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Warrior Women This review is based only on the following storiesThe Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn This one made me sad mostly because a man's ego caused great harm I was glad that Em found out what happened just wish the guy was punishedDying with her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuire This author does horror in a way to make it seem real I like the idea that the girls came up with it's just too bad that one of them had to be sacrificed A lot of hits a couple misses and a few I wish I had liked but a well curated anthology nonetheless So I only really liked about three stories in the entire anthology The very first one I read Northern Chess by Paula Guran I loved the ending I can't help but chuckle view spoiler even if it's a total trope now that a woman can succeed where a man can't due to the wording of a curse Or you know having someone actually named Nobody or No Man hide spoiler An anthology of various genres fantasy sci fi space opera etc showcasing females in combat; many reviewers have commented on how sad most of these stories are; these stories chronicle the personal repercussions of war on the individual both physical and spiritual Even the most memorable one based in WW2 The Girls From Avenger ends in a pyrrhic victory as Em a WASP pilot investigating a friend's accidental death encounters resistance from the male pilots of the Army Air Corp as they attempt to cover up the truth of the incident; though at the end Em receives orders to fly P 51 fightersThe stories that stood out for meNorthern Chess by Tanith LeeLove Among the Talus by Elizabeth BearSoul Case by Nalo HopkinsonGirls From Avenger by Carrie VaughnPrayer by Robert ReedEngland Under the White Witch by Theodora GossLonely Songs of Laren Dorr by George RR MartinThe Knight of Chains the Deuce of Stars by Yoon Ha LeeBoy Twelve by Jessica RiesmanApplication of Hope Kristine Kathryn RuschNot That Kind of War Tanya HuffEaters Nancy KressAnd Wash Out by Tides of War An OwomoyelaDays of War As Red as Blood As Dark as Bile Aliette de Bodard From fantastic legends and science fictional futures come compelling tales of powerful women—or those who discover strength they did not know they possessed—who fight because they must for what they believe in for those they love to simply survive or who glory in battle itself Fierce or fearful they are courageous and honorable—occasionally unscrupulous and tainted—but all warriors worthy of the nameCONTENTSwords SorceryNorthern Chess by Tanith LeeAnukazi's Daughter by Mary GentleBecome a Warrior by Jane YollenThe Sea Troll's Daughter by Caitlin R KiernanJoenna's Axe by Elaine IsaakLove Among the Talus by Elizabeth BearSoul Case by Nalo HopkinsonJust YesterdayThe Girls from Avenger by Carrie VaughnIn the Loop by Ken LiuDying with her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuirePrayer by Robert ReedSomewhere between Myth Possibility England Under the White Witch by Theodora GossThe Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr by George RR MartinThe Knight of Chains the Deuce of Stars by Yoon Ha LeeSpace AriaBoy Twelve by Jessica ReismanThe Application of Hope by Kristine RuschNot That Kind of War by Tanya HuffNaratha's Shadow by Sharon Lee Steve MillerWill No War End All WarEaters by Nancy KressAnd Wash Out by Tides of Ware by An OwomoyelaHand to Hand by Elizabeth MoonThey Tell Me There Will be No Pain by Rachael AcksWonder Maul Doll by Kameron HurleyThe Days of the War as Red as Blood as Dark as Bile by Aliette de Bodard Overall ImpressionA mixed bag as anthologies so often are I much preferred the later sections to the beginning; I wonder if I just don't much like sword and sorcery?I will say that I found the collection to be a little scattered a little unfocused I think it was trying to do too many things at once It also had an overall grim tone Still it was worth a read and there are a couple of real gems in the mixHighlights include The Knight of Chains the Deuce of Stars by Yoon Ha Lee And Wash Out by Tides of War by An Owomoyela and Eaters by Nancy KressNorthern Chess Tanith Lee 4 starsBeautifully written and not in a way that I'm used to The twist will feel familiar to anyone who's grown up with Lord of the Rings but it's still a plot device I appreciateAnukazi's Daughter Mary Gentle 2 starsI didn't much like this storyBecome a Warrior Jane Yolen 3 starsPowerful but very bleakThe Sea Troll's Daughter Caitlin R Kiernan 2 starsThis was uite long and didn't really work for meJoenna's Axe Elaine Isaak 4 starsVery nice I though this story was very engaging appreciated the character development and the ending made me smile grimlyLove Among the Talus Elizabeth Bear 4 starsA detached