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Publisher's Summary

Let’s face it - the holidays can bring out the beast in anyone. They are particularly hard if you’re a lycanthrope. Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner have harvested the scariest, funniest, saddest werewolf tales, by an outstanding pack of authors, best heard by the light of a full moon and with a silver bullet close at hand.

Whether wolfing down a holiday feast (use your imagination) or craving some hair of the dog on New Year’s morning, the werewolves in these 15 frighteningly original stories will surprise, delight, amuse, and scare the pants off listeners who love a little wolfsbane with their mistletoe.

Authors include Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Kelner, Patricia Briggs, Keri Arthur, Carrie Vaughn, Donna Andrews, Simon R. Green, Dana Cameron, Kat Richardson, Alan Gordon, Dana Stabenow, Joe Konrath, Nancy Pickard, Karen Chance, and Rob Thurman.

©2008 Charlaine Harris Inc., Toni L.P. Kelner, and Tekno Books (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Fresh, interesting tales...[that] star some of
the more famous series characters like Sookie Stackhouse.” (Alternative Worlds)
“A captivating collection...offers up the Christmas spirit in a wonderfully wicked way.” (Darque Reviews)

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Pretty good anthology

In this anthology, each author was asked to write a short story which included a werewolf or other supernatural creature and Christmas. I didn't like all the stories, but I tend to be picky. There were enough good ones that I don't regret spending my credit on it. I will rate the stories individually.

“Gift Wrap” by Charlaine Harris (Part I)
A Sookie Stackhouse story. Not very long. It involves a lonely Christmas that turns into something more. A nice story with a good ending. 4 stars

“The Haire of the Beast” by Donna Andrews @43 minutes (Part I)
Amusing but a bit mean-spirited. I gather that this story is not part of the series she is apparently best known for - Meg Langslow. I liked it well enough that I’m going to get “Murder with Peacocks”, the first book in the Meg Langslow series, which is available here on Audible. Unfortunately, at this time Audible only has three books of the 14-book series. I’ve also ordered the first book in her Hopper Turing series in paperback. 4 stars

“Lucy, at Christmas-time” by Simon R. Green @59 minutes (Part I)
I didn’t care for this one. Very British tongue-in-cheek. Reminds me of Terry Pratchett. I think (but am not sure) that we were expected to find this darkly amusing, but I just found it dark and downbeat. Not my cup of tea. 2 stars

“The Night Things Changed” by Dana Cameron @1:12 (Part I)
Has werewolves and vampires, but they are quite different from your typical ones. I didn’t really care for the accent that the narrator used for them, but that is just a personal taste thing. Basically an upbeat theme which I liked. I gather that Cameron is turning this into a series with the first entry coming out in 2013. If they acquire it for Audible, I will get it. 4 stars

“The Werewolf Before Christmas” by Kat Richardson @2:21 (Part I)
A werewolf replaces Rudolf pulling the sleigh. I found it preachy in an illogical, rather sickly over-emotional way. 2 stars

“Fresh Meat” by Alan Gordon @3:19 (Part I)
This was not my favorite book in the anthology, but not the worst either. It’s about a man who trains guard dogs, and takes place on Christmas Eve. I plan to look into other things he’s written. 3.5 stars

“Il Est Ne” by Carrie Vaughn @4:22 (Part I)
Google translate tells me that “Il est ne” means “It is not.” I’m writing this review a few days after I listened to this story, and I can’t figure out what “It is not” has to do with the story. Anyway, this story is part of her series about the werewolf named Kitty who has a late-night radio talkshow. I read the first book in that series and felt no compulsion to read the second, and this story was the same. It wasn’t terrible, but it didn’t quite do it for me. You’d think that two werewolves investigating a horrible serial killer would be exciting, but I found the story dragging. 2.5 stars

“The Perfect Gift” by Dana Stabenow @5:35 (Part I)
I didn’t quite understand this story. I think I might have followed its subtleties better if I’d actually read it rather than listening. If I ever choose to listen to this a second time, maybe I’ll pick up more. Anyway, there are vampires and cops and where those two elements come together there must be blood. 3.5 stars

