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I always find it hard to review anthologies. As usual, this one was a mixed bag, although I liked more stories than I disliked. Disliked is probably the wrong word. There was no story I didn't want to finish, but there were a couple that just did not grab me. Still, it was a good batch of stories overall. Now, these stories all had a female character as the protagonist, but that does not mean that all the men were bad guys. Not by a long shot. The women who the stories are based on are not the standard for women in their societies. They are unusual, just in the way that the male characters of sword and sorcery are unusual.
The newest set of short stories published in Sword and Sorceress 30 are all excellent stand alone reads. Even the few with previous stories in earlier anthologies did not require the full back story. I liked the mix of humor, serious discussions, and occasional magic interventions throughout the book. Lots of fun to read.