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Come one, come all! The Carniepunk Midway promises you every thrill and chill a traveling carnival can provide. But fear not! Urban fantasy’s biggest stars are here to guide you through this strange and dangerous world. . . .

RACHEL CAINE’s vampires aren’t child’s play, as a naïve teen discovers when her heart leads her far, far astray in “The Cold Girl.” With “Parlor Tricks,” JENNIFER ESTEP pits Gin Blanco, the Elemental Assassin, against the Wheel of Death and some dangerously creepy clowns. SEANAN McGUIRE narrates a poignant, ethereal tale of a mysterious carnival that returns to a dangerous town after twenty years in “Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea.” KEVIN HEARNE’s Iron Druid and his wisecracking Irish wolfhound discover in “The Demon Barker of Wheat Street” that the impossibly wholesome sounding Kansas Wheat Festival is actually not a healthy place to hang out. With an eerie, unpredictable twist, ROB THURMAN reveals the fate of a psychopath stalking two young carnies in “Painted Love.”

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3.5 / 5
A lot of duds, and one really great story
March 18th, 2015
This collection is really only worth it for the Seanan McGuire story (and was the only author I knew when I bought this collection). A couple of other stories are enjoyable but a few were downright awful and I didn't finish them. Some of the stories were only tangentially related to carnivals or circuses, as well, which was disappointing. You can actually now buy the Seanan McGuire story on its own ("Daughter of the Midway, the Mermaid, and the Open, Lonely Sea") and I recommend doing that instead.
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