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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 ...

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Overview


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.”

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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.)
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429955966
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 12/3/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 784
  • Sales rank: 15,999
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

George R.R. Martin

Author of the New York Times-bestselling “Song of Ice and Fire” series that begins with A Game of Thrones, called “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, GEORGE R. R. MARTIN is one of the leading authors of fantasy today.  GARDNER DOZOIS is an acclaimed science fiction and fantasy editor and novelist who has won fifteen Hugo Awards for his editorial work.

Biography

As a child growing up in New Jersey, George R.R. Martin displayed an early interest in "the writing life" by selling monster stories of his own invention to the children in his Bayonne neighborhood. In high school he became an avid comic book collector and began to write for comic fanzines. He sold his first story to Galaxy in 1970 when he was 21 years old.

Martin received his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. After graduation he served two years in VISTA, then worked as a teacher and chess tournament director in the Midwest, while continuing to craft award-winning short fiction. His first full-length novel, Dying of the Light, was published in 1977. A dark, lyrical sci-fi tone poem set on a doomed world without a sun, the book was nominated for a Hugo Award.

Throughout the 1980s, Martin worked in television, writing for science fiction- and fantasy-themed shows like The Twilight Zone and Beauty and the Beast. At this time he became involved with Wild Cards, a long-running anthology series composed of "mosaic stories" written by multiple authors and set in a shared universe. In addition to editing the series, Martin has contributed stories to the Wild Card books.

In 1996, Martin published A Game of Thrones, the first installment of his magnum opus, the epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. Set in the Seven Kingdoms, a realm resembling medieval Europe, the internationally bestselling series has provided the ultimate showcase for Martin's formidable world-building and characterization skills.

During the course of his long, prolific career, Martin has accrued every major literary prize for science fiction or fantasy writing, including the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, Daedelus, and Locus awards. But what endears him especially to his readers is his extraordinary accessibility. A tireless participant in genre conventions and festivals, he maintains a cordial relationship with his fans through his website and blog. He is also a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Good To Know

Christened George Raymond Martin, the author has this to say about his unusual name: "I arrived short one 'R' but fixed that at my confirmation 13 years later."

As a conscientious objector, Martin did alternative service from 1972-1974 with VISTA, attached to Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation.

Martin was class valedictorian of his high school. In 1970, he graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University.

In the mid-1970s, Martin supplemented his income by directing tournaments for the Continental Chess Association.

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

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Table of Contents


Introduction

Some Desperado by Joe Abercrombie

My Heart is Either Broken by Megan Abbott

Nora’s Song by Cecelia Holland

The Hands That Are Not There by Melinda Snodgrass

Bombshells by Jim Butcher

Raisa Stepanova by Carrie Vaughn

Wrestling Jesus by Joe R. Lansdale

Neighbors by Megan Lindholm

I Know How to Pick ‘Em by Lawrence Block

Shadows For Silence in the Forests of Hell by Brandon Sanderson

A Queen In Exile by Sharon Kay Penman

The Girl In the Mirror by Lev Grossman

Second Arabesque, Very Slowly by Nancy Kress

City Lazarus by Diana Rowland

Virgins by Diana Gabaldon

Hell Hath No Fury by Sherilynn Kenyon

Pronouncing Doom by S. M. Stirling

Name the Beast by Sam Sykes

Caretakers by Pat Cadigan

Lies My Mother Told Me by Caroline Spector

The Princess and the Queen by George R. R. Martin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Bomshells at least was good

    Read it for Bombshells. Wasnot let down by Jim Butchers latest work

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Where are the women?

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2013

    Ever since I first read "The Hobbit" when I was 12, I

    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!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    So Exciting...

    ... to see a collection of female-centered stories from such a great grouping of authors!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    Great read.  Full disclosure I bought this solely for the GRRM

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    The George RR Martin book was very, very disappointing after the

    The George RR Martin book was very, very disappointing after the much higher level of the previous books. The dialogue was very stilted to nonexistent. It read like a history textbook.
    Granted, this was intended to simply represent a narration of a historical event. Nevertheless, this should probably have appeared as an addendum to one of the novels as opposed to a standalone novella.

    The term Novella is really misleading here.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Awful

    POOR WRITING AND A WASTE OF MONEY I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS COLLECTION OF
    STORIES A SIXTH GRADER WOULD PERHAPS READ

    2 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    I am an avid reader and was one of the 1st in my area to read Ga

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    I very much enjoyed all the stories from the various authors. My

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Another good GRRM and Dozois anthology

    Great stories here. People complaining about the style of Martin's story didnt do their homework. It ia good for what it is. Nothing like ASOIAF in terms of style but it is a great history of the dance.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    How's "Winds of Winter" coming George? Signed, One Dis

    How's "Winds of Winter" coming George? Signed, One Disgruntled Fan.

    1 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    I concur with the other reviewers that the book fails to use wom

    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.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Stories About "Danngerous Women"

    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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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    good read

    Women can be scarey

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Sci-fi short stories

    This was disappointing book....it had a sci -fi plot to a lot of the short stories ...I hate sci-fi...I rather read the non-fiction stories of real dangerous women...title was totally misleading

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  • Posted February 26, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Full disclosure, I bought this only for the novella. I loved the

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2014

    Overall disappointing

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    While there are women in each story, not all stories center arou

    While there are women in each story, not all stories center around women. Each is around 25-35 pages, but they vary (Martin’s story is over 70). If you’ve read Joe Abercrombie and a couple of the others, you’ll recognize characters from previous novels; others use all original stories and characters. From the 21 tales there were two that weren’t to my style, and one other that was just plain confusing. Overall I enjoyed the read, and it helped me find a few new storytellers that I hadn’t read before.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Interesting anthology

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Good buy

    Interesting, not what I expected.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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