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"Sword and Sorceress 32" is a collection of 18 short fantasy stories with a female main character. It seemed like nearly all of them had witches. (Back when I last read S&S, some of these women would have been called a sorceress or magician, but I guess "witch" sells these days). About half of the stories had the dead (ghosts, zombies) playing a major role. Several of those stories had a heroine who faced an overwhelming force summon the dead (or fey, in one case) to win the battle.
I preferred the stories were the heroines faced a big challenge and used cleverness to figure out a simple, successful solution. Several stories were humorous, like "Woman's Work" by Pauline J. Alama. Others came up with an unusual idea, like "Expiration Date" by Julia H. West. Overall, I enjoyed about a fourth of the stories. There was no sex. There was occasional use of bad language (and some stories didn't have any).
The Sound of the Moon by Robin Wayne Bailey A Librarian in Distress by Rose Strickman Wight Nights by Steve Chapman Unexpected by Suzan Harden The Nature of Wraiths by Dave Smeds Royal Daughters by Elaine Cunningham The Girl from Black Point Rock by Deborah J. Ross Shaman's Quest by Kevin L. O'Brien Save a Prayer by Mercedes Lackey Add a Cup of Terror by Michael Spence & Elisabeth Waters Deadly Questions by Jonathan Shipley Sky, Clouds, and Sonam by Catherine Mintz Hostages of Honeycomb by Marian Allen Woman's Work by Pauline J. Alama Authority Figures by Michael H. Payne Till the Cows Come Home by L.S. Patton Expiration Date by Julia H. West Finding Truth by Lorie Calkins
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Another stellar collection of fantasy stories with a female protagonist, who is either witch, warrior or sorceress, or a combination of all. The forward to these collections is always an informative read, and the one here is no exception. I have been reading these collections since they first began and have always found rewarding the range of subject matter and the quality of writing. Many of the top fantasy writers have begun their careers here. If one must have favorites I particularly enjoyed, although the list could go on ... and on... Sound of the Moon by Robin Wayne Bailey Wight Nights by Steve Chapman The Girl from Black Point Rock by Deborah J. Ross Add a Cup of Terror by Michael Spence & Elisabeth Waters