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Dangerous Women Hardcover – December 3, 2013
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Top Customer Reviews
Dangerous Women doesn't just feature sci-fi/fantasy stories; there are a variety of genres represented. This makes the collection have an incredibly broad range. The eponymous dangerous women are all pretty different too - physically or magically powerful women, women who flourish despite their circumstances, femme fatales, vengeful ghosts, and more. Sometimes they drive the plot, sometimes they're the protagonist, and sometimes they're both.
I enjoyed some stories more than others, but unusually, I didn't think any fell flat. Some were disturbing or implausible, but I think they still made good additions to the anthology. I'm not going to review every story, but I'll talk a bit about some standouts.
THE HANDS THAT ARE NOT THERE by Melinda Snodgrass
This story takes place in the same universe as one of my favourites from Songs of Love and Death, and I was immediately pulled into this universe again. Unfortunately there aren't any full-length books in this universe, but I'm hoping there will be soon! It involves an extraordinary story told in a bar, which if were true, would have incredible repercussions.
SHADOWS FOR SILENCE IN THE FORESTS OF HELL by Brandon Sanderson
I don't really like the title of the story, but the story itself was fantastic.Read more ›
Anyway, this collection is better than those I have read before. I sincerely enjoyed each and every story in the book, though of course I liked some more than others. There were several that I wished were full-length novels (Carrie Vaughn's "Raisa Stepanova," for example). I had a few friends who were misled by the title, thinking it referred solely to women that are out to wreak havoc and destroy lives. That is certainly not what this collection is about. While some of the female protagonists may not be shining stars of virtue, for the most part they all represent strong woman who take control of their destinies. It is, truthfully, a book of feminist dreams (and I mean that in the best way possible).
A friend did express concern that the book would use George R.R. Martin's name as a way to sell a collection of mediocre stories. However, I found that is not the case. I came to the collection without bias, as I have not read anything by any of the authors (no, I do not read the Song of Ice and Fire series), yet I found each story to be well-written and original. I just hope that not too many people flip to the end of the book to read Martin's story and then decide not to read the others. It would be a damn shame, since I was not impressed with his work.
Is the book worth $32.50? Personally, I would not think of paying full price for it.Read more ›
The rest of the stories were deliciously bite-sized & challenging. Many of the authors painted vivid world in a minimum of words. It's just an absolute shame that chunk of drek was dropped in the middle of an otherwise good anthology.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this story collection solely for the Song of Ice and Fire short story "The Princess and the Queen" (George Martin), along with the "Rogues" short story... Read morePublished 2 days ago by jsoul6208
Dangerous women DB 78144
Martin, George R. R Dozois, Gardner R. Reading time 36 hours, 19 minutes.
Read by George Holmes. Read more
Severely disappointing! I will not be looking into other anthologies in this series.
I skipped several stories because after half an hour, I still wasn't interested; and... Read more
Story line is very predictable(beyond the classic headline plotline... but with that said I read all 5.Published 1 month ago by elise
Kept me engaged for. Long time. Able to travel and finish a story on the
Plane. Great authors great stories!
This book is a compilation of stories by various authors.The heroines are all strong women. The stories also vary in genre with most being science fiction but one biographical... Read morePublished 2 months ago by joan e barden
On first impressions, you rather get the impression that George R. R. Martin has been enlisted in this venture as at least part marketing tool. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Hockley
Very uneven, you have to wade through some mediocre stories to get to the good ones. Jim Butcher and Joe Abercrombie have excellent stories.
S.M. Read more