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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2013: The sci-fi and fantasy genre is known for going big: epic series, massive tomes, epic series comprised of massive tomes. And even here, short stories--21 original tales in total--combine to form a tremendous 800-page genre-crossing collection. Co-editor George R.R. Martin contributes a story set in Westeros, nearly 200 years before A Game of Thrones begins. Likewise, other authors offer glimpses into their signature worlds. Jim Butcher gives the Dresden Files a twist by focusing on his protagonist's assistant. Lev Grossman hones in on a group of girls at the wizarding school that's central to The Magicians. Diana Gabaldon, Brandon Sanderson, Megan Lindholm... A range of fantastic writers, both male and female, offer an equally exciting range of ways to talk about "Dangerous Women"--from an unlikely bounty hunter to a gunslinger, a mother accused of the unthinkable to a young princess on the run. Dangerous Women is perfect for clamoring fans, as well as new readers, who may find these bite-sized stories an undaunting way to get to know new authors. --Robin A. Rothman
Dangerous women of all kinds—warriors, fighter pilots, queens, wizards, PIs, and more—are the subject of this cross-genre anthology, curated by experienced editors Martin and Dozois. Several high-profile authors set stories in the worlds of their best-selling series. Molly, Harry Dresden’s smart-talking, long-suffering apprentice, narrates Jim Butcher’s urban-fantasy detective story “Bombshells.” Lev Grossman’s wry tale follows a young wizard-in-training as her innocent prank against a fellow Brakebills student misfires in “The Girl in the Mirror.” Martin’s prequel story is set in Westeros centuries before A Game of Thrones, while Diana Gabaldon’s follows a young Jaime Fraser before the start of the Outlander series. Other tales range from hard-bitten western (Joe Abercrombie’s “Some Desperado”) to bleak dystopia (Nancy Kress’ “Second Arabesque, Very Slowly”) to historical drama (Sharon Kay Penman’s “A Queen in Exile”). Some tales defy classification, such as Megan Lindholm’s poignant but fierce story of aging and discovering new life in the fringes. With 21 stories of this caliber, readers will be sure to find several favorites. --Krista HutleySee all Editorial Reviews
I will admit that I got this for Jim Butchers part and I am not a fan of George R.R. Martin. There wasn't enough description on the stories anywhere so here is short descriptions... Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Allen King
Some stories definitely were about dangerous women; those were the best. The others, however, just seemed to be meandering filler....Published 1 month ago by Nortzman
I only order this book because it was the only place Jim Butchers short story seems to appear. The rest of the book was ok but wouldn't have bought it without the Butcher entry.Published 2 months ago by Gloria L Rohe
This book should have labeled as an anthology--many books or stories under one cover. If you purchased the book because of the inclusion of Diana Gabaldon story, you won't be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arlene M. Mckeon
To be honest I only read 2 chapters. Jim butcher's and George rr Martin. Bombshells and the princess and the queen where both excellent shorts.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great Collections of stories by familiar authors and some less familiar; great to have introductions to their work.Published 3 months ago by Maid Marion