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I received a copy of "Carniepunk" from the publisher and WOW! What a treat. I give "Carniepunk" a 4 $$$$, or 4 **** stars. Just the great YA authors that wrote short stories for this anthology was mouth watering , add to that the theme of carnivals and you've got yourself very good odds (unlike the odds on any carnival's midway) of enjoying a few...or in my case all of the novella's. It was truly remarkable how one theme could be interpreted in so many fantastically different and unique tales. The writing in most of the stories was so descriptive that I could smell the popcorn , taste the sugary cotton candy clouds as I was being transported to the world created by each author. The variety of paranormal , steampunk , historical , urban, and of course paranormal romance was great. There wasn't a dud in the bunch. Everyone knows there's that seedy side to the carnival so it offered many different ways to exploit that truth. I even found some new authors to check out. That's another great thing about this book. After you have been transported to all the different carnivals the last few pages of the book give you a detailed explanation and contact info for each author the book showcased. If you want to read more by any specific author this anthology gives you the directions to each authors website or blog, plus what else they have written. I usually don't enjoy short stories because just as I'm getting settled into the world and it's characters... It's finished? Not so with this collection. I felt satisfied with the content of each story. Due to so many of the authors having entire series revolving around certain characters it was fun to read about them and their experience with the carnival. From drag-queens dealing with a zombie apocalypse aftermath to Bludmen, Djinn, shape - shifters, mermaids, and much , much, more "Carnipunk" did not disappoint. I would recommend this book to anybody who's ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the carnival! This book should have blinking lights & blaring music & the scent of deep fried everything. Reading "Carnipunk" was like a night spent on the midway. Exciting , shocking, unbelievable wonders & fun for all ages! "Carniepunk " the book is just like it's theme. When you've turned the last page it feels the same as handing over your last ride ticket. Then you return home with memories and a big smile on your face. Make sure to add "Carnipunk " to your t.b.r. list. It's a collection you don't want to miss! For more talk of mind boggling books and more check out http://firstname.lastname@example.org for more reviews and advance notice about upcoming books in a variety of genre's!