Edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, ‘Dangerous Women’ was probably the biggest anthology release of the past few years that I’m aware of. Filled with the fantasy genres biggest names (and, I believe, big names from other genres), this anthology manages to compile together some of the best short stories around.
On the whole, this book is brilliant, and I could say a lot about each of the short stories therein. However, on the advice of my editor, I’ll focus on just a handful:
There’s no way we can get through a review of ‘Dangerous Women’ without mentioning what could be argued is the real reason this book exists – the publication of The Princess and the Queen, or, the Blacks and the Greens by George R.R. Martin. Set well before the events of his popular ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series, the short story is much more of a novella than any of the short stories that came before.
There are a number of summaries out there for the content of this story, but the basics is that we get to go back in time to see some good old fashioned Targaryen vs. Everyone Else-action.
It’s told in the style of a history text, with very little dialogue and a lot of ‘telling’ – a no-no in normal schools of narrative, but strangely well done here. It’s not brilliant, and I was left wanting the tale told be rewritten in a more traditional narrative style rather than this seemingly-hurried attempt to get some more information out about the world of Westeros.
All in all, ‘Dangerous Women’ is definitely worth your money and time, regardless of whether you are an existing ‘Game of Thrones’ fan or not.
Review by Joshua S Hill
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