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3.0 out of 5 stars Final selection from the Hardback, 8 Sep 2011
Nick Brett (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Warriors 3 is the third paperback offering from the heavyweight original hardback. It's a series I have really enjoyed but perhaps this is the weakest of the three. Seven offerings here, all on the theme of the warrior:

Robin Hobb shares a tale of Romans in the Punic Wars, uncompromising and with a very slight nod to her fantasy roots and her affection for serpents!

David Morrell picks the interesting subject of the French Foreign legion in a tale of loyalty and honour in WW2, not bad but I though the end lacked a certain `something'.

Carrie Vaughn takes the subject of female pilots during WW2 and provides an interesting story with a good variation on the traditional male warrior.

Diana Gabaldon gives us a novella of "Lord John Grey in the New World" - I had never heard of Lord John Grey and thought this was a pretty awful story, by far the weakest in the book and I did struggle to finish it.

Joe R Lansdale provides a story of the Wild west and black cavalrymen, clever and witty this was my favourite in the book and will encourage me to seek more of Mr Lansdale.

Lawrence Block's tale is a dark one and is of revenge and based on a back-story that might make uncomfortable reading for some.

James Rollins has the most unusual character. A fighting dog. It's moving and clever and a great twist on what we have come to expect from the series.

Overall a mix of content and not as consistent as previous books. Not bad, but not great either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Warriors - Part 3 of 3, 2 Aug 2011
John Middleton (Brisbane, QLD, AUST) - See all my reviews
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To be fair, I don't have this book; I have the hardcover which has been split into three paperbacks. The contents of the paperbacks are not in the same order they are in the hardcover, and nor are they arranged by genre or anything else I can see.

First of all, this is not a fantasy anthology, despite GRRM being associated with it. If you want one of those, go try Swords and Dark Magic. This is multi-genre - sci-fi, fantasy, and historical fiction, with the common theme of being a "warrior" of some sort or other. This is pretty broadly defined, with everything from regular soldiers to the more exotic stuff (an engineer, a psycho, a transport pilot). The setting varies as greatly, from past, present and future, here and there, and our protagonists are all sorts of people. It is "Warriors" too and not "War Stories": there is often more talking than action here.

I have to say though that the best story out of the whole hardback anthology, Lansdale's "Soldierin'" is in this volume: its good, fast paced fun. Robin Hobb has written an-almost historical Roman story, save for a giant snake/dragon/crocodile, the bones of which surely have never been found. The heart of Hobb's story though is honour, and there is enough action to keep the story moving along, although much of it is in flashback. The remaining entires are alright, but all have flaws: Gabaldon's could be summed as the amourous adventures of an English gent in pre-Revolutionary America, and its witty enough but not much actually happens. Vaughn's entry is about the distaff side of flying in WWII, but not really about warriors per se, while Block's entry is about child abuse, and contains no one who is any kind of warrior at all. That's fine in and of itself, but in a volume called "Warriors" it feels incongruous.

Female readers may get more out of this volume than I did: its noteworthy that nearly all the female content of the hardback is repeated here (save only Novik in 2 and Cecilia Holland in 1) and views may reasonably differ about the suitability of content for a given title.

Truly a 3-star collection.
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