Early Review: Dark Duets by Christopher Golden (editor) (Anthology)

January 3, 2014 Review 0

Early Review: Dark Duets by Christopher Golden (editor) (Anthology)Dark Duets by Anthology
Published by HarperCollins on January 7, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 432 pages
Source: Edelweiss
Sexual Content: varies in each story
Reviewed by: Kristina
3 Stars

DARK DUETS: New Tales of Horror and Dark Fantasy will be published in January, 2014 by Harper Voyager. Edited by Christopher Golden, it features an extraordinary lineup of collaborative stories, with the authors of each story collaborating for the very first time. And here they are!

-TRIP TRAP by Sherrilyn Kenyon & Kevin J. Anderson
-WELDED by Tom Piccirilli & T.M. Wright
-DARK WITNESS by Charlaine Harris & Rachel Caine
-REPLACING MAX by Stuart MacBride & Allan Guthrie
-T. RHYMER by Gregory Frost & Jonathan Maberry
-SHE, DOOMED GIRL by Sarah MacLean & Carrie Ryan
-HAND JOB by Chelsea Cain & Lidia Yuknavitch
-HOLLOW CHOICES by Robert Jackson Bennett & David Liss
-AMUSE-BOUCHE by Amber Benson & Jeffrey J. Mariotte
-BRANCHES, CURVING by Tim Lebbon & Michael Marshall Smith
-RENASCENCE by Rhodi Hawk and F. Paul Wilson
-BLIND LOVE by Kasey Lansdale & Joe R. Lansdale
-TRAPPER BOY by Holly Newstein & Rick Hautala
-STEWARD OF THE BLOOD by Nate Kenyon & James A. Moore
-CALCULATING ROUTE by Michael Koryta & Jeffrey David Greene
-SISTERS BEFORE MISTERS by Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black
-SINS LIKE SCARLET by Mark Morris & Rio Youers

With many anthologies it tends to be hit or miss depending on which short story I am reading in it. DARK DUETS has an excellent idea with authors pairing up to write some seriously dark urban fantasy tales. This anthology is mostly mediocre with  stories that  ranged from pretty good to unreadable. My top favorites included TRIP TRAP which was a cute story about a troll living under a bridge which has an cool idea for why this troll and any troll in stories lives under bridges. It wasn't that dark compared to the rest of the stories which made it a nice introduction into the general dark theme of this anthology. DARK WITNESS, T. RHYMER, and SHE, DOOMED GIRL were the types of stories I expected in this anthology with their dark, haunting tone and compelling plots. T. RHYMER was especially enjoyable with a really interesting elf mythology. I would love to read a full length novel version of this story. Unfortunately there were some stories that weren't just not good but over the top gross and at times offensive. REPLACING MAX was absolutely disgusting and creepy. Eventually I ended up skimming through it to get to the end. Unfortunately there were a few in this anthology that like REPLACING MAX  I either didn't get due to the writing style  or couldn't finish due to the grossness.

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