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Irresistable Forces

Irresistable Forces
edited by Catherine Asaro
Published by New American Library, 2004
Amazon.com: paperback
Amazon.ca: paperback
Amazon.co.uk: paperback
Highly recommended by: Bob Blackman
[Irresistable Forces]

Book Rating
Rated 3 (Highly Recommended) by: 1 person
Rated 2 (Recommended) by: nobody
Rated 1 (Suggested) by: 1 person
Rated 0 (Reviewed) by: nobody
Total Votes: 2 people
Average Rating: 2.00 (Recommended)
Score: 0.40 (Reviewed)

Irresistible Forces is an anthology of six SF-Romance stories. It is a book I never would have considered except the first entry, "Winterfair Gifts", is L.M. Bujold's story of the wedding of Miles Vorkosigan. That story alone makes it worth the cover price of the paperback. I fear it may be the last we'll ever hear of the little admiral, but hope springs eternal. Actually, I'd love to read a sequel series centered on Admiral Quinn, but that's another review. "The Alchemist's Marriage", by M.J. Putney, is an okay tale of the magicians who saved Britain from the Spanish Armada. "Stained Glass Heart", by Catherine Asaro, is set between two interesting but clashing cultures, but was too much of a "chick story." "Skin Deep", by Deb Stover, well, I couldn't get past the first ten pages before giving up. Girls may like it but this guy was bored. I enjoyed Jo Beverely's, "The Trouble with Heroes", a war story with healers and heroes, characters I cared about, and a noteworthy perspective on how we treat war heroes. The final tale, "Shadows in the Woods", by Jennifer Roberson, was an unexpected treat; Robin Hood meets Merlin; an appealing read for fans of either legend.

Rating this one on a scale is difficult. I considered a 2, because only half the stories really captured me, but settled on a 3 because two or three good stories out of an anthology is probably the most we should realistically expect. Plus, I have a feeling that a female reader might give it rave reviews. (March, 2007)


Other Comments:

I do love Bujold, but quite aside from the fact that her story is explicitly marketed as a "romance" (as are all the others in this collection), and that I'm allergic to romances, I have difficulty with the "out of wedlock" aspect of several of these stories. Essentially, there doesn't seem to be any recognition that there is anything necessary beyond physical attraction two people can roll in the hay. – Greg Slade (May, 2007)


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