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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasttic collection of tales
Warriors was originally issued as a very large and expensive hardback. The contents have been broken down into two (or three?) bite size chunk paperbacks and this is the first.
George RR Martin explains in his introduction the joy of the 'spinning rack' at his corner store where genres were mixed and he discovered many great authors. This anthology is like the...
Published on 24 April 2011 by Nick Brett

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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,...
Published on 14 Jun 2011 by John Middleton


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3.0 out of 5 stars Part 1 of 3, 14 Jun 2011
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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 vikings to the more exotic stuff. The setting vary 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.

These stories are some of the better ones I think: Silverberg has written a good tale of what happens when a war ends, Williams' story is readable and fun, if the ending is a little weak, and GRRM's Dunk and Egg novella seemed to contain a lot of little nods to the main Ice and Fire series at the expense of developing the actual story being written, which kind of staggered along for a while and then fell in a heap, with a few bright moments along the way.

Maybe that's the way with short stories, as almost all of these promise much and don't quite deliver. For these stories I'd probably give three and half stars if I could rather than three, but I can't. If you are only buying this to get the GRRM story, its probably cheaper than buying the hardback, but the GRRM story is not his best work, and that probably isn't the draw now it was back in 2010 when there was no release date for Dance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasttic collection of tales, 24 April 2011
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Nick Brett (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Warriors 1 (Mass Market Paperback)
Warriors was originally issued as a very large and expensive hardback. The contents have been broken down into two (or three?) bite size chunk paperbacks and this is the first.
George RR Martin explains in his introduction the joy of the 'spinning rack' at his corner store where genres were mixed and he discovered many great authors. This anthology is like the spinning rack, the common theme is that of a warrior of somekind, but after that premise, all bets are off..
The six stories here are by Joe Haldeman (with a SF tale from the world of Forever War), Steven Saylor (with a Roman tale set at the time of the sack of Carthage), Tad Williams (a story of an interplanetary assassin), Robert Silverberg (a fantasy story of the few remaining soldiers guarding a great barrier) and finally George RR Martin (a novella featuring Dunk and Egg from his Song of Ice and Fire series).
I enjoyed them all, the writing was superb and the stories did vary, perhaps if you don't like Sci-fi or fantasy then these may not be for you, but I enjoyed the mix and it was hard to pick a favourite, which is always a good sign. Great authors, strong writing and a fun mix of tales - what's not to like?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another set of stories., 22 Aug 2013
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Like Legends and Legends 2 it has a SOIAF story. Frustratingly, however Dunk and Egg don't seem yo exist anywhere else. Lots of good stories by masters and mistresses of the draft, but be careful as you may find some duplicated from other collections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great, 24 Jun 2013
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bought for the tales of egg and dunk, i really enjoyed it, well worth the grrm novella alone, a must read for all fans...
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