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Review: My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding (anthology)

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My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding (anthology) edited by P.N. Elrod
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Anthology
Trade Paperback (ST. MARTINS GRIFFIN, 310 pages, $14.95)
ISBN# 0312343604
Werewolves, vampires, witches, voodoo, Elvis---and weddings
An “ordinary” wedding can get crazy enough, so can you imagine what happens when otherworldly creatures are involved? Nine of the hottest authors of paranormal fiction answer that question in this delightful collection of supernatural wedding stories. What’s the seating plan when rival clans of werewolves and vampires meet under the same roof? How can a couple in the throes of love overcome traps set by feuding relatives---who are experts at voodoo? Will you have a good marriage if your high-seas wedding is held on a cursed ship? How do you deal with a wedding singer who’s just a little too good at impersonating Elvis?
· L. A. Banks
· Jim Butcher
· Rachel Caine
· P. N. Elrod
· Esther M. Friesner
· Lori Handeland
· Charlaine Harris
· Sherrilyn Kenyon
· Susan Krinard
Shape-shifters, wizards, and magic, oh my!

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Gives a whole new meaning to 'wedded bliss'... (4 stars)

When a simple, traditional wedding just won't do, you get together several popular paranormal fantasy authors and bam! You get a wedding worth remembering.

[SPELLBOUND] by L.A. Banks is a lively tale of two families notorious in their feud and moreso for their voodoo. When the son of one and the daughter of the other fall in love they risk an all-out war of magics between their aunts and uncles just to get married. With her usual attention to cultural detail and a heavy dose of slangy dialog this one was a little tough to swallow but Banks delivers flavor like none other. 3/5 stars

[SOMETHING BORROWED] by Jim Butcher brings the world of Harry Dresden onto the wedding ciruit and into a patch of faerie trouble. When werewolves Billy and Georgia attempt to get married an old grudge comes back to haunt them and it's up to Harry to make sure that the wedding goes on. I've still never ready the Dresden books and that made this story a little confusing not sure how fans of the series would feel. 2/5 stars

[DEAD MAN'S CHEST] by Rachel Caine is a wild yarn about a wedding at sea and attempted-murder most foul. Ian is a man almost too good to be true when he whisks Cecilia off on a wedding cruise that will change their lives. I am a huge sucker for a pirate story and this one delivered quite well even if the romance was a bit too rushed for my tastes. 5/5 stars

["ALL SHOOK UP"] by P.N. Elrod brings the catering crew and entertainment at a reception into the light as an Elvis impersonator and head caterer strike up an attraction. Toss in a special magic, a model and a wrestler and you get one crazy wedding that won't be easily forgetable. This story was so different but well characterised I couldn't help but like it. 4/5 stars

[THE WEDDING OF WYLDA SERENE] by Esther M. Friesner throws the book at the uppercrust and their snooty ways as they try to find a way to prevent chaos at The Club where a wedding is to take place. Mixing mythology and dry humor this one pokes fun at high society's strictures. I loved how this one was narrated but the story was a little choppy and strange. 2/5 stars

[CHARMED BY THE MOON] by Lori Handleland is a story of Native American myth and a wedding that could be stopped by questionable magics. Werewolves are the bad guys who may have set the trouble up but sometimes lovers just need to trust their feelings. I'm not sure if this ties into Handeland's series at all but it felt like these characters were from another story. Loved the Native American mythology use and the hero and heroine were well suited to one another. 3/5 stars

[TACKY] by Charlaine Harris is set in the Southern Vampire Mysteries world but isn't focused on Sookie. When a vampire and a werewolf decide to get married it causes all kinds of comflict for the bride and groom least of which is the fact that their races hate one another! I've only recently become remotely familiar with this world and love the way it is presented, this story was cute and an interesting look at the vampire and werewolf politics Harris has created. 5/5 stars

[A HARD DAY'S NIGHT-SEARCHER] by Sherrilyn Kenyon plops you down into the world of the Dark Hunters where a young squire with delusions of grandeur has written and gotten published with a short story that is a blatant rip-off of the REAL Dark Hunters. To protect his squire a Dark Hunter has to keep the female squire he has the hots for busy and maybe get her to break a few rules along the way. There's a lot of plot packed into this short story but it comes off strangely well if you're a fan of Kenyon's Dark Hunters this is a decent read. 4/5 stars

["...OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE"] by Susan Krinard is a historical tale of a wedding interupted by a mysterious man, an even more mysterious death and a kidnapping. When a group of friends must sort out the truth using their inherited magics they're in for a big surprise. Really interesting conceptually but a little confusing this one would have made a better full length novel. 3/5 stars

Overall this was a pretty good sampler of authors and I loved the diversity of writing styles. It was fun to see familiar authors writing outside of their series (Banks, Caine) and to see a few were tied to others (Butcher, Harris, Kenyon). Not my favorite anthology about weddings but certainly one for fans of the well known authors included within.

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