Hamilton shows that her talent for creating compelling characters and setting memorable scenes has been with her from the beginning. Each of the stories
in this collection is unforgettable. Anita Blake appears in two and there are
several stories set in the same universe as her first novel, Nightseer. Fans of Hamilton's work will definitely want
a copy for their collections.

Strange Candy explores a variety of themes with a variety of characters, from the pesky and corruptible cherubs in "A Lust of Cupids" to the shudder-inducing sociopaths of "Here Be Dragons." Other highlights include Anita Blake's first appearance on paper in "Those Who Seek Forgiveness," and the about-to-crack Captain Housework of "A Clean Sweep."

Four stories set in the Nightseer universe show intriguing glimpses of world-building, and "Geese" is a lovely tale of girl who has hidden herself as a goose to escape a compulsion and unexpectedly finds her true love. (Berkley, Oct., 272 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs