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Chicks in Chainmail Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1995


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About the Author

Esther Friesner is a well-known US science fiction and fantasy author and editor of the highly-successful tongue-in-cheek fantasy 'Chicks' series from Baen which includes 'Did You Say Chicks?' and 'Chicks in Chainmail'.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reissue edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671876821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671876821
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chicks in Chainmail is one of those books that had to be a volume of irony, the title wouldn't permit anything else. Friesner's relating the (real? fictional) difficulties in getting people to get the title accepted is a good start, and the book goes right on from there, shredding stereotypes, stomping on the fragile male ego (you know, us males ARE the genetically disadvantaged ones, ask any doctor), and in general having a good time stepping on those preconceptions that people tuck away in the back of their head. Some people may not like the one-note nature of the book, but I think THAT'S THE POINT! The selective taxation story ought to be mailed direcly to our present congress, too. I read it on a plane, and again when I got home. Then my spouse captured it and giggled until about 3 in the morning.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2000
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If ever there was a book to point and make fun of generic "women in skimpy armor", this is it. Excellent approach to all types of humor (subliminal and not so subliminal) towards the standard role of women in Science Fiction novels (skimpy armor, needing to be saved, etc.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Rhodes on April 10, 2006
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Get a sense of humor guys (and yes I mean males) All the "bashes" seam to come from men. Some great stories and laughs. Great satire. Read this book on a gloomy day (it took me anafternoon) to cheer the day up. I have read and re-read this book. Found the stories to be very readable - while I did not "love" every story and think it classical lit - I found it humorous and helpful. Let's see more ladies in chainmail. Last story left melaughing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sneakergal@hotmail.com on November 6, 1998
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This is a smart, funny and sexy book! Drawing from various science fiction writers both male and female, a collection of both halarious and inspiring stories portrays women as warriors, healers, and mothers, often at the same time. This is a must to slip under your little girl's pillow, and would make an excellent coming of age gift. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
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I thought the actual book would be terrible, but then I noticed E. Moon's name on it so I thought. Oh what the hell, and bought it. It was worth it. Very funny, and engrosing. So engrosing in fact I stayed up till 3 am to finish it, and I have a test today! Oh well.. :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1998
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I _like_ these ladies, they are like the "walk through anyone in the way" ladies in the R. A. Heinlein books, or Kira on Deep Space Nine, Ivanova on B5... only funny too.. Get it, get the sequel, and ask for another volume.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Purple Recluse on October 21, 2005
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This is one of my favorite fantasy books, and easily the best fantasy compilation I've read. It's got puns, some gender bending, strong women, and some fun, sexy scenes. (Some stories are probably PG).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on November 26, 2010
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Chicks in Chainmail (1995) is first Fantasy anthology in the Chicks in Chainmail series. This humorous anthology contains twenty-one short stories about female warriors. These stories are written by both female and male authors, some famous and others not so wellknown.

- Introduction by Esther Friesner explains the origins of the book and the title. It is all her fault.

- "Lady of Steel" by Roger Zelazny tells of the man who wanted a name for himself as a female warrior.

- "And Ladies of the Club" by Elizabeth Moon relates the story of the king who taxed bras.

- "Exchange Program" by Susan Shwartz involves Hillary Clinton and the Valkyries.

- "Goddess for a Day" by Harry Turtledove exposes the election tactics of the ancient Greeks and the opinions of their goddesses.

- "Armor-Ella" by Holly Lisle speaks of a six foot maid who was visited by a prince.

- "Career Day" by Margaret Ball regards a fighting Mom who gets roped into taking a group of students -- and two adults -- to her worksite.

- "Armor/Amore" by David Vierling displays a barbarian, a princess and love at first fight.

- "The Stone of War and the Nightingale's Egg" by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough confronts a warrior maid with the trial of turning a harem into a fighting force.

- "The Growling" by Jody Lynn Nye brings a group of men intent upon rape and pillange into a village where the men have been gone for over a year.

- "The New Britomart" by eluki bes shahar builds a tale of love, magic and sidhe.

- "On the Road of Silver" by Mark Bourne intermingles museum politics with the fae.

- "Bra Melting" by Janni Lee Simner pits style against protection in female armor.
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