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- File Size : 1374 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 785 pages
- Publisher : Tor Books; First Edition (December 3, 2013)
- Publication Date : December 3, 2013
- ASIN : B00CVMHCJW
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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When I thought about the fact that two men are editing an anthology called "Dangerous Women," I realized I my expectations were entirely wrong. If your expectations are appropriate you may be happier with this anthology.
I'll also admit that I can't pay the full asking price of a book and just read a novella, so there was no way I was going to not read the other tales as well. I have to say now that I'm glad I have. Unlike many of the anthologies I've been asked to review over time, this is a collection of top-shelf authors very skilled in their craft. Too many editors compile anthos as a way to get experience for beginning writers. I suppose that's a fine thing, but it's not something I generally enjoy reading. In this case you've got little noshes from lots of grand chefs at the top of their game and it's nothing short of a feast.
Probably the masterstroke of editing genius from Dozois was to make the collection a cross-genre experience. It's nice to go from sci-fi to noir to high fantasy to urban fantasy. The difference in genres makes each story a palette cleanser and a unique and filling experience on its own.
I'd recommend this to fans of great reading, even those who don't generally go for the short-story format. I'd say some of the stories are 5-star, most are 4-star and a few slip under the wire slightly, coming in at 3-star. Even those, however, are good reads. Special mention for the story within a story about the star-crossed lovers--I want a followup to that one, and I want it badly. (I don't have the book in front of me, pardon my lack of a title.)
The only clunker was the GRRM "short" history of blitherdrool, which was simply boilerplate GoT with all the interesting bits removed. GRRM now writes histories rather than stories. If made-up histories are your thing, go for it and more power to your elbow. Personally, history presented like this is why I gave up history at school. Then this king then this battle than this queen then this battle. You'd think that battles involving dragons would have to be exciting but GRRM has achieved mastery of the form and (no doubt channeling the Oldtown maester purportedly writing this nonsense) leached out all the fun from the account. I did something I very, very rarely do and gave up on the thing about 1/3 the way in.
Some Desperado by Abercrombie. If anyone has read his First Law trilogy one will recognize the kind of character portrayed in this story,whether male or female. Hardened, doesn't take any carp, take what life gives you and live with the choices made. A good story that gives the reader a taste of what to expect in his other stories. I appreciate authors (who I've never read before) doing this for the reader of anthologies.
My Heart Is Either Broken by Abbott. This story left no impression on me.
Nora's Song by Holland. I love historical fiction and this author brought this period of history alive to me. I will definitely check out other similar works by this author.
The Hands That Are Not There by Snodgrass. Again no lasting impression.
Bombshells by Butcher. This definitely gives a taste of what to expect from this author's books. I have attempted to read Butcher's books before and have never really caught on because of all the dark magic stuff. His books leave me feeling like I'm in a dark place. Not a good place to be!
Raisa Stepanova by Vaughn. Again I love the historical fiction in this anthology. Vaughn opened up to my eyes a piece of history I never really knew about. She wrote a similar story in the Warriors anthology.
Wrestling Jesus by Lansdale. I really liked this story. I'm not exactly sure what I can liken it to. Very well-developed characters.
Neighbors by Lindholm. I have read some of Robin Hobb's stuff before and was pleasantly surprised when learning that this story was by the same author. It was interesting with a touch of some dark elements that are customary to Hobb's fantasy fiction.
I Know How to Pick 'em by Block. This was a bit too sadistic for my tastes.
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell by Sanderson. A good story. I find that this author has many original ideas in his world-building. I love Stormlight Archives but have more difficulty with Mistborn.
A Queen in Exile by Penman. This author painted a vivid picture of this period of history. Another good story from the historical fiction genre.
The Girl in the Mirror by Grossman. Try adult Harry Potter. Good story.
Second Arabesque, Very Slowly by Kress. Good writing skills and if she writes additional stories in th vein then I might be interested in reading more from this author.
City Lazarus by Rowland. A truly sleazy character who has no redeeming qualities. Not my favorite story.
Virgins by Gabaldon. This is the third story I have read from this author, the other two found in Warriors and Rogues anthologies. While I liked this story better than the other two, I have found that this author simply doesn't pique my interest.
Hell Hath No Fury by Kenyon. The story was okay but not really surprising or chilling.
Pronouncing Doom by Stirling. I liked the story okay but it seems to me that since the Changing is relatively recent that people would need more time to change the way they view how to run a state and with developing a radically different idea of religion. I read a story by this author in Warriors anthology that referred to the same event of the Changing but in a more distant future setting.
Name the Beast by Sykes. The storytelling by this author was somewhat vague but the kind of story called for this. The ending wasn't all that surprising.
Caretakers by Cadigan. Boring!
Lies My Mother Told Me by Specter. Good story. Pointless and excessive use of profanity which took away from the main characters.
The Princess and the Queen by Martin. This was pretty good. Being a Song of Ice and Fire fan this story enriches the background to the main series. To get a taste of some of the events leading up to this story, be sure to read the Rogue Prince in the Rogues anthology.
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The description to the book reveals a huge spoiler for anyone who hasn't finished the series. If you're ever considering reading the Dresden files then skip this part entirely, as both the page long editorial and short story itself aren't meant to be read until you have finished the series.
I'm staggered that this wasn't mentioned. How hard would it have been to have included a line saying 'Spoiler ahead- do not read unless you have finished the Dresden files series.'?
Other than that the stories in this book are very good, I've enjoyed most of them and skipped those that I did not enjoy.
There were a few stories that properly disappointed me, being less about 'dangerous women' and more about the men who wanted to have sex with said women, the tired old 'femme fatale' trope that I hoped this book would avoid - 'Wrestling Jesus' and 'I Know How to Pick 'Em' were particularly bad for this. 'Wrestling Jesus' bored me, frankly, and 'I Know How to Pick 'Em' made me put my Kindle down in disgust after finishing it. There's a persistent theme of sexual violence through a lot of the stories that bothered me.