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The Follow-Up to Witch Way to the Mall from the Creator of the Chicks in Chainmail Series.  It’s the Werewolves’ Turn to Howl Across the Well-Kept Lawns and Neat Picket Fences of Supernatural Suburbia. Werewolves and the suburbs are a natural go-together. Okay, so they’re not the Obligatory/Iconic Suburban Golden Retriever or Chocolate Labrador, but they’ve got a much bett The Follow-Up to Witch Way to the Mall from the Creator of the Chicks in Chainmail Series.  It’s the Werewolves’ Turn to Howl Across the Well-Kept Lawns and Neat Picket Fences of Supernatural Suburbia. Werewolves and the suburbs are a natural go-together. Okay, so they’re not the Obligatory/Iconic Suburban Golden Retriever or Chocolate Labrador, but they’ve got a much better chance of taking home the Best in Show ribbon than their Undead rivals, the vampires. In some suburban households, if it brings home a trophy, who cares if it also brings home bloody chunks of the neighbors every time the full moon shines? And let’s not forget one more advantage to the suburban werewolf: If his lupine side does something nasty on your lawn, his human side can come by later with the Pooper Scooper. In your face, Dracula! Therefore, welcome to the fur-sprouting, mall-browsing, moon-howling, latté-sipping world of Strip Mauled. You’ll like what you find. Sit. Stay. Good reader. Stories of suburban lycanthropy by Sarah A. Hoyt, Dave Freer, K. D. Wentworth, and more—including Esther Friesner herself.


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The Follow-Up to Witch Way to the Mall from the Creator of the Chicks in Chainmail Series.  It’s the Werewolves’ Turn to Howl Across the Well-Kept Lawns and Neat Picket Fences of Supernatural Suburbia. Werewolves and the suburbs are a natural go-together. Okay, so they’re not the Obligatory/Iconic Suburban Golden Retriever or Chocolate Labrador, but they’ve got a much bett The Follow-Up to Witch Way to the Mall from the Creator of the Chicks in Chainmail Series.  It’s the Werewolves’ Turn to Howl Across the Well-Kept Lawns and Neat Picket Fences of Supernatural Suburbia. Werewolves and the suburbs are a natural go-together. Okay, so they’re not the Obligatory/Iconic Suburban Golden Retriever or Chocolate Labrador, but they’ve got a much better chance of taking home the Best in Show ribbon than their Undead rivals, the vampires. In some suburban households, if it brings home a trophy, who cares if it also brings home bloody chunks of the neighbors every time the full moon shines? And let’s not forget one more advantage to the suburban werewolf: If his lupine side does something nasty on your lawn, his human side can come by later with the Pooper Scooper. In your face, Dracula! Therefore, welcome to the fur-sprouting, mall-browsing, moon-howling, latté-sipping world of Strip Mauled. You’ll like what you find. Sit. Stay. Good reader. Stories of suburban lycanthropy by Sarah A. Hoyt, Dave Freer, K. D. Wentworth, and more—including Esther Friesner herself.

30 review for Strip Mauled

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cissa

    This is one of the best collections I've read recently. Most of the stories were very good, and there were some cool twists on the whole werewolf thing: the guy who was not a werewolf, yet who the weres thought was, so he got a job on a werewolf company and a house in a werewolf suburb, but didn't quite fit in...; and the one where a werewolf girl finds True Love at a furry convention- these were 2 of the standouts. Oh, and Jim Hine's truly peverse take on children's TV. Very fun stuff! This is one of the best collections I've read recently. Most of the stories were very good, and there were some cool twists on the whole werewolf thing: the guy who was not a werewolf, yet who the weres thought was, so he got a job on a werewolf company and a house in a werewolf suburb, but didn't quite fit in...; and the one where a werewolf girl finds True Love at a furry convention- these were 2 of the standouts. Oh, and Jim Hine's truly peverse take on children's TV. Very fun stuff!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caeric

    Anthologies are a dicey lot to try and give a single rating. While there was one five-star story and one or two four-star tales, most of stories were just kind-of there. Not bad but not really unique or funny enough to stand out. On the plus side...hey, werewolves rock and even a bad werewolf story is still good.

  3. 4 out of 5

    S.J. Bell

    "Alas, poor werewolves," writes Esther Friesner in the introduction to Strip Mauled. "Forever doomed to be Avis to the vampire's unassailable fang-hold on Hertz, Pepsi to their Coke, Burger King to their McDonalds!" To which LupLun replies, "Where you been? Antarctica?" I shouldn't be mean. Strip Mauled was published in 2009, meaning that said intro was probably penned in 2008. At which point, yes, the bloodsuckers did rule the roost. But, the wheel turns. Over the past two years, we've seen two "Alas, poor werewolves," writes Esther Friesner in the introduction to Strip Mauled. "Forever doomed to be Avis to the vampire's unassailable fang-hold on Hertz, Pepsi to their Coke, Burger King to their McDonalds!" To which LupLun replies, "Where you been? Antarctica?" I shouldn't be mean. Strip Mauled was published in 2009, meaning that said intro was probably penned in 2008. At which point, yes, the bloodsuckers did rule the roost. But, the wheel turns. Over the past two years, we've seen two debuting werewolf series' make the bestseller lists, a number of more established series being rediscovered, and lest we forget Team Jacob was trouncing Team Edward pretty soundly until the latter started firing the canon. The vamps remain on top, but they're slipping. You're as likely to see parodies of vampire romances than straight examples on the bookshelves these days. Clearly, brooding immortals with cold skin and neck fetishes don't do it for the modern fangirl. She wants someone who romances her, as Trent Reznor put it, "like an animal." So, an anthology with a stated goal being "helping our long-suffering lycanthropic brethren to lay claim to their rightful bite of the American Dream" seems almost quaint these days. Our moon, after all, is already waxing. Read the full review at Lupines and Lunatics

