Carniepunk by Rachel Caine

September 30th, 2013 Kimberly Giveaway, Review 101 Comments

30th Sep
Carniepunk by Rachel Caine
by Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep, Allison Pang, Kelly Gay, Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Meding
Series: Hell on Earth #0.7
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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.

What an absolutely fantastic anthology Carniepunk turned out to be! It whisks us to the carnival as only these talented authors of Urban Fantasy could do. With such high-profile authors as Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman, Delilah S. Dawson, Kevin Hearne, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Gay, Jennifer Estep, Rachel Caine, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang and more one cannot help but get excited. Some of my personal favorites were Cold Girl, The Three Lives of Lydia, Parlor Tricks and Daughter of the Midway, The Mermaid, and The Open Lonely Sea. This is a must-read for urban fantasy fans and a great introduction to new authors and the genre in general. A perfect coffee table read that offers hours of enjoyment! Dark, engaging and chock full of fantastic reads I was impressed. Often I am disappointed by 40% of the stories within a typical anthology but I can honestly say while some excited me more than others this collection produced all four and five-star tales.

About Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin adult urban fantasy series for Pocket. Books in the series are SPIDER’S BITE, WEB OF LIES, VENOM, TANGLED THREADS, SPIDER’S REVENGE, BY A THREAD, WIDOW’S WEB and DEADLY STING. THREAD OF DEATH, an e-novella, is also available. HAINTS AND HOBWEBS: AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SHORT STORY can be found in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST ROMANCE. Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington.

About Rachel Caine

Roxanne Carson

Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 45 novels to date, and many short stories, including fantasy, urban fantasy, science fiction, young adult fiction, mystery, thriller, and horror. Her notable series include The Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, Revivalist, Red Letter Days, and Outcast Season novels. She graduated from Socorro High School in El Paso, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Her first short story was published in 1990, and her first novel in 1991. After a long career in business (including working as an office manager, payroll manager, insurance investigator, web designer, graphic designer, and corporate communications executive) she began writing full time in 2009. She and her husband, artist R. Cat Conrad, live and work in Fort Worth, Texas. Rachel Caine is a pen name of Roxanne Longstreet Conrad.

About Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire is a native Californian, which has resulted in her being exceedingly laid-back about venomous wildlife, and terrified of weather. When not writing urban fantasy (as herself) and science fiction thrillers (as Mira Grant), she likes to watch way too many horror movies, wander around in swamps, record albums of original music, and harass her cats. Seanan is the author of the October Daye, InCryptid, and Indexing series of urban fantasies; the Newsflesh trilogy; the Parasitology duology; and the “Velveteen vs.” superhero shorts. Her cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, are plotting world domination even as we speak, but are easily distracted by feathers on sticks, so mankind is probably safe. For now.

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101 Responses to “Carniepunk by Rachel Caine”

  1. Heidi

    Thanks for being a part of Wicked. I still have to read this one. There are so many of my fav authors in there and I have to read the latest Hearne story. I am an avid King fan anything by him is perfect for Halloween.

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  2. Stephanie

    Thanks for the giveaway! I don’t read spooky books but, I am open to suggestions!

  3. Barbara Elness

    Cherie Priest’s Four and Twenty Blackbirds was pretty spooky to me.

  4. Tanja

    This sounds like a great read that would introduce me to some amazing UF stories! I’m new in UF genre so I should try it 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway Kim 🙂

    for the my fave probably Anna Dressed in Blood or The Hallowed Ones 🙂

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  5. Anne Consolacion

    I’m a fan of spooky books and there’s a ton I love. I must say one of the spookiest I’ve read is Stephen King’s The Stand.

  6. Rebe

    I love Simone St. James’ books, The Haunting of Maddy Clare and An Inquiry into Love and Death. They’ve very spooky!

  7. Wayne Lecoy

    I entered your Something Wicked Giveaway.
    It would be great to win a copy of Carniepunk.
    In response to your question of
    What is one of your favorite “spooky” books?
    One of my favorites is “Carrie” By Stephen King.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!

  8. erinf1

    anything from Dean Koontz is scary to me 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hillary R.

    One of the books that maybe managed to spook me a little was Asylum by Madeleine Roux. It wasn’t that scary but the pictures kind of made me want to look the other way (especially while reading in the middle of the night). Thank you for the giveaway! ^_^

  10. Marka

    My favourite spooky book is one by Jose Carlos Somoza: La Dama número 13.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  11. Tiffany Drew

    Anna Dressed in Blood, it’s such a great read! Thank you 🙂

  12. Natasha

    I love any of the Goosebumps or Fear Street books by R.L. Stine. Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Jessica Snow

    I would have to say, It, by Stephen King.
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  14. Maricris Patrimonio Dimla

    All Stephen King’s books! He’s the Master of Scary Books!

  15. Jessica D

    I don’t have a favorite book but I’m a huge fan of Stephen King

  16. Adriana

    I surprised myself by actually really enjoying anthologies so I’m up for any of them. I like the circus theme. Anything circus reminds me of The Night Circus which was a really great book. Any Robert Cormier book like “After the First Death.” They are all very real and chilling. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  17. Amy Quinn

    The Silence of the Lambs. Both the book and the film still scare me.

  18. Michelle Willms

    The scariest books I’ve ever read were by Stephen King, my favorite author. If you want something different, though, but also creepy/scary, try The Walking by Bentley Little. Little has an interesting writing style. I love most of his books. The Walking got me started on his books and I devoured everything he had published at that time one after the other.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo thanks for the recommendation Michelle, I will check out Little’s book 🙂

  19. Carla C.

    The Diviners by Libba Bray can be pretty scary sometimes! thank you for the giveaway! :))

  20. Diana Dimovska

    The Shining by Stephen King and everything from H.P. Lovecraft! 😀
    Thanks! 🙂

  21. Denise Z

    I think the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz is pretty awesome. Thank you for participating in this fun hop. I so want to read Carnipunk, the cover alone gives me the chills 🙂

  22. Shi'Asia

    It’s silly, but may favorite for a very long time was Jade Green.

  23. Victoria (aka Zemfirka)

    hmm… spooky, good question – and I’m not sure. I’m not too keen on very scary stuff, but I read some “darker” lit on occasion. So yeah, just went through my shelf nothing particular that I would qualify as spooky, perhaps the copy of Carniepunk can fill that void! 😉

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  24. Joana

    Weirdly enough, I haven’t read many scary books (which is strange since I LOVE horror movies…). I think that maybe the scariest was Gothika by Clara Tahoces (the description of an old woman singing a children’s song in a little girl’s voice still sends shivers down my spine)

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  25. Kristia

    I like The Graveyard Queen series by Amanda Stevens. Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  26. Szappanbubi

    Definitely Stephen King- I’ve been reading his storis since I was 14 o.O

  27. alicia marie

    I loved Red Rain by R.L. Stine. It was more creepy than spooky, but definitely good : )

  28. kristin sims

    the shining by stephen king is one of the spookiest books to me, that i have ever read, thanks!

  29. cali

    Coraline by Neil Gaiman, which, while seemingly a children’s book, actually gets spookier the older the reader.

  30. Cindi Clubbs

    I enjoy the Odd Thomas books by Dean Koontz:) Thanks for participating and don’t forget to stop by my blog on the tour! Mommasez…

  31. Kimberly

    Another one of my favourite spooky reads is Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz 🙂

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  32. Amber Terry

    I Am Legend by Richard Matheson.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  33. Texas Book Lover

    I don’t read a ton of spooky books myself. About the spookiest I have read would be I Hunt Killers. But my daughter loves any and all things spooky!