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Women in Practical Armor

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This is an anthology created with a Kickstarter Project. Its central theme is empowering women. The contributors include:

“Attrition” ©2016 by Judith Tarr.
“No Better Armor, No Heavier Burden” ©2016 by Wunji Lau.
“Armor the Color of War” ©2016 by David Szarzynski.
“The Blood Axe” ©2016 by Mary Pletsch.
“First Command” ©2016 by Chris A. Jackson.
“Pride and Joy” ©2016 by Eric Land
Paperback, 316 pages
Published March 19th 2016 by Evil Girlfriend Media
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Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A short story collection about women who fight, one way or another. Not all of the stories have fighting in them, though. Also, some of the stories include non-hetero characters.

The collection has three stories with female smiths, which was great; I think I’ve only read about one or two before. The women in these stories are practical and level-headed. They’re warriors who are used to danger. A couple of stories have retired women which was also delightful; they’re also too rare in fantasy. I en
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Women in Practical Armor is an anthology of short stories about seasoned women warriors. Full discloser: I did receive an early review copy which is the version I am basing this review on.

I loved the cover art. And as with all anthologies there were stories I liked better than others. I will say all the stories were well written. And its always fun to see how different authors write on one theme.

But here is what I didn't like: The order of the stories. I didn't feel like the anthology was unfo
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: If you go to the Kickstarter backer section of the book, you will find my name listed.

Having said which, I'd have enjoyed this anthology even if it hadn't been something I backed. Only a couple of the stories are really explicitly about practical armor (including one demonstration of the IMpracticality of "boob plate" armor), but they're all about strong female characters, mostly warriors, mostly off having adventures. As always with an anthology, I liked some stories better than oth
Wendy S. Delmater
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is another kickstarter project, and a worthy one. It starts out with “Attrition,” by Judith Tarr. Not my favorite story in the volume but good and solid; it sets the tone. Then things really kick off with “No Better Armor, No Heavier Burden” by Wunji Lau, and I wanted to read more.

I was really surprised by “Armor the Color of War” by David Szarzynski, with it’s lush language and imagery.
But this was followed by Mary Pletsch’s “The Blood Axe” which set an entirely different tone about an out
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This was an excellent anthology. All the stories were great. Top-quality stuff. The highest praise I can give is that I wanted most of them to continue. Every story is well-written, with compelling characters. While all the stories are about female warriors, there's still a range of styles and tones represented. Some are funny, some are tense and dramatic, a couple are downright heartbreaking. There are no weak stories in this collection; all of them are enjoyable reads.

I would very highly recom
Rachel Brune
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun, action-filled collection of stories about kick ass women doing kick ass things. I enjoyed every minute of it, and every story.
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This work is not just a great book, but also a reminder of why Anthologies can be so darn rewarding. I have gotten into the habit of only reading books i know i like the author, or recommended authors, and since I have a full "to-read" list, I don't really give new authors a chance. This anthology knocked that chip off my shoulder and humbled me, for there are some amazing stories in here from authors I wouldn't have known to pick it!

Yes, I bought it because of the absolutely wonderful authors
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A quick read and fun collection of short stories of warrior women. I love to read about bad-ass women... being a quiet women, myself, who doesn't like conflict, I lived vicariously through these stories while I was reading them. hahaha
Geoffrey Ferris
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good

This book helped me to find new authors and then read other things they had written. I enjoyed about seventy five percent of the stories. Again my greatest pleasure is in the more humorous tale's of which there are a good representation.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Highlights: Judith Tarr amazons, lady dwarf kings save the world, queer/trans/poc characters strewn throughout

Lowlights: a male author writes lovingly detailed revenge porn about a dumpy lesbian heroine vs. an evil hot chick in boobplate. Seriously, what the fuck.
There are a lot of good stories in this anthology. Some of my favorites include "Serendipity" (well paced, made me want more stories set in that world), "The Family Business" (interesting history in the story, good use of humor), and "The Hero of Ithar" (reluctant hero story with a twist). You can read my full review over on MySF Reviews.
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Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed the variety in these short stories about women warriors.
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Jul 17, 2018
Most of the time, anthologies are hit or miss for me. Typically, there are some stories I like, some that are meh, and some I skip altogether. So, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Obviously, there were some I liked better than others, but overall I enjoyed all the stories and didn't skip a single one.

Each story was so unique and interesting, it's so fascinating how all the authors took the same root idea and ended up with such diverse stories.

My favorites were:
The Bound Man by Mary Rob
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Ed Greenwood is the creator of the Forgotten Realms fantasy world, which became the setting for his home D&D game in 1975. Play still continues in this long-running campaign, and Ed also keeps busy producing Realmslore for various TSR publications.

Ed has published over two hundred articles in Dragon magazine and Polyhedron newszine, is a lifetime charter member of the Role Playing Game Associa

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