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Dangerous Women

Dangerous Women

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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


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, Sherrilyn 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."

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 10/07/2013
Venerable editors Martin and Dozois (Warriors) have invited writers from many different genres of fiction to showcase the supposedly weaker sex’s capacity for magic, violence, and mayhem. These 22 brand-new short stories prove that women are men’s equals—at least—in lethal potential. Lawrence Block’s contemporary crime shocker “I Know How to Pick ’Em” includes a visceral closing wallop. Sharon Kay Penman’s “A Queen in Exile” brings a little-known episode of late 12th-century Sicilian history to poignant life. Diana Gabaldon’s “Virgins” introduces an attractive young kilted hero in a wry 18th-century Scots mercenary adventure. Sherilynn Kenyon’s shuddery present-day Native American ghost tale “Hell Hath No Fury” raises plenty of goose bumps. S.M. Stirling sets his stern hanging-judge tale “Pronouncing Doom” in a postapocalyptic America devastated by plague and machine failure. Martin’s own “The Princess and the Queen” recounts a deadly episode that took place some years before the events of A Game of Thrones. This meaty collection delivers something for nearly every reader’s taste as it explores the heights that brave women can reach and the depths that depraved ones can plumb. (Dec.)
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"This meaty collection delivers something for nearly every reader’s taste as it explores the heights that brave women can reach and the depths that depraved ones can plumb."—Publishers Weekly

"Everyone will find something to like here." —Kirkus Reviews

Library Journal
★ 10/15/2013
From Jim Butcher's tale featuring Molly, protégée of Chicago mage Harry Dresden ("Bombshells"), to a side story by Diana Gabaldon set in the world of her Outlander series ("Virgins"), the 21 tales in this supersized themed anthology present a varied array of female heroines and villainesses. Other contributors include Nancy Kress, Melinda Snodgrass, and S.M. Stirling, and their stories run the gamut from fantasy and sf to horror, mystery, and suspense. Fans of Martin's Game of Thrones (both the novels and the HBO series) will enjoy his "The Princess and the Queen," a novella that forms a prequel to the novels. VERDICT The wide selection of authors guarantees something to please almost every reader's tastes.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-10-21
Bold and deadly female characters of many genres stride through the pages of this massive anthology. When genre collections include this many big-name authors, they're typically a grouping of series outtakes and Easter eggs. Readers who want to know how Molly got that cool apartment in Jim Butcher's Cold Days; meet Shy South as a young fugitive before the open of Joe Abercrombie's Red Country; get a glimpse of Quentin Coldwater after the events of Lev Grossman's projected Magicians trilogy; or encounter Jamie Fraser as an inexperienced (in several senses) but still clever mercenary soldier prior to meeting Claire in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander will surely be satisfied by these and other entries (which of course include a bloody slice of history from Martin's own blockbuster A Song of Ice and Fire universe). But the stand-alones in this smorgasbord of fantasy, science fiction, noir, historical fiction and paranormal romance are also worthy of notice, particularly Megan Abbott's chilling "My Heart is Either Broken," concerning a young mother's socially inappropriate response to her daughter's kidnapping; Megan Lindholm's sadly believable "Neighbors," in which a lonely widow becomes ever more alienated from her daily routine, her family and her neighborhood; and Brandon Sanderson's gripping "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell," about an innkeeper/bounty hunter who must defeat rapacious ghosts, brutal outlaws and greedy bureaucrats to keep herself and her daughter safe and free. Everyone will find something to like here.

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Meet the Author

George R.R. Martin is the author of fifteen novels and novellas, including five volumes of A Song of Ice and Fire, several collections of short stories, as well as screenplays for television and feature films. Dubbed ‘the American Tolkien’, George R.R. Martin has won numerous awards including the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an Executive Producer on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones, which is based on his A Song of Ice and Fire series. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Gardner Dozois has won fifteen Hugo Awards and twenty-eight Locus Awards as editor on the magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, and for the annual anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction. He has also won two Nebula Awards for his own writing and is the author or editor of over a hundred books.

