Dangerous Women 3 Author:George R. R. Martin (Editor), Gardner Dozois (Editor) Anthology of specially-commissioned stories from the most stellar names in the genre, set in a number of readers' favourite fantasy worlds. Writes Gardner Dozois in his Introduction, "Here you'll find no hapless victims who stand by whimpering in dread while the male hero fights the monster or clashes swords with the villain, and if... more » you want to tie these women to the railroad tracks, you'll find you have a real fight on your hands. Instead, you will find sword-wielding women warriors, intrepid women fighter pilots and far-ranging spacewomen, deadly female serial killers, formidable female superheroes, sly and seductive femmes fatale, female wizards, hard-living Bad Girls, female bandits and rebels, embattled survivors in Post-Apocalyptic futures, female Private Investigators, stern female hanging judges, haughty queens who rule nations and whose jealousies and ambitions send thousands to grisly deaths, daring dragonriders, and many more". Vol 3 of 3. Each volume contains 7 of the original 21 stories issued in hardcover as "Dangerous Women".
Bombshells [The Dresden Files] (2013) / Jim Butcher: THREE leading women shaking off their "girlfriend" roles. Capable women go in with a plan and save the day without tears or blubbery bullshit usually associated with women characters.
City Lazarus (2013) / Diana Rowland: A woman using sex to get a guy to do her killing for her. She takes it up a notch for having a big picture plan.
Hell Hath No Fury (2013) / Sherrilyn Kenyon: Ghost story. Woman cursed a town and kills anyone not possessing of Native American blood who comes near.
Some Desperado [The First Law Universe] (2013) / Joe Abercrombie: All about a woman, from her perspective. She's bad-Ass with a capital 'A'.
The Hands That Are Not There (2013) / Melinda M. Snodgrass: Male protagonist telling a story about a Stripper who was secretly a covert rebel and plotting to overthrow the government.
Caretakers (2013) / Pat Cadigan: Two sisters bust an "Angel of Mercy" type serial killer and then one of them might decide to enlist in this type of work? but maybe not. but maybe so?.
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell [Cosmere] (2013) / Brandon Sanderson: Female bounty hunters, a mother and business owner.