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Warriors [Kindle Edition]

George R.R. Martin , Gardner Dozois
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From George R. R. Martin?s Introduction to Warriors: ?People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing?a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they?re best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat.? Included are a long novella from the world of Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, a new tale of Lord John by Diana Gabaldon, and an epic of humanity at bay by David Weber. Also present are original tales by David Ball, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, Gardner Dozois, Joe Haldeman, Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Steven Saylor, Robert Silverberg, S.M. Stirling, Carrie Vaughn, Howard Waldrop, and Tad Williams. Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading.

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The title of this massive anthology implies a binding military-sf theme, but actually the book is an essay in providing lots of different genres between one set of covers. Happily, it’s entirely successful. There really is something for everybody in it. Joe R. Lansdale has a straight history-cum-mystery about the Buffalo Soldiers, among other things. Naomi Novik eschews dragons in favor of bioengineering on a distant planet—too distant for the characters’ comfort. Steven Saylor goes back before Gordianus the Finder’s era to the fall of Carthage, regarded from the Carthaginian perspective. Lawrence Block forsakes Matthew Scudder to present a very odd young lady of easy virtue. Likewise, Carrie Vaughan’s character herein isn’t really a werewolf but a member of the WWII WASP. Both S. M. Stirling and David Weber hew closer to standard military-sf than many others; both are complete masters of it, of course, who have ever so slightly pushed its limits. And both editors contribute, Dozois a classy last-survivor piece, and Martin a sidebar to his Ice and Fire saga. --Roland Green


“An eclectic mix…. Highly recommended.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Pure entertainment.” 
Publishers Weekly

“Entirely successful… There really is something for everybody in it.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 1142 KB
  • Print Length: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BQZ870
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Warriors is a multiple-author, genre-swapping anthology. The only thing these twenty stories have in common is that a warrior of some kind - a soldier, a mercenary, a religious fanatic, a cowboy, even a serial killer who considers themselves on an important mission - is involved. The stories move between genres, with SF stories followed by crime thrillers followed by fantasy tales followed by historical fiction, the mainstream and the speculative brought together in a manner I haven't really seen before.

Warriors is a resounding success. Martin and Dozois' previous editorial collaboration, Songs of the Dying Earth, was excellent but a few stories fell short of the high quality elsewhere. Warriors is notable for not featuring any weak links at all. Some stories are stronger than others, but there is no story that I'd suggest skipping or not bothering with.

Things get off to a good start with The King of Norway by Celia Holland, which follows two Viking warriors on an epic raiding mission. A strong, combat-oriented story that moves very quickly. Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman is an SF story featuring a team of scientists learning to fight together by teleoperating cybernetic soldiers, and is another good story with an unusually moving finale. The Triumph by Robin Hobb is set during the Punic Wars, and concentrates on the friendship of two neighbouring Roman farmers, one of whom became a soldier and the other a general. An excellent short story.

Clean Slate by Lawrence Block is a pretty savage, contemporary thriller featuring a mentally-damaged protagonist engaging in heinous acts to avenge her destroyed childhood. Powerful and at times disturbing stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More reflective than exhilarating May 19, 2010
A warning: Not every story in "Warriors" is rousing and brimming with action. Most of the stories are introspective in nature, dealing with the ramifications of warfare and the consequences of being a warrior. I would have preferred more thrilling, heroic stories--I wish the editors had approached Bernard Cornwell and Steven Pressfield for contributions. That said, a few of the tales in this collection stand out. Wry and invigorating, "Soldierin'" makes me want to read more work from Joe Lansdale. "Defenders of the Frontier" demonstrates why Robert Silverberg has had such a long, distinguished career. Diana Gabaldon's "The Custom of the Army" features a compelling, complicated protagonist in Lord John. I especially like how she flavors her story with the ideal amount of historical detail. An amusing adventure, "Ancient Ways" forces me to rethink my opinion of S.M. Stirling, a writer who inspired indifference in me in the past. Many readers will probably pick up "Warriors" for the latest George R.R. Martin story, and I think that some will be disappointed. "The Mystery Knight" is Martin's weakest of the three Dunk and Egg stories. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what is lacking, but I would say that the wonder and magic of the series have waned. I expected "The Mystery Knight" to be one of the best stories in the collection, and it isn't.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anthology May 8, 2010
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Warriors is one of the best anthologies I've read. I was lucky enough to get it for a just bit over eight bucks on pre-order. The editors did a fantastic job of choosing the authors and stories, and also in ordering the stories within the volume. I loved the idea of using the warrior theme, very broadly defined, and then including so many different genres. It ended up working extremely well.

