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A Girl s Guide To Guns And Monsters is not just about girl power Co editor Kerrie Hughes reveals in the introductory that, as a survivor of rape and abuse, she wants to create an anthology that would assure readers presumably female readers that they too can rise about the atrocities and injustices Okay, there is a bit of a disconnect here in that she never actually stated how this anthology could help, other than provide a vicarious passport for some emotional catharsis, and even then, I A Girl s Guide To Guns And Monsters is not just about girl power Co editor Kerrie Hughes reveals in the introductory that, as a survivor of rape and abuse, she wants to create an anthology that would assure readers presumably female readers that they too can rise about the atrocities and injustices Okay, there is a bit of a disconnect here in that she never actually stated how this anthology could help, other than provide a vicarious passport for some emotional catharsis, and even then, I m not sure how that would provide anythingthan a few hours of temporary succor.Okay, I m getting way off tangent now I do sympathize with Ms Hughes s introduction and I wish her well in her efforts to empower other women It s just that, reading her introduction and looking at the rest of the anthology well, I don t see how these two are related.Jane Lindskold starts the show with The Drifter, which sees our heroine Prudence Bledsoe showing up in a cowboy town one fine day, just in time to find herself in the middle of a mystery involved some missing children The locals believe that the nearby Navajo folks are responsible but Prudence has her own suspicions This is a pretty standard tale with a rather familiar tough as nails action heroine kicking some rear ends It s a decent opening story, but nothing too memorable.Nancy Holder s Our Lady Of The Vampires is a Depression era story where our heroine s family had fallen on hard times and she is left at a home by her mother She soon discovers that there are vampires around, ooh The author wants this story to be a the mouse learns to roar type of story, but the heroine keeps crying and wailing all the time, she s obnoxious I m happy when the story ends because I don t have to read about her constant woe is me I m crying again antics.Lilith Saintcrow s Best Friends is pretty good, fortunately, as I am starting to worry about the anthology at that point Our hot heroine and her equally hot lesbian girlfriend have a dilemma her hot girlfriend s mother has a new boyfriend who seems to be a vampire We are talking about a menacing vampire who may be feeding on his girlfriend and the girlfriend s daughter Can our hot lesbian duo put a stop to that fellow s misdeeds This one is an interesting blend of teen angst layered over by horror elements, although the frequent mentions of the ladies hotness sort of undermine the stated mission of this anthology to empower ladies everywhere It s as if you can only be tough if you are hot or have superhuman powers.Jeanne C Stein presents Elizabeth And Anna s Big Adventure, which is about an eight year old having an unusual babysitter that helps teach her about girl power This is a decent read, but short and forgettable Again, I get this impression that one can only have girl power if one has superhuman powers Since I can only dream of being able to clean the fridge just by waving my hand, I don t feel very empowered.Anton Strout, who seems to have a spot permanently reserved for him in every DAW anthology in existence, presents Lupercalia, which empowers women by showing them to be bitter hags when they can t get a man, but once they think they can get a man, they will happily turn their backs to their fellow sisters I guess it s only reasonable that Cupid himself is causing these strong women to act like cartoon shrews in this story.In Murder, She Workshopped, Kristine Kathryn Rusch serves a story of what would happen if Jessica Fletcher is actually a monster that feeds on the emotional turmoil caused by a violent murder Our heroine is an assassin specializing in getting rid of monsters just like the true crime author known as Margarite Lawson, and to set the stage, she joins the writing workshop which has Margarite as a guest speaker Mayhem ensues This story is delightful, as it offers a playful look into thecolorful aspects of a writing workshop and pokes fun at pretentious aspiring authors while at the same time being a fun read with lots of surprises This is easily my favorite story in this anthology.Jim C Hines s Heart Of Ash is an interesting story, about a nymph who takes down spooks for the greater good until her crusade costs her her girlfriend If you can t tell by now, lesbianism is considered one of the must have if you want to ooze girl power from head to toe I like this story, it contains some emotional poignancy and the heroine is a memorable character However, I m not sure why this story is here in this anthology the heroine needs the love of another person, or creature, in order to define herself This is a part of her being what she is, a nymph, but no matter how I look at this, I don t find this someone must love me in order for me to be me part of the heroine a good fit with the stated empowerment mission of the anthology.Elizabeth A Vaughan s Jiang Shi has a pre menopausal middle aged heroine nice but the entire story seems like it s part of a longer series Unlike the usual Chinese vampire that the title references to, the