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Santa Fe, NM
Date of Birth:
September 20, 1948
Place of Birth:
Bayonne, NJ
B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971

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Dangerous Women 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it for Bombshells. Wasnot let down by Jim Butchers latest work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a terrible disappointment. Most of the stories fail the Bechdel test. How is that possible in a book with this title you might wonder. So did I. The really surprising thing about it was that most of the stories used women as a plot device and not a character and certainly not as the protagonist. Some were obviously a chapter from a book sold here as a short story. Most of the stories were about very dangerous men, so maybe that should have been the title.
Halykan More than 1 year ago
Great read.  Full disclosure I bought this solely for the GRRM novella. Which I liked immensely. It is written in a "historical record" style, so it's different than the usual. But I loved the extra history, even though it's pretty impossible to keep the Targaryens straight. And it's not NEARLY as stuffy as what actual history books are like, I still found it very entertaining - but don't expect characters' inner monologues or thoughts, it's not that. But I went ahead and read many of the other stories, I'm only about halfway through - but it's definitely worth the read. Most of the stories are very good. Jim Butcher's was great, and I haven't even read the Dresden books (although I watched the TV show of it that was only a season or two so I know the basic premise). It definitely has "spoilers" for the main novels if you plan on reading them though, but I still loved it. There are no doubt some of the stories some people won't like. I hated the story "Neighbors" since it's basically about an old mother succumbing to dementia/Alzheimers and causing grief for her children who only want to help her in the most stereotypical way possible - but it's OK because in the end she's justified because MAGIC! Ehh, sorry, I just don't appreciate the message, maybe because it hits too close to home.  But if you're thinking about this for the GRRM or Jim Butcher story I definitely think it's worth it. Just about to read Sanderson's but I'm sure that'll be good as well.
Educator85 More than 1 year ago
Ever since I first read "The Hobbit" when I was 12, I loved dragons but was always disappointed at varying degrees by the authors that featured them in their stories. Fantasy's greatest series "A Song of Ice and Fire", (known to most as "Game of Thrones" has by far the best dragon mythology, but even Daenerys's three young dragons and the brief mentions of dragons in Westoros history left me wanting more. Finally, George RR Martin has released "The Princess and the Queen", an 82-page novella featured in the hardcover anthology "Dangerous Women". Set a couple of centuries before the events of "A Game of Thrones", this story is simply the history of a civil war within the Targaryen family, and it tells what happened to all the dragons. It also tells you all about them and how beautiful, terrifying, dangerous, and destructive they could be. If you like non-stop medieval carnage, you love this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... to see a collection of female-centered stories from such a great grouping of authors!
almostabbi More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure, I bought this only for the novella. I loved the collection as a whole, though found myself constantly pondering while reading who exactly was the dangerous woman in each one. There were a few stories that I could not get into, but I would seriously buy anything having to do with the worlds in #4 and #6. I'm off to read Wild Cards now thanks to the short. Glad I got to discover new authors!
CAC More than 1 year ago
Bought the book specifically to read Diana Gabaldon's excerpt, but enjoyed reading all the different authors' contributions. It is good to expand your reading horizons beyond your typical favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and was one of the 1st in my area to read Game of Thrones years and years ago... So of course I bought this book thinking that it just had to be good. So I am torn now that I am finished reading it. I loved being introduced to new authors and having a preview into their writing styles to see if they were someone that I would like to read more by.... But to be honest I was not even a little bit impressed with George R.R. Martin's contribution to the book. The story was a difficult read and not entertaining in the least. It felt like I was reading a text book with way to much information and no background. Not a Fantasy short story at all... The only reason I would recommend this book is for the introduction of new authors into my literary world.
purrfectmatch More than 1 year ago
