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Out of this World by J. D. Robb
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Out of this World (edition 2001)

by J. D. Robb (Author), Laurell K. Hamilton (Author), Susan Krinard (Author), Maggie Shayne (Author)

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Collects paranormal and futuristic romantic stories, including a cop caught up in an off-world murder case, an unusual love triangle, a witch's search for the love of one man, and the longing of a telepath for human contact.
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Title:Out of this World
Authors:J. D. Robb (Author)
Other authors:Laurell K. Hamilton (Author), Susan Krinard (Author), Maggie Shayne (Author)
Info:Berkley (2001), Edition: Later Printing, 368 pages
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Out of This World [Anthology 4-in-1] by J.D. Robb (Contributor)

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    On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs (TheBooknerd)
    TheBooknerd: Anthologies like this are often a let-down -- and this one definitely was disappointing. "On the Prowl" is a refreshing exception, with quality stories despite their brevity.
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Very variable quality of work in this. Read it for the J.D.Robb and Laurell K. Hamilton stories, but really didn't like the other two. My three stars are a combination of four for the stories I like and two for those I didn't. I'm not a fan of stories that are entirely removed from my reality - space, strange alien languages. I can't usually relate to them. Four thousand year old witch queens are beyond me. ( )
  lydiasbooks | Jan 17, 2018 |
Enjoyable, Krinard's Kinsmen look interesting. ( )
  bgknighton | Feb 28, 2017 |
I gave this book a C on my personal book rating scale. What can I say about this book. Well, I think it suffers from what other anthologies suffer from...too little pages not enough story.
The JD Robb story was about 90 pages long. I felt the story was good and complete. Perhaps it is because I have read so many other Eve and Roarke books that the lack of background on the characters was ok with me.
Kinsman by Susan Krinard was perhaps the weakest of the stories. at 87 pages the story introduces several alien species, different planets and a whole new galaxy and I just felt that there was not enough background to allow the reader to stay connected with all the different species and what their capabilities were. I have noticed that there is a full novel on the Kinsmen..I might try it to see if Krinard's world makes more sense.
Maggie Shayne's story was not bad but it did leave some unanswered questions.
Laurell K Hamilton....what can I say about her other then when you get to put a short story in an anthology it should be an actual short story and not two chapters or so from an upcoming book. ( )
  ChristinaT. | Dec 3, 2016 |
This book was good but i only got enjoyment out of JD Robb who was the reason i bought the book and then i ended up enjoying Maggie Shaynes story too! A good read for a mix of authors. Gives you a chance to experience new authors with out wasting money.
  Bettyb30 | Jun 24, 2013 |
This anthology was basically an introduction to the publisher's popular stable of current romance/sci-fi/fantasy authors. I knew that, it was what I was looking for, and it served its purpose. The Robb "Eve Dallas" story was adequately written, but poorly plotted. The others were just unmemorable. All are stand-alone pieces, except for the Laurie K. Hamiliton entry, which is the first half of a novel that became, I understand, NARCISSUS IN CHAINS. This was crass--I don't like pieces of novels unless they are explicitly presented as an advertisement; this was not. ( )
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Learning is not child's play; we cannot learn without pain. --Aristotle
Happy is the child whose father goes to the devil. --Sixteenth-century Proverb
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"Interlude in death" by J.D. Robb - The faces of murder were varied and complex.
"Kinsman" by Susan Krinard - Jonas Jane VelArhan strode toward Persephone Station's docking bay with little thought to the people who moved quickly out of his way, or the glances they cast after him, full of hostility and fear.
"Immortality" by Maggie Shayne - For the fight time in four thousand years I was ready to die.
"Magic like heat across my skin" by Laurell K. Hamilton. - June had come in like its usual hot, sweaty self. but a freak cold front had moved in during the night and the car radio had been full of the record low temperatures.
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This anthology contains 4 stories:
"Interlude in death" by J.D. Robb
"Kinsman" by Susan Krinard
"Immortality" by Maggie Shayne
"Magic like heat across my skin" by Laurell K. Hamilton.
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Collects paranormal and futuristic romantic stories, including a cop caught up in an off-world murder case, an unusual love triangle, a witch's search for the love of one man, and the longing of a telepath for human contact.

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Leading off the charge is J.D. Robb with Interlude In Death, the next installment of the Eve Dallas and Rourke romantic suspense series. Off planet for a police conference, Eve is torn between destroying a legendary cop and protecting the man hes trying to bring downher husband, Rourke.

The Kinsman by Susan Krinard tells the story of Jonas VelArhan, a kinsman telepath drawn into a deadly interplanetary and interspecies situation by Kori Challinor, who is trying to save her younger brother from a dangerous situation hes provoked.

Maggie Shayne is back with the story Immortality. Summarian Queen and Immortal Dark Witch Puabi should have died after her final fiery confrontation with former husband Natum. When mortal Matthew Fairchild pulls the severely weakened woman from the ocean, he finds she resembles his deceased wife. After centuries of evil, can Puabi find a way to redeem her soul?

Rounding out this quartet is Laurell K. Hamilton, who serves up Magic Like Heat Across My Skin. For the past six months, vampire hunter Anita Blake has stayed away from both her lovers, the werewolf Richard and master vampire Jean-Claude. However, when the wereleopards under Anitas protection are kidnapped, she knows she will need their help to perform this rescue.
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