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Limbus, Inc. - Book II by [Maberry, Jonathan, Lansdale, Joe R., Braunbeck, Gary A., McKinney, Joe, Shannon, Harry]
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“The world is a stage, life is a play, and we are the puppets. It’s better not to ask who pulls the strings.”

How lucky do you feel?

That question echoed through the world’s underground, scrawled on bathroom walls, spray-painted across subway tunnel exits, written on paper that fluttered through bleak side-streets in the winter wind, printed on cheap business cards tacked to corkboard displays in darkened hallways. But always beneath one name—Limbus.

Matthew Sellers revealed the truth of Limbus, Inc. to the world, and in his tales of time travelers, intergalactic beings, and human sacrifice, he thought he had told it all. But the story of the shadowy employment agency that operates on the edge of the abyss, always finding the perfect person for the perfect job—no matter what the cost—had only begun.

This shared-world anthology continues the story of Limbus, Inc., as told by five masters of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. But beware, for once you learn the truth of Limbus, Inc., your world will never be the same. So it's time to ask yourself . . .

How lucky do you feel?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2206 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Publisher: JournalStone (24 October 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NXIUCOA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #468,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I must predicate my review by disclosing that I received this e-book as an Early Reviewers copy from LibraryThing in return for a review in August last year, but I only just read it.

Having read the first Limbus book a couple of years ago I knew what to expect, but I still found the use of an employment agency - which always finds the right person for the right job no matter how strange or how expensive - as an overall connecting framework for a series of short stories innovative and interesting.

The stories here are an eclectic mix, with the only thing in common the linking idea that the protagonist has been hired for a specific job by Limbus Inc. "Three Guys Walk Into A Bar", the final story in the book, involves the same character as one of the stories in the first Limbus Inc. book, a private investigator who is remarkably suited to the type of job Limbus has found for him because he is a werewolf, is the one I enjoyed the most. The horror has been scaled down a bit from the story in the first book to its advantage.

Coming close was "The Transmigration of Librarian Blaine Evans" which immediately precedes it. The story of a meek and mild librarian who hits rock bottom after his wife and children leave him and is hired by Limbus and retrained as a stone cold killer, but is then sent on what might be just one job too many.

The connecting story of Conrad, a hacker looking into the dark web where he finds each of the stories in the book is also interesting. As he unlocks and reads each story his paranoia rises.

Very highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Six authors wrote a book... 4 June 2015
By Su Halfwerk - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second book in the Limbus, Inc. anthology. You don't "need" to read the first to read this one, but it's a bonus to follow the thread started there.
Since other reviewers delved into a summary of each story, I'll focus on my experience. The two books are similar but different. The similarity is in the concept, idea of the book, Limbus' motto, and their twisted approach to employ people. However, book 2 is more structured, perhaps because of the connecting thread. It's also darker, with more violence. Limbus 2 is gritty at times but it gets the reader involved in the lives of the men down on their luck and alcoholic, who lost everything in their lives (except for the last story).
Like with any anthology, some stories are stronger than others. For me the ones that stood out were:
- Zero at the Bone by Harry Shannon: Shannon's smooth storytelling will take you on a ride as you follow Snake's journey to finally reach what he wanted...to forget it all. I was ready for my heart to break by the end, and the author didn't disappoint, except it broke in a good way.
- Three Guys walk into a Bar by Jonathan Maberry: I'll start by admitting that I'm a big Joe Ledger fan. In my book, Joe can't go wrong even when he's wrong. And his sense of humor! Maberry delivers cut throat dialogs, scene cuts, and storyline that's more action oriented than the rest. It felt right for this story to be the last one in the anthology.
There's cussing, violence, and some politically incorrect statements in this book. If you don't mind any of these, please go ahead and read it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and well written collection with some of today’s top authors. 30 January 2016
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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All of these stories really worked within the context of the shared world theme of Limbus Inc., save one and even that one was not bad, just not my cup o tea. (and no, I’m not going to tell you which one) Still overall, a very entertaining and well written collection with some of today’s top authors.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 3 June 2015
By Batgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of shared universes since Wild Cards and Thieves World. But so many fall far short of expectations. Not so with Limbus Inc. Each story builds more mystery instead of offering solutions. Yet each story is complete. Their job is done and they were the best suited for that job.
I started with book 2, I am going back to get book 1. I am hoping there will be more to follow.
Out of all the stories, my favorite character is Sam Hunter. I liked the idea of his tale, and the humor in the telling. He is one character I wish I could read more about.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limbus is back 2 March 2016
By Digital Dreamer - Published on Amazon.com
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Limbus is back with even more perfect jobs for you. While this is set in the same world I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the first one. I thin I spent too much time comparing it to the first anthology that I just couldn't get into this one. Not that the stories were bad, I just didn't enjoy them as much.

If they do another anthology I know I'll read that one too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2015 contender. 9 June 2015
By gjsx51 - Published on Amazon.com
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This followup to Limbus, Inc. is every bit as good as the predecessor. Once again it is a loosely connected set of stories, with some being sequels of sorts to the previous book. As in my last review, I won't go into the stories themselves, so as not to spoil any surprises, and there were a few notable ones here! I really loved the final story. Spectacular doesn't do the book justice. This is my top contender for best of 2015, so check it out!