Warriors 1 Mass Market Paperback – March 29, 2011
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About the Author
George R.R. Martin is the author of the acclaimed, internationally bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, adapted into the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. He is also the editor and contributor to the Wild Cards series, including the novels Suicide Kings and Fort Freak, among other bestsellers. He has won multiple science fiction and fantasy awards, including four Hugos, two Nebulas, six Locus Awards, the Bram Stoker, the World Fantasy Award, the Daedelus, the Balrog, and the Daikon (the Japanese Hugo). Martin has been writing ever since he was a child, when he sold monster stories to neighborhood children for pennies, and then in high school he wrote fiction for comic fanzines. His first professional sale was to Galaxy magazine, when he was 21. He has been a full-time writer since 1979. Martin has bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Gardner Dozois, one of the most acclaimed editors in science-fiction, has won the Hugo Award for Best Editor 15 times. He was the editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine for 20 years. He is the editor of the Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies and co-editor of the Warrior anthologies, Songs of the Dying Earth, and many others. As a writer, Dozois twice won the Nebula Award for best short story. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Publisher : Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765360268
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765360267
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.11 x 1.09 x 6.88 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,403,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I found the other stories to range from "okay" to "very good". Below I will record my thoughts on each of them:
Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman was pretty good. A story about a group of soldiers that have to share their inner thoughts through a machine to lead a special machine to war. A lot of the scenes were very interesting. The most interesting part of the story was the exploration of love when you share everything with another person.
The Eagle and the Rabbit by Steven Saylor was good. This story is about a group of Corinthians being enslaved by a group of Romans. The Roman leader singles out two Corinthians as the Eagle and the Rabbit. The Rabbit will be tortured more than normal and the Eagle will be treated kindly. The story has an interesting dilemma felt by the Eagle. Does he become Roman or does he continue a refugee life as a Corinthian? A very interesting dilemma.
And Ministers of Grace by Tad Williams was very good. This was my favorite story in the book. The main character is a very interesting assassin. Trained by a religious group (The Covenant) to kill the anti-religious prime minister of the Rationalist planet Archimedes. While the story might bash on religion, it is a very interesting story about brain-washing (not just by the religious leaders, but by the rationalist leaders). The setting created by the author was very interesting and makes me want to read more of this world. At the same time, the story is self-contained and well exectured.
The King of Norway by Cecelia Holland was okay. This was my least favorite story in the book. The story is about a Danish warrior who joins the vikings in a fight against the king of Norway. The story has good fighting scenes, specially between boats and the main character has his great moments, but overall, I was a bit disappointed with the story. It didn't resonate with me.
Defenders of the Frontier by Robert Silverberg was pretty good. The story deals with a group of 11 soldiers in a big fortress defending their Empire from an adversary. The war started 20 years ago with a lot more than 11 soldiers (more than ten thousand), but as time has gone by either battle or illness have brought the number down to 11. The enemy hasn't really attacked in over 6 years, but they also haven't heard back from the Empire in a long time. The question is whether to leave the post and try to go back to the Empire (which is very far and they have no maps to use) or stay there for the rest of their lives. It is an interesting question. Not a story that I will remember many years from now, but one that was worth reading.
The Mystery Knight by George R.R. Martin was very good. The reason I bought the book, didn't disappoint. It was a very strong story. The story is about a hedge knight (Duncan the Tall) who has a prince (Aegon, or Egg) as a squire. In this story they go to a tournament of jousting. The tournament is more than it seems.
My favorite part of the story was the notion of a tournament knight. Knights are very proud and almost always make their fortunes from battle, but in this book we are introduced to a smart knight who makes a fortune out of tournaments. He is a gifted jouster who uses people's perceptions against them to make a killing in the gambling circles. This notion was worth the story for me.
Overall, I am glad I purchased this book. It delivered a very good Song of Ice and Fire tale and other notable stories.
The other stories in here are good ... war stories and stories of heroism, but not fulfilling for a light-hearted fantasy reader such as myself. However, $7.19 was none to bad a deal to read the stories I was so desperately in need of. :P
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One of the stories – Defenders of the Frontiers by Robert Silverberg – seemed to be loosely inspired by Dino Buzzati’s “Tartar steppe”, with the muck depleted garrison of a frontier outpost waiting for an enemy that never comes and wondering what to do.
Georges Martin’s story (“the Mystery Knight”) takes place in Westeros and is portrayed as a “Tale of the Seven Kingdoms”. IT is however well before Games of Thrones at a time where the Targaryens are still on the throne but there are no more dragons alive, only a few eggs. Interestingly, the hero and his servant seem to be loosely modelled on Don Quichotte and Sancho Pansa.
Another tells the story of an assassin that is trained and mentally conditioned by a theocracy before being sent on what turns out to be a suicide mission to kill the leader of their enemies. Except that things turn out to be much more complicated than that… (Tad Williams);
The Eagle and the Rabbit is a rather awful story and contest of wills between a Carthaginian prisoner and slave and a very sadistic Roman. It takes place after the final destruction of Carthage
King of Norway is a Viking story with lots of “blood and thunder” and a superb battle at sea, or rather in a fjord, based on a historical one, even if the heroes are fictitious (by Cecilia Holland).
“Forever Bound” (Joe Halderman) is the story of a rather gruelling experience where the hero is mentally bound as part of a “hunter-killer” platoon with his mates, and with one of them in particular, in some sort of cyborg warfare. Loosely inspired by Vietnam, this piece of science-fiction insists on the lasting trauma brought by the experience of mental bonding.
This is a very strong collection of short stories. While readers will clearly prefer some of them to others, there are no real weak ones. All of them are rather good, even if not fantastic. Also, the format, with all stories being about fifty pages long except for the last one from Martin (over 140 pages), is rather well suited for holiday reading or reading when travelling. Four stars.