writing style but I loved the worldSoul Case Nalo Hopkinson 4 starsShort but effectiveThe Girls from Avenger Carrie Vaughn 3 starsSomething about the writing felt just slightly clunky to me and there's no SFnal element But it's okayIn the Loop Ken Liu 3 starsLike the idea not so keen on the execution The writing style is very telling which is not generally what I preferDying With Her Cheer Pants On Seanan McGuire 4 starsThis story is just so absurd that you have to like it Fighting Pumpkins foreverPrayer Robert Reed 4 starsI don't know that I found the ending so satisfying but this story gets 4 stars just for the totally bonkers worldEngland Under the White Witch Theodora Goss 45 starsHistory made fairy tale I very much like Goss's writing definitely looking forward to reading something novel length from herThe Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr George R R Martin 5 starsMelancholy but utterly lovely The Knight of Chains the Deuce of Stars Yoon Ha Lee 5 starsHOLY COW Can I give this stars? I want to give this stars Gorgeously written fantastically inventive the imagery is to die for the construction is tight I'm only about halfway through the anthology but I'm pretty sure this is going to be the highlightBoy Twelve Jessica Reisman 4 starsI liked this one A prickly narrator but Reisman constructed her well Very inventive in its worldbuildingThe Application of Hope Kristine Kathryn Rusch 3 starsI liked this one too and possibly enough to foray into the rest of the Diving Universe However it felt uite long at least novelette length and I thought it might be tighter if it were pared down Plus the prose felt a bitdry? Unemotional? I'm not certainNot That Kind of a War Tanya Huff 4 starsAlways love me some Torin Huff is always very insightful about the realities of war and the personalities of those who wage itNaratha's Shadow Sharon Lee Steve Miller 35 starsThis was an interesting sci fifantasy blend I confess myself intrigued enough to investigate a Liaden Universe novelalthough what I was most captivated by was the idea of the scouts and their work finding artifacts and chasing down legends which mostly happened offscreen in this taleEaters Nancy Kress 5 starsWow Tight bursting with energy complicated characters ethical dilemmasan exceptionally strong storyAnd Wash Out by Tides of War An Owomoyela 5 starsOkay this one impressed me a lot I was captivated from the start and again really interesting worldbuilding Will definitely be looking out for stories by this authorHand to Hand Elizabeth Moon 4 starsRight so I don't know where exactly my opinion stands on the central argument of this story but it certainly has one and one that made me think and it's well writtenThey Tell Me There Will Be No Pain Rachael Acks 45 starsGrim but it resonated with meWonder Maul Doll Kameron Hurley 3 starsHurley is pretty much always gory This story is no exception It's just universally brutal I see where it was a challenge to ennui surrounding occupation and war; I see where it was a challenge to specifically the invasion of Ira I really didn't enjoy the reading experience thoughThe Days of the War as Red as Blood as Dark as Bile Aliette de Bodard 4 starsWell that was depressing This felt like an older anthology but I recognized a lot of the authors in it and I was excited to see a sci fi anthology centered on war but starring women The book is divided into five sections; Swords Spears Arrows Axes and Sorcery focuses on the standard fantasy warriors knights and mages and the like in fantasy worlds The next section Just Yesterday Perhaps Just Beyond Tomorrow is closer to contemporary fiction with a story set during WWII and a drone pilot and then an alien invasion of Earth Somewhere Between Myth Possibility is like a combination of sci fi and fantasy; there are space ships and alternate dimensions and witches The fourth section is Space Aria and it is what it sounds like space opera Pretty straight sci fi It's the fifth section that has the most thought provoking pieces Will No War End All War? centers stories about the cost of war And it's a little depressing to be honest It's a heavy topic so that's unsurprising but it left me in a low emotional place when I shut the bookWarrior Women is a really interesting book with twenty four different stories examining different aspects of war Some stories are told by soldiers some by scientists some by commanders some by the sisters and daughters of soldiers The book does a really good job of examining the subject from all angles I am eager to see what my husband as a former Marine thinks of the book I can't say that I enjoyed the book exactly but it gave me a LOT to think about And books that do that are just as important as escapist fantasyYou can find all