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Dangerous Women

Dangerous Women [Kindle Edition]

George R .R. Martin , Gardner Dozois
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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‘The Dying Earth is one of the best and most influential fantasy works of the twentieth century’ Terry Pratchett

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George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois have put together a towering anthology of specially-commissioned stories from the most stellar names in the genre, set in a number of readers' favourite fantasy worlds.

George R.R. Martin is the bestselling author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the inspiration for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.

The collection will also feature a new and unpublished 100pp novella by George R.R. Martin set in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire – now the award-winning HBO show, Game of Thrones.

The novella, entitled 'The Princess and the Queen', will reveal the origins of the Targaryen Civil War, otherwise known as 'The Dance of the Dragons', a war that split a then-fledgling Westeros in two, pitting Targaryen against Targaryen and dragon against dragon.

The Dangerous Women anthology also contains contributions from the following worldwide bestselling authors:

• “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie – A Red Country story
• “Nora’s Song” by Cecelia Holland
• “Bombshells” by Jim Butcher – A Harry Dresden story
• “Wrestling Jesus” by Joe R. Lansdale
• “Neighbours” by Megan Lindholm (who also writes as Robin Hobb)
• “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 – A Magicians story
• “Virgins” by Diana Gabaldon – An Outlander story

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1626 KB
  • Print Length: 785 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076533206X
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (27 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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George R.R. Martin is the author of six titles in the A Song of Ice and Fire series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords Part One: Steel and Snow, A Storm of Swords Part Two: Blood and Gold, A Feast for Crows and the long-awaited A Dance with Dragons. A Game of Thrones is now a major Sky Atlantic TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

He has also written Fevre Dream, the ultimate science fiction horror novel, several collections of short stories and numerous scripts for television drama. He was also the co-author of SF adventure tale Hunter's Run. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of work. 1 Dec 2013
By Mark
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This surprised me as an excellent anthology. It's a collection varying in scale. From the first story, Joe Ambercrombie's "Some Desperado", set in a tiny village. To the final story, George rr Martin's "The Princess and the Queen", covering the entire of his fictional kingdom Westeros, the variety of excellent work to sample here should be acknowledged.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Denis Vukosav TOP 100 REVIEWER
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"Dangerous Women" is a story anthology that consists of 21 stories from which fans will probably be the most interested for one by George R.R. Martin set in the Westeros world the around two hundred years before the events described in "A Game of Thrones" describing the Dance of the Dragons, the fierce war between two Targaryens over the Iron Throne.

And while the title of the collection suggests that the common theme of included stories are women who make problems, threaten or destroy that isn't entirely true.
Although reader on its pages will meet all kinds of female protagonists which are far from being symbols of perfection or virtuous, most of them are characters which didn't want to leave their fate and lives to others...

What is characteristic of many anthologies especially in situations when they're of different genres - the unevenness of quality- happened in this case, resulting with a situation that some of the included stories are of exceptional quality, while there are some which certainly are not at a level that would be expected in such issue.

Also, short stories as format are not popular with all the readers because they most of the times don't allow the full development of the characters and the reader often wonders why the author didn't made the effort to develop it into a novel of normal length.

Personally I like to read short stories and I think that only the skillful writers succeed in this shorter form to give much more than what some will manage to deliver on 200 or more pages.
It doesn't mean that I wouldn't like to read continuation "Raisa Stepanova" from Carrie Vaughn or Joe Abercrombie's "Some Desperado" which among some others are the best stories in this collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusually Entertaining 20 Dec 2013
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Frankly, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this anthology especially as several of the stories were in genres I wouldn't normally read. If you like variety in settings, styles, and outcomes this will be right up your street.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 23 Dec 2013
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I love short stories when done properly. Alas, this collection is not one of those times. When I first heard about Dangerous Women, I bought it as fast as I could - an anthology of kickass female characters in fiction AND another GRRM short story? Hell yes, I thought. However I've found most of the stories to be quite dry and uninteresting, and I've found it difficult to read a lot of them all the way through. It was also difficult to bond with any of the characters - they seemed to be two dimensional, with the writers unable to flesh them out quite enough in the pages allowed, with one or two in particular coming to conclusion without really reaching any sort of point and leaving me wondering what on earth I just read and why. Also there are two stories that focus on the stereotype of strippers with hidden agendas luring unsuspecting men into a trap, which doesn't really make me think 'dangerous women'. Melinda Snodgrass' story was one of them - wonderfully written as always, but a predictable premise. The Dance of Dragons short story came across as a summary of events, more of a wikia plot summary than the captivating story you'd expect, which I was really disappointed by.

Short version - there are one or two gems in here but sadly I didn't need to buy the entire tombstone to read them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Martin 24 Jun 2014
By Patrick
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I mainly bought this book for the story from George R. R. Martin.
Martin's story is brilliant. Set in his famous world of Westeros it chronicles one of the most interesting time periods of his series. The Dance of Dragons, which like so many other historical events in his books, you hear about and always want a more detailed account of. He gives you that in this story. And it's well worth the read.

I also read a few of the other stories in this anthology and I think they're pretty good. Not all of them are in genres I read a lot from so some weren't quite as interesting to me, but that will always be the reality with anthologies like this one written by so many different authors.

In conclusion if you like George Martin get this book. If you see another author in here that you love, he's probably worth a shot too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Women is a must read 15 May 2014
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A fantastic read from the likes of Sharon Penman, Diana Gabaldan and George RR Martin. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars G.R.R.M. has done it again! 11 May 2014
By Ben
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I bought this book purely for 'the Princess and the Queen' novella, just so i could learn more about the history of westeros and the ice and fire world. The novella is amazing and i cant wait for the world of ice and fire to come out later this year. I might read some of the other books later, but since i havent i cant comment on them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not great 12 Mar 2014
By Tony
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I bought this mainly for the short stories contributed by Martin and Abercrombie. The Abercrombie one was very good but Martin's contribution is not quite like the books in his Game of Thrones series. It's more of a history than anything else. Interesting in its own right of course.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointing
Like probably many people, I bought this book mainly to read Martin's latest offering. I must say, overall I have been quite disappointed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tobin
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for more George RR Martin
I'll be honest I havent read the whole book but the price is worth it just to read about The Dance of the Dragons. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brian ONeill
5.0 out of 5 stars What women want !!!
I love dangerous women, not the book but the real thing,brought this as a gift for my sister whom is dangerous, and she absolutely loves it, Say no more!!!!!
Published 5 months ago by Okechuku Egbuniwe
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of money
Having enjoyed all themed books thus far I expected this compilation yo fill the
Game of Thrones gap. Incorrect. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Candler
5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Women Anthology
Filled with many stories with Dangerous Women at the core of each story. I purchased this book for the story written by my favourite author, Diana Gabaldon, who contributed Virgins... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Hattersley
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Published 7 months ago by Chris Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
I have been enjoying short stories of late. Particularly love the insightful, crisp and humorous nature of some of these works of art. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Chana
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