Wednesday, June 22, 2011


WarriorsWarriors is a treasure trove of warrior themed stories and relationship advice by authors including Robin Hobb and Naomi Novik.  Since the editor of the collection is fantasy grand pooh-bah, George R.R. Martin, I expected a heavy dose of sword and sorcery, but I was surprised at the collection's variety.  There were several historical fiction stories, a smattering of sci-fi, some fantasy, a contemporary thriller, and a super hero crime fighting story that defied description.

This latter story, by Peter Beagle, was my favorite.  It was a super-hero book that was fit for publication in The New Yorker.  I will definitely pick up his other work in the future.  

Lawrence Block's thriller was also satisfying as was David Weber's story about an alien invasion of Earth.  Normally I dislike David Weber's military sci-fi, but his novella of humans fighting back was too much fun.  Spoiler alert: it had vampires!

I could spend all day reviewing each story in Warriors.  Suffice it to say I will be purchasing this book the moment I find it at a used bookstore. 

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