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Sword and Sorceress XIX

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roam lands filled with danger, mystery and sorcery. They are sword-wielding defenders or magical spell-casters - roles too often considered the exclusive province of men.

Handpicked by the late Marion Zimmer Bradley, here are 25 original stories about bold and talented women created by such masterful word-weavers as Diana Paxson, Esther M Friesner
Paperback, 314 pages
Published January 3rd 2002 by DAW (first published January 1st 2002)
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Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans
Although the late Bradley (d. 1999) is credited as "editor" of this volume of the series, it's really the second of three that were made from the pile of manuscripts submitted before her death, and actually edited by her sister-in-law, Elisabeth Waters. It continues a trend I noticed in Sword and Sorceress XVII: much more emphasis on the sorcery half of the sword-and-sorcery equation. Out of 25 tales here, 20 have heroines who are magic users; only six feature swordswomen (one protagonist is bot ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
As the first S&S anthology to be published after MZB's death, this one is a little scattered and not particularly well-curated. This is an anthology of extremes - there are quite a few excellent stories, but the ones that are less-than-good are mostly barely mediocre. I don't recall the theme for this one - I'll edit if I check it out from the library again. BPL copy, March 2013.

Worth rereading:

The Sign of the Boar, Diana L. Paxson - quite a good Bera story
Grain, Esther M. Friesner
Gifts of the K
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The "Sword And Sorceress" series is a series of collections of short stories set in the "Sword And Sorcery" genre, except that in this series, all the protagonists are female. The is because, as Marion Zimmer Bradley has always explained in her introductions, historically in the "Sword And Sorcery" genre, the only female characters were "Bad conduct prizes" for the heroes.
The series as a whole is very good, although some volumes were stronger than others. I would rate this one at about the midd
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Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
More sequels to favourite stories...I should list the ones I like best. I started this series with number 22-25 in which I first read the mage squirrel and other stories. Going back and starting from number 1 I got introduced to the first stories in each series that I really enjoyed in those later books. Many good stories in this particular issue of S&S.
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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.

Bradley's first published novel-length work was Falcons of Narabedla, first published in the May 1957 issue of Other Worlds. When she was a child, Bradley stated that she enjoyed reading adventure fantasy authors such as Henry Kuttner, Edmond Ham

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