WOMEN OF POWER AND ENCHANTMENT . . . For over two decades, the late Marion Zimmer Bradley, best-selling and beloved author, discovered and nurtured a grand generation of popular and acclaimed writers including Mercedes Lackey (who returns to grace our pages this year), Jennifer Roberson, and a host of others. Authors who have appeared within the pages of "Sword and SorcereWOMEN OF POWER AND ENCHANTMENT . . . For over two decades, the late Marion Zimmer Bradley, best-selling and beloved author, discovered and nurtured a grand generation of popular and acclaimed writers including Mercedes Lackey (who returns to grace our pages this year), Jennifer Roberson, and a host of others. Authors who have appeared within the pages of "Sword and Sorceress" represent the full spectrum of some of the brightest talent working today -- from C.J. Cherryh, Charles de Lint, and Emma Bull . . . to Deborah J. Ross, Diana L. Paxson, and Laurell K. Hamilton.We are proud to continue the classic and vibrant feminist tradition with this twenty-third volume of new magical adventures edited by Elisabeth Waters, secretary and co-editor to Mrs. Bradley.Here are nineteen original stories of powerful women, swashbuckling and magic, spells and duels, arcane sorcery and heroic sacrifice, written by familiar spell-casters of wonder and bright newcomers who are sure to become favorites.Enter a wondrous universe . . ."Marion Zimmer Bradley 's Sword and Sorceress"Story contributors in this volume:Dave Smeds, Michael Spence, Elisabeth Waters, Gerri Leen, Tom Inister, Patricia B. Cirone, Pauline J. Alama, Marian Allen, Melissa Mead, K.D. Wentworth, Catherine Mintz, Jonathan Moeller, Kristin Noone, Leah Cypess, Linda L. Donahue, Resa Nelson, Deborah J. Ross, Michael H. Payne, Catherine Soto, and Mercedes Lackey....
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Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXIII Reviews
All in all it feels like a better collection of stories then last time. The quality of the book itself it still nice, though I caught a few typos.Morsel for the Plague Queen had a really interesting premise, and I liked the characters, and didn't feel like it followed through. It left me wanting.Daughter of Heaven had a really, really modern sound that didn't feel like it fit with the rest of the anthology. The tone, story, and especially the dialogue, reminded me of fanfiction, though with bettering spelling and grammar.The Vessel took a few pages to sink into, but was surprising and absolutely charming. I really wouldn't mind reading more about these characters and more from this author.Polish On, Polish Off : A Dragon Tale is a light hearted paraody that harkens back to the beginning of S&S with a clever woman that doesn't need help. It's All In The Making had a wonderful set up and retells a standard story excellent. I kind of wanted to read more, but as a short story it was satisfying. Daughters of Brightshield was an okay story - nothing wrong with it, but it fell a bit short for me, and I'd have liked more backstory.Undivided was hard to sink into - I couldn't relate to the characters or sum up much care for them, the titles used makes the characters too distant. That and I couldn't place the world - some of the names and background are clearly Eastern, and then there are things that feel very European, which leaves me unable to really picture that world. The story went on too long for Fairest of Them All was another with a snappy modern vibe, but was rather satisfying since it was clear from the start what sort of story it was. I like how it came together at the end, and the shout-outs to the original tale.Deermouse had an interesting story and world, but I couldn't connect to the characters and so the story didn't have much impact for me.Blood Moon had an interesting take on the maiden-mother-crone, and I like how it came together, though I would have liked a touch more of the world. Stolen Ghosts is a sequel to one of the stories that sticks in my mind from the last S&S. It was quite satisfying, carrying on with a twist from the first story, and I'd happy at the possibility of more with this character.The Frog's Princess is another retold fairy tale, and it's fairly good though it doesn't add anything new to the story.Shalott's Inn was short, sweet, and tied up quite well. I really like the original poem, and this was a satisfying spin on the tale.Wolf Maiden doesn't ring true for me, and the ending is sort of wtf with a side of werewolves. I do like the use of Norse mythology for a change.Black Magic doesn't really come together at all, and doesn't answer any questions. There is a lot going on, but I can't really catch what is going on. And the ending does really fit with the beginning because it didn't feel like the main character had gone through the transformation needed.Remembering isn't bad, and has a few good ideas, but it didn't really capture me at all. And there's psudo-Cthulhu, which just made me giggle. Squirrel Errant was cute. I wish I could have gotten a better sense of the world, but it's alright as it stands.Hope for the Dawn was a lost cause for me from the beginning. I wasn't thrilled with the story this one is a sequel to, the only thing I remember about it is that it was 'the boring one, set in China, with cats'. Admittedly I liked this installment better then the last, though I still don't have a sense of the characters.Scam Artistry is a story set in modern times, which really doesn't jive with what of I think of when I think of the series. It's not a bad story really, I like it, it just doesn't seem to fit.
