2009, Ace Trade
The Good: Vampires and birthdays - sounds like a random combinations - really works here. I generally avoid anthologies, but the stories here were almost all winners. I absolutely loved Kelley Armstrong, Jim Butcher and Rachel Caine's stories. This book also introduced me to Tanya Huff, who I'll definitely check out again soon. Tate Hallaway and Jeanne C. Stein's stories also motivated me to start looking into more of their works.
The Bad: The "original" Sookie story isn't all that original to anyone reading the book now, as it was included in the exclusively Sookie anthology "A Touch of Dead." And Christopher Golden's story was just sort of weird and overtly random.