1. Some Desperado by Joe Abercrombie : A gal bank robber proves that she can hold her own. One of the better tales in this collection. 2. My Heart Is Either Broken by Megan Abbott : A child goes missing, a mother accused, and the man who stands by her no matter what. Reminded me a bit of Casey Anthony case. Alright tale. 3. Nora’s Song by Cecelia Holland : A young princess grows up a bit, and does a bit of her own subtle rebellion. Good start, but fell short from what I thought it could be. 4. The Hands That Are Not There by Melinda Snodgrass : Alien Conspiracy? Not a bad tale. 5. Bombshells by Jim Butcher : One of my favorite authors. This tale is from the world of The Dresden Files. A wizard apprentice takes a job she can’t turn down and discovers its more than it appears to be. 6. Raisa Stepanova by Carrie Vaughn : A Russian female pilot strives to become an Ace. 7. Wrestling Jesus : Two wrestlers compete periodically for the affection s of a woman. 8. Neighbors by Megan Lindholm : Even an old dog can still have bite. An elderly neighbor goes missing, and that’s when things start to get strange when the fog rolls in. Liked this tale. 9. I Know How To Pick’Em by Lawrence Block : A woman seeks a man for more than just a fling. Didn’t like this tale at all, disturbing to me. 10. Shadows For Silence In The Forests Of Hell by Brian Sanderson : A woman will do whatever it takes to keep her Inn, and family safe. Liked this tale. 11. A Queen In Exile by Sharon Kay Penman : A queen far from home has her life turned upside down when her brother passes. A good historical fiction piece. 12. The Girl In The Mirror by Lev Grossman : An alright tale based on the world of The Magicians trilogy. A student sets out to get even with a fellow student and discovers that not every short cut is as it seems. 13. Second Arabesque, Very Slowly by Nancy Kress : An ok tale. How far will one female go to create beauty in a post apocalyptic world. I had problems seeing how a virus that made 99 percent of the women in the world infertile, would cause the civilized world to collapse. Zombies, disease wiping out a large population I could see ending civilization. 14. City Lazarus by Diana Rowland : A woman does anything she can to bring her beloved New Orleans back to life. 15. Virgins by Diana Gabaldon : Two Scottish lads are assigned to escort a bride to his groom and soon discover that a should be simple trip is much more complicated. Alright tale. 16. Hell Hath No Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon : A curse, a treasure, and an angry ghost. 17. Pronouncing Doom by S.M. Stirling : Not bad but I thing a prologue to set things up would have made the tale better. A post apocalyptic tale where machines no longer function, and civilization as it once was is gone. 18. Name The Beast by Sam Sykes : A bit confusing to me. Prologue could have helped. A female huntress comes to understand her daughter, and kill the beasts that threaten their land. Ok tale. 19. Caretakers by Pat Cadigan : Two sisters discover that tier mother’s nursing home has more going on than what it seems. 20. Lies My Mother Told Me by Caroline Specter : A world changed by a virus that has altered some people with powers and others mutations. One special woman is terrorized by an unseen enemy who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. 21. The Princess And The Queen by George R.R. Martin : A battle for the iron throne started by two woman, and fought by men and dragons.
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I concur with the other reviewers that the book fails to use women as the central point, despite the title.  Some of the stories have women as the central character (think the Ambercrombie story), but others just use them as filler characters for the men present.  The stories themselves ranged from okay to excellent.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book of short stories explores the different faces of "strong women" - from virtuous pillars of integrity to dazzlingly hypnotic "bad girls" plus a few who have a mixture of the two extremes. I loved how these women were shaped by their circumstances yet didn't allow themselves to be defined by fear or self doubt. These women rocked!
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This was very disappointing. Most of the stories are not about truly dangerous women. They are about women who disappoint men or inconvenience men or refuse to be enslaved. It is what men imagine dangerous women are. There are a few decent tales if you feel like spending the cash, but don't expect to be thrilled with most of the stories.
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Every story is well written and entertaining. I loved all of the stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed all the stories from the various authors. My favorite being that of Sharon Kay Penman. I look forward to any upcoming works by these authors.
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