My favorite stories in this volume were: 'The Vessel' by Gerry Leen (which prompted me to buy the ebook, 'Life Without Crows,' by the same author); 'The Fairest of Them All' by Melissa Mead (I'm hoping to track down another of her works soon), and 'Scam Artistry' by Mercedes Lackey and Elisabeth Waters.
Delightful collection of stories. Enjoyed each one . . .
Once upon a time, when I was a little girl, in the dark days pre-Buffy, it was hard to find a female action hero. And yes, little girls need them, and teens, and even young women. So when the first Sword and Sorceress was published, I immediately grabbed it, and it was love at first sight of the cover. The back cover of this 23rd volume boasts that in the years the anthology has existed, it's included such authors as "Mercedes Lackey... Jennifer Roberson... C.J. Cherryh, Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, Deborah Ross, Diana L. Paxson, and Laurell K. Hamilton." (I'd add Elizabeth Moon, a favorite author of mine.)I haven't lost my fondness for kick ass heroines, particularly in fantasy and science fiction, so that and nostalgia would be reason enough to be favorably inclined towards the book. There's another reason though--I'm not an unbiased reviewer here. My good friend Gerri Leen is one of the contributors, and I was a first reader (beta) for her story "The Vessel." And yes, it's very good indeed, a favorite of mine among her short stories; in the introduction to the story, the editor noted, "You can tell a story is good when you finish it and then wonder what will happen to the characters next." And it's humor, which there's not enough of in speculative fiction if you ask me--the last line still cracks me up.There's more good stuff here though. No one will mistake this for a collection of literary fiction mind you--only two first person stories, Pauline J. Alana's "Daughters of Brightshield" and Melissa Mead's "The Fairest of Them All," even depart from the usual third person, past tense. Maybe part of why besides "The Vessel" they're my favorites--both have a real voice. And besides, that, Mead's was a humorous take on Snow White--it was a nice departure. Another of the stories was based on a fairy tale, one on Arthurian legend, three others I'd describe as historically based and one could be described as urban fantasy: the rest were high fantasy. I found all the stories entertaining and well-written, with no clunker in the bunch. So if you like speculative fiction with strong woman characters, this is definitely a fun way to spend some hours.
This thirteenth issue of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s anthology Sword and Sorceress was edited by Elisabeth Waters. It is the first one I’ve read. Judging by this one, I’ve missed out on some great stories. Until I started blogging and met so many fantasy/magical arts writers, I rarely read books or stories in this genre. Marian Allen, one of the authors included in this anthology, generously sent me a copy of Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress XXIII.One thing I liked was that Elisabeth Waters, who edited the book, wrote a short introduction for each story. She’d tell a snippet about the story and/or the author, sometimes letting the reader know that the story character lives on in the author’s books.Usually, I read novels, although I sometimes tackle nonfiction books about writing (primarily). This anthology was great fun. I could read a story in one sitting. When I picked up the book again, I didn’t have to try to remember what happened before since I would be starting a new, standalone story. A lot of the authors were returning and even told stories with characters who had appeared in earlier anthologies. Almost all are authors published in magazines, novels or other anthologies. Their experience in writing came through in these nineteen stories. I enjoyed them all.You don’t have to get the book because you love fantasy. Sword and Sorceress XXIII will make you a fan, plus introduce you to new authors to follow.
This is a pretty standard entry in this series, and since I've enjoyed this series enough to still be reading it at entry 23, that says something, I suppose. For those of you who have followed the series all along, or even who have simply read one or more of the previous entries, all I need say is that this book holds up well to its predecessors. For those who are new to the series, this is a collection of short stories in the heroic fantasy genre in which each story centers on a female character. That does not mean that there are no men in the stories, or that all of the authors are women. It simply means that the primary character is female. There is no reason to feel that you can't read this book until you've read the previous 22 books; most of the stories are one-shots, and even those that continue the stories of characters established in previous anthologies give enough backstory to be perfectly understandable without having read the previous stories. Not to say that the previous anthologies aren't worth reading; they are. But there's no particular reason to have to read them chronologically.
Not as good as XXII, but still some good stories in it.
I had a really hard time finishing this book. I couldn't get into a lot of the stories.