Dangerous Women

Dangerous Women

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All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by twelve New York Times bestsellers, and seven stories set in the authors' bestselling continuities—including a new "Outlander" story by Diana Gabaldon, a tale of Harry Dresden's world by Jim Butcher, a story from Lev Grossman set in the world of The Magicians, and a 35,000-word novella by George R. R. Martin about the Dance of the Dragons, the vast civil war that tore Westeros apart nearly two centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones.Also included are original stories of dangerous women—heroines and villains alike—by Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Sherilynn Kenyon, Lawrence Block, Carrie Vaughn, S. M. Stirling, Sharon Kay Penman, and many others. Writes Gardner Dozois in his Introduction, "Here you'll find no hapless victims who stand by whimpering in dread while the male hero fights the monster or clashes swords with the villain, and if you want to tie these women to the railroad tracks, you'll find you have a real fight on your hands. Instead, you will find sword-wielding women warriors, intrepid women fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, deadly female serial killers, formidable female superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, female wizards, hard-living Bad Girls, female bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in Post-Apocalyptic futures, female Private Investigators, stern female hanging judges, haughty queens who rule nations and whose jealousies and ambitions send thousands to grisly deaths, daring dragonriders, and many more."Stories and Narrators (in order of appearance):"Some Desperado" by Joe Abercrombie; Read by Stana Katic"My Heart Is Either Broken" by Megan Abbott; Read by Jake Weber"Nora's Song" by Cecelia Holland; Read by Harriet Walter"The Hands That Are Not There" by Melinda Snodgrass; Read by Jonathan Frakes"Bombshells" by Jim Butcher; Read by Emily Rankin"Raisa Stepanova" by Carrie Vaughn; Read by Inna Korobkina "Wrestling Jesus" by Joe R. Lansdale; Read by Scott Brick"Neighbors" by Megan Lindholm; Read by Lee Meriwether"I Know How to Pick 'Em" by Lawrence Block; Read by Jake Weber"Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" by Brandon Sanderson; Read by Claudia Black"A Queen in Exile" by Sharon Kay Penman; Read by Harriet Walter"The Girl in the Mirror" by Lev Grossman; Read by Sophie Turner"Second Arabesque, Very Slowly" by Nancy Kress; Read by Janis Ian"City Lazarus" by Diana Rowland; Read by Scott Brick"Virgins" by Diana Gabaldon; Read by Allan Scott-Douglas"Pronouncing Doom" by S.M. Stirling; Read by Stana Katic"Name the Beast" by Sam Sykes; Read by Claudia Black"Caregivers" by Pat Cadigan; Read by Janis Ian"Lies My Mother Told Me" by Caroline Spector; Read by Maggi-Meg Reed"Hell Hath No Fury" by Sherilynn Kenyon; Read by Jenna Lamia"The Princess and the Queen" by George R. R. Martin; Read by Iain GlenThe introduction by Gardner Dozois is read by Fred Sanders and the interstitial author biographies are read by Karen Dotrice.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307987600
Branch Call Number: OverDrive Audiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
Additional Contributors: various
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Apr 22, 2015

Dangerous Women is an anthology from some really well-known Science Fiction, Historical Fiction and Fantasy authors. I mean, just look at that list. Every story somehow relates to a prompt of Dangerous Women. And as with all anthologies, some hit the nail on the head, while others had some vague possible connection with females in general and that was about it. Some had female protagonists, but the 'dangerous women' in some were side characters or characters we never met (but who impacted the main character offstage). I still can't decide whether that's a marginalization, or a clever reminder that not all dangerous women are heroes in their own right.

The majority of these stories were entertaining, and they felt longer than short stories usually do for me. More like novellas. I recommend it for fans of any of the above authors, female protagonists, the concept that women can be dangerous and even deadly (whether they're a force for good, or evil) and short stories. It's long, but even the lackluster stories weren't DNFs, and a handful of them really stood out.

Also, I listened to this as an audiobook, and there were something like 16 narrators for it. All of them did a great job (except Stana Katic, whom I loved in Castle but who chooses the oddest line breaks and thus her narratives came off like an open mic poetry jam). The volume needed adjustment on some as well, but the overall production value was good, and the narrators were engaging.

mvkramer Jan 30, 2015

Although I liked some stories more than others, and some stories not much at all, overall this is a great anthology full of entertaining work, narrated by fantastic voice actors. My favorites were: Some Desperado, My Heart is Either Broken, Raisa Stepanova, Wrestling Jesus, Neighbors, Virgins (by Diana Gabaldon), and my favorite of all of them, the reason I got this anthology in the first place, was The Princess and the Queen by George R. R. Martin. Dragons fight each other in a terrible civil war - narrated by Ian Glen. Great story.


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