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Chicks in Chainmail Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1995


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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: #1,693,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This humorous anthology contains twenty-one short stories about female warriors.
Arthur W. Jordin
Instead I read some simple, contrived, and boring stories that showed that the authors didn't "get it".
D. Lasley
I too thought this would be fun, but the stories are trite, a struggle to read, pure boredom.
"allmail"

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17 of 17 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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4 of 4 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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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 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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Bach (nscc@tiac.net) on August 30, 1997
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....and, can you believe it, from a slew of authors! That what was so disappointing to me about this collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories about liberated warrior babes. The first four were funny (and Friesner's introduction was the most clever of the lot), but after a while lines like," You're bluffing, toots. Everybody knows your 'Barbarian Code' won't let you fight a woman." (from David Vierling's "Armor/Amore") get a little tiresome. OK, there were some pretty amusing tales, like "Career Day" by Margaret Ball. Roped into taking her daughter's class to work with her, our heroinne gamely transports them to her interdimensional workplace, where she's a hired thug for a princeling. Quadratic equations save the day here, believe it or not. And E.T. Spiegelman's "Maureen Birnbaum in the MUD" got my vote as pick of the litter. In this tale told in first person the sarcastic and so-witty prep school/valley girl dialogue actually works. We get to watch Maureen Birnbaum (aka Muffy) apply copious amounts of makeups and unguents to her body as she relates the story of her adventure in a MUD. That's Multi-User Dimension to all you non-geeks out there--a sort of on-line 24-hour text-based Dungeons and Dragons; there are many on the Internet. What was so unusual--and poignant--about this one is that the ending was not funny. It wasn't even happy. Having taken a three-hour break at her best friend Bitsy's house to wash off the mud and blood and make herself stunning for her sweetie, Prince Val of Mars, Maureen Birnbaum finds that she has squandered her go-anywhere taxi ride (the grand prize for slaying the ultimate monster in the MUD). We leave her standing in the empty gravel driveway of her friend's home, literally all dressed up and no place to go.Read more ›
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