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Warriors - Part 3 of 3,
This review is from: Warriors 3 (Mass Market Paperback)
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.