spooks in this story arelike a standard monster that can scream and move like any other random monster There is also a talking mouse The whole thing is an amusing tale of a heroine who is dragged into a paranormal adventure with evil ninja rats really by being at the wrong place and the wrong time, but there are too many things here and too little substance It s as if the author is just throwing everything in and passing off the party as a complete story.Is Tanya Huff s No Matter Where You Go part of a series too It feels like it Our vampire heroine and her human cop boyfriend find themselves trying to rescue a bunch of teens when these teens go through a magical portal into a very unhappy place, let s just say The heroine and her boyfriend have an established relationship, there are allusions to events that may or may not happen in previous related stories i have no idea , and this whole story feels like just a piece of a jigsaw puzzle and I need to collectpieces to see the big picture.In PR Frost s Signed In Blood, our witch heroine stumbles upon a creature that is inciting violence at concerts This one could have been an interesting story, but, compared to the previous two stories, it feels evenlike a part of a series Things happen, without much explanation Maybe because I m supposed to know of it by reading previous stories At any rate, this is an unsatisfying short story.Oh boy, Mickey Zucker Reichert s Broch De Shlang is easily the story with the most unfortunate implications in this anthology Our heroine s marriage breaks apart because she insists on caring for a daughter with Patau syndrome Now, she discovers that there is a family curse that will cause her to be killed by a snake really Who will take care of the special girl if she croaks This story is truly unfortunate because the author resolves this story by a killing off the daughter in a special heroic way , letting b the heroine all eager to ask her husband to come back so that they can be a family again The take home message here is that the only good girl with genetic handicaps is one that is willing to die so that normal people can be happy.Alexander B Potter s The Wooly Mountains has a lesbian heroine only they have girl power, remember showing up in the rustic wilderness to mediate between the were creatures and the anti spook human groups even as she investigates several incidents of sheep getting ripped apart in the neighborhood This one isn t too bad, but the identity of the villain is obvious from the get go and it ends up being a bit too predictable for its own good.Finally, there is Invasive Species by Nina Kiriki Hoffman This is the only outright sci fi story of the bunch Our heroine Random Delaney is a vermin hunter, and, during her latest assignment, what seems like a routine job turns out to be somethingsinister that involves oh, nasty aliens at work, perhaps This is a decent closing story, as the heroine kicks some rear end, the setting is well done, and the pacing is solid.On the whole, however, this anthology is quite the mess There aremediocre stories than good ones here, and there are also unfortunate implications galore, starting with how the anthology with the highest density of lesbians so far in a while just has to that one about female empowerment Or, how many of these so called kick ass females are also described to be conventionally beautiful, or that they are often strong only because they have inherent abilities that make them stronger than the people around them I hate to say this, given that Kerrie Hughes poured her heart out in the introduction, but I don t feel that there is much about this anthology that feels empowering (((FREE DOWNLOAD))) ☚ A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters ⇖ Brilliant, original sci fi and fantasy stories featuring brave and bold heroines Thirteen urban and paranormal tales of strong women, armed with weapons they are not afraid to use, as well as fists and feet of fury, who face monsters and bad guys and are not above rescuing men in the process Murder Unprompted original sci fi and fantasy stories featuring brave and bold heroines Thirteen urban and paranormal tales of strong women ABC Con Nico armed with weapons they are not afraid to use Where's the Princess?: And Other Fairy Tale Searches as well as fists and feet of fury How Privatized Banking Really Works Integrating Austrian Economics With The Infinite Banking Concept who face monsters and bad guys and are not above rescuing men in the process I m going with a 3.5.The Drifter by Jane Lindskold set in 1800s American West with werewolves, skinwalkers, and family ties Really liked it Near the top of my list for this antho.Our Lady of the Vampires it s the Depression and something strange is happening in a home for girls It was all right I did enjoy the end.Best Friends by lilith Saintcrow a standalone, not part of any other series that I know of young love, protecting those you love, and making the most of what you have Note I I m going with a 3.5.The Drifter by Jane Lindskold set in 1800s American West with werewolves, skinwalkers, and family ties Really liked it Near the top of my list for this antho.Our Lady of the Vampires it s the Depression and something strange is happening in a home for girls It was all right I did enjoy the end.Best Friends by lilith Saintcrow a standalone, not part of any other series that I know of young love, protecting those you love, and making the most of what you have Note I ve read a good number of Saintcrow