Dangerous Women

edited by George R. R. Martin, Gardener Dozois
Coming 12/03/13
ISBN-13: 978-0765332066
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 736
find it on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
A stellar collection of new work from some of the bestselling authors of our day – including a new George R. R. Martin story from the world of A Game of Thrones
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.”

The Dangerous Women anthology contains following stories:- “Bombshells” by Jim Butcher - A Harry Dresden story
- “The Girl in the Mirror” by Lev Grossman - A Magicians story- “Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon - An Outlander story
"Set in 1740, in France. In which Jamie Fraser (aged nineteen) and his friend Ian Murray (aged twenty) become young mercenaries. [To be published in the anthology Dangerous Women, eds. George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois." --from Diana's website.
- “The Princess and the Queen” by George R.R. Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire story
"...mine own contribution... well, it's some of that fake history I have been writing lo these many months, the true (mostly) story of the origins of the Dance of the Dragons...." --from Martin's Not A Blog blog.

Honestly, I would have purchased this book if it only contained Jamie Fraser, or Harry Dresden. BUT BOTH! This is me hardcore nerding out. It will be lovely to see Ian Murray (the elder) back in action- and with all his original parts! It will be fascinating to see Jamie only two years before meeting Claire, can't wait to see who was at the beginning of two extremely eventful years, and who was before they matured him and he became the man who Claire fell in love with and gave up her life from before. Was he so very different? Gabaldon gave us a lot of snippets via twitter links, but I wonder how much made it into the final version. Cannot wait.

Funny how for me everything not Jamie Fraser related is a side note, I mean I am DEVOTED to Harry Dresden, and all I've been going on about is Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. Who am I Cersei Lannister? I don't know anything about "Bombshells", and I've no idea where it falls into the cannon, but if it's got Harry Dresden blowing things up, or even just eating a Whopper, I'm there.

Speaking of incest, "The Princess and the Queen" seems like a perfect salvo for readers to get into The Song of Fire and Ice series. Wouldn't is be super awesome times if HBO made it into a mini-series or TV movie? It's inevitable that Game of Thrones will run out of material before Martin completes the next book, so why not a prequel to keep the natives from becoming restless?  

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