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Chicks 'N Chained Males Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1999
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Continuing a great tradition, Chicks 'n Chained Males is not what you think. That place is down the block, on another street, in another city. In fact, if that's what you're looking for one of our Chicks, Helga her name is, will be over shortly to give you a send-off you won't soon forget. (The term Bouncer takes on a whole new meaning....)
All we have here is a bunch of perfectly healthy babes in brass bras and chain-link bikinis, bearing broad swords and filled with good intentions. Never would such as they stoop to the exploitation of those poor chained males who have suddenly found themselves under their protection and succor. Never would they force those poor boys to do anything they did not wish to do; perish that thought on the nearest sharp blade!
No-no -- these chicks are here to rescue these victims of male-abuse from any number of Fates Worse Than Death.... Right here. Right now.
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- Introduction by Esther Friesner explains her intent to provide a new view of women warriors. See her story below for her example.
- "Myth Manner's Guide to Greek Missology #1" by Harry Turtledove is about Andromeda doing a job for Zeus, with some help from Hera. The author is a repeat contributor.
- "Chain, Link, Fence" by Steven Piziks concerns a thief and a statue of a god. The author has a story in the previous volume.
- "Fool's Gold" by Elizabeth Moon continues the story of Mirabel. This time, a man becomes a dragon and terrorizes the neighborhood.
- "In for a Pound" by Lawrence Watt-Evans concerns a werewolf with political ambitions. The author has repeatedly contributed to this series.
- "Death Becomes Him" by Marina Frants continues the story of Vassilisa from the second volume. A rider bearing a gift come to Baba Yaga's hut. This time the author does a solo performance.
- "Straight Arrow" by Susan Shwartz concerns a female F-15 pilot whose plane failed over Bosnia. The author contributed to the first volume in this series.
- "Bad Heir Day" by Rosemary Edghill introduces a female heir to the throne of Britain. The author also contributed to the first volume under an assumed name.
- "Why Do You Think They Call it Middle Earth?" by Susan Cooper follows the adventures of a woman who falls through a hole while telling a bum what he can do to get a job.Read more ›
The quality of writing is fairly consistent as this is a main-line publisher book and not an Indie. Other than the "Baubles, Bangles and Beads", I don't think any of the stories are going to stick with me long. The stories felt a little dated (read 2015, written 1999). A light read for a few nights.
I should mention I could not finish the first story - that one was wretched. ("Myth Manners' Guide to Greek Missology #1" by Harry Turtledove). Just skip it and come back when you are done to see if you like it. I haven't found anything from Mr. Turtledove I like, but obviously others like his writing - so you should investigate.Everything else was good, not great, but good.
"Leg Irons, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe" by Laura Frankos - The twenty theatrical allusions in this story would make a GREAT game for a reading group. Or provide enjoyment for anyone who loves theatre.
"Baubles, Bangles and Beads" by Kevin Andrew Murphy - An African story (in amongst the traditional white "medieval" stuff of chainmail chick genre, and totally awesome!) ... absolutely loved the ending.
"Hallah Iron-Thighs and the Five Unseemly Sorrows" by K.D. Wentworth - Again a very cool ending, a trifle heavy-handed before.
"Miss Underwood and the Mermaid" by Sarah Zettel - The magic system created for this story was lovely worldbuilding.
But the book itself was adolescent and cliché and boring, something I might have read in middle school. In fact, it did seem very dated. One or two of the stories were cute, but mostly it wasn't worth the time.
Men need to be rescued and then spanked for making us go to the trouble.
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Kind of puts me in my place, it does. I'm sure Oprah would approve of the emasculation. Great read. Highly rec poo amend it.Published 10 months ago by Rick Mahoney
Female power! But no male bashing here! I love Esther Friesner's work.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yet another fine collection of short stories starring ladies and swords. Very nice collection. I had this in hard cover before, but misplaced it. Read morePublished on October 17, 2012 by RJ the Great Cat Lover
I have some of the other Chicks books, and while they aren't what I'd call literature (I call them light fantasy), they're fun to read. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Lynn Bodoni
I really wanted to like this book. It was impossible. Utterly IMPOSSIBLE! Ok, now I understand why S&S gets worse every year, if THIS is the cream of the fantasy-writing crop. Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by K. Cubero
My order came quickly and was in perfect condition. I have purchased many books by the author and or editors, and enjoyed them all.Published on September 9, 2010 by D. Michael
Having not liked, in general, Chicks In Chain Mail I'm happy to be able to report that I actually enjoyed this follow up. Read morePublished on May 12, 2006 by David Hood