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The Dangerous Women anthology contains 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
– “Raisa Stepanova” by Carrie Vaughn
– “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 Cosmere story
– “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
– “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

Published by Harper Voyager

Supplied by Harper Collins

Reviewed by Steve

While Gardner Duzois and George R.R. Martin are better known for fantasy/science fiction anthologies and writing respectively, they have collaborated here as editors of a collection that purports to be about dangerous women. The range of fiction collected is very broad – historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, crime, and fantasy/science fiction. Most of the authors I had heard of, but there were one or two new faces and they didn’t disappoint.

I could discern no obvious pattern in the ordering of the stories, which may have been intentional. Historical fiction camped by science fantasy and crime fiction. Which meant I had to at least sample the style if I wanted to do a good job of reviewing. As well as the volume’s introduction, each author and story was introduced. A good idea as I doubt any but the most vociferous reader would know all of the authors and their genres.

As with all anthologies, there were some stories I felt didn’t jibe, primarily from the historical authors – when writing about medieval royalty, historical reality has to be contended with. That said, historical fiction, and Carrie Vaughn’s Raisa Stepanova could loosely be claimed as such, also produced a couple of winners in the above Vaughn piece and Diana Gabaldon’s Virgins. Jim Butcher’s Bombshells was an excellent piece of urban fantasy, and also gives hope to every Harry Dresdon fan alive (and maybe one or two of the dead, it is fantasy, you know). And while George R.R. Martin is frustrating all by not finishing the A Song of Fire and Ice saga, he is at least still alive and whets our appetite with the final tale in the volume, a prequel in that universe.

I enjoyed the anthology


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