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Chicks 'N Chained Males Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1999

4.3 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 3 of 6 in the Chicks in Chainmail Series

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AMAZONS 'R US

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.

About the Author

Esther Friesner is a well-known US science fiction and fantasy author and editor of the highly-successful tongue-in-cheek fantasy 'Chicks' series from Baen which includes 'Did You Say Chicks?' and 'Chicks in Chainmail'.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671578146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671578145
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,069,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chicks 'N Chained Males (1999) is the third Fantasy anthology in the Chicks in Chainmail series, following Did You Say Chicks?!. This humorous anthology contains eighteen short stories about female warriors:

- 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.
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Turns the whole warrior women trope on it's head, with hilarious results.I am working my way through all the Chicks and Chainmail series, so I don't miss a single story. Makes you look at bikinis and rust in a different light.Totally delightful.
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Every story in this anthology has women in (mostly) armor and a man in needing rescue, usually waiting patiently in chains. Everything is humorous. I preferred the later stories, which were more funny life than funny slapstick. The last three stories made me pause and smile as I finished them. Overall a good selection of the Baen's fantasy/sci-fi author line-up from the nineties.

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.

The standouts

"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.
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I checked out this book for the one story about the chain letter. I guess, yes, if I lived in a world where magic was commonplace (or, I should say, remotely plausible) then the scare factor of the "forward this or else" clause would be much higher. Because then it might actually be able to curse you, unlike here on Earth. Where it's forwarding the chain letter that will get you cursed... at by everyone you send it to!

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.
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Cute! I like the concept.

Men need to be rescued and then spanked for making us go to the trouble.
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This was great - not only do the women have "real" jobs, they get to prove that they have feelings as well (yet don't let them rule their lives). It's nice to see some men in danger for once - and seeing that their rescuers are women with attitude. Definitely something I'll pass on to my nieces and young cousins!
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Eighteen stories of warrior women who come to men in distress. The tables have been turned! This is the second in, what I hope will be, a series. These women may look like "babes" in very little chain mail, but they show themselves to be able to take care of themselves...and other men. My husband and I enjoyed it thoroughly!
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