“Chritmas Past” by Keri Arthur @6:08 (Part I)
I didn’t care for this one. We have two cops who are undercover to find a bad guy. One is dressed as a Christmas elf and is manning one of those donation buckets one sees outside shopping areas around Christmas, and the other is supposedly hiding in a dark doorway to spring out upon the bad guy when he appears. But they keep talking to each other. I couldn’t help thinking that the bad guy would notice that the elf kept talking when no one was around and would locate the hidden one. Illogicalities like this just kept on occurring. And there was actually very little mystery. There would be one paragraph about the ongoing investigation and then three pages about their romantic problems. Then another paragraph about the investigation and another five pages about how mouth watering the elf found the werewolf. I listened to this less than a week ago, and I can’t remember a thing about the bad guy. Was he supernatural? Did they kill him or merely catch him? I can’t remember. He had little to do with the story. Did the hero and heroine get back together? I don’t want to spoil the story for you, so you’ll have to guess. You’ll only need one. 2 stars

“SA: by J. A. Konrath @18:00 (Part II)
I found this story indelicate but very amusing. It involves some very unusual shapeshifters and a great triumph. 4 stars

“The Star of David” by Patricia Briggs @1:48 (Part II)
This story is part of the Mercy Thompson series. It involves David Christensen, the first werewolf to come out to the rest of humanity. I can’t think what else to say because I don’t want to spoil anything. Just say I liked the story. 4 stars

“You’d Better Not Pyout” by Nancy Pickard @2:58 (Part II)
I didn’t like this story. It involves two Russian vampires and Santa Claus and I just didn’t find it amusing. Tastes differ. Maybe you will. 2 stars

“Rogue Elements” by Karen Chance @3:50 (Part II)
Another instance of former lovers getting back together and starting up the same tedious arguments that broke them up the first time around. I couldn’t even bring myself to finish this one and I tried twice. Werewolf politics. A “hero” who smokes cigars, cheats at cards and isn’t interested in rescuing young women who have been kidnaped. Sorry, but I didn’t like him. In fact by the time I’d been listening to this story for forty minutes, there was not a single character I liked. 1 star

“Milk and Cookies” by Rob Thurman @5:11 (Part II)
A teenage boy having trouble with the school bully. I thought I was going to like this one in spite of the narrator’s terrible rendering of children’s voices. However, it took a turn at the end that I didn’t care for. But tastes differ. Give it a try. 2.5 stars

“Keeping Watch Over His Flock” by Toni L. P. Kelner
A young werewolf on Christmas Eve. I liked this story despite the same narrator as “Milk and Cookies” doing his worst with the children’s voices again. 4 stars

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  • Sherry
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 01-22-11

Wolfsbane and Mistletoe: Hair-Raising Holiday Tale

Great asortment of Christmas story for the vampire read. Some made me laugh at loud. The short stories made me think about reading more from several of the other authorys.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 10-15-11

What a wonderful surprise

I knew some of the authors, and was very happy with what they offered.I also got to know a few new ones. Karen Chance and Carrie Vaughn. You can't go wrong with this anthology. Sometime I laughed out loud.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 10-15-11

What a wonderful surprise

I knew some of the authors, and was very happy with what they offered.I also got to know a few new ones. Karen Chance and Carrie Vaughn. You can't go wrong with this anthology. Sometime I laughed out loud.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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DELIGHTFUL year around.

What did you love best about Wolfsbane and Mistletoe?

Enchanting collection. I do not like short stories and I found this highly engaging and entertaining. Serious work and not a candy coated Christmas series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wolfsbane and Mistletoe?

The refreshing use of holiday theme. So varied from author to author and all good.

What about MacLeod Andrews and Tanya Eby ???s performance did you like?

Well done.

Any additional comments?

I was very pleased with it. Listened due to the holidays but it was so much better than I expected.

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Must Stop Buying Anthologies

I did like a few of the stories but had to stop reading after the 2nd serial killer story. I get that this genre invites a horror element due to the supernatural aspect of the main characters but geez it is the Holidays people. Do you have to kill Rudolph and chase serial killers? I guess I'm just a sissy but I don't want to read serial killer stories in general and especially ones set at Christmas time. Yuck. The narration did nothing to enhance the stories and distracted from Sookie's in particular.

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  • jacques
  • otterburn park, QC, Canada
  • 01-20-12

yech

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

if you like twilight and other tween type vampire stuff like that, then buy this. However, if you are a grownup, don't.

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  • jaclyn
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 12-06-16

New Christmas Classics!

Ive had this for a few years now and listen to it every Christmas. the stories are like every other Christmas Classics that you can Listen to over and over,year after year. second to last story is my favorite. the narrator makes the characters come alive. Perfect spice for the Christmas season!

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happy holidays

A book that tests the authors creativity by giving a premise of werewolves, and Christmas witch honestly allowed many of its authers to explore ideas,and add on to stories that already iyou already injoy eatherway you may like this book if your family reminds you of a group of monsters around the holidays

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spooky sweet story

Perfect for this time of the year! I loved all the unique short stories. cheers!