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All new and original to this volume, the 21 stories in Dangerous Women include work by 12 New York Times best sellers, and seven stories set in the authors’ best-selling 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."
Authors: George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Stories and Narrators (in order of appearance):
“Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie; Read by Stana Katic
“My Heart Is Either Broken” by Megan Abbott; Read by Jake Weber
“Nora’s Song” by Cecelia Holland; Read by Harriet Walter
“The Hands That Are Not There” by Melinda Snodgrass; Read by Jonathan Frakes
“Bombshells” by Jim Butcher; Read by Emily Rankin
“Raisa Stepanova” by Carrie Vaughn; Read by Inna Korobkina
“Wrestling Jesus” by Joe R. Lansdale; Read by Scott Brick
“Neighbors” by Megan Lindholm; Read by Lee Meriwether
“I Know How to Pick ’Em” by Lawrence Block; Read by Jake Weber
“Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” by Brandon Sanderson; Read by Claudia Black
“A Queen in Exile” by Sharon Kay Penman; Read by Harriet Walter
“The Girl in the Mirror” by Lev Grossman; Read by Sophie Turner
“Second Arabesque, Very Slowly” by Nancy Kress; Read by Janis Ian
“City Lazarus” by Diana Rowland; Read by Scott Brick
“Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon; Read by Allan Scott-Douglas
“Pronouncing Doom” by S.M. Stirling; Read by Stana Katic
“Name the Beast” by Sam Sykes; Read by Claudia Black
“Caregivers” by Pat Cadigan; Read by Janis Ian
“Lies My Mother Told Me” by Caroline Spector; Read by Maggi-Meg Reed
“Hell Hath No Fury” by Sherilynn Kenyon; Read by Jenna Lamia
“The Princess and the Queen” by George R. R. Martin; Read by Iain Glen
The introduction by Gardner Dozois is read by Fred Sanders and the interstitial author biographies are read by Karen Dotrice.
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|Listening Length||32 hours and 47 minutes|
|Author||Gardner Dozois, George R.R. Martin|
|Narrator||Scott Brick, Jonathan Frakes, Stana Katic, Inna Korobkina, Lee Meriwether, Claudia Black, Sophie Turner, Janis Ian, Iain Glen, Karen Dotrice, Various|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 03, 2013|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #14,716 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Western with no ending. Female bank robber on the run from thieves makes a stand at a ghost town.
My Heart Is Either Broken
I won't read again, it is too upsetting
Woman whose child is missing is grieving in an unhealthy way.
Historical, so not my cup of tea
Eleanor of Aquitaine's daughter Nora wants to be a boy. They have more fun.
The Hands that Are Not There
Weird with no resolution.
In a space port bar a drunkard tells a story about how his life was literally stolen.
Dresden from Molly's p.o.v. Takes place after "Ghosts". Justine comes to her for help locating Thomas.
Not bad for a military story. Female Soviet fighter pilot in WWII.
Joe R. Lansdale
Elderly ex fighter trains teen to protect himself from bullies.
I won't read again. It is too sad
Elderly neighbors, one of which is sick with Alzheimer's, go on an adventure.
I Know How to Pick ’Em
disgusting, don't read again
Serial killer reminisces about what created him. No redeeming value.
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell
After a slow start, it turned out cool. Woman who runs a restaurant is also a fearsome bounty hunter.
A Queen in Exile
Sharon Kay Penman
Don't usually like historical works, but this was interesting. Constance de Hauteville becomes Constance, Queen of Sicily. She had a mettle about her that was inspiring.
The Girl in the Mirror
Fun story from "The Magicians" universe. Pranks at Brakebills. Quinten is a teacher.
Second Arabesque, Very Slowly
If it wasn't so dystopian it would have gotten four stars. Nurse-a rank and a profession-takes care of everyone on the journey to new area. Takes place after an apocalypse. Teens under her care discover the beauty of music.
The main character is an ass. He is a dirty cop in New Orleans.
Historical, so not my taste. A tale from The Outlander series. Jamie is transporting a bride to her husband's estate.
Hell Hath No Fury
Best in the book, even Dresden!
Ghost hunters go to an abandoned town in search of the gold that was supposedly buried there. They don't take their psychic seriously when she says the ghost is angry. They really should have listened.
S. M. Stirling
Not something I would read again, but good overall. Woman is a "judge" going to community to administer a verdict. All of this happens after the world went through a change so there is no longer the normal judicial system.
