Did You Say Chicks?!,
Baen Books, 1998.
Edited by Esther Friesner.
Cover art by Larry Elmore.
Thou who play'st no girlie games
But kickest butt and takest names...
Discovered this paperback the other day in the course of some professional promotion - read: chatting up the owner of a book store.
Ok, it was a used bookstore, but it's the only one in town, and she 's putting up a poster of the Weirdly cover.
People who buy used, buy new too, yanno.
Did You Say Chicks?! is the sequal to Chicks in Chain Mail, and needs to be savoured slowly - with a mouth guard.
Have been laughing myself sick over things like the Ladies Aid & Armor Society and the Bronze Bra Guild.
With exquisite care, she licked one claw and turned the page of a thick book on the reading table before her. Her other claws peeled back a nicely blackened suit of armor, making a sound like like the foil coming off a chocolate bar... from A Quiet Knight's Reading by Steven Piziks - a tale of a dragon who reads Chaucer and whose goldhoard is books.
It was just another night in Hrothgar's Hall, high Heorot, and the bloodstains on the plank floors hardly showed at all. Men sat at the long boards, drinking and swapping lies. From A Big Hand for the Little Lady by Esther M. Friesner - the real story behind Beowulf.
I'd broken three nails defending our profits and the priests' integrity, and lost one of my best greaves into the bargain, the one with the magical inscription that protects me from crow's feet, so by the time we reached the One-Handed Virgin, I was in a really foul mood. From Blade Runner by K.D. Wentworth.
And there's a story by Margaret Ball set at the Thud and Blunder SF/F con called Tales from the Slushpile, which reads eerily accurate.
A truly chortle-worthy collection. Not to be read in front of your computer without handi-wipes.
Pimp Report: Tracked down another talented writer with a tale in the Weirdly anthology: Rae Lindley. See her very attractive blog here.