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Warrior Woman
     

Warrior Woman

3.4 27
by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Elisabeth Waters
 

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This is not a typical Marion Zimmer Bradley novel. This book is the result of a bet between Marion and Don Wollheim, her editor for the Darkover novels at DAW Books. In addition, it's her response to the Gor novels - where men were men and women were slaves - that were also being published by DAW Books.

Yes, this book does start out with a heroine who has

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This is not a typical Marion Zimmer Bradley novel. This book is the result of a bet between Marion and Don Wollheim, her editor for the Darkover novels at DAW Books. In addition, it's her response to the Gor novels - where men were men and women were slaves - that were also being published by DAW Books.

Yes, this book does start out with a heroine who has been captured and is being sold as a slave, who has amnesia and remembers nothing of her life before the trip across the desert with the slavers - and, due to a head injury, remembers mercifully little of that. But she does know that she would rather fight in the arena than be a harlot for the men who do, and that choice changes the rest of the book. In a Gor-style novel the woman would become less her own person, eventually learning to be a contented and obedient slave. In this book, even while the heroine, called Zadieyek of Gyre, remains a slave, she is something quite different from the typical 'slave girl' - she grows and develops, always searching for her memory and her past, convinced that this is not how her life is supposed to be. And, of course, she's right.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000167526
Publisher:
Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust
Publication date:
04/09/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
154
Sales rank:
582,864
File size:
674 KB

Meet the Author

Marion Zimmer was born in Albany, New York, on June 3, 1930, and married Robert Alden Bradley in 1949. Mrs. Bradley received her B.A. in 1964 from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, then did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1965-67.
She was a science fiction/fantasy fan from her middle teens and made her first professional sale to Vortex Science Fiction in 1952. She wrote everything from science fiction to Gothics, but is probably best known for her Darkover novels. In addition to her novels, Mrs. Bradley edited many magazines, amateur and professional, including Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, which she started in 1988. She also edited an annual anthology called SWORD AND SORCERESS for DAW Books.
Over the years she turned more to fantasy. She wrote a novel of the women in the Arthurian legends�Morgan Le Fay, the Lady of the Lake, and others�entitled MISTS OF AVALON, which made the New York Times bestseller list both in hardcover and trade paperback, and she also wrote THE FIREBRAND, a novel about the women of the Trojan War.
She died in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999, four days after suffering a major heart attack. For more information, see her website: www.mzbworks.com.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 30, 1930
Date of Death:
September 25, 1999
Place of Birth:
Albany, New York
Place of Death:
Berkeley, California
Education:
B.A., Hardin-Simmons College, 1964; additional study at University of California, Berkeley, 1965-1967

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Warrior Woman 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though not my favorite by this author, with the insight of the introduction, it was kind of fun. Certainly creative!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally, I like her writing but this seemed to drag. One of those where I had to force myself not to skip pages. The ending tied in the loose ends but did little else for me. I suppose my review would have to be, it was okay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful novel of science fantasy with an amazing end. - rogermue
javabird More than 1 year ago
MZB's take on pulp fiction fantasy, but with a different kind of female protagonist. The woman is taken captive, and does not remember her own name or anything of her past.. Instead of submitting and becoming a prostitute, she fights back and creates a new life and identity for herself as a warrior woman in the gladiatorial ring. An entertaining fantasy adventure story.
artw42 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for a person with an open mind and a desire forn adventure. Having read this, I'm looking forward to reading more books in thid gendre and by this author. This would be a fun read for a book club discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always like to read another gladiator book. After being raised on such classic movies and books as Spartacus, Ben-Hur and Quo Vadis, I just keep an eye out. My newer favorites "Wolfling" by Gordon R. Dickson and "The Bull from the Sea" by Mary Renault. This one will not be one of my favorites because the amnesia sub-plot with much introspection and weeping and wailing just did not work for me. It also gets in the way of survival. One's strategy and tactics are enhanced by familiarity with Sun-Tzu, von Clausewitz, Machiavelli and various fairytales (where wolves pretend to be your grandmother
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a book I would recommend to anyone.
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