edited by George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois
Publisher:Tor Books Pages: 784
Tor.com released a post/review of the upcoming anthology edited by Gardner Dozois titled, DANGEROUS WOMEN. There are several important reasons why this will be take-vacation-days reading, one of my three MOST important reasons being that the story "Bombshells" by Jim Butcher is about Molly Carpenter. I LOVE Molly, she is a serious bad-ass and seeing her grow as a character has been a awesome. Here are some need-to-know info from the post:
"....If you’ve read any of the Dresden Filesshort stories, then you know that some of the best are those that don’t have Harry Dresden as protagonist. In stories like “Backup” and “Aftermath,” we are given a rare glimpse into the heads of other characters in the books, Thomas Raith and Karin Murphy respectively.
It’s therefore exciting that “Bombshells,” the latest Dresden Files short story from the anthology Dangerous Women, gives us a welcome glimpse into the head of Harry’s longtime apprentice, Molly Carpenter. Without giving away too much of the story, it takes place after Ghost Story, where Molly has been assuming the identity of the Ragged Lady, and helps to illuminate some of the elements that later turn up in Cold Days. Justine, Thomas Raith’s partner, needs help. And in Harry’s absence, she goes to Molly. That’s all I will say. Though since you know that this is Jim Butcher, nothing about this is going to be easy....
...But really this is all about Molly. Fans of the series were likely shocked by the way that Molly changed after her trip to Chichen Itza and Harry’s death. I know I was. “Bombshells” gives us a glimpse into exactly what’s going on in Molly’s head and helps shed some light on why she’s doing what she’s doing.
What I liked most about it was the way in which Molly’s POV is different from Harry’s. You can see his influence, something that you’d expect since he was her mentor, but she thinks differently. She uses her magic differently. And all of that made the story a true delight to read..." Read the full review on Tor.com. READ THE EXCERPT!!
My vacation is all planned out around this release- originally it had been for Diana Gabaldon's WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD, but that release date got pushed back to March 25th (I literally cried!). So while I'll still be getting a dose of Jaime Fraser in DANGEROUS WOMEN with "Virgins", what makes this publication remarkable is the addition of Jim Butcher's "Bombshells" on top of Gabaldon's "Virgins". And as if that wasn't enough, have you heard what George RR Martin is contributing to this anthology? In “The Princess And The Queen” by George R.R. Martin we are getting a new Martin A Song of Ice and Fire story! It will cover the Targaryen civil war! Freak your brains out people. Kiss your mother and then email your boss that you need some time off.
Here’s the table of contents…
“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