Home Improvement: Undead Edition

Home Improvement Undead Edition There s nothing like home renovation for finding skeletons in the closet or otherworldly portals in the attic Now here s the perfect treat for any homeowner who s ever wondered What s that creaking s

  • Title: Home Improvement: Undead Edition
  • Author: Charlaine Harris Toni L.P. Kelner Victor Gischler Patricia Briggs Rochelle Krich Heather Graham James Grady Melissa Marr
  • ISBN: 9780441020355
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • There s nothing like home renovation for finding skeletons in the closet or otherworldly portals in the attic Now here s the perfect treat for any homeowner who s ever wondered, What s that creaking sound just before the ceiling comes crashing down Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner return with an all new collection, this time on the paranormal perils oThere s nothing like home renovation for finding skeletons in the closet or otherworldly portals in the attic Now here s the perfect treat for any homeowner who s ever wondered, What s that creaking sound just before the ceiling comes crashing down Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L P Kelner return with an all new collection, this time on the paranormal perils of Do It Yourself.As well as a brand new Sookie Stackhouse story by the Number 1 Sunday Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, there are 13 cautionary tales of home renovation by bestselling authors Patricia Briggs, James Grady, Heather Graham, Melissa Marr, amongst others This is an outstanding line up of frightening and funny fixer upper tales guaranteed to shake foundations and rattle readers pipes.This is the fourth anthology following on from Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, Many Bloody Returns and Death s Excellent Vacation.

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    • Megan says:

      Since this is an anthology I figure I would give a quick review of each story.If I had a Hammer by Charlaine Harris: Of course I loved reading this story because I love everything about Sookie Stackhouse and since I have just finished reading book 11 everything was like a continuation of that for me. It also had spirits in it which is a little different compared to what Sookie normally deals with i.e. werewolves, vampires, and shapeshifters. Wizard Home Security by Victor Gischler: I really enjo [...]

    • Cathy says:

      Definitely one of the most successful anthologies I've read. Overall I really liked the home improvement theme, but I'm addicted to HGTV and DIY channels, so that was a given. I've also always liked cozy mysteries with DIY themes too. It's interesting that the editors chose to include so many straight mystery authors in this book. As far as I can tell, a number of these authors don't normally write mystical or fantasy books, but most of them did a great job with their stories. And cross marketin [...]

    • Kat says:

      Premise: Short stories about home improvements and the supernatural.I am honestly very nearly speechless after finishing this book. I've read a lot of these UF story anthologies at this point. I know the authors that tend to pop up often, and generally I have my opinions on which ones I'm most likely to enjoy before I even read the stories based on my previous experience with these authors. I thought there were few surprises left for me. This anthology knocked my hubris down a couple of pegs the [...]

    • Melindeeloo says:

      If you thought remodeling your home was hell, you ain't seen nothing yet. Home Improvement the Undead Edition is a pretty varied collections of stories some urban fantasy and a few horror. Many of the authors here offer shorts connected to their long running series, which is fun for us fans. On the whole though, this is a pretty mixed bag, there are some stories that I just slogged through side by side with some that I really enjoyed. I found that my favorites on the whole were ones by authors t [...]

    • Susana says:

      TW: Gigantic Spiders!Well, I should probably write a review for this short story before I completely forgot what the thing was about!So, this takes place a couple of books ago _ I've just finished volume nine _ when Toby was sent to open GoldenGreen's Knowe (you know, a fairy underground place?). Honestly don't read it out of order, or you'll miss a lot of the fun.Thing is, as everything that happens in October's life, things are never as straightforward as one would expect.The Knowe has been ab [...]

    • Steven says:

      12/3/2013 I read the short story from the Sookie-verse, "If I Had a Hammer." 3 stars

    • Carolyn F. says:

      Anthology The rating I'll round up to 3 but only a few of the stories were worth reading1. If I Had a Hammer, Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13.1). It's been awhile since I read a Sookie book so this was really nice to read about her now. Even though I thought I'd everything out there this story was new. I liked it, I just wish the Sookie wouldn't be hypocritical where other people are concerned. Sookie even acknowledges it but is more like, "Oh well, that's how I think." Very good story. [...]

    • Ivy says:

      First off I want to confess that I only read four stories in this. The four stories were very good.If I Had a Hammer was a very good story. Nice to meet the psychic babysitter, Quiana. I would think it would be creepy though to find a hammer behind a wall in your house. Also interesting to learn about the Wechsler's and the Summerlin's. Would be creepy to have psychic powers though, being able to be possessed and everything. Hope the house is okay now. Gray was an interesting story. Glad that Ja [...]

    • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞ says:

      Only read the novellas listed below.**Stacia Kane's Rick The Brave ~ 4 stars**4 stars just for getting to read about Chessie and Terrible and."He's my family," she said finally. Quietly. "He's everything."sighd its a cute, little story as well.**Charlaine Harris' If I Had a Hammer ~ 3 stars**This is about Sookie and Sam helping out Tara in a remodeling project. Nice story but nothing to get excited about. **Patricia Brigg's Gray ~ 4 stars**I really liked this story about a vampire dealing with h [...]

    • Steven says:

      3/4/16Through This House, October Daye #4.54 stars

    • Sarah says:

      I'm not going to mark this as read or give it a rating because I've only read a couple of the stories so far. I do intend to finish it one day though so I'll come back and add notes for the other stories as I read them.Gray - Patricia Briggs - 4 starsRead August 2014, February 2016 & February 2017Gray is a short story that can also be found in the Shifting Shadows anthology (which is where I read it) and it takes place before Moon Called. It introduces us to characters that, so far, haven't [...]

    • Sandra says:

      If I Had A Hammer (Charlaine Harris) - I'm not even bothering with these Sookie shorts anymore, their usually pretty pointless.Wizard Home Security (Victor Gischler)3 stars - This is a cute and funny story but not quite laugh-out-loud. A wizard gets robbed and calls Wizard Home Security to come and update his house for an exorbitant fee. I wasn't sure if this would be good at first, but once the house turns on him, hilarity ensues. The zombie bear was by far my favorite part. *Gray (Patricia Bri [...]

    • Emily says:

      The stories in this collection really varied in quality. The two readers' performances did too. Generally, I liked McLeod Andrews' performances more than Amanda Ronconi's. Rating the stories individually seems to be the fairest course, so here goes: If I had a Hammer, by Charlaine Harris-Only OK, as most of the Sookie material of the last 3 years has been. Certainly not the worst of the bunch, but not the best either. 2.5 stars Wizard Home Security, by Victor Gischler-Liked it about the same as [...]

    • Heidi says:

      Rating/review for Through This House, the October Daye story by Seanan McGuire only.If there’s one way to get back at a changeling you can’t stand, it’s by bestowing her with not just a title, but a wild knowe to boot. October Daye inherited Goldengreen along with ‘Countess’, unfortunately, it’s been left fallow for several years and knowes tend to have abandonment issues. It’s Toby’s job to reclaim Goldengreen in the name of Faerie, but neither the knowe (nor its new residents) [...]

    • Bonnie says:

      2.5 starsFYI - This rating is based solely on the story by Charlaine Harris! I may go back and edit this based upon the remaining short stories, but that's not likely.I'm a huge fan of her Sookie Stackhouse series so I couldn't resist a short story to get me by until her next full length novel. Sadly, I was super disappointed. This short story involved Tara and JB and the recent addition(s) to their family. Not having enough space for their new twins they decide to renovate and do some 'Home Imp [...]

    • Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:

      2.5 starsI read only Seanan McGuire's "Through This House."This is not the best October Daye short story. I wasn't that interested in what they did to take over Evening's knowe, and it was about as interesting as I expected. There's also no new characterization learned in this one and a lot more recap than usual since it was going into a collection of stories where people wouldn't be familiar with October Daye.If you're a completist, go for it. It's not terrible. If you aren't, skip this one.

    • Shelley says:

      *Rating* Whole book = 3.0 stars.*Genre* Urban Fantasy *Review* I broke down my feelings and thoughts on each of the stories I actually read. Some, I decided to skip over entirely. No offense to any author I may shirk.Charlaine Harris's If I Had A Hammer is a Sookie story with Sam, JB, Tara, and Tara's psychic babysitter Quiana along with the babies. A renovation project takes a wild turn as Sam finds a bloody hammer, and the house becomes haunted by a ghost who took his own life. Hi-jinks follow [...]

    • Jim C says:

      This review is just for the Charlaine Harris story "If I Had A Hammer". A very quick story that deals with a ghost. It was a nice quick read that introduces a supernatural element that is not touched upon in this universe.

    • Crystal says:

      Yuck! I picked this up at the library because I've enjoyed writing by Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris, and have a book waiting to be read by Melissa Marr, all of whom are featured in this book.First story was the Sookie story by Charlaine Harris. a simple, kind of harmless story, that while in the Sookie universe, had no real influence on greater story plot. It was good. Then I read the one by Patricia Briggs, Gray. it was an interesting vampire/ ghost storyemed to be functioning by the sam [...]

