Sisters in Fantasy 2

by Susan Shwartz, Martin H. Greenberg | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0451455037 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 10/6/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, October 6, 2020
I got this softcover at a local Savers thrift shop. It's a collection of fantasy stories by women, including some of my favorite authors. Among the tales I liked best:

"Shahrezad" by Ellen Guon revisits the "1001 Nights" concept - in the person of a woman telling stories to a bank robber holding the customers hostage, in hopes of preventing bloodshed.

"Dumping Ra" by Sharan Newman is an amusing romp about a woman who meets the vacationing sun-god Ra on a beach, and falls for the admittedly hunky and very, very sensual fellow - only to find that there are drawbacks to having a sun-deity focusing all his attention on one. There's an amusing twist to this one that I liked very much.

"Kneeling at His Side" by Lois Tilton is a kind of flip-side story about loving a god - in this case, Loki, the Norse trickster. His wife narrates the tale and reveals her own thoughts as she stays by him during his long - and arguably well-deserved - torment.

"Why Is This Night Different?" by Janni Lee Simner has a vampire joining a Jewish family for Passover - he thinks he's got a great thing going here, what with the ritual words about "All who are hungry, let them enter and eat". But things don't go quite the way he expects...

Esther Friesner's "Moonlight in Vermont" also deals with vampires - a well-adjusted family living in a remote Vermont community, and managing their special needs and the side effects of their feedings with an eye towards keeping a low profile and getting along with the neighbors. But when the teen son of a tourist family staying at the B&B gets wind of the vampires, he decides he wants to join them, and threatens to expose them if they won't agree. What to do? There are some interesting vampire-rules in this story that affect the outcome in a rather delightful way.

"Bitterfoot" by Gael Baudino - subtitled "homage to Ernest K. Gann" - appears to be set during WWII, with aerial battles over Chinese valleys, except that all the pilots on both sides are women. Indeed, from the story it's unclear if men exist at all... But the focus is on the aerial battles, the friendships, alliances, even romances between the pilots and support staff, and one pilot's moment of stark clarity when she sees the face of one of the foes - and finds she can't quite see the conflict in the same way any more.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Doubletree by Hilton in Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, September 26, 2021

Released 3 wks ago (9/26/2021 UTC) at Doubletree by Hilton in Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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