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Dangerous Women Hardcover – December 3, 2013
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Dangerous Women doesn't just feature sci-fi/fantasy stories; there are a variety of genres represented. This makes the collection have an incredibly broad range. The eponymous dangerous women are all pretty different too - physically or magically powerful women, women who flourish despite their circumstances, femme fatales, vengeful ghosts, and more. Sometimes they drive the plot, sometimes they're the protagonist, and sometimes they're both.
I enjoyed some stories more than others, but unusually, I didn't think any fell flat. Some were disturbing or implausible, but I think they still made good additions to the anthology. I'm not going to review every story, but I'll talk a bit about some standouts.
THE HANDS THAT ARE NOT THERE by Melinda Snodgrass
This story takes place in the same universe as one of my favourites from Songs of Love and Death, and I was immediately pulled into this universe again. Unfortunately there aren't any full-length books in this universe, but I'm hoping there will be soon! It involves an extraordinary story told in a bar, which if were true, would have incredible repercussions.
SHADOWS FOR SILENCE IN THE FORESTS OF HELL by Brandon Sanderson
I don't really like the title of the story, but the story itself was fantastic.Read more ›
Anyway, this collection is better than those I have read before. I sincerely enjoyed each and every story in the book, though of course I liked some more than others. There were several that I wished were full-length novels (Carrie Vaughn's "Raisa Stepanova," for example). I had a few friends who were misled by the title, thinking it referred solely to women that are out to wreak havoc and destroy lives. That is certainly not what this collection is about. While some of the female protagonists may not be shining stars of virtue, for the most part they all represent strong woman who take control of their destinies. It is, truthfully, a book of feminist dreams (and I mean that in the best way possible).
A friend did express concern that the book would use George R.R. Martin's name as a way to sell a collection of mediocre stories. However, I found that is not the case. I came to the collection without bias, as I have not read anything by any of the authors (no, I do not read the Song of Ice and Fire series), yet I found each story to be well-written and original. I just hope that not too many people flip to the end of the book to read Martin's story and then decide not to read the others. It would be a damn shame, since I was not impressed with his work.
Is the book worth $32.50? Personally, I would not think of paying full price for it.Read more ›
And while the title of the collection suggests that the theme of included stories are women that make problems, threaten or destroy this is actually not entirely true.
Although reader on the anthology pages is going to meet all kinds of female protagonists that are far from being symbols of perfection or virtuous, most of them are characters that didn't want to leave their fate and lives to others...
What is characteristic of many anthologies especially in situations when they're of different genres - the unevenness of quality- happened in this case as well, resulting with a situation that some of the included stories are of exceptional quality, while there are some others that certainly are not of level that would be expected in such edition.
Also, the short stories as format are not popular with all the readers because they most of the times don't allow the full development of the characters and the reader often wonders why the author didn't made the effort to develop it into a book of novel length.
Personally I like to read short stories and I think that only the skillful writers succeed in this shorter form giving more than the others would manage to deliver on 200 or more pages.Read more ›
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**I only read Virgins by Diana Gabaldon**
Virgins takes place after Jamie's lashings when he's somewhat healed. It features the adventures of Jamie and Ian. Read more
To be honest, I am not a sci-fi fan, and this book is mostly that. I only bought the book to read Diana Gabaldon's short story "Virgins. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Mitch
Average book. The snippets of stories are similar to ordering a sampler platter at a grade B restaurant. Read morePublished 19 days ago by lowriderminis
I haven't even finished this, but so far, I'm loving this collection of short stories.Published 1 month ago by Sarah Rose
I expected greatness from this book, I mean look at the authors it boasts! But what I got instead was just horrendous. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Basically only bought it for George R.R. Martin's novella.Published 2 months ago by Jason Teo-Cashman
This is a book of short stories by many different authors. I don't know that I am such a fan of short stories, because - in many cases, I wish to continue the story and it seems... Read morePublished 2 months ago by KS