Name the Beast
My main complaint is that it doesn't give any background. A woman takes a girl into the forest to teach her to hunt.
Two sisters begin to worry that something is happening at the nursing home where their mother lives.
Lies My Mother Told Me
odd, but kickass!
Takes place in the "Wild Cards" universe which sounds interesting, but too involved for me. After being infected with a virus woman gets the ability to throw bubbles of fat. It is weird and funny.
Some Desperado by Abercrombie. If anyone has read his First Law trilogy one will recognize the kind of character portrayed in this story,whether male or female. Hardened, doesn't take any carp, take what life gives you and live with the choices made. A good story that gives the reader a taste of what to expect in his other stories. I appreciate authors (who I've never read before) doing this for the reader of anthologies.
My Heart Is Either Broken by Abbott. This story left no impression on me.
Nora's Song by Holland. I love historical fiction and this author brought this period of history alive to me. I will definitely check out other similar works by this author.
The Hands That Are Not There by Snodgrass. Again no lasting impression.
Bombshells by Butcher. This definitely gives a taste of what to expect from this author's books. I have attempted to read Butcher's books before and have never really caught on because of all the dark magic stuff. His books leave me feeling like I'm in a dark place. Not a good place to be!
Raisa Stepanova by Vaughn. Again I love the historical fiction in this anthology. Vaughn opened up to my eyes a piece of history I never really knew about. She wrote a similar story in the Warriors anthology.
Wrestling Jesus by Lansdale. I really liked this story. I'm not exactly sure what I can liken it to. Very well-developed characters.
Neighbors by Lindholm. I have read some of Robin Hobb's stuff before and was pleasantly surprised when learning that this story was by the same author. It was interesting with a touch of some dark elements that are customary to Hobb's fantasy fiction.
I Know How to Pick 'em by Block. This was a bit too sadistic for my tastes.
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell by Sanderson. A good story. I find that this author has many original ideas in his world-building. I love Stormlight Archives but have more difficulty with Mistborn.
A Queen in Exile by Penman. This author painted a vivid picture of this period of history. Another good story from the historical fiction genre.
The Girl in the Mirror by Grossman. Try adult Harry Potter. Good story.
Second Arabesque, Very Slowly by Kress. Good writing skills and if she writes additional stories in th vein then I might be interested in reading more from this author.
City Lazarus by Rowland. A truly sleazy character who has no redeeming qualities. Not my favorite story.
Virgins by Gabaldon. This is the third story I have read from this author, the other two found in Warriors and Rogues anthologies. While I liked this story better than the other two, I have found that this author simply doesn't pique my interest.
Hell Hath No Fury by Kenyon. The story was okay but not really surprising or chilling.
Pronouncing Doom by Stirling. I liked the story okay but it seems to me that since the Changing is relatively recent that people would need more time to change the way they view how to run a state and with developing a radically different idea of religion. I read a story by this author in Warriors anthology that referred to the same event of the Changing but in a more distant future setting.
Name the Beast by Sykes. The storytelling by this author was somewhat vague but the kind of story called for this. The ending wasn't all that surprising.
Caretakers by Cadigan. Boring!
Lies My Mother Told Me by Specter. Good story. Pointless and excessive use of profanity which took away from the main characters.
The Princess and the Queen by Martin. This was pretty good. Being a Song of Ice and Fire fan this story enriches the background to the main series. To get a taste of some of the events leading up to this story, be sure to read the Rogue Prince in the Rogues anthology.
Top reviews from other countries
The description to the book reveals a huge spoiler for anyone who hasn't finished the series. If you're ever considering reading the Dresden files then skip this part entirely, as both the page long editorial and short story itself aren't meant to be read until you have finished the series.
I'm staggered that this wasn't mentioned. How hard would it have been to have included a line saying 'Spoiler ahead- do not read unless you have finished the Dresden files series.'?
Other than that the stories in this book are very good, I've enjoyed most of them and skipped those that I did not enjoy.
There were a few stories that properly disappointed me, being less about 'dangerous women' and more about the men who wanted to have sex with said women, the tired old 'femme fatale' trope that I hoped this book would avoid - 'Wrestling Jesus' and 'I Know How to Pick 'Em' were particularly bad for this. 'Wrestling Jesus' bored me, frankly, and 'I Know How to Pick 'Em' made me put my Kindle down in disgust after finishing it. There's a persistent theme of sexual violence through a lot of the stories that bothered me.