s shorts and I really like them This one is no exception One of my favorites in this antho.Elizabeth Anna s Big Adventure by Jeanne Stein This one was all right It s part of the Anna Strong series, not that you need to be caught up on it to get the story, but I think if I wasfamiliar with the characters I would like it.Lupercalia by Anton Stout a woman who has hadthan her share of heartbreak goes on a manhunt for the god of love I really liked this one Another one of my favs in this antho.Murder She Workshopped by Kristine Kathryn Rusch This story is a big reason why I love reading anthos I ve never read anything by this author, but I really liked the story I ll be looking to see what else Rusch has written Murder, monsters and mystery at a writing workshop Good stuff.Heart of Ash by Jim C Hines I really liked this one Unexpected heroine a Nymph who fights monsters Bittersweet, but I liked it.Jiang Shi by Elizabeth A Vaughan I kind of liked this one Very odd, with a middle aged woman who thinks the magic has gone from her life, who with the help of an amulet findsthan she bargained for It has a talking mouse, ninja rats, an evil possum andIt worked, but I feel like I was missing a bit too much to really enjoy it.No MAtter Where You Go by Tanya Huff Part of the Vicki Nelson series some kids open a portal and VIcki jumps in to save them It was a quick, action fueled story.Signed in Blood by P.R Frost A Tess Noncoire story I ve never read the series, but the short was meh Not enough happened to make me want to findAnticlimatic.Broch de Shlang by Mickey Zucker Reichert It started interesting, with snakes and a family curse, but fell apart at the end I get where the author was going, but something that traumatic cannot be glossed over.The Wooley Mountains by Alexander B Potter Set in a world where there are magic species interacting with humans There s Sasquatch and evidence of a dragon I liked this one I liked the old monster hunter and the new guard although I would call themmonster conservationists, really One of my favs.Invasive Species by Nina Kiriki Hoffman Set on a spaceship, where something has been chewing on the metal There s lots of odd happenings, and a light touch, as our heroine dons her exterminator gear to get to the root of the problem I liked it I like anthologies for three reasons First, you can finish a story in a short time Second, you discover new authors Third, you find short stories by some favorite authors One of my favorite authors is Jane Lindskold who wrote The Drifter with Prudence Bledsloe, her brother, Jake, and an old west theme This interesting tale has a unique ending Broch de Shlang by Mickey Zucker Reichert features a couple who has a strange child and a snake The plot is unusual Elizabeth and Anna s Big A I like anthologies for three reasons First, you can finish a story in a short time Second, you discover new authors Third, you find short stories by some favorite authors One of my favorite authors is Jane Lindskold who wrote The Drifter with Prudence Bledsloe, her brother, Jake, and an old west theme This interesting tale has a unique ending Broch de Shlang by Mickey Zucker Reichert features a couple who has a strange child and a snake The plot is unusual Elizabeth and Anna s Big Adventure by Jeanne C Stein is short, concise, and great reading There are others but I ll stop here as readers of anthologies should discover the stories for themselves Suffice it to say that I liked several of the stories I picked this book up for two reasons as a fluff anthology, and because an author I especially like has a story in it I was expecting some middling quality stories, but I was pleasantly surprised over the first one, by Jane Linskold not all of the stories afterward held up to my raised expectations I was also surprised though I probably shouldn t have been that each story has a fantasy genre monster in it lots of vampires I thought maybe there d beaction sci fi stories of women wi I picked this book up for two reasons as a fluff anthology, and because an author I especially like has a story in it I was expecting some middling quality stories, but I was pleasantly surprised over the first one, by Jane Linskold not all of the stories afterward held up to my raised expectations I was also surprised though I probably shouldn t have been that each story has a fantasy genre monster in it lots of vampires I thought maybe there d beaction sci fi stories of women with guns and some monsters , when it is the opposite women fighting monsters and sometimes using guns to do it Great, Strong Female Characters of all ages I actually found several of these stories to be quite inspirational I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Sci Fi and Fantasy stories revolving around strong females. Couldn t help feeling that a lot of these stories were previews of series to come I did get the lead on The Becoming from this book and we ll see where that series takes me Tanya Huff s story was well worth reading, I may go digging to see where her new stuff is at now. A decent collection of short stories featuring girls women with guns and monsters As with any collection, your mileage will vary. A good collection of stories by a variety of authors my favorite among them being Lilith Saintcrow Not highbrow by any means, but a fine book to occupy an afternoon. Read the review by Mrs Giggles it says everything I thought I suspect this whole genre is getting a bit mined out And I m not sure the authors were aware of Hughes intro.