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Dangerous Women 2

(Dangerous Women #2)

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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  56 reviews
This second volume features an original short story by Megan Lindholm (who also writes as Robin Hobb). In the bittersweet ‘Neighbors’ Sarah, a rather strange widow, lives isolated and alone, surrounded by young families. But is the old lady afflicted by dementia – or by something far more odd?

Other contributors to this volume of stories of formidable women include worldwid
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 23rd 2014 by Harper Voyager
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Susie It actually appears that the Tor Fantasy and the Harper Voyager split editions offer a different reading order. Alissa's list below is for the Tor…moreIt actually appears that the Tor Fantasy and the Harper Voyager split editions offer a different reading order. Alissa's list below is for the Tor Fantasy editions. The order for the Harper Voyager editions are thus:

DANGEROUS WOMEN 1
Gardner Dozois’s introduction
George R. R. Martin, ‘The Princess and the Queen’
Carrie Vaughn, ‘Raisa Stepanova’
Nancy Kress,’“Second Arabesque, Very Slowly’
Lawrence Block, ‘I Know How to Pick ‘Em’
Megan Abbott, ‘My Heart Is Either Broken’
Joe R. Lansdale, ‘Wrestling Jesus’
Brandon Sanderson, ‘Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell’

DANGEROUS WOMEN 2
Gardner Dozois’s introduction
Megan Lindholm, ‘Neighbors’
Lev Grossman, ‘The Girl in the Mirror’
Sharon Kay Penman, ‘A Queen in Exile’
S. M. Stirling, ‘Pronouncing Doom’
Caroline Spector, ‘Lies My Mother Told Me’
Sam Sykes, ‘Name the Beast’
Diana Gabaldon, ‘Virgins’

DANGEROUS WOMEN 3
Gardner Dozois’s introduction
Joe Abercrombie, ‘Some Desperado’
Diana Rowland, ‘City Lazarus’
Sherlynn Kenyon, ‘Hell Hath No Fury’
Melinda Snodgrass, ‘The Hands That Are Not There’
Pat Cadigan, ‘Caretakers’
Cecelia Holland, ‘Nora’s Song’
Jim Butcher, ‘Bombshells’

With both sets of editions, Diana Gabaldon's story appears in the second book.(less)
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Susie
Overall rating: ★★★☆☆ - Sort of liked/OK. Each story is reviewed individually below.


1/7: The Girl in the Mirror by Lev Grossman
★★★★☆ - Really liked

Now this one was right up my alley and I really liked it! I've since read that The Magicians series (of which this was a tale taken out of that world) has been likened to Harry Potter, so a more adult-orientated version, but based on this story I wouldn't necessarily agree (although it does have some direct HP references nestled inside it). You have
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Roxana Chirilă
I've read this in Romanian, but I'm too tired to write a review in Ro. This volume contained 9 stories.

"Second Arabesque, Very Slowly" by Nancy Kress

A post-apocalyptic tale in which women are good for breeding and, maybe, medical stuff. It isn't badly written, but it was not my cup of tea. (Incidentally, it reminded me a lot of Huxley's "Ape and Essence", possibly because I've just read that one, and it's also post-apocalyptic, and women are mating material and reproduction is a Thing)

"City Laz
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Nikki
This volume had more fantasy/SF than the first one, with just one story that wasn’t — and that was historical fiction, which often has the same sort of social structures and so on, and thus feels somewhat akin to fantasy. It’s a bit of a stronger collection than the first part, to my mind; I enjoyed it a bit more.

‘Neighbours’, by Megan Lindholm — Quite fun; I kinda called it before the end, but it still worked. I found the stuff with the elderly woman and her kids a bit harrowing, honestly; the
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Alexander
So, I finished the second installment of the Dangerous Women anthology! And I'll review every short story individually again, and then take the final rating out of the average of all the ratings. Here we go!

Megan Lindholm - Neighbors - 3/5
I've never read a Robin Hobb-story before, so this was certainly an interesting start. Sadly, I wasn't super impressed. As the story progressed, I had a harder and harder time understanding what was going on exactly and I don't understand the ending one bit. Al
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katnick
I expected to feel empowered by this anthology - or at least less pissed off about the portrayal of women in speculative fiction - but I was underwhelmed. Like all anthologies, it was a mixed bag. All of the stories were at least decent, but none of them really struck me as anything special.

