Monday, 6 March 2017

Review: 1 Incryptid Short Story Narrated by Elsie Harrington - Seanan McGuire

If you're a fan of Seanan McGuire's Incryptid series you may or may not be aware that she has written a large number of short stories set in the world but written about various different characters. A lot of these short stories are available for free on her website HERE but a few of them can only be found in anthologies. I thought it would be nice to have one place to write quick reviews for the short stories but since there are so many of them I'm going to split them out by the characters and these reviews may be updated in the future if the author writes additional stories.

This review includes all the short stories that have been written about Elsie Harrington, stories by other narrators will be reviewed separately.

Entire Incryptid Series:
14 Jonathan Healy & Frances Brown Short Stories (Read for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
2 Alice Healy & Thomas Price Short Stories (Read for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
Discount Armageddon
Midnight Blue-Light Special
4 Antimony Price Short Stories (Read some for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
3 Istas and Ryan Short Stories (Read most for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
Half-Off Ragnarok
1 Sarah Zellaby and Arthur Harrington Short Story (Read for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
5 Verity Price & Dominic De Luca Stories (Read for free on Seanan McGuire's website)
Pocket Apocalypse
Chaos Choreography
1 Elsie Harrington Short Story (Short Story in the Shadowed Souls anthology)
Magic for Nothing
1 Aeslin Mice Short Story (Purchase though Seanan McGuire's Patreon Page)

Ghost Stories Series:
(Stories are set in the Incryptid World)
Sparrow Hill Road
Train Yard Blues (Short Story in the Coins of Chaos anthology)
The Ghosts of Bourbon Street (Crossover Short Story with Verity from the Incryptid series free on Seanan McGuire's website)

Short Stories narrated by Elsie Harrington:
(Unless otherwise stated all stories are available for free on the author's website)
Sleepover (in the Shadowed Souls anthology)

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Sleepover

New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s Sleepover finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything “weird.” They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.

Review:
Currently the only short story about Elsie Harrington can be found in the Shadowed Souls anthology. Since I haven't read the entire anthology (and I'm hoping that Seanan McGuire will write more stories about this character in the future!) I thought it would be easier to create a separate post that I can easily update in the future if required.

If you've read the other Incryptid short stories you'll recognise Elsie as Artie's sister and cousin to Verity, Alex and Antimony. I love how supportive she's been to Antimony and was curious to find out more about her so I was really pleased to come across this story.

Elsie is a succubus but this isn't a normal succubus story for a couple of reasons: for a start Elsie is a lesbian and her abilities only work on men so they don't exactly help her lovelife but mainly because this is a rescue mission rather than a romance. Elsie is just enjoying watching Antimony's latest Roller Derby match when an encounter with a beautiful woman takes a complicated turn and she ends up getting kidnapped.

I'm not going to say much more about the plot but this was a nice insight into Elsie's character and shows us what she's made of. We get to see a bit more of another group of cryptids and I loved the fact that children just don't notice the difference between species. If only we were all more open minded the world would be a much nicer place! There are a couple of characters in here who really deserve some kind of horrible fate to befall them so I hope that we'll revisit Elsie and see her get her revenge!

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