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Duncan

    Part of a series of anthologies set in suburbia, each looking at the trials and tribulations of a particular brand of supernatural species (or occupation, in the case of the witches), Strip Mauled is the werewolf part of this set. Unfortunately, while most of the stories have humorous moments and are at least worth a smile, most of the authors in turn sacrifice tension and interest in favor of levity. Sometimes, it's hard to suspend disbelief; other times, it's hard to care. When the characters Part of a series of anthologies set in suburbia, each looking at the trials and tribulations of a particular brand of supernatural species (or occupation, in the case of the witches), Strip Mauled is the werewolf part of this set. Unfortunately, while most of the stories have humorous moments and are at least worth a smile, most of the authors in turn sacrifice tension and interest in favor of levity. Sometimes, it's hard to suspend disbelief; other times, it's hard to care. When the characters aren't emotionally invested, how can the reader be? There were some aspects of the anthology I enjoyed. For instance, some of the stories - but not all - link to the tales in Witch Way to the Mall. The sense of continuity was nice. And of course, some of the humor is enjoyable enough that it doesn't matter that the attached story isn't the most gripping of tales. Superlative in the volume - no surprise - was Friesner's own contribution. Incisively witty and hilarious, the satisfaction and suspense in the tale is to see how the odious narrator is outmanuevered. Usually, I object to editors including their own stories ... here, I just can't. This is a serviceable anthology - only one or two of the stories are actually bad. With the exception of Friesner's, however, I can't really say that any of them stand-out, either.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This is twenty short stories about werewolves in suburbia, most of them intending to be funny. But the problem is, twenty short stories is just too, too many. I would have preferred ten or fifteen stories that may (or may not) have been longer. “Enforcement Claws” by Steven Piziks is about a suburb with a very strict Home Owner’s Association, that while it allows werewolves, zombies and witches, it doesn’t allow for “mixing phyla” until the president of the HOA’s son (she's a werewolf) comes out This is twenty short stories about werewolves in suburbia, most of them intending to be funny. But the problem is, twenty short stories is just too, too many. I would have preferred ten or fifteen stories that may (or may not) have been longer. “Enforcement Claws” by Steven Piziks is about a suburb with a very strict Home Owner’s Association, that while it allows werewolves, zombies and witches, it doesn’t allow for “mixing phyla” until the president of the HOA’s son (she's a werewolf) comes out as a werecat. “Special Needs” by K. D. Wentworth is about a Cub Scout pack for young werewolves in the suburbs, that gets a new member, with an obnoxious mother.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I'd seen this book before at Barnes and Noble but hadn't been in the mood for short stories. The first week of school, however, is challenging; I didn't think I could remember longer storylines with the pressure. In general, I like the collections that Esther M. Friesner edits. In this grouping, three stories particularly tickled my fancy while two left me confused. I may re-read the whole collection later but, right now, I'm keeping the book for the three stand-outs. I'm recommending those storie I'd seen this book before at Barnes and Noble but hadn't been in the mood for short stories. The first week of school, however, is challenging; I didn't think I could remember longer storylines with the pressure. In general, I like the collections that Esther M. Friesner edits. In this grouping, three stories particularly tickled my fancy while two left me confused. I may re-read the whole collection later but, right now, I'm keeping the book for the three stand-outs. I'm recommending those stories to my friends who enjoy paranormal fiction with a sense of humor.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Janika

    As with most anthologies, some stories were better than others, and I skipped the last one as I'm really not a fan of reading fiction written as if it was a drama script, but overall I enjoyed this collection. I am glad however that I did read the first anthology in this series first, even though it arrived in the post after this and the third, as some of the stories picked up from where previous stories had left off. I enjoy it, generally, but it makes it important to start reading with the firs As with most anthologies, some stories were better than others, and I skipped the last one as I'm really not a fan of reading fiction written as if it was a drama script, but overall I enjoyed this collection. I am glad however that I did read the first anthology in this series first, even though it arrived in the post after this and the third, as some of the stories picked up from where previous stories had left off. I enjoy it, generally, but it makes it important to start reading with the first volume.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Spring Holbrook

    I'm not really a werewolf fan, so I was pretty surprised by how entertaining I found all the stories in this compilation. Much like the Chicks in Chainmail series, there were some repeat authors between this volume and Witch Way to the Mall? which is cool, and also encourages me to re-read that one. This is good humorous reading for fans of werewolves in particular or the supernatural in general. I'm not really a werewolf fan, so I was pretty surprised by how entertaining I found all the stories in this compilation. Much like the Chicks in Chainmail series, there were some repeat authors between this volume and Witch Way to the Mall? which is cool, and also encourages me to re-read that one. This is good humorous reading for fans of werewolves in particular or the supernatural in general.

