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Chicks in Chainmail Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1995
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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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- Introduction by Esther Friesner explains the origins of the book and the title. It is all her fault.
- "Lady of Steel" by Roger Zelazny tells of the man who wanted a name for himself as a female warrior.
- "And Ladies of the Club" by Elizabeth Moon relates the story of the king who taxed bras.
- "Exchange Program" by Susan Shwartz involves Hillary Clinton and the Valkyries.
- "Goddess for a Day" by Harry Turtledove exposes the election tactics of the ancient Greeks and the opinions of their goddesses.
- "Armor-Ella" by Holly Lisle speaks of a six foot maid who was visited by a prince.
- "Career Day" by Margaret Ball regards a fighting Mom who gets roped into taking a group of students -- and two adults -- to her worksite.
- "Armor/Amore" by David Vierling displays a barbarian, a princess and love at first fight.
- "The Stone of War and the Nightingale's Egg" by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough confronts a warrior maid with the trial of turning a harem into a fighting force.
- "The Growling" by Jody Lynn Nye brings a group of men intent upon rape and pillange into a village where the men have been gone for over a year.
- "The New Britomart" by eluki bes shahar builds a tale of love, magic and sidhe.
- "On the Road of Silver" by Mark Bourne intermingles museum politics with the fae.
- "Bra Melting" by Janni Lee Simner pits style against protection in female armor.
- "The Old Grind" by Laura Frankos has a young giantess leaving home to look for a good fight and a decent male.
- "The Way to a Man's Heart" by Esther Friesner considers the marriage chances of princesses when princes are in short supply.
- "Whoops!" by Nancy Springer divulges the antics of a guardian angel with a dislike of one-fingered salutes.
- "The Guardswoman" by Lawrence Watt-Evans deals with a female guard in a brothel.
- "Teacher's Pet" by Josepha Sherman introduces a woman warrior to a teacher who knows a little magic.
- "Were-Wench" by Jan Stirling takes a female soldier back home with a curse.
- "Blood Calls to Blood" by Elizabeth Waters leads a woman cop Under the Hill with some help from her family.
- "Maureen Birnbaum in the MUD" by George Alec Effinger is about eye shadow and quests.
These stories are entertaining and often funny. You should check out the interesting authors that you don't already know. Some also have full-length novels waiting for your perusal.
More adventures are coming. The next installment in this series is Did You Say Chicks?!.
Highly recommended for Friesner fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of nontraditional -- and other -- occupations for women. Read and enjoy!
-Arthur W. Jordin
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