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Review – To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity

Recently, I finally finished a short story collection that deals with examples of what it means to be a man:  To Be Men:  Stories Celebrating Masculinity.

Tired of stories about men as bumbling idiots? Of fathers as incompetents? Of masculinity as “toxic”?
Tired of misandry?
Ready for some real masculine role models?
Stories about heroes and men who do the right thing? Stories about real men? The kind that provide for their families, love their wives and children, and make sacrifices. And save the world.
A collection of seventeen stories and two essays, To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity pays homage to men and masculinity.
Fun. Action-packed. Thought-provoking. Whatever your tastes, you will find enjoyment in these pages.
Each story embraces, in its own way, virtus—the concept of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth.
The sentient Colt 1911 destined for the smelter.
A courageous werewolf who embodies virtus no matter his form.
The wizard raising a family in the 21st century.
Sherlock Holmes’ newfound respect for women.
A future untamed frontier where “women and children first” proves itself a timeless maxim.
The hero who identifies as a M1A2 Abrams tank.
A Vietnam War sailor defending his gay crew mate, because when bullets are flying, only what you do matters.
The police chief in a noir-style world where Fae, dragons, and humans live, love, and break the law.
These stories will delight and entertain you.

To Be Men brings together some excellent writers to give us rich, well-told stories that describe the many facets of what it means to be a man in the classic sense.  My favorites were”Street Fox” by C. J. Brightley, “Compassion” by Jon Del Arroz, and “Man Made Hell” by Julie Frost.

This collection has modern fiction, science fiction, urban fantasy, and even a nod to Arthur Conan Doyle.  In other words, it’s a good bet that you’ll find something in there that you’ll like.

The authors do an excellent job of showing how their characters are classically masculine, meaning that they exhibit bravery, honor, trust, and compassion, without them becoming brutes.  Where they interact with other people, especially women, they show the respect that they wish to receive.

To Be Men is a book that I plan on giving to my son when he gets a bit older so he can learn from the stories.  It’s also a book I hope my daughter reads so that she can know what she should expect from the men in her life.

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