bit here and there, though characters work well.

Return of the Mage - It feels like it's part of a wider world that I just don't know about, but as far as I can see it's not got anything else out there. Not good imo.

Vampires - You'd think that having a religious Vampire who is repentant and fearful of being rejected by God would be a good story, it's got a good Idea to it, but nah. Was bored during all of it, nothing worked and it felt more like a badly done crime novel than something fitting for a vampire story.

Necessity of Pragmatic Magic - Like another in this series it feels like its part of a wider world and like before I can't find anything else in this series.

Dating Terrors - worst of the collection by far, definite harequin romance novel gussied up as a fantasy story (and that's perfectly fine) but it just doesn't work when you include statements that show modern sensibilities to tell certain members of the public its okay to do something and its not to do for others. Add to that the slave themes and the strange duel personalities made by the wolf idea it's bad.

So out of all of them I liked 5 and thought 6 were either meh or terrible. I like enough to keep it but if I'd known this beforehand I'd have waited to get them on their own.

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  • Carl Haynes
  • 05-04-22

Hard to review so many different authors

My enthusiasm for these stories varies from story to story but never defends to a dislike. I originally purchased to the Dresden story but I have found several stories where I will be looking up the authors other work
Throughly recommend