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Find my full review of all the short stories in this collection on my blogWarrior Women is an anthology edited by Paula Guran that puts women front and center There are many ways to be a warrior and many ways to tell the story of one This anthology collects a variety of stories, arranged around five different themes Swords SpearsArrowsAxes Sorcery, Just Yesterday Perhaps Just Beyond Tomorrow, Somewhere Between Myth Possibility, Space Aria and Will No War End All War Overall, this is a great anthology It has a good mix of different stories They all show differen aspects of what it means to be a warrior All have different approaches There were a lot of authors I now want to read of The stories I particularly enjoyed were The Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn, about WASPs during World War II England Under the White Witch by Theodora Goss, about an empress with ice powers and her expanding empire The Application of Hope by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, a novella about a captain trying to find a lost friend in foldspace And Wash Out by Tides of War by An Owomoyela, about a girl with a chip on her shoulder and her mother, a war machine newly returned from war They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain by Rachael Acks about a woman trying to fit back into civilian life The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile by Aliette de Bodard about a young girl during war and a mindship looking for a warrior An anthology of various genres fantasy, sci fi, space opera, etc, showcasing females in combat many reviewers have commented on how sad most of these stories are these stories chronicle the personal repercussions of war on the individual, both physical and spiritual Even the most memorable one, based in WW2, The Girls From Avenger ends in a pyrrhic victory, as Em, a WASP pilot investigating a friend s accidental death, encounters resistance from the male pilots of the Army Air Corp, as they attempt to cover up the truth of the incident though at the end, Em receives orders to fly P 51 fightersThe stories that stood out for me Northern Chess , by Tanith Lee Love Among the Talus , by Elizabeth Bear Soul Case , by Nalo Hopkinson Girls From Avenger , by Carrie Vaughn Prayer by Robert Reed England Under the White Witch by Theodora Goss Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr , by George RR Martin The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars by Yoon Ha Lee Boy Twelve by Jessica Riesman Application of Hope Kristine Kathryn Rusch Not That Kind of War Tanya Huff Eaters Nancy Kress And Wash Out by Tides of War An Owomoyela Days of War, As Red as Blood, As Dark as Bile Aliette de Bodard From Fantastic Legends And Science Fictional Futures Come Compelling Tales Of Powerful Women Or Those Who Discover Strength They Did Not Know They Possessed Who Fight Because They Must, For What They Believe In, For Those They Love, To Simply Survive, Or Who Glory In Battle Itself Fierce Or Fearful, They Are Courageous And Honorable Occasionally Unscrupulous And Tainted But All Warriors Worthy Of The Name CONTENTSwords Sorcery Northern Chess By Tanith Lee Anukazi S Daughter By Mary Gentle Become A Warrior By Jane Yollen The Sea Troll S Daughter By Caitlin R Kiernan Joenna S Axe By Elaine Isaak Love Among The Talus By Elizabeth Bear Soul Case By Nalo HopkinsonJust Yesterday The Girls From Avenger By Carrie Vaughn In The Loop By Ken Liu Dying With Her Cheer Pants On By Seanan McGuire Prayer By Robert ReedSomewhere Between Myth Possibility England Under The White Witch By Theodora Goss The Lonely Songs Of Laren Dorr By George RR Martin The Knight Of Chains, The Deuce Of Stars By Yoon Ha LeeSpace Aria Boy Twelve By Jessica Reisman The Application Of Hope By Kristine Rusch Not That Kind Of War By Tanya Huff Naratha S Shadow By Sharon Lee Steve MillerWill No War End All War Eaters By Nancy Kress And Wash Out By Tides Of Ware By An Owomoyela Hand To Hand By Elizabeth Moon They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain By Rachael Acks Wonder Maul Doll By Kameron Hurley The Days Of The War, As Red As Blood, As Dark As Bile By Aliette De Bodard So I only really liked about three stories in the entire anthology The very first one I read Northern Chess by Paula Guran I loved the ending I can t help but chuckle view spoiler even if it s a total trope now that a woman can succeed where a man can t due to the wording of a curse Or you know having someone actually named Nobody or No Man hide spoiler Overall ImpressionA mixed bag, as anthologies so often are I much preferred the later sections to the beginning I wonder if I just don t much like sword and sorcery I will say that I found the collection to be a little scattered, a little unfocused I think it was trying to