    • Erin (PT) says:

      This short story falls between the novels Late Eclipses and One Salt Sea, and I bought an entire anthology (used, at least) to be able to read it. I fall on the side that it does not disappoint, as it fills in how Toby opened Goldengreen, after becoming countess and how her peace treaty with the pixies and bogies came about. As I've noted before, Toby is not actually a good detective. However, what she's very good at is making friends and allies, largely by seeing and taking people as people and [...]

    • B.Barron says:

      Overall a very, very good collection. The worst stories within I still rate as at least Average/Good (Nothing merits below a 3-star rating). Overall it earns that 4."If I Had a Hammer" by Charlaine Harris - Its okay. (***)"Wizard Home Security" by Victor Gischler - Cute. (***)"Gray" by Patricia Briggs - Really Good. (****)"Squatter's Rights" by Rocelle Krich - Okay (**)"Blood on the Wall" by Heather Graham - Fun. (****)"Mansion of Imperatives" by James Grady - I really like it. (****)"The Streng [...]

    • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads says:

      Gray by Patricia Briggs3.0 starsCreepy vampire story. Again, wholly unrelated to the stories that we know and love. I mostly liked it except . . . nothing good can ever come from loving a ghost. Sorry. I don't care how pretty the story is, being unable to touch the one you love can NEVER end well. Through This House - October Daye, 4.53.5 starsThis might have been a 4 star novella if I didn't hate spiders as much as I do. Like May said, "Worst knowe ever. It was also disappointing to discover th [...]

    • Julia says:

      This is fourteen short stories where tales of adding a bedroom, updating a kitchen get combined with finding an actual skeleton in the yard --the Sookie Stackhouse story, “If I Had a Hammer,” a pixie portal in the swimming pool in Suzanne McLeod’s “Full- Scale Demolition,” Patricia Briggs’ “Gray,” is about a vampire who returns to where she lived when she was human. Rochelle Krich’s “Squatters’ Rights” I like a lot; it has observing Jews as main characters and Jewish demo [...]

    • L-D says:

      "Rick the Brave" by Stacia Kane: OKAY - I ONLY bought this book for this story and I had to read it right away! I needed my Chess and Terrible fix in a bad, bad way! I will eventually get to the rest but really, who cares about the other stories?? I loved seeing Chess and Terrible from a third person's POV. I understand people who rated this story moderately because they aren't familiar with Downside, but if you know and love Chess and Terrible as much as I do, you'd give this 5 stars also!

    • Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      Home Improvement: Undead Edition (Mercy Thompson World - Complete 0.4 - Gray), Charlaine Harris ( Author) (Editor), Toni L.P. Kelner (Editor), Victor Gischler, Patricia Briggs, Rochelle Krich, Heather Graham ( Author), James Grady ( Author), Melissa Marr ( Author) , E.E. Knight ( Author), Seanan McGuire ( Author), S.J. Rozan ( Author), Stacia Kane ( Author), Suzanne McLeod ( Author), Simon R. Green

    • Thenia says:

      Through This House - Seanan McGuire:A short story about Toby's first visit to her new Knowe. As usual, she runs into trouble but manages to get out of it by being who she is and accepting other unfortunate souls in a place that will be her first home.

    • farmwifetwo says:

      Briggs story only.

    • Paulina says:

      Rating is solely for Seanan McGuire's short story.

    • Hybrid Creature (devours books instead of brains) says:

      I'm not a short story person, so I'm pretty proud of myself for reading this. It was nice having a book to just leave at work to read on my lunches and I found a couple new authors to look into.If I Had a Hammer by Charlaine HarrisSookie Stackhouse short story. Tara and JB are doing a little remodeling after their twins are born and release a negative spirit. Conveniently, their nanny is a psychic and helps to solve the mystery surrounding the spirit and how to get it to move on. 2.5/5 starsWiza [...]

    • Vanessa says:

      The title of the book says it all: HOME IMPROVEMENT: UNDEAD EDITION is an anthology of stories with home improvement themes and the undead. All of them are smart, well-written, and unique. Enjoy! "If I Had a Hammer" by Charlaine Harris is a Sookie Stackhouse story where Tara and JD have bought their first house. During demolition of a wall they find a hammer with old blood on it and discover they've released a malevolent spirit in the process. It's a fun short in the usual Sookie style. "Wizard [...]

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