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From George R. R. Martin’s Introduction to Warriors:

“People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every g
Hardcover, First Edition, 736 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Tor Books
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Read some of the novellas in here a good sixty days or more past. I mainly picked this up for Martin's first installment of the Hedge Knight. It was good but not as good as the first one which was my favorite by far. More interesting, though, was exposure to some new authors, as well as familiar ones. The familiar ones that were done well: David Ball (nice combinations of Europe meeting Muslim North Africans in conflict; check out IRONFIRE first); David Morrel (WWII in which the French Legion i
May 07, 2014 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of short fiction; Anyone looking for new authors to read
Recommended to Eric by: Found on clearance at Barnes and Noble
The stories I read from this collection are:

'The Triumph', by Robin Hobb:

Reading this reminded me why I love Robin Hobb. What a great story from a great story-teller.

'Clean Slate', by Lawrence Block

Lawrence Block writes serial killers so well, it makes me seriously wonder about his personal life.

'The Mystery Knight', by George R.R. Martin

This is the first thing I've read by George R.R. Martin, and I really enjoyed it. I only wish I started with the first short story featuring the characters Dunk
The book as a whole is a good, solid 4.5 star anthology. As with most collections, it has its hits and misses. Happily, more of the latter.

"Stories From the Spinner Rack" - introduction by GRRM. A nice look into the early reading habits of GRRM and his early influences. Reminds me of Dreamsongs I. I need to go back and read Dreamsongs II. 4 stars for the intro.

"The King of Norway" by Cecilia Holland. Nice Viking story that was pretty interesting. The characters seemed pretty good too, or would h
Apr 25, 2015 Terence rated it liked it
I primarily read The Warriors because of the short story The Mystery Knight by George R.R. Martin. I must say the story did not disappoint. It was great to see Dunk and Egg again a little older and more competent. The story really showed a lot of aspects that make A Song of Ice and Fire so compelling such as political angling, strong characters, and thrilling action sequences. The story itself is challenging to review without spoilers, but I'll just say this is a can't miss story for anyone who ...more
Mat Domaradzki
Apr 29, 2010 Mat Domaradzki rated it liked it
To be fair, I only read the short story "The Mystery Knight" by George R.R. Martin. That being said, I really had a high bar set for this story because "The Hedge Knight" is my favorite short story ever, and "The Mystery Knight" follows up after that story (with "The Sworn Sword" in between). In fact, "The Hedge Knight" got me into reading the Song of Ice & Fire series by George R.R. Martin to begin with. Unfortunately, "The Mystery Knight" fell flat. Maybe I'm getting older, but the story w ...more
Dec 29, 2009 Robert rated it really liked it
In his Introduction, George R. R. Martin describes “Warriors” as a ‘spinner rack’, which is an apt description for an anthology that includes stories of every ilk from historical fiction, fantasy and sci-fi to a Western, mysteries, “some mainstream”, and “a couple of pieces that I won’t even begin to try and label.” Besides diversity, “Warriors” is also rich in quality with every story in the anthology well-written and deserving of inclusion, even if I enjoyed certain pieces more than others. Fo ...more
Kathy Davie
Jul 23, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
An anthology of stories about warriors from every genre—paranormal to historical, western to

Series: Custom of the Army (Lord John Grey, x.5)
Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms (Song of Fire and Ice, x.5; Hedge Knight, 3)

Cecelia Holland's King of Norway is a heroic look at an honorable Viking warrior who holds his king and his leaders to account. Tricky little ending!

Joe Haldeman's Forever Bound is a futuristic look at soldiering in the army. Reminds me of John Ringo's enhanced soldiers
May 13, 2011 September rated it really liked it
The King of Norway by Cecelia Holland. 3*
I must say that was the most gruesome story I've ever read, written by a woman. Not that that was a bad thing. Just a surprise. I was rather disappointed with the too simple wrap up. Who does that?!?!

Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman 3*

The Triumph by Robin Hobb 4*

Clean Slate by Lawrence Block 4*

And Ministers of Grace by Tad Williams 4*
An intriguing read, especially as I'm also figuring things out for myself.

