War Robot-Manning Persons, Fighting Dukes, and Bioengineered Religious Soldiers — A Review of The Warriors Anthology Edited by G. R. R. Martin
Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on January 17, 2018.
The King of Norway by Cecelia Holland
A Viking adventure with all the gore and blood that you could ask for. If only I could have been made to care for the characters…
Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman
Soldiers learning to maneuver robots in the war have to do as part of a hive mind. Pretty soon, real life cannot compare with the virtual one that they lead with the other members of the hive.
The Triumph by Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb
A retelling of the myth of Marcus Atilius Regulus, a Roman Consul. In the story, he is tortured by Carthaginians before his death. Everything in the story is actually setting up the reader for the way he dies.
Clean Slate by Lawrence Block
An abused child grows up into a sociopath. You can guess what happens next!
And Ministers of Grace by Tad Williams
It isn’t that bioengineered soldiers haven’t been done before. Here though the author makes it all about religion.
Soldierin’ by Joe R. Lansdale
A black man joins the army in the eradication of Native Americans. The story remains localized and makes no claims about the big picture.
Dirae by Peter S. Beagle
A coma patient becomes an avenging spirit with a special soft place in her heart for kids.
The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon
I have been wondering if I would like Gabaldon’s writing and I wonder no more. This story is based on a skirmish between the French and English soldiers on Canadian soil.
Seven Years from Home by Naomi Novik
Nature and “people” come together in this story to save the land. I liked this one because plants featured in it.
The Eagle and the Rabbit by Steven Saylor
POVs change as we see Carthage fall and a Roman general plays mind games with the Carthaginians he will be selling off to slavery.
The Pit by James Clemens/James Rollins
Canine gladiators and sibling love made this story one of my faves!
Out of the Dark by David Weber
An alien race tries to take over the planet and humans band together to stop that from happening. They also have help from the unlikeliest of sources.
The Girls from Avenger by Carrie Vaughn
Women have faced discrimination whenever they have dared to step into a profession. Flying planes during a war isn’t any different.
Ancient Ways by S. M. Stirling
A mercenary is hired to rescue a princess who didn’t really need to be rescued. The princess was a pleasant surprise.
Ninieslando by Howard Waldrop
A utopian dream to unite the world while a war goes on outside. Didn’t take too long for it to unravel.
Recidivist by Gardner Dozois
AIs rule the world. Humans don’t stand a chance against them yet they won’t give up fighting back or remembering how life used to be.
My Name is Legion by David Morrell
Sometimes, the enemy on the other side of the border is your friend. In this story, soldiers who trained together are forced to fight against each other when France daren’t go against Germany.
Defenders of the Frontier by Robert Silverberg
Soldiers have been manning an entry point into their empire for years now. No reinforcements have arrived for some time. The absence of enemies starts to make them think. Does the empire they have been defending even exist anymore?
The Scroll by David Ball
A bully of an emperor keeps an architect alive just to torture him. The ending was a letdown.
The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin
A tale of Egg, the squire who isn’t a squire, and the knight he serves.
I’d say, you won’t be missing much if you didn’t read this anthology. But that’s just me…