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Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy…

Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy [Anthology]

by Denise Little (Editor and Introduction)

Other authors: Greg Beatty (Contributor), Scott William Carter (Contributor), Loren L. Coleman (Contributor), Rosemary Edghill (Contributor), C. S. Friedman (Contributor)15 more, Terry Hayman (Contributor), Michael Hiebert (Contributor), Steven Mohan (Contributor), Peter Orullian (Contributor), Nathaniel Poole (Contributor), Jean Rabe (Contributor), Annie Reed (Contributor), Laura Resnick (Contributor), Allan Rousselle (Contributor), Lisa Silverthorne (Contributor), Douglas Smith (Contributor), Jane Toombs (Contributor), Leslie Claire Walker (Contributor), Phaedra M. Weldon (Contributor), Christina F. York (Contributor)

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Out of 20 short stories, only three didn't induce nausea or boredom. Rosemary Edghill's "Bitter Fruit: A Tale of Crownland" was a grown up and viscerally disturbing story about a woman who seeks justice. Scott William Carpenter's "Heart of Stone," in which a calculating Medusa experiments with what permutation of love will set her free of her killing curse. And Michael Hiebert's "Dust" is a slightly trippy look at a tooth-fairy accidentally bound to the will of a vapid human child. The rest are banal, trite and dull re-tellings of all the usual tales. Cinderella's "evil" stepmother tells her tale. A Valkerie falls in love with a mortal soldier and begs Odin to let her live a "real life," which apparently means a wedding and babies. Morgan le Fey's oh so selfless desire to save Britain. On and on and on, one uninspired plodding story after another. These are the worst kind of pseudo-feminist revisionist fantasy. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
  Krumbs | Mar 31, 2013 |
This book wasn’t too thrilling. It had lots of short stories, which can be fun to read, but once again it seems as if these people have no editors. One story even had the main characters name spelled wrong for several pages, right in the middle of the story, after which the author went back to the original spelling. Another story had a then where it should have had a than (this, to me, is an incredibly annoying error).

This book had one redeeming story, Dust, about the tooth fairy, how she was hooked on fairy dust, and how she sledgehammered teeth out of a young girl after she learned the fairy’s true name and kept calling on her. Funny stuff. ( )
  Homechicken | Dec 8, 2007 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Little, DeniseEditor and Introductionprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beatty, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carter, Scott WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coleman, Loren L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edghill, RosemaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friedman, C. S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hayman, TerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hiebert, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mohan, StevenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Orullian, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Poole, NathanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rabe, JeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reed, AnnieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Resnick, LauraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rousselle, AllanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverthorne, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, DouglasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Toombs, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walker, Leslie ClaireContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weldon, Phaedra M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
York, Christina F.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Bad girls have more fun. (Introduction)
I never talk about her except when I'm drinking. (Shall We Dance?)
"Help me Lawgiver, please!" (Bitter Fruit: A Tale of Crownland)
"Isis, what secret did Ra give to you?" (The Light of Ra)
I know exactly what I'm doing on a May afternoon like this with the failing light shining down on me: reading the pattern of the scattered clouds in the blue of the sky, recognizing signs in the angle of stones, in the way wind parts brush and grass. (Time and Memory)
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Short stories in anthology:

Introduction by Denise Little

Shall We Dance? by C.S. Friedman
Bitter Fruit: A Tale of Crownland by Rosemary Edghill
Light of Ra by Phaedra M. Weldon
Time and Memory by Leslie Claire Walker
Band of Sisters by Allan Rousselle
Mother of Monsters by Greg Beatty
Sisters of the Blade by Loren L. Coleman
To Ride the Serpent Once More by Terry Hayman
Lilith by Peter Orullian
Homeless by Annie Reed
Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth by Christina F. York
Tsonoqua by Nathaniel Poole
Banished by Jane Toombs
Soul Taker by Lisa Silverthorne
Heart of Stone by Scott William Carter
Black Annie by Jean Rabe
Amphora by Steven Mohan, Jr.
Dust by Michael Hiebert
Last Ride by Douglas Smith
Greek to Me by Laura Resnick.
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From hags and harpies to sorceresses and sirens, this volume features twenty all-new tales that prove women are far from the weaker sex-in all their alluring, magical, and monstrous roles.

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