Dangerous Women

Dangerous Women

Original Fiction by Jim Butcher, Diana Gabaldon, Lev Grossman, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Brandon Sanderson, Sharon Kay Penman, Joe Abercrombie, Carrie Vaughn & Many More ; Edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois

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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307987600
0307987604
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (32 hr., 58 min., 31 sec.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Butcher, Jim 1971-- Author

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Glokta
May 16, 2015

This is a heads up warning for before reading the Jim Butcher story. If you are planning to read or currently reading The Dresden Files series and haven't reached book 13, "Ghost Story", then skip Jim Butcher's short story in here for now. It relates directly to that book and there is a MAJOR spoiler in it for something that happens to Harry Dresden. If you would rather not know parts of the Dresden Files overall plot arc in advance, just skip reading "Bombshells". Having said that, the rest of the stories make up a really good anthology. The stories have more depth and are consistently better written then what many anthologies feature. So fun times if you are fantasy/science fiction fan. Or if you want some quality stories about badass women who can hold their own and can be strong without having to be a stereotype. There are multiple narrators, which is awesome. They are all really solid. Nice to hear people like Scott Brick, Claudia Black, and Iain Glen lending their voice acting talents to this.

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artemishi
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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