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Sword and Sorceress (Sword and Sorceress #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  2,207 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The author of the marvelous Darkover novels and of the best-selling Arthurian novel THE MISTS OF AVALON, has assembled this corona of heroic fantasy wherein women of courage and wizardry challenge the evils and dreads of an ensorcelled world.

Here are new stories of warrior women and mistresses of magic, stories of adventure and derring-do, written by such as Glen Cook, Phy
Paperback, 255 pages
Published July 1st 1986 by DAW (first published 1984)
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Mar 25, 2008 Werner rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of sword-and-sorcery fantasy
In the series of anthologies of original stories which began with this volume, the late editor Bradley mines similar territory, and deals with similar strong female protagonists, as does Esther Freisner in the later Chicks in Chainmail series. The quality of writing (at least in the initial volumes of both, the only ones I've read) is high in both; the main difference being that Bradley's series tends to feature tales that are more serious in tone, with less humor. (Though that doesn't mean that ...more
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Jun 20, 2008 G (galen) rated it liked it
There are over twenty volumes of this anthology, edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley (some even prepared before her death for later publication). This collection takes itself a little more seriously than the Fraisner’s Chicks in Chainmail anthologies… but the underlying theme is the same. In a genre where female characters are typically relegated to damsel in distress/sex object, Bradley collected stories that put the sword and the power in the capable hands of female protagonists of all stripes, co ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Angela rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela by: gilly
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Oct 22, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy Looking for Strong Heroines
Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, in the dark days pre-Buffy, it was hard to find a female action hero. And yes, little girls need them, and teens, and even young women. So when the first Sword and Sorceress was published in 1984, I grabbed it, and it was love at first sight of the cover. I still own that paperback. On the back it boasts the appearance of "Glen Cook, Phyllis Ann Karr, Charles R. Saunders, Jennifer Roberson, Diana Paxson." Others on the contents page who'd later gain pr ...more
Nov 18, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
I haven't been a huge fan of short stories because they always seem to be so-so, but this collection was fantastic. I liked every single story, although I did like some more than others. MZB definitely knew how to recognize a damn good story. It also makes me think about writers - I think writing novels and writing stories take different types of talents. Some have both but some writers have only one. And I think some of the stories I've been disappointed in lately have been written by novelists ...more
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Jan 10, 2016 Sarah Chupp rated it it was amazing
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This is a solid start to the S&S series of anthologies: some less-interesting and very predictable stories, as is always to be expected, but also some real gems. The loose theme here, apart from the requisite swordswomen and sorceresses, is that of Amazons, real and fictional.

I wasn't much of a fan of the first few stories in this one; despite that, some of them will stick with me for a long time. Worth a reread:

Gimmile's Songs, by Charles R. Saunders - the first of his Dossouye stories
Oct 20, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Garnet and the Glory • (1984) • shortstory by Phyllis Ann Karr
Severed Heads • [Dread Empire] • (1984) • novelette by Glen Cook
Taking Heart • (1984) • shortstory by Stephen L. Burns
The Rending Dark • (1984) • novelette by Emma Bull
Gimmile's Songs • [Dossouye] • (1984) • shortstory by Charles R. Saunders
♥ The Valley of the Troll • [Aynber] by Charles de Lint re-read 6/16/2015
Imperatrix • (1984) • shortstory by Deborah J. Ross [as by Deborah Wheeler ]
Blood of Sorcery • (1984) • shortstory by Je
I read this such a long time ago that I really can't remember any of the stories at this stage so this book would be a good contender for a re-read! However, when I read the book in 1989 (!) I jotted down very brief notes onto a bookmark, which I left in the book. The stories (of fifteen) that I liked the most at that time were those by Michael Ward, Emma Bull, Charles de Lint, Robin W. Bailey and Dorothy J. Heydt. I seemed to be undecided about the stories by Stephen L. Burns and Diana L. Paxso ...more
Nov 28, 2011 Lynne rated it liked it
I don't read a lot of fantasy and so I am not as familiar with this genre. The stories were interesting, but I usually don't like to read about thieves, etc. Also this was an electronic copy that was had many missing sections--entire pages. So I couldn't always read an entire story. I would miss the beginning or the end.
Marjorie Jensen
I read a large number of the Sword and Sorceress books, but I don't think I read them all. Since I checked them out from the library more than ten years ago, it's hard to remember which ones I missed. But I do remember them having a huge impact on me--I've always sought out books by and about women, and these nurtured my nascent feminism back in the day.
Erin (PT)
Jul 25, 2016 Erin (PT) rated it really liked it
Books of my childhood heart; I have no idea how well it would hold up for me today, but at the time, the whole Sword and Sorceress series were my LIFE.
Oct 20, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
this series of anthologies didn't really hit their stride til about III, but it does have a story by Charles de Lint, so I had to have it!
Oct 08, 2012 Jenny added it
I've read/enjoyed quite a few in this series, too. Short stories are good bedtime reading, though sometimes too stimulating as one steps into Dreamland.... Anyway, thank you again, MZB!
There were a couple of stories I really liked in here, including what I believe was Emma Bull's first published story, The Rending Dark.
Aug 15, 2015 Barb rated it it was amazing
There is no contemporary fantasy author who can touch Marion Zimmer Bradley!! Her stories are all so engrossing; it is so sad that she is no longer with us.
Jun 27, 2016 Annalies rated it it was amazing
I love this powerful, magical, sometimes funny, sometimes sad short storys about unique and courageous women.
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

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