Dana Cameron


Fangborn: Seven Kinds of Hell (2013)

Anthologies: Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (2008), Crimes by Moonlight (2010), Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations (2013)



Seven Kinds of Hell (2013)

seven-kinds-of-hellZoe Miller’s mother has died. And before she dies, she makes Zoe promise to keep running from her father’s people. Since Zoe is running from herself as much as from her father’s people, it’s not a promise she has trouble keeping.

Unfortunately for her, her father’s people seem to be searching for her–as is a man who wants an artifact he believes is in her possession.

First things first, I didn’t know what I was in the mood to read, but after reading the first chapter I was sucked in, and mostly devoured the book in a giant gulp. So it’s riveting.

On the other hand, there are problems.

First and foremost, there is not a clean ending–just a set up for the next book in the series. It wasn’t a cliffhanger, but it also didn’t end in a way that wasn’t anything other than a hook for the next book.

Cheap shot.

Second, once I’ve pulled back from the story (which only happened once I finished), some of the logic of the story seemed… less logical. Nothing threw me out of the story while I was reading, but once I finished, my brain started going, “waitasecond… that’s not… logical.”

So as much as it was an interesting diversion, the non-clean ending combined with the leaps of not-so-logic and other plot issues, I’m not sure I’ll look for the next book in the series. I’m not saying it was horrible, just that I don’t think I want to get involved in what looks like it could be a very long, convoluted series.
Rating: 5.5/10

Published by 47North



Crimes by Moonlight (2010) edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner

I started this anthology more than a year ago, got bored with it and put it down, then finally decided I was just going to FINISH it. Needless to say, my memories of the stories at the start is rather faint.

Dahlia Underground - Charlaine Harris
Hixton - William Kent Krueger
Small Change - Margaret Maron
The Trespassers - Brendan Dubois
Madeeda - Harley Jane Kozak
House Of Horrors - S. W. Hubbard
Sift, Almost Invisible, Through - Jeffrey Somers
The Bedroom Door - Elaine Viets
The Conqueror Worm - Barbara D'Amato
In Memory Of The Sibylline - Lou Kemp
The Bloodflower - Martin Meyers
The Awareness - Terrie Farley Moran
Tadesville - Jack Fredrickson
Limbo - Steve Brewer
The Insider - Mike Wiecek
Swing Shift - Dana Cameron
Riding High - Carolyn Hart
Grave Matter - Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane
Death Of A Vampire - Parnell Hall
Taking The Long View - Toni L. P. Kelner

Basically, this is an okay selection of stories, most of just weren’t my thing.

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (2008) edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner

Gift Wrap - Charlaine Harris
Haire of the Beast - Donna Andrews
Lucy, at Christmastime - Simon R. Green
Night Things Changed - Dana Cameron
Werewolf before Christmas - Kat Richardson
Fresh Meat - Alan Gordon
Il Est Ne - Carrie Vaughn
Perfect Gift - Dana Stabenow
Christmas Past - Keri Arthur
SA - J.A. Konrath
Star of David - Patricia Briggs
You'd Better Not Pyout - Nancy Pickard
Rogue Elements - Karen Chance
Milk and Cookies - Rob Thurman
Keeping Watch over his Flock - Toni L. P. Kelner

Weird Detectives: Recent Investigations (2013) edited by Paula Guran

weird-detectives-recent-investigationsThis is a collection of short stories previously published elsewhere, so I’d already read several of these stories. But there were several I had not, and several of the ones I’d read before were well worth reading again.

This book has been sitting around for awhile, waiting to be read, primarily because I got it in trade paperback, and it’s huge and heavy–just the kind of book I hate reading. Too heavy and too bulky for comfortable reading. But the stories drew me in and didn’t let me go. (Though the book itself was why I lacked patience for stories I’d recently read or didn’t catch my interest immediately.)

“Swing Shift” by Dana Cameron

Initially, I was just going to flip through and read stories by authors I love, but then I ended up just reading straight through. Having no patience, if I story didn’t immediately grab hold, I didn’t finish it, and if I hadn’t thoroughly enjoyed it the first time (or had read the story very recently), I didn’t give it a second read.

“Swing Shift” by Dana Cameron is the second thing I’ve read by Dana Cameron, and I guess I can now safely say that I simply don’t like her writing. I really LOVE the idea of her vampires and werewolves, and I really want to like her stories, but I just don’t.

As I said, this contained a lot of stories I’d read previously, but they are for the most part good stories, so if you don’t have the original anthologies, this would be well worth getting.
Rating: 8/10