The Evolution of Women’s Fantasy · Marion Zimmer BradleyDragon-Amber · Deborah WheelerEnter the Wolf · A.D. OverstreetValley of the Shadow · Jennifer RobersonThe Song and the Flute [Cynthia] · Dorothy J. HeydtJourneytime · Dana Kramer-RollsOrpheus · Mary Frances ZambrenoScarlet Eyes · Millea KeninThe River of Tears · Anodea JudithFresh Blood · Polly B. JohnsonThe Mist on tThe Evolution of Women’s Fantasy · Marion Zimmer BradleyDragon-Amber · Deborah WheelerEnter the Wolf · A.D. OverstreetValley of the Shadow · Jennifer RobersonThe Song and the Flute [Cynthia] · Dorothy J. HeydtJourneytime · Dana Kramer-RollsOrpheus · Mary Frances ZambrenoScarlet Eyes · Millea KeninThe River of Tears · Anodea JudithFresh Blood · Polly B. JohnsonThe Mist on the Moor · Diana L. PaxsonBargains · Elizabeth MoonA Woman’s Privilege · Elisabeth WatersTalla · J. Edwin AndrewsTupilak · Terry TafoyaSword Sworn [Vows and Honor] · Mercedes LackeyA Tale from Hendry’s Mill · Melissa CarpenterS.A.R. · Patricia B. CironeMore’s the Pity · L.D. WoeltjenMarwe’s Forest · Charles R. SaundersThe Hunters · Mavis J. Andrews...
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Sword and Sorceress III Reviews
Not bad. Took me a long time to get into it, because the first story is long and plodding and poorly-written. I initially coveted this one because it has the very first appearance of Mercedes Lackey's Tarma and Kethry, who were my childhood favorite protagonists (and are still pretty high on the list). It's got some really excellent stories in it, but it also has more than a couple of duds, which seem to be front-loaded in the book - I didn't like many of the first stories, but all but one of the final seven were quite good. In my opinion, the ones worth another read are:Valley of the Shadow, Jennifer RobersonThe Song and the Flute, Dorothy J. Heydt (a Cynthia story)Fresh Blood, Polly B. Johnson - this was the first one to really hit me as a Good StoryThe Mist on the Moor, Diana L. Paxson - a Shanna story, Bera's predecessorA Woman's Privilege, Elisabeth WatersTupilak, Terry TafoyaSword Sworn, Mercedes Lackey (of course!)S.A.R., Patricia B. CironeMore's the Pity, L. D. WoeltjenMarwe's Forest, Charles R. SaundersThe Hunters, Mavis J. Andrews
I've perhaps said this before, but anthologies are always a grabe-bag. Some good. Some Bad. Usually most contian a mixture of the good, the bad with occasional true stinkers or beautiful gems shining forth. Sword and Sorceresss 3 has far more gems than it does 'bad' stories. Indeed i"m not sure I'd call any of them bad, though some of them are more or less memorable.This volume is fascinating for it's exposure of talent that was than new, but which went on to great prominent(Elizabeth Moon and more prominent Mercedes Lackey.) The later especially was one of the authors I hit on in my teenage years once alot of the 'classics' had been absorbed and the young adult fare of the time began to look tame. I wont' go into the stories themeselves suffice to say that they were all decent reads, and none dragged, which is a blessing. It's interesting as well to see the transformation of the series. The self admitted emergence of tropes, the identification or rejection of those tropes. Bradley identifies the 'Rape and Revenge' motif that runs through so much of fiction and calls it out as terribly cliche. She also in this volume does osmething I like, which is reject the notion that the principal story that can or should be told about a 'female' character in a Fantasy genre is her over-coming sexism. That's certianly something I like seeing, but it's something we've seen dozens of times, and at a point it too becomes cliche. Bradley is right in that stories of the Female Warrior or Sorceress or whatever should be able to stand apart from her havin to convince everyone she can be what she is. So yeah, from a historical point of view, interesting read. Just from an enjoyement point of view, a good book to take with you on the subway. You'll be able to finish alot of the stories in a single decent trip, or two at most. If you like good fantasy, or like seeing how the fantasy genre evolved over time, it's a good place to look.
Dragon-Amber • (1986) • novelette by Deborah J. Ross [as by Deborah Wheeler ]Enter the Wolf • (1986) • shortstory by A. D. OverstreetValley of the Shadow • (1986) • shortstory by Jennifer RobersonThe Song and the Flute • [Cynthia, Daughter of Euelpides] • (1986) • shortstory by Dorothy J. HeydtJourneytime • (1986) • novelette by Dana Kramer-RollsOrpheus • (1986) • shortstory by Mary Frances ZambrenoScarlet Eyes • (1986) • shortstory by Millea KeninThe River of Tears • (1986) • shortstory by Anodea JudithFresh Blood • (1986) • novelette by Polly B. JohnsonThe Mist on the Moor • [Shanna of Sharteyn] • (1986) • shortstory by Diana L. Paxson♦Bargains by Elizabeth Moon RE-read 8/25/2015A Woman's Privilege • (1986) • shortstory by Elisabeth WatersTalla • (1986) • shortstory by J. Edwin AndrewsTupilak • (1986) • shortstory by Terry TafoyaSword Sworn • [Vows and Honor] • (1986) • novelette by Mercedes Lackey (variant of Sword-Sworn)A Tale from Hendry's Mill • (1986) • shortstory by Melissa CarpenterS.A.R. • (1986) • shortstory by Patricia B. CironeMore's the Pity • (1986) • shortstory by L. D. WoeltjenMarwe's Forest • [Dossouye] • (1986) • shortstory by Charles R. SaundersThe Hunters • (1986) • shortstory by Mavis J. Andrews
A great collection of 20 short stories of women in fantasy settings (one more sci-fi than fantasy though) weither they be wielding a sword in battle or conjuring magic each has her own strength and character. As each story is written by a different author there is a small introduction to each written by Marion, and a brief explanation as to why their story was chosen to be published in this edition. I completed reading this over a long period of time, allowing myself to read other books in between short stories or groups of short stories. Each story deserves its own rating as some were brilliant and some not so good, but they were all entertaining and those I didn't like were over soon enough. If you want to know about an individual story I wrote a little about each one as I read in my status updates.
I was very interested to learn more about the feminist fantasy movement. I discovered the existence and the historical importance of this movement only recently, even if I grew up reading novels of Marion Zimmer Bradley and Jennifer Robertson. This anthology of short stories is a good introduction. It is rather interesting that all the main authors belonging to this movement lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and I find rather intriguing to be living where my favorite childhood authors wrote the stories that kept me enthralled as a child. As a grown up I can now appreciate the courage of some of the plots, how the movement revolutionize a sexist and macho-oriented genre and helped bring forward the image of modern women, free to express themselves and pursue their dreams.
Actually recently got vol. I but this wouldn't let me choose that one so... There is also a volume entitled Sword and Sorceress without a number that is different. Marion edited the first of these up until the late teens or early twenties volumes when Elizabeth who worked with her took over when Marion became ill and eventually passed on. These are available, some with different covers so beware when collecting. As a fan of Sci Fi/Fantasy and short stories it is great to discover authors you like and find them in the other collections.
Found this by way of the Introduction to Mercedes Lackey's 'The Oathbound'. And I dislike starting a story in the middle; I want to read 'Sword Sworn' which is the prologue to this first book of the Vows and Honor trilogy.
This book contains a short story by Mercedes Lackey called "Sword Sworn" which tells the sotry of hoow Kethry and Tarma of the Oathbreakers duology met. I've been meaning to read this book for years.
this had the best story from all of the anthologies. this had the first tarma and kethry story