The anthology includes 20 stories and almost every single one of them was a strong entry. There was only one that I flat out didn't like and thought was too weak of an offering to be included with all the rest. There were quite a few stories that were about things that don't particularly interest me, but the outstanding writing kept me absorbed anyway.

I did have one major disappointment with this anthology, and it's why I gave it only 4 instead of 5 stars. That is the dearth of of women. Of the 20 stories in Warriors only 4 had a female protagonist and only 5 were written by women. Those are extremely sad statistics for such a mixed anthology in this day and age.

Kindle Note: (I usually do the Kindle Note at the end, but I'll put it here for those who don't want to read through the story listing.) The ebook was excellently designed with an active TOC and markers on the progress bar for the start of each story, enabling the ability to flip between stories using the 5-way. There was one serious oddity, the word "Whatever" was capitalized every time it was used throughout the book. Looks like a search and replace that got out of hand! There were the usual assortment of typos and hyphen problems, but nothing too egregious.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super All-Genre Anthology March 30, 2010
Warriors is a massive anthology that features an all-star cast of contributors including Tad Williams, Joe R. Lansdale, Peter S. Beagle, Robert Silverberg, Joe Haldeman, Naomi Novik, Robin Hobb, and S.M. Stirling. The cherry on top of it all is a new Song of Fire and Ice Novella by George R.R. Martin set before the events in Game of Thrones. From top to bottom this is an outstanding collection. One of the most satisfying anthologies that have come out in a long time, this is a cross-genre collection with stories set in a distant, mythological past, the far future, and everything in-between.

For example, Ceila Hollands "King of Norway" is a tale of a couple of Viking Raiders; Robin Hobb's "The Triumph" is a tale of the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage; "Forever Bound" by Joe Haldeman is a futuristic tale about cybernetic soldiers; Carrie Vaughn's "The Girls From Avenger" and David Morell's "My Name is Legion" are set during World War II; and, as you'd expect, Texan Joe R. Lansdale serves up a tale of the Old West. Eclectic? Absolutely but highly entertaining.

For those fans of series, you won't be disappointed either. S.M. Stirling's contributes a new story set in his Emberverse setting, Diana Gabaldon contributes a Lord John tale, and of course there is GRRM's entry, a new "Dunk and Egg" adventure. I can't say enough good things about this anthology except...go and buy it!!!
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“Introduction: Stories from the Spinner Rack” by George R.R. Martin – In this introduction, Martin reflects on how there were no bookstores in one of his early hometowns, Bayonne,... Read more
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Thoughtful compilation of short stories about characters pushing themselves to limits unknown.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Warriors - Have Been Unable to Enjoy This Book
I have tried three times to read this book and unfortunately I have yet to pick a story that has captured my interest. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Movie Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Much mor
e detail and advanced story than the first two which were still pretty good. Much closer stile to the a song of ice and fire series.
Published 3 months ago by Chad Harless
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent diversion!
While waiting for another installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series, I came across this book edited by the great George R.R. Martin. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BKmarie
4.0 out of 5 stars Warriors Anthology
A collection of short stories that vary a lot in quality, topic and level of interest. Very few really stood out for me.
Published 3 months ago by Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent anthology!
This is a great collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories on the theme of "warriors." There are some real star authors here, some real talent, and the collection seems well-chosen. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Colin A. Brodd
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Great condition, great book. It's excellently compiled.
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My son loved it
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George R.R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally since then. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

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Dunk & Egg collected
That's the plan, apparently. However, they'll need 4-5 stories before they'll be long enough to justify putting into one volume, so I think we'll see discussions about this after the fourth story is published (whenever that is).
Nov 23, 2010 by A. Whitehead |  See all 3 posts
While we wait for ADWD
This isn't the conclusion of the Dunk and Egg story. There will be 9-12 stories in total taking them to the events of Summerhall when Prince Rhaegar was born, which is about forty-four years after the events of the story in WARRIORS.

As for your purchasing plan, why not just get it out of the... Read More
Jan 19, 2010 by A. Whitehead |  See all 4 posts
What happened to Kindle Edition?
To not being allowed to buy it in Europe is more then disappointing to me: it means I'll not be able to read it.
I'm not buying it in a printed version, so they are actually losing money and I'm probably missing it (I had the hype to buy it now, some months later I'll not remember to check it... Read More
May 22, 2010 by Emanuele Pugliese |  See all 6 posts
3 month delay?
I agree. The publisher has LOST as sale in my case. With the hype of the release, I would have bought it immediately on March 16th... but in June, no thanks. I'll get it at the library. They are idiots. By dragging out the kindle release, they are eliminating an entire group of impluse/hype... Read More
Mar 9, 2010 by Celia |  See all 2 posts
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