do too many things at once It also had an overall grim tone Still, it was worth a read, and there are a couple of real gems in the mix.Highlights include The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars by Yoon Ha Lee, And Wash Out by Tides of War by An Owomoyela, and Eaters by Nancy Kress.Northern Chess, Tanith Lee 4 starsBeautifully written, and not in a way that I m used to The twist will feel familiar to anyone who s grown up with Lord of the Rings, but it s still a plot device I appreciate.Anukazi s Daughter, Mary Gentle 2 starsI didn t much like this story.Become a Warrior, Jane Yolen 3 starsPowerful but very bleak.The Sea Troll s Daughter, Caitlin R Kiernan 2 starsThis was quite long and didn t really work for me.Joenna s Axe, Elaine Isaak 4 starsVery nice I though this story was very engaging, appreciated the character development, and the ending made me smile grimly.Love Among the Talus, Elizabeth Bear 4 starsA detached writing style, but I loved the world.Soul Case, Nalo Hopkinson 4 starsShort but effective.The Girls from Avenger, Carrie Vaughn 3 starsSomething about the writing felt just slightly clunky to me, and there s no SFnal element But it s okay.In the Loop, Ken Liu 3 starsLike the idea, not so keen on the execution The writing style is very telling , which is not generally what I prefer.Dying With Her Cheer Pants On, Seanan McGuire 4 starsThis story is just so absurd that you have to like it Fighting Pumpkins forever Prayer, Robert Reed 4 starsI don t know that I found the ending so satisfying, but this story gets 4 stars just for the totally bonkers world.England Under the White Witch, Theodora Goss 4.5 starsHistory made fairy tale I very much like Goss s writing definitely looking forward to reading something novel length from her.The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr, George R R Martin 5 starsMelancholy but utterly lovely The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars, Yoon Ha Lee 5 starsHOLY COW Can I give this stars I want to give this stars Gorgeously written, fantastically inventive, the imagery is to die for, the construction is tight I m only about halfway through the anthology, but I m pretty sure this is going to be the highlight.Boy Twelve, Jessica Reisman 4 starsI liked this one A prickly narrator, but Reisman constructed her well Very inventive in its worldbuilding.The Application of Hope, Kristine Kathryn Rusch 3 starsI liked this one too, and possibly enough to foray into the rest of the Diving Universe However, it felt quite long at least novelette length and I thought it might be tighter if it were pared down Plus the prose felt a bitdry Unemotional I m not certain.Not That Kind of a War, Tanya Huff 4 starsAlways love me some Torin Huff is always very insightful about the realities of war and the personalities of those who wage it.Naratha s Shadow, Sharon Lee Steve Miller 3.5 starsThis was an interesting sci fi fantasy blend I confess myself intrigued enough to investigate a Liaden Universe novelalthough, what I was most captivated by was the idea of the scouts and their work finding artifacts and chasing down legends, which mostly happened offscreen in this tale.Eaters, Nancy Kress 5 starsWow Tight, bursting with energy, complicated characters, ethical dilemmasan exceptionally strong story.And Wash Out by Tides of War, An Owomoyela 5 starsOkay, this one impressed me a lot I was captivated from the start, and again, really interesting worldbuilding Will definitely be looking out for stories by this author.Hand to Hand, Elizabeth Moon 4 starsRight, so I don t know where exactly my opinion stands on the central argument of this story but it certainly has one, and one that made me think, and it s well written.They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain, Rachael Acks 4.5 starsGrim, but it resonated with me.Wonder Maul Doll, Kameron Hurley 3 starsHurley is pretty much always gory This story is no exception It s just universally brutal I see where it was a challenge to ennui surrounding occupation and war I see where it was a challenge to, specifically, the invasion of Iraq I really didn t enjoy the reading experience, though.The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile, Aliette de Bodard 4 starsWell, that was depressing. A lot of hits, a couple misses, and a few I wish I had liked , but a well curated anthology nonetheless This felt like an older anthology, but I recognized a lot of the authors in it, and I was excited to see a sci fi anthology centered on war but starring women The book is divided into five sections Swords Spears Arrows Axes and Sorcery focuses on the standard fantasy warriors knights, and mages, and the like in fantasy worlds The next section, Just Yesterday Perhaps Just Beyond Tomorrow, is closer to contemporary fiction, with a story set during WWII, and a