Lev Grossman's The Girl in the Mirror follows the leader of a secret club at a magic university as she pulls an elaborate prank on the school's wine steward. It's part of a larger series, though not in an obv
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Arun Divakar
The second book in this collection featuring dangerous women turned out to be a chore to get through.

Neighbors by Megan Lindholm

Rating : 2/5

In Summary : The whole idea is to have stories of women who are dangerous. While it is really appreciated that we need to spare a thought for the old and feeble, this story really has no place in this anthology. It is a fact that Megan Lindholm captures the frailty of being old and senile and the utter tragedy of watching life fall apart around you. But my d
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Tim Hicks
Didn't work for me.

Lev Grossman's The Girl in the Mirror - not bad, moderately entertaining school-of-magic story.

Sharon K. Penman's A Queen in Exile - boring history lesson, and I don't dislike history

S.M. Stirling's Pronouncing Doom - OK

Caroline Spector's Lies My Mother Told Me - a woman who fights by creating explosive fat bubbles - no, sorry, you lost me there. A Joker Too Far.

Sam Sykes' Name the Beast - classic example of baffle-the-reader-for-pages-then-just-stop.

Nancy Kress' Second Ara
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Iris Schechter
I had great hopes for this book. As I said in my review of book 1, I read it in French, and they rearranged the novels to have 1 book with only male writers, and 1 book with female writers (this one). So being a girl, a couldn't help but hope this second volume would be better. Well, some were really good, but there was also really bad work in there. I put the blame (partly) on selection, as for example I read three novels which were basically the same, so of course comparison was harder on the ...more
Jaden-marie
3.5
I found all of them at least of an okay quality, some of the ones I liked best were-
A Queen in Exile
Lies My Mother Told Me
Virgins
I would probably give the others a pass, Neighbors better but still not highest quality.
Frank
Apr 30, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read the first two stories and did not like either. Started the third and it was much the same so I gave up on it. Glad I burrowed it from the liabrary instead of buying it.
Alicia Williams
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 010-2017
DANGEROUS WOMEN 1
Gardner Dozois’s introduction
George R. R. Martin, ‘The Princess and the Queen’
Carrie Vaughn, ‘Raisa Stepanova’
Nancy Kress,’“Second Arabesque, Very Slowly’
Lawrence Block, ‘I Know How to Pick ‘Em’
Megan Abbott, ‘My Heart Is Either Broken’
Joe R. Lansdale, ‘Wrestling Jesus’
Brandon Sanderson, ‘Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell’

DANGEROUS WOMEN 2
Gardner Dozois’s introduction
Megan Lindholm, ‘Neighbors’
Lev Grossman, ‘The Girl in the Mirror’
Sharon Kay Penman, ‘A Queen in Exile’
S.
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Michael Havens
Most of the seven stories in this anthology had premises that I took issue with. Social structures which I found problematic. However, three out of the seven stories, Sam Sykes, "Name The Beast" , Nancy Kress' "Second Arabesque, Very Slowly", and the novella from Diana Galbadon, "Virgins" all were provocative and while each were disturbing in their own way, they still allowed some intellectual food for thought about human endeavors and the conflicts involved in such endeavors.
So, in this case,
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Leila P
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to finish the book, because I read one short story every now and then. This contained seven stories, and some I liked a lot and some I found somewhat boring.

Nancy Kress didn't let me down this time either. Her story "Second Arabesque, Very Slowly" was very good and haunting. "Lies My Mother Told Me" by Caroline Spector was excellent, as well. Such extraordinary superheroes!

Also, I was pleasantly surprised when I read Stirling's "Pronouncing Doom", because it was set in the wor
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Chocolategoddess
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, other
I'm going to review each of the stories separately, because of course there's going to be varying quality in a collection.

