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Dangerous Women Hardcover – 27 Nov 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (27 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007549407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007549405
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 6.2 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 226,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘The Dying Earth is one of the best and most influential fantasy works of the twentieth century’ Terry Pratchett

About the Author

George R.R. Martin has written six novels and many screenplays for television and feature films. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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Format: Hardcover
‘Dangerous Women’ is a story anthology that consists of 21 stories from which fans will probably be the most interested for one written by George R.R. Martin set in the Westeros world, around the two hundred years before the events described in ‘A Game of Thrones’ describing the Dance of the Dragons, the fierce war between two Targaryens over the Iron Throne.

And while the title of the collection suggests that the theme of included stories are women that make problems, threaten or destroy this is actually not entirely true.

Although reader on the anthology pages is going to meet all kinds of female protagonists that are far from being symbols of perfection or virtuous, most of them are characters that didn't want to leave their fate and lives to others...

What is characteristic of many anthologies especially in situations when they're of different genres - the unevenness of quality- happened in this case as well, resulting with a situation that some of the included stories are of exceptional quality, while there are some others that certainly are not of level that would be expected in such edition.

Also, the short stories as format are not popular with all the readers because they most of the times don't allow the full development of the characters and the reader often wonders why the author didn't made the effort to develop it into a book of novel length.

Personally I like to read short stories and I think that only the skillful writers succeed in this shorter form giving more than the others would manage to deliver on 200 or more pages.
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By Nick Brett TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec. 2014
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This has been released in three shorter paperbacks but I went for the full on hardback version and it did take some getting through. There is a Game of Thrones short story which may well attract people but this is 20 or so short stories with the theme of women not to mess with. They are not all fantasy some are set in the modern day and some in the past. There were some I really liked and some I completely hated, but it would be pointless to name them as we all have different tastes and different views. But they are short enough that you just move on to the next one and start a new experience.
So, like many of these type of books, a bity hit and miss.
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I brought this as there were two stories I really wanted to read, one by Sharon Penman and one by Diana Gabaldon. I wasn't sure about the other stories as I was unfamiliar with the authors, but I really enjoyed all the stories. This is a fabulous collection, the stories were all very well written, and certainly left me wanting to read more by all the authors.
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On first impressions, you rather get the impression that George R. R. Martin has been enlisted in this venture as at least part marketing tool. Well, it worked - that's why I bought it.

And so, what of the flagship story; George Martin's novella titled The Princess and the Queen, or the Blacks and the Greens? Well, let's just say that it isn't the highlight of this compendium. I'm not saying that it isn't good (definitely not), and it certainly does what it intends to, but it left me a little ... frustrated. It is written in the style of a transcript, and done well in this sense, but we cover such a rapid and intriguing period of history in just eighty pages, that it feels rather distant. In all honesty, the story relayed could command a lengthy trilogy in its own right, so eighty pages was never going to cut it. I finished the story wondering if this is what it's like reading a synopsis, and in some sense that gave me heart; I now know the shape of the story, but that only makes me want to read the full intoxicating version more. It turns out that the journey is more important than the destination.

Regardless, this is a must read for George R. R. Martin fans, of which I count myself one. I'm glad I picked it up, and I hope George gets the chance to write the full literary version one day. I will certainly pick that up.

But what of the other seven hundred pages? What of the other short story offerings? Well, frankly, they were brilliant.

I have never read a short story collection before, but this has whet my appetite. It was so refreshing to jump from genre to genre, highly enjoyable, and the fact that each tiny morsel had to cut its own literary arc meant that the reading pace left you gasping; you couldn't leave a story unfinished.
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As with any anthology, there are some more favourable stories than others but a great collection. Something for everyone and it has introduced me to some new authors whose other books I will definitely be checking out. Some of the stories definitely left me wanting more.
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THIS BOOK CONTAINS A MASSIVE HARRY DRESDEN SPOILER

The description to the book reveals a huge spoiler for anyone who hasn't finished the series. If you're ever considering reading the Dresden files then skip this part entirely, as both the page long editorial and short story itself aren't meant to be read until you have finished the series.

I'm staggered that this wasn't mentioned. How hard would it have been to have included a line saying 'Spoiler ahead- do not read unless you have finished the Dresden files series.'?

Other than that the stories in this book are very good, I've enjoyed most of them and skipped those that I did not enjoy.
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