Author: Multiple Authors
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: July 23, 2013

Book Rating: 3/5

Bottom Line: Stories stick to the theme and entertain.

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Publisher’s Description
A star-studded urban fantasy anthology featuring bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, and Kevin Hearne, whose stories explore the creepy, mysterious, and, yes, sometimes magical world of traveling carnivals.

The traveling carnival is a leftover of a bygone era, a curiosity lurking on the outskirts of town. It is a place of contradictions—the bright lights mask the peeling paint; a carnie in greasy overalls slinks away from the direction of the Barker’s seductive call. It is a place of illusion—is that woman’s beard real? How can she live locked in that watery box?

And while many are tricked by sleight of hand, there are hints of something truly magical going on. One must remain alert and learn quickly the unwritten rules of this dark show. To beat the carnival, one had better have either a whole lot of luck or a whole lot of guns—or maybe some magic of one’s own.

Featuring stories grotesque and comical, outrageous and action-packed,Carniepunk is the first anthology to channel the energy and attitude of urban fantasy into the bizarre world of creaking machinery, twisted myths, and vivid new magic.

Book Review

This anthology deals with the weird and wicked ways of carnivals in the fantasy world. There is very often something sinister hiding behind the tent flaps, on top of the ferris wheel, or even below the big top. And those sinister tales were my favorites of the bunch. There are two reasons I love reading anthologies – I get an introduction to an author I’ve yet to read and I get a little something-something extra from those I’m already fans of. I’ve always had Rob Thurman’s books on my “to-read” list and now they have moved to my “must-read” list instead. Her story was my absolute favorite of them all and now I must have more.

There really weren’t any stories I didn’t get, didn’t feel, didn’t like, but at the same time there wasn’t an overabundance of stories I loved and adored. I find it rare that an anthology can deliver in each and every story, after all they are short stories and to me they seem like the hardest stories to write and draw a reader into. Therefore, for those authors that are able to do so in very few words, I’ll be picking up more from their works.

Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewer: Jessica