Soldierin' by Joe R. Landsdale 3*

Dirae by Peter S. B
I hoped to like this a lot more than I did. I liked a few of the stories, but in general, they were kind of dry and boring. Most 2 stars, a couple 3 stars, maybe one or two edging on 4 stars.. I'm going with 3 stars for my rating, but it's really barely 2.5. Definitely not my favorite short story collection.
Dakota Kemp
Oct 08, 2014 Dakota Kemp rated it really liked it
Warriors, a collection of short stories and novellas by some of today’s best fiction authors, is a captivating and wonderful compilation of twenty unique tales (and an excellent, thought-provoking essay by George R. R. Martin detailing the evils of genre categorizing). Obviously, some of these stories are better than others. Most are very good, some are undeniably awful, and a few are truly fantastic. Since Warriors is not a “novel” but an anthology, I’ll address each story individually with a ...more
Dec 03, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology, favorites
I cannot praise this book more. I skipped a few stories here and there as I read through it but as I got near the end I realized that the ones I had read were so good, I couldn't skip any of them. So I went back and made sure to read them all. There's stuff from a lot of different genres here: SF, fantasy, historical, and some not so classifiable. Admittedly, some I liked more than others, but they are all good. My favorites: Dirae by Peter S. Beagle, The Pit by James Rollins, Out of the Dark by ...more
Jared Millet
Don't skip the introduction. George Martin's "Tales from the Spinner Rack" sets the perfect mindset from which to approach this (a little over-large) collection of short stories and novellas by recalling the disordered paperback racks of drug stores and supermarkets, where you never knew what you were going to get. In a sense, Warriors is a lot like Gaiman & Sarrantonio's Stories in its grab-bag approach to fiction, but the mandate in Warriors's title steered its contributors heavily toward ...more
• The King of Norway by Cecelia Holland - 4
• Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman -3
• The Triumph by Robin Hobb -3
• Clean Slate by Lawrence Block -3
• And Ministers of Grace by Tad Williams -3
• Soldierin' by Joe R. Lansdale 3
• Dirae by Peter S. Beagle - 4
• The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon - 3
• Seven Years from Home by Naomi Novik - 3
• The Eagle and the Rabbit by Steven Saylor - 4
• The Pit by James Clemens - 2 (Nothing new here)
• Out of the Dark by David Weber - 2 (Are you kidding me?)
• The Girls
Carolyn F.
May 22, 2010 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it
I only read 2 of the short stories. I requested it from the library for the Diana Gabaldon story, skimmed the others and ended up reading one other.

The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon was very good. It should really be the prequel to Echo in the Bone because some of the same characters are in this story. Murder/mystery with a sad death and a short romantic scene between Lord Grey and an Indian named Manoke that was sweet. Enjoyed this story. I found with the other Warrior book it was a shor
Stefan S. Krstic
Jan 26, 2016 Stefan S. Krstic rated it it was amazing
6* Zbog Robin Hob. Svaka knjiga koja ima veze sa Robin Hob od mene dobija ocenu više. :D
Lori McD
Admittedly, I only read the story by Diana Gabaldon, "The Custom of the Army", which features Lord John Grey.

It's quite an enlightening story, too! More about LJ's time in Canada, only briefly referred to in one of the later Outlander series books (and possibly in the Lord John Grey books, too).

In light of the recently released "Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner", it was nice to get a glimpse of Charlie Carruthers, who's letter to LJ mentioning a traitor within the English army is the impetus
Clay Kallam
Jan 28, 2011 Clay Kallam rated it really liked it
George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois have put together a massive tome straight out of “Gladiator” and “Star Wars”: It’s called “Warriors” (Tor, $27.99, 736 pages), and it’s a collection of short stories and novellas with warriors as the central theme – but the real stars are the writers, who are a scifi/fantasy/genre fiction A list.

It starts with Martin himself (the best piece in the book, not surprisingly, is his “The Mystery Knight,” set in the Song of Ice and Fire world), but from Cecelia
Jun 27, 2010 Jacqie rated it liked it
This is a big-ass anthology of stories about warriors. Unfortunately, it took me so long to read it that the impressions have become a bit fuzzy. The GRRM piece made me realize that I've forgotten a lot of his politics, so the story didn't have the impact that it might have had. Peter Beagle is always worth reading. The pit bull story by James Rollins was affecting and just about made me cry. The Diana Gabaldon story was utterly forgettable and I forgot what it was about as soon as it ended. Lit ...more
May 01, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
And lastly, read again for George R. R. Martin's "Tales of Egg and Dunk."

God. He truly makes me fall in love with characters. Truly how much I like Dunk may never change, but I can see how much of this story is the shaping of both Dunk and Egg. How much it will shape the history and the kingdom of the future from this point (and the past from the time of The Song of Fire & Ice).

I really felt this one though. The way the Eye is. How The Great War of the Two Dragon's literally effects everyt
May 24, 2010 Brittany rated it really liked it
I wish every anthology could be as good as this one.

