Dangerous Women – edited by George RR Martin & Gardner R Dozois

Posted: December 23, 2013 in fantasy, Review
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dangerous womenThe Dangerous Women anthology is a collection of 21 stories that feature strong heroines.  It contains the following stories;

  • Introduction by Gardner Dozois
  • Some Desperado by Joe Abercrombie – A Red Country story
  • My Heart is Either Broken by Megan Abbott
  • Nora’s Song by Cecelia Holland
  • The Hands That Are Not There by Melinda Snodgrass
  • Bombshells by Jim Butcher – A Harry Dresden story – Set in the Dresden universe, the story takes place a few months after Harry Dresden’s death and is told from Molly’s POV.  Harry’s brother, Thomas Raith, has been abducted by the Fomor, who have been making a move on post-Dresden Chicago. And Molly, together with vampire aide Justine and werewolf Andi, sets off to rescue the vampire in distress!
  • Raisa Stepanova by Carrie Vaughn – Raisa is a Russian female pilot during WWII who is trying to become one of the first woman aces, pilots who have 5 confirmed kills, in the world. At first just for her then in order to prove she is not a traitor after her brother goes MIA and is considered a traitor which would stop her family from receiving the meager rations that the government handed out during the war.
  • Wrestling Jesus by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Neighbors by Megan Lindholm
  • I Know How to Pick ’Em by Lawrence Block
  • Shadows For Silence in the Forests of Hell by Brandon Sanderson
  • A Queen in Exile by Sharon Kay Penman
  • The Girl in the Mirror by Lev Grossman – A Magicians story
  • Second Arabesque, Very Slowly by Nancy Kress
  • City Lazarus by Diana Rowland
  • Virgins by Diana Gabaldon – An Outlander story – Jamie and Ian as young men in France, before Crossstitch, making a living outside of the Highlands.  It shows a lot of the lessons that made Jamie the man he is.
  • Hell Hath No Fury by Sherilynn Kenyon –
  • Pronouncing Doom by S.M. Stirling – An Emberverse story
  • Name the Beast by Sam Sykes
  • Caretakers by Pat Cadigan
  • Lies My Mother Told Me by Caroline Spector – A Wild Cards story
  • The Princess and the Queen by George R.R. Martin – A Song of Ice and Fire story – This is a history of the first Dance with Dragons, fierce war between two Targaryens over the Iron Throne.  It begins with the death of King Viserys I Targaryen. The chain of events that take place after his death sparks a war within the Targaryen families over who will sit on the throne.

I have only read a few tries by favoured authors so far but have found a few others that look intriguing.  The Princess and the Queen is noteworthy for being the only story in TSOFAI series without a body count.  Really.  Go read it if you doubt me.

Harper Voyager

Supplied by HarperCollins New Zealand

Reviewed by Jan

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