Chicks Ahoyby Esther Friesner
The Popular Chicks in Chainmail Series Set New Standards (and Sales Figures) for Humorous Fantasy. Here’re the First Three books in One Specially-Priced Omni-Trade Volume.
Here they come, and they’re out for blood. For too long, they say, have hot blooded babes in brass bras and chain link bikinis been held up to scorn as the embodiment of male
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My fault, I thought this was a new title in her series of "Chicks" books, but it's a compilation of three of the previous books. I blew it buying this one, as I already have all the Chicks books. Now if you've not read any of them or maybe just one it's worth the price as you will enjoy the stories immensely ! But for me, I felt that there are plenty of Authors out there that could write wonderful stories about seafaring, pirate women. Heck, I've got a lady pirate in my own family who sailed her ship up the Thames River to have a word with Queen Elizabeth (the first) about feeling a bit picked on by the English! Maybe I should send Ms. Friesner a story about that! LOL! By all means if you've not read the others, get this one!
This omnibus collection contains the frisky frolicking first three Chicks Amazonian anthology adventures. With a parry, lunge and tongue in cheek (that is the female warrior not turning the other cheek like in "The Old Grind" (Laura Frankos) but in the other's cheek. Heroines are not afraid to fight in the MUD as George Alec Effinger affirms. Chicks in Chainmail. These are the original twenty tales. Elizabeth Moon (she also contributes shorts to the other two collections) sets the tone with "And Ladies of the Club" as the king plans to tax bras while Janni Lee Simner answers with "Bra Melting". Holly Lisle's "Armor-Ella" stars six foot El and not so Prince Charming. Finally there is super mom at "Career Day" by Margaret Ball and a female guard protecting a brothel in "The Guardswoman" by Lawrence Watt-Evans (he also contributes short stories to the other two collections). Did you say chicks?! The second Chicks warrior anthology contains nineteen entries including a Starhawk tale by Barbara Hambly. Harry Turtledove's contribution shows the importance of gender teamwork and a "valiant vanquished" in "The Attack of the Avenging Virgins" by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (she also contributes a short story in the first book) as women (virgins and veterans) kick all types of butt. Chicks 'n chained Males. These sixteen contributions star women in shining armor (often less attire) who come to the aid of lads in distress. Susan Casper's "Why Do You Think They call It Middle Earth" stars a fighting female taking on dragons and other ilk to save hapless men as does "Leg Irons, The Bi*ch and the Wardrobe" by Ms. Frankos. Readers of both genders will appreciate this compilation, but I suggest reading the Chicks Ahoy saga over several months as the theme is singular skewering satires summed up by "A Bi*ch in Time" (Doranna Durgin). Harriet Klausner