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Not quite up to volume 1,
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This review is from: Warriors 2 (Tor Fantasy) (Mass Market Paperback)
The second of three paperback editions that cover the contents of the very large hardback.
Like the first paperback, this is a collection of stories with the common `warrior' theme - and nothing from George RR Martin himself. GRRM has given a free hand to a variety of authors to come up with a tale on the theme, so the stories sit in any genre and here we have a mix of fantasy, historical, and sci-fi. The mix is not as strong as the previous volume:
Naomi Novik - a tale of planetary war with one side using ecological warfare - interesting enough tale
Peter S Beagle - a very complex tale about a heroic avenger - this one didn't work for me I am afraid
SM Sterling - an "Emberverse" tale - I've not read them, but actually enjoyed this as a standalone
David Bull - a psychological war between a captured French engineer and a Moroccan king - a dark and violent tale, short but absorbing
Gardner Dozois - The remaining humans battle against AI that is re-shaping our world - not great for me, a bit pointless and a premise that was hard to accept
Howard Waldrup - a somewhat surreal story set in WW1 - just not clever enough for me and a little too strange
David Weber - a novella featuring an invasion of Earth and the use of a historical and ultimate weapon by the humans - a slight cop out with the solution, but still not a bad tale
So enough here to justify the purchase and to enjoy, but not up to the standards of the first volume. An interesting idea that has been delivered in a variety of ways so there will always be an element of hit or miss or personal preferences.