  9. 4 out of 5

    CuriousLibrarian

    This is a 3.5 from me. I found this to be a stronger pack (*grin*) of stories than the witch compilation. Maybe because werewolves are not as over-mined as witches and vampires (have not yet read the vampire collection). Nice escapist stories of werewolves in the suburbs. Always enjoy Esther as an editor.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    I like anything edited by Esther Friesner, and I enjoyed most of these werewolf stories. I found Enforcement Claws hilarious, and Frijoles for Fenris was also great. I had trouble getting into the last story, the Creature in Your Neighborhood. It was strange, which is okay, but it didn't fit in with the other stories. I am looking for other compilations edited by Esther Friesner. I like anything edited by Esther Friesner, and I enjoyed most of these werewolf stories. I found Enforcement Claws hilarious, and Frijoles for Fenris was also great. I had trouble getting into the last story, the Creature in Your Neighborhood. It was strange, which is okay, but it didn't fit in with the other stories. I am looking for other compilations edited by Esther Friesner.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Connie Lynne

    Esther M. Friesner is not an excellent comedic writer; she's a mediocre one who's occasionally good. She usually is a great editor of comedy, however. This book read more like a collection of stuff written by her than stuff edited by her. The title metaphor was tortured at times, and the comedy was broad and sophomoric. Esther M. Friesner is not an excellent comedic writer; she's a mediocre one who's occasionally good. She usually is a great editor of comedy, however. This book read more like a collection of stuff written by her than stuff edited by her. The title metaphor was tortured at times, and the comedy was broad and sophomoric.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Blake

    I like Esther Friesner's other books (the barbarian adventurer ones), but the werewolf angle didn't really grab me except for the ones that made me laugh. I guess I'm just not much for werewolves (same goes for vampires, except for Buffy of course...they just seem like too much of the same thing). I like Esther Friesner's other books (the barbarian adventurer ones), but the werewolf angle didn't really grab me except for the ones that made me laugh. I guess I'm just not much for werewolves (same goes for vampires, except for Buffy of course...they just seem like too much of the same thing).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nola

    As is standard with a collection of stories based on a theme - some of the stories were good and some were better. On the whole, an enjoyable collection, with a couple of interesting twists on the theme of malls and werewolves.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bruce

    Excellent collection. Even the worst of the stories is not time wasted. Excellent expression of proper disrespect for society. Some of the stories come close to master status. Best of the genre I have read since Dickson.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ralph

    Some of the stories were good, others disapointing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lyssa Sue Shaffer

    I giggled & I grinned, I guffawed & laughed out loud. This collection of stories is a riot! These images created dreams, funny moving dreams that delighted my mind & spirit.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    okay....bunch of short stories rolled into one book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Most of the stories are not particularly good, though several are entertaining and Jim C. Hines story is fantastic.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Welch

    So much fun and a great variety of short stories. I have to admit that the one with the furries might be my most favorite just because of the extreme ridiculousness but still well written.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Some pretty poor stuff in this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    A great collection of short stories that contain werewolves in some form or fashion. A very enjoyable read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    John

    Not nearly as good as Friesner's original short story compilation Chicks 'n Chainmail. Not nearly as good as Friesner's original short story compilation Chicks 'n Chainmail.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rainbowjay

    I'm not usually a fan of short story anthologies but this had me howling.. I know bad pun. If you like great werewolf stories a great read. I'm not usually a fan of short story anthologies but this had me howling.. I know bad pun. If you like great werewolf stories a great read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Good collection of stories. As in every collection YMMV.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ch J Loveall

    pg diff because of binding

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Guerfi

    This is a great collection of stories written with wit and humor and just a touch of sass. Really great read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aleis

    The last story is just too much and totaly made this book for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    A lovely funny collection of short stories about werewolves in suburbia - Esther does it again.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Riju Ganguly

    Despite 'pack'ing a punch in terms of sheer number of stories, this collection was weaker than its 'vampy' counterpart. I had tried to 'wolf down' the stories, but found most of them to be merely hairy, and not toothy enough. The authors seemed to be rather obsessed with American notion of suburbia, starkly contrasting with the previous collection that was far more diverse and witty. Most importantly, only a few authors tried to compose a story with any element of humour. The rest were trying to Despite 'pack'ing a punch in terms of sheer number of stories, this collection was weaker than its 'vampy' counterpart. I had tried to 'wolf down' the stories, but found most of them to be merely hairy, and not toothy enough. The authors seemed to be rather obsessed with American notion of suburbia, starkly contrasting with the previous collection that was far more diverse and witty. Most importantly, only a few authors tried to compose a story with any element of humour. The rest were trying too hard to make the werewolf a creature that gets 'accepted' into the American suburbia. Nah! Didn’t find it to be too enjoyable, honestly.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

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