Thursday, June 26, 2008

Amazons! - Jessica Amanda Salmonson

An anthology that purports to be high fantasy adventure on the front, and about warrior women on the back. It isn't all the former (only 10/12), but pretty much all the latter. There's a Bronte poem in here, too, which does seem a little odd for the rest being original.

However, the stories average 3.50, which is very nicely done for an original fantasy anthology.

The editor details some history of warrior women in myth and real history, and also gives a reading list at the end, of both non-fiction and fiction for those interested in further reading. So, both of those are well done.

Only minor quibble is that in the odd story intros she gets a tad didactic telling you what you should think of a story if you are one of the smart ones.

The not so good stories are in the middle, with perhaps the best two at the end. The last actually won a World Fantasy award, as did this anthology.

Overall, definitely a good job, and worth reading, and this was actually the second time, for me.

Amazons : 01 The Dreamstone - C. J. Cherryh
Amazons : 02 Wolves of Nakesht - Janrae Frank
Amazons : 03 Woman of the White Waste - T. J. Morgan
Amazons : 04 Morrien's Bitch - Janet Fox
Amazons : 05 Agbewe's Sword - Charles R. Saunders
Amazons : 06 Jane Saint's Travails - Josephine Saxton
Amazons : 07 The Sorrows of Witches - Margaret St. Clair
Amazons : 08 Falcon Blood - Andre Norton
Amazons : 09 The Rape Patrol - Michele Belling
Amazons : 10 Bones for Dulath - Megan Lindholm
Amazons : 11 Northern Chess - Tanith Lee
Amazons : 12 The Woman Who Loved the Moon - Elizabeth A. Lynn


Just walking away from Death.

3 out of 5


Cross-dressing lupine slayage.

3.5 out of 5


Snowbear Cold Blade armored fightback.

4 out of 5


A thief in the underground night.

3.5 out of 5


With magic weapons comes war, change, and maybe some wandering.

3.5 out of 5


Crikey! I'm not dead.

3 out of 5


Monkey mummy power zombie shag save.

3 out of 5


One evil people controller to remove, thanks.

3 out of 5


Voodoo power cuthroat execution.

4 out of 5


Fencing, pits and poison.

3.5 out of 5


Queen takes castle with possible knight sacrifice or two.

4 out of 5


Spin. Duck. Dodge. Parry. Bash. Dead.

Thrust. Parry. Riposte. Dead.

Slash. Stab. Parry. Cut. Parry. Kiss.

4 out of 5




4 out of 5

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