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Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXI [Mass Market Paperback]

Marion Zimmer Bradley , Diana L. Paxson
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Daw Books (31 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640195X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756401955
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,734,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 24 short stories 4 July 2005
By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE
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In all of these stories women are the protagonists. The stories are short and easy to get through. The themes are about magic or about sword fighting and sometimes about both. The heroines are all types of people, both strong and weak. The one I enjoyed the most was the one called "Oulu".
The book was fine. I guess one problem with short stories is that the plot is difficult to develop in such a short amount of space. Though the beginning and end is there, somehow the meat of the story was missing from some of them. In other stories, this was not a problem - as with Oulu where the main character is a card reader not everyone wants to leave their village.
I'm not certain I would recommend this book. It's OK, but not one that will remain in my bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasing Collection of Tales 7 Feb 2005
By Merry Simmons - Published on Amazon.com
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The most recent incarnation of this perennial favorite continues the strong tradition of the Sword and Sorceress series. This anthology offers a wide variety of settings and magical systems that should meet any fantasy reader's desires. Those devoted to chicks in chain mail should take note, however; this particular volume is much more "soceress" than "sword."

The short stories that I found most memorable are: "Spell of the Sparrow" for its original magic system; "Child's Play" for its unanticipated ending; "Necessity and the Mother" for the on-target spoof of town governance; "Rose in Winter" for its haunting love story of wrong choices; and "Skin Trade" for its original magic.

Anyone who enjoys fantasy with strong heroines should find this a welcome addition of her library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good anthology 29 Jan 2005
By Fred Camfield - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another collection in the Sword and Sorcerers series of anthologies. For those who like fantasy, Diana L. Paxson has put together a collection of 22 short stories and one poem. These all involve women in various settings. Like most collections, you will find some that you favor over others. The last one in the collection ("Love Potion No. 8 1/2," by Marilyn A. Racette) reminds me of stories written by the late Dr. Asimov about a helpful demon that tried to please people (be careful what you wish for). A couple of the stories are a little surreal, and plots vary considerably although they are in the realm of fantasy. I particularly liked "Necessity and the Mother," by Lee Martindale, as it illustrates how politicians pass some ill conceived laws. I also especially liked "Child's Play", by Esther M. Freisner. It would be difficult to rate the others in order of preference.

Other short stories in the collection are "Dawn and Dusk," by Dana Kramer-Rolls; "Spell of the Sparrow," by Jim C. Hines; "The Woman's Place," by Susan Urbanek Linville; "Kin," by Naomi Kritzer; "Ursa," by Jenn Reese; "Red Caramae," by Kit Wesler; "Parri's Blade," by Cynthia McQuillin, "Sun Thief," by K. A. Laity, "Lostland," by Rosemary Edghill; "Plowshares," by Rebecca Maines, "Step by Step," by Catherine Soto; "Favor of the Goddess," by Lynn Morgan Rosser, "Rose in Winter," by Marie M. Longhin, "Kazhe's Blade," Terry McGarry, "The Skin Trade," by Heather Rose Jones, "Multiple Choice," by Leslie Fish, "Oulu," by Aimee Kratts, "A Kind of Redemption," by John P. Buentello, and "Journey's End," by Dorothy J. Heydt. The one two-page poem, "Sword and Sorceress," is by Jennifer G. Tifft.

The editor should be commended for putting together the anthology. She is correct that authors need outlets for their short stories, as most magazines only take about one or two percent of what is submitted, if that much, and it can be difficult finding a magazine to match a particular story.
5.0 out of 5 stars I began with the first volume of "Sword and Sorceress"...why stop now?! 18 Jun 2013
By Elaine Childers - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the continuation of some familiar characters and love being introduced to some new ones. The way I like to describe the series to people who have yet to read them, is to say, "If you like strong, competent women who occasionally kick A, you will love these stories!"
4.0 out of 5 stars still remains a winner 30 Dec 2012
By evette - Published on Amazon.com
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I was afraid that with the passing of Marion Zimmer Bradley this series would suffer. It would seem I was wrong. It seems as though she may have had a hand in picking some of these stories but I don't think all of them. And I did miss a few regulars. Diana Paxson has done a fine job putting the stories together. Hopefully the series will continue just as strongly in the years to come; if not under Diana's hand then hopefully someone who is familar with Marion's vision for this yearly anthology.
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly serviceable entry in a fine series. 20 Jun 2012
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a perfectly serviceable entry in a fine series; it is neither the best nor the worst of the lot. This is true both in terms of the quality of the stories in it, and in terms of the smoothness of the editing. One item of note is that it contains the (allegedly) final story in the "Cynthia, Witch of Syracuse" series by Dorothy J. Heydt, which I've always been quite fond of and which is apparently being (has been by now?) collected into a book in its own right. I'll have to look for it.
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