In the forward, Martin makes the case (with which I passionately agree) that people, books, bookstores, and libraries have become too genre-driven which results in people reading only within a very narrow range and in books being pigeonholed. He says he means to make this book like browsing the wire book racks of his youth--mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and "literary" fiction all jumbled together. He exceeds amazingly
Feb 19, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
I only read Lord John and The Custom of the Army from this collection. I really liked the story and it fit in well with the other LJ novels and novellas, although there isn't a mystery intertwined in the plot for this one as there are with the others. I've only just started my re-read of Echo and already there were a couple references to characters and events from Custom of the Army. I recommend reading it before delving into Echo, provided you're interested in LJ. It's a quick, good read.

Ravi Agarwal
Jan 25, 2016 Ravi Agarwal rated it it was amazing
The Mystery Knight : As with all the stories and books I have read in the song of ice and fire "series and co" no one is lucky and gets what's coming, which no one seems to know, no matter how noble or crooked he/she may be. This is a nice story with dunk and egg in the mix.

Defenders of the frontier : well it was interesting situation the defenders were in, but I didn't quite understood the ending... it just ended.

The Scroll : This has to be the most cruel story I ever read till date.

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Rachael Hewison
It normally takes me a week to read a book. This has taken me nearly a month. It absolutely dragged.

The concept is good, George RR Martin writes a great introduction about mixing up genres and having a variety of stories. However some of the stories were awful. I've given a break down below:

The King of Norway- Dull and not sure who was who 1/5

Forever Bound- Enjoyed the concept and seeing how the head chips worked but a rather pointless storyline 2/5

The Triumph- An actually interesting storyline
Earl C
Oct 16, 2014 Earl C rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of short stories, omnivorous readers.
The very short version:
-writing: 4.5 stars
-story: 4.5 stars
-characters: 5 stars
-accessibility: 4 stars
-setting: 4.5 stars
-metaphysics/magic/sufficiently advance technology: 4 stars
Overall more of 4.5 than a full 5 but rounding up because of the editors achieving their goal admirably.

These are running averages for what was a very interesting collection. If you are looking for a collection of fantasy stories about burly warriors you'll likely be disappointed. Martin and Dozois have assembled a fab
Adrian Chua
Feb 05, 2014 Adrian Chua rated it it was amazing
I rather enjoyed this book, due to all the cool short stories in there, some of them really stood out to me, here are the few.

The Triumph by Robin Hobb is a touching tale of loyalty and friendship set in the Punic wars. This story shows the side of the Romans, with Marcus Attilius Regulus, and his childhood friend Flavius. Marcus is a Consul, but has been caught off guard in a battle, and is taken prisoner. He s tortured, humiliated, and left to die in a cage in public for all to see. Flavius wa
Alison C
Mar 09, 2015 Alison C rated it really liked it
I'm not generally a fan of military fiction, but I've read a number of anthologies edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois and I tend to really like their picks as editors, so when I heard about Warriors, the huge new anthology of stories written especially for this book, I decided to give it a try. Turns out I've been dipping in and out of it for several months now; although all the stories are excellent in their own way, I found that reading story after novella after novelette about wa ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: As with the Legends and Legends II I only read the GRRM Dunk & Egg novella, and that is what my review is for. The overall theme of this anthology, “warriors,” didn’t really interest me enough to get me to read the other stories.

The Mystery Knight is the third Dunk & Egg Novella, and it might be my least favorite of the three – but it’s definitely still worth a read. This one contains more of a “whodunit” feeling than the other two, and the reader spends a lot of the time wo
Jan 22, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it
I give this book 3 stars because, as you can imagine, the individual stories varied. In the end it was definitely worth reading as a few novellas will stay with me for awhile. I particularly liked The Hedge Knight sequel at the end - and immediately went out and bought the rest.

This book is long and takes a while to finish, but as you can stop and read something else between stories it isn't too bad.
Mar 15, 2014 Angelica rated it really liked it
This compilation felt much longer than the two Legends books, possibly because I read more of the stories.

"Forever Bound" was interesting but got a bit monotonous, and the ending felt way too rushed.
"The Triumph" spent a long time getting to the interesting part.
"Clean Slate" made me more and more uncomfortable as I continued reading it. Perhaps that was the goal, but I didn't feel like I gained anything from the discomfort.
I enjoyed "And Ministers of Grace".
I'm not sure why, but I was really su
May 17, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it
four stars for this book instead of five because i only read the story by Carrie Vaughn. The Girls from Avenger is the best story i've read by her. not fair to give the anthology five stars asking the other stories to be this good.
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George R. R. Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin. He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten.

Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School. He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,
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