my reviews at Goddess in the Stacks uick notes on individual stories as I read themNorthern Chess by Tanith Lee this is well written of course being from Tanith Lee but the plot turns on a fairly hoary line dating back to Macbeth Still a scenic ride'Anukazi's Daughter by Mary GentleBecome a Warrior by Jane YolenThe Sea Troll's Daughter by Caitlin R Kiernan I kinda get a Conan vibe from this one too I'm worried that the stories I like best so far are along ConanRed Sonja lines traditional SS heroes who happen to wear chainmail bikinisJoenna's Axe by Elaine Isaak I guess this is what I was expecting?Love Among the Talus by Elizabeth BearSoul Case by Nalo HopkinsonJJust YesterdayThe Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn I enjoyed this but it seems a little out of place in this volume I guess it's alternate history but I don't really know enough about the WASPs to be sureIn the Loop by Ken Liu WowDying with her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuireShort but punchy I liked itPrayer by Robert ReedSomewhere between Myth Possibility England Under the White Witch by Theodora GossPoetic but I don't think it'll stay with me longThe Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr by George RR MartinBleak dreamy beautiful reminiscent of M John Harrison or MoorcockThe Knight of Chains the Deuce of Stars by Yoon Ha LeeI love the hell out of this story but I do not begin to understand itSpace AriaBoy Twelve by Jessica ReismanThe Application of Hope by Kristine RuschNot That Kind of War by Tanya HuffNaratha's Shadow by Sharon Lee Steve MillerWill No War End All War?Eaters by Nancy KressAnd Wash Out by Tides of Ware by An OwomoyelaHand to Hand by Elizabeth MoonThey Tell Me There Will be No Pain by Rachael AcksWonder Maul Doll by Kameron HurleyThe Days of the War as Red as Blood as Dark as Bile by Aliette de Bodard Find my full review of all the short stories in this collection on my blogWarrior Women is an anthology edited by Paula Guran that puts women front and center There are many ways to be a warrior and many ways to tell the story of one This anthology collects a variety of stories arranged around five different themes Swords SpearsArrowsAxes Sorcery Just Yesterday Perhaps Just Beyond Tomorrow Somewhere Between Myth Possibility Space Aria and Will No War End All War?Overall this is a great anthology It has a good mix of different stories They all show differen aspects of what it means to be a warrior All have different approaches There were a lot of authors I now want to read of The stories I particularly enjoyed were The Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn about WASPs during World War II England Under the White Witch by Theodora Goss about an empress with ice powers and her expanding empire The Application of Hope by Kristine Kathryn Rusch a novella about a captain trying to find a lost friend in foldspace And Wash Out by Tides of War by An Owomoyela about a girl with a chip on her shoulder and her mother a war machine newly returned from war They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain by Rachael Acks about a woman trying to fit back into civilian life The Days of the War as Red as Blood as Dark as Bile by Aliette de Bodard about a young girl during war and a mindship looking for a warrior This book was terrible It's an anthology but I couldn't get through it even so The preface was extensive and basically stated in a very long winded way that the editor personally picked out stories that exemplified strong women Sounds goodStory one Lame Seemed well written with a kick butt warrior woman taking on a necromancer's castle when an entire cadre of male knights had failed Unfortunately it was all a set up for the old 'only a woman can defeat it in the first place' trope She did fight her way in but then everything just fell apart by itself Story two Awful Seemingly strong woman knight takes a prisoner is offended when her commanding officer worries that she'll let him go because 'women's hearts are soft' then immediately does just that The hell? There were a lot stories in this anthology that I didn't read but having already lost faith in the editor's choices I opted out If the editor can't even start the anthology with decent stories I can only assume the rest would be worse In short Paula Guran has terrible taste in stories and wouldn't know a strong woman if one saved the day right in front of her


About the Author: Paula Guran

Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books She is also senior editor of Prime's soon to launch digital imprint Masue Books Guran edits the annual Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies In an earlier life she produced we


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