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What do you get when some of the best women writers of genre fiction come together to tell tales of female strength? A powerful collection of science fiction and fantasy ranging from space operas and near-future factional conflict to medieval warfare and urban fantasy. These are not pinup girls fighting in heels; these warriors mean business. Whether keen combatants or rel ...more
Paperback, First, 250 pages
Published April 2nd 2016 by Kristell Ink
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Marielle
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-own
I liked some stories but there were quite a few stories I loved! So reading this book resulted in some books added to my tbr and some new authors to follow.
I loved all the strong female characters, each strong in their own way!
The only negative I have to say is that stories were just too short!!
A. Hunt
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to A. by: Goodreads.com
"Fight Like A Girl" is not an insult, if you fight like these girls!

Should someone tell you, 'You fight like a girl', show 'em how it's done! That's what this book does! I have always has to fight like a boy, growing up with a brother and mostly boy cousins, but I grew up on Girl Power (Punky Brewster, for those who know who that is) and this books has stories just like that. The Introduction, written by Anne Lyle, is like my past on paper- from the love of Doctor Who's Tom Baker to Ripley of
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Claire
This review originally appeared on BrizzleLass Books.

Fight Like A Girl, I remember at school this being thrown used as an insult by boys, “you fight like a girl”, why is being told you do anything like a girl supposed to be an insult? Being a girl kicks boys butts quite frankly, and this book proves it!

Firstly the cover, I rarely comment on covers, but I really love this cover, it really gets the point across that we are dealing with kick ass women!

This book is for people who like to read storie
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Adrianne
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Some of these stories are pretty straight forward - some women fight better than men. But others dig deep and will stick with me forever. Mothers who will do anything to protect thier children. A woman who's lost everyone she loves in a desperate fight to protect the innocent against a tyranny. I had expected to blast through these stories in a day. But I found that I had to study the facets of each one, and to think about them before I was able to move on to the next.
Phil
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of female authors have come together and written some standout short stories featuring kick ass female characters. usually anthologies have a mix of good and OK stories but this collection had all good. brilliant work and brilliant world's we're given the briefest glimpses into.

hoping there will be a Fight Like A Girl #2 soon.
Yvonne Davies
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
This book has a good selection of stories for fantasy and Sci-Fi lovers, each story set in different land or time, but one thing in common, each story had a woman that was not afraid to kick some ass. Every woman had a story to tell whether they were a sword for hire, a mother, a soldier or just fighting to survive, they had to act on their wits and they were there to prove that there is nothing wrong in fighting like a girl.
So not to go on for ever I am going to review the stories that really
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Valerie Willis
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-shelf-now
This book is a great collection with many surprises in the short stories inside it's cover. It will not take you long to see how one story shares an element with the first, and then another element with the one that follows that. Many times I finished a short story and find myself leaning back, catching my breath and in awe of the twists, both heartfelt and gruesome. There is action and tests, internal and external conflicts. Each writer having a unique voice for their fantasy and science fictio ...more
Sophie Tallis
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Simply put, this is the best anthology I have ever read! All of the stories are of the highest quality, a consistency rarely found in anthologies where at least one or two are below par, NOT here! The stories range in setting and feel, with a variety of SFF staples to suit all tastes, but all share a common theme, they are written by female writers who are unapologetically kick-ass. These are not light fluffy, feely stories, instead sink your teeth into grit, gore, battle, death and prepare to h ...more
G.R. Matthews
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this book, hence the three stars (I liked it).

There were some really excellent stories in here that will make me look out of the books of the writers, and a few (a very few... 2, I think) I started but didn't finish. They just didn't gel with me.

BUT lets focus on the ones that did and there were a lot of them! There were some really good stories that ranged from SciFi to Fantasy... some focusing on battles, and some on more personal experiences.

I don't think anyone picking it up would be
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Dan
Mar 20, 2016 added it
Women and conflict is the theme of this anthology. Edited by Bristolians Joanne Hall and Roz Clarke, it features fifteen stories, all by female authors, spanning fantasy and SF. The overriding flavour is one of gritty combat - there's no cheesecake fluff here. Think Ellen Ripley
The nature of anthologies is that you're going to like some stories more than others, but there are no real duffers here. I'll highlight a few that stood out for me.
My favourite was probably Lou Morgan's "Archer 57", a ta
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Tal
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
What do you get when some of the best women writers of genre fiction come together to tell tales of female strength? A powerful collection of science fiction and fantasy ranging from space operas and near-future factional conflict to medieval warfare and urban fantasy. These are not pinup girls fighting in heels; these warriors mean business. Whether keen combatants or reluctant fighters, each and every one of these characters was born and bred to Fight Like A Girl.
Lindsey Duncan
From the exotic depths of alien space to futuristic slums, from down-to-earth fantasy realms to those embraced by gods, this anthology features female fighters in all their forms. The worldbuilding and action scenes are highlights of these tales; the fights are tense and engrossing, and the worlds feel authentic and lived-in. (There were a few cases where the worldbuilding became heavy; too much information that didn't always contribute. I wondered if these were stories that attached to a novel ...more
Kate
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There isn't a single story in this anthology that isn't worth reading. The wide variety of genres and voices is brilliant; it makes every story a new read, and it's a stunning and wonderful collection. The theme isn't hammered in; every story just happens to contain fighting women, but the other characters - men, aliens, gods, humans - are just as compelling.

My favourite is Lou Morgan's Archer 57 for the incredibly simple concept and brilliant writing, but Vocho's Night Out by Julia Knight (whic
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Joel Cornah
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
As with any anthology there are ups and there are downs. But here the ups are worth the price of the book in and of themselves. I don't want to give too much away, but plenty of these stories have twists and turns that will keep you guessing - which is always hard to do in such a short space of words.

Some of the stories directly challenge cliches and tropes that female characters are so often forced into. Other embrace them and shed new light on old ideas. Sometimes it can feel repetitive, but e
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Sophie Tallis
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Simply put, this is the best anthology I have ever read! All of the stories are of the highest quality, a consistency rarely found in anthologies where at least one or two are below par, NOT here! The stories range in setting and feel, with a variety of SFF staples to suit all tastes, but all share a common theme, they are written by female writers who are unapologetically kick-ass. These are not light fluffy, feely stories, instead sink your teeth into grit, gore, battle, death and prepare to h ...more
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