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Armored Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012
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"A collection exemplifying the theme, and definitely worth checking out." --Publishers Weekly
"Armored stands as the definitive anthology of its kind." --Bookgasm
"Whatever your tastes, Armored is sure to provide quite a few great tales, and it's always incredible to see the wide variety of styles and perspectives each author contributes to the whole. Some stories will have you wishing for a suit of your own, while others will have you vowing to never step foot inside anything that could run off on its own volition. Either way, you won't come away from Armored without feeling the impact." --Examiner.com
"Armored is a collection of short stories dealing primarily with powered armor of one variety or another. [...] I would heartily recommend this compilation to anyone interested in military science fiction and powered armor in particular." --MilitarySciFi.com
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The anthology opens up with a foreword by Orson Scott Card that really sets the stage for the stories to come. This is followed by an introduction by John Joseph Adams that also amps readers up and gets the gears going. Rather than review each of the stories (there are 23 in all) I will just dip into the highlights, and man are those highlights difficult to choose from. This anthology is just that good.
"The Johnson Maneuver" by Ian Douglas starts the book with a bang. Douglas knows his Marine Corps history and aptly develops the image of future soldiers in a satisfying fashion. The power armor featured is cool (and this is just ceremonial armor!) and the aliens are really interesting. The most important part of the story as the opening act of a whole collection about power armor is the reminder that it is never about the armor, it's about the man inside.
"Jungle Walkers" by David Klecha and Tobias S. Buckell is a near future tale that pits an unarmored weapons platoon in South America against some very heavy metal.Read more ›
[The Good (or stories I enjoyed and had a positive impact)]
The Johnson Maneuver
The book starts with a futuristic retelling of an amazing real life event. Very enjoyable and a perfect opening story for this anthology.
Amusing war story with a great twist that had me sadistically laughing.
Find Heaven and Hell in the Smallest Things
Neat concept with an ending I didn't see coming but enjoyed.
Armor: A Love Story
A love story, in a military science fiction story? Call me dumbstruck, but I liked it!
Not a lot in terms of action, but gives off a mysterious vibe that pays off at the end. As a side note, given the futuristic setting, I couldn't help but shake my head at the author's use of IPv4 for communication when, today, IPv6 is being pushed since we're running out of IPv4 addresses.
Initially confusing due to the frequent use of the odd terminology, but ultimately an enjoyable read.Read more ›
Several of these stories had me reading author bios to find out where I could read more of their writings. Two of the best, as you might expect, come from Michael Stackpole and Brandon Sanderson. That is not to take anything away from any of the other amazing stories, but these two did such a good job exploring the emotions and building the worlds around the armor that I found myself disappointed when I got to the last page and found an end instead of another chapter or volume.
If this is the quality of anthology that Adams commonly puts together, I will have to find more of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very much as the title suggests, but with enough new perspectives on the subject to make it a bit more interesting than one could expect.Published 3 months ago by Deron Minnaar
All of the stories were good well rounded and not
Lacking in any way. The theme was full and varied and well donee.
It's a great collection of short-stories featuring powered-armored from many notable authors.Published 10 months ago by MechChef
very good story lines with wildly ranging themes about powered armor/mechs. a great addition to your military sci-fi collection.Published 14 months ago by Oregon
One damn bad book as far as I am concerned. An anthology of supposed Mecha stories. The Mecha show up – if at all – as ancillary parts of most stories. Read morePublished 15 months ago by William Hopke
Sometimes I just need short stories to read at bedtime. This book gave me a chance to sample various author's works.Published 15 months ago by Linda Cozette
a very good book is very good collection of short stories hard to put it downPublished 19 months ago by Harry jones
I liked most of the stories in this, none of them are as good as Starship Troopers or Armor or Forever War, but most are at least worth a read. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Christian P. Mercer