drone pilot, and then an alien invasion of Earth Somewhere Between Myth Possibility is like a combination of sci fi and fantasy there are space ships and alternate dimensions and witches The fourth section is Space Aria, and it is what it sounds like space opera Pretty straight sci fi It s the fifth section that has the most thought provoking pieces Will No War End All War centers stories about the cost of war And it s a little depressing, to be honest It s a heavy topic, so that s unsurprising, but it left me in a low emotional place when I shut the book.Warrior Women is a really interesting book, with twenty four different stories examining different aspects of war Some stories are told by soldiers, some by scientists, some by commanders, some by the sisters and daughters of soldiers The book does a really good job of examining the subject from all angles I am eager to see what my husband, as a former Marine, thinks of the book I can t say that I enjoyed the book, exactly, but it gave me a LOT to think about And books that do that are just as important as escapist fantasy.You can find all my reviews at Goddess in the Stacks. Quick notes on individual stories as I read them Northern Chess by Tanith Lee this is well written, of course, being from Tanith Lee, but the plot turns on a fairly hoary line dating back to Macbeth Still, a scenic ride Anukazi s Daughter by Mary Gentle Become a Warrior by Jane Yolen The Sea Troll s Daughter by Caitlin R Kiernan I kinda get a Conan vibe from this one too I m worried that the stories I like best so far are along Conan Red Sonja lines traditional SS heroes who happen to wear chainmail bikinis Joenna s Axe by Elaine Isaak I guess this is what I was expecting Love Among the Talus by Elizabeth Bear Soul Case by Nalo HopkinsonJJust Yesterday The Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn I enjoyed this, but it seems a little out of place in this volume I guess it s alternate history, but I don t really know enough about the WASPs to be sure In the Loop by Ken Liu Wow Dying with her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuireShort but punchy I liked it Prayer by Robert ReedSomewhere between Myth Possibility England Under the White Witch by Theodora GossPoetic, but I don t think it ll stay with me long The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr by George R.R MartinBleak, dreamy, beautiful reminiscent of M John Harrison or Moorcock The Knight of Chains, the Deuce of Stars by Yoon Ha LeeI love the hell out of this story, but I do not begin to understand it.Space Aria Boy Twelve by Jessica Reisman The Application of Hope by Kristine Rusch Not That Kind of War by Tanya Huff Naratha s Shadow by Sharon Lee Steve MillerWill No War End All War Eaters by Nancy Kress And Wash Out by Tides of Ware by An Owomoyela Hand to Hand by Elizabeth Moon They Tell Me There Will be No Pain by Rachael Acks Wonder Maul Doll by Kameron Hurley The Days of the War, as Red as Blood, as Dark as Bile by Aliette de Bodard Esta antolog a para mi gusto ha sido muy irregular Por dos razones principales.Uno Desde mi gusto personal algunos relatos me han flipado, y otros me han resultado pesados Pero en s la mayor a me han dejado indiferentes Considero que es una lectura que ha merecido mucho la pena porque sencillamente algunas historias son incre bles y maravillosas y s que de otra forma no las habr a le do Pero por otro lado, tambi n hay algunas que, a pesar de su brevedad, se me han hecho pesadas y dif ciles de digerir As la mayor a me han resultado indiferentes de estas que las lees, piensas oh, pues ha estado bien pero una vez que terminas el libro, no las recuerdas Dos Al estar agrupadas por tem ticas se me terminaban haciendo repetitivas No por g nero, que eso me parece genial, sino por temas Sobre todo los relatos finales, cuyo tema era la guerra Al tener trasfondos similares, y carecer de rasgos definitorios, pues al ser un relato, se suele prescindir de ellos, me ha ayudado a esa sensaci n de estar leyendo sobre lo mismo todo el rato Desde mi punto de vista como lectora para mi esto ha sido un fallo, pues en vez de mantenerme en vilo por ver qu tipo de historia iba a encontrar, me ha ido sumiendo en la monoton a y no ayudaba a motivarme.No obstante, gracias a esta antolog a he descubierto a varias autoras que no conoc a y me ha motivado a investigar sobre ellas, lo cual siempre es un acierto. This review is based only on the following stories.The Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn This one made me sad, mostly because a man s ego caused great harm I was glad that Em found out what happened, just wish the guy was punished.Dying with her Cheer Pants On by Seanan McGuire This author does horror in a way to make it seem real I like the idea that the girls came up with, it s just too bad that one of them had to be sacrificed.