Megan Lindholm's story was fantastic. An older lady finds herself peeping into another world as her age catches up with her, and it's exactly what a story should be. The villains of the piece are just doing what they feel is the right thing. The heroine just wants to keep her independance. Questions are raised and answered, thoughts are planted, and at the end I felt satisfie
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M Scott
Perfectly serviceable-

Felt like I was back in high school with a copy of Analog magazine, reading a collection of stories by various authors. These are longer than a magazine of course. All of these authors have published longer works and several are set in worlds familiar to readers of their longer work. The Gabaldon was my first, and I thought good. Well chosen for the closer. Nancy Kress' post-apocalyptic tale will be familiar, too, because so much has been written in this type of setting - a
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Camilla
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Neighbors by Megan Lindholm ~ 4/5
The Girl in the Mirror by Lev Grossman ~ 2/5
A Queen in Exile by Sharon Kay Penman ~ 3/5
Pronouncing Doom by S. M. Stirling ~ 2.5/5
Lies My Mother Told Me by Caroline Spector ~ 3.5/5
Name the Beast by Sam Sykes ~ 1.5/5
Virgins by Diana Gabaldon ~ 2.5/5

Overall rating ~ 2.7/5
Sam
Yes, the collection's title is a bit misleading but it is a solid anthology, with quite a variety. I particularly enjoyed:
"Queen in Exile" (Sharon Penman) 4*
"Pronouncing Doom" (S.M. Stirling) 4* (Enough to get me to search out his Emberverse series)
and absolutely loved Nancy Kress' 5*** "Second Arabesque, Very Slowly"!
Ida (IG: PleaseJustLetMeRead)
These short stories all have their own qualities, but they are VERY different; as I wrote about the first collection, the mixing of genres seems confusing, and it demands a lot of the reader to switch between the different genres so often.
Samantha Gomes
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of diverse short stories, some of them more remarkable than others. The best one, for me, was Neighbors. I'd recommend it, for sure.
NickM
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It's not that these are bad or badly written stories, they just aren't for me, which is a shame because I've been looking forward to reading these for some time now.
Nancy
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An anthology of science-fiction stories about strong and dangerous women.
It's not my favorite reading genre, but the stories did hold my interest.
Rachel
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed 4 out of 7 of the stories! A nice introduction to some new authors for me and I got to enjoy some other familiar authors too.
Jacky
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engrossing stories of different genres and styles
Nóra
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2017
The Girl in the Mirror
★★★☆☆
It started as a very promising story about a secret girls' club, but then it went to a different direction than I hoped for.
I haven't read any Magicians novel so far, so the beginning was a bit bumpy. I like my stories making the explainings even when they are a part of something larger.
Anyhow, if it weren't for that "saving the damsel" part at the end, it could have been a fun story, now it's just meh.

A Queen in Exile
★★★★☆
This story is about an era and about people I
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Jim McPherson
Needing a break from Terry Brooks I took a chance on a collection of short stories. I tend to avoid the format but this one was in part edited by George RR Martin so I bought it anyhow.

He wrote the best vampire book I can recall reading, "Fevre Dream", and "Armageddon Rag", which I seem to recall combined Jim Morrison with Robert Johnson in terms of having one of those perhaps spurious crossroads connections. Plus, he's the main man behind the Wild Cards series, which I've been reading since it
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Keira Edwards-Huolohan
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Sylvia McIvers
Loved revisiting some of the worlds presented here, and definitely must investigate this new-to-me "Outlander" series by author Diana Gabaldon. Also, Nancy Kress, I must find some more of your stories.

"Virgins" Outlander story. The title prepared me to be annoyed , but it turns out the virgins are... not quite who you thought. The modest young lady who has to be escorted to her husband somewhere in France... oh dear. She come equipped with some very definite opinions about who she's going to mar
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Diana
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Meghan
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm very glad I saved the Diana Gabaldon story for last. It went by so much faster the previous one I'd read, which was 1/3 the length.
So yeah, I enjoyed Virgins, A Queen in Exile, Second Arabesque Very Slowly and The Girl in the Mirror. Lies My Mother Told me was OK. I didn't especially care for Name the Beast and Pronouncing Doom was one big Liz Lemon eye-roll. Wish I hadn't read that one at all.

I spied on a few other reviews after I'd only read a couple stories, while I was struggling with
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BK
Dec 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another anthology that I only read for the Outlander novella, which features Jamie and Ian! It was bittersweet reading this considering what happens with Ian Murray. (view spoiler) ...more
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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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