RRS Roundup: Weird and Western

Howdy, gentle partners. This week’s Read it! Review it! Share it! Goes West with a bit of weird. But first a West that’s just quirky.

The Mule Tamer

Ah, the wilds of Arizona during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Where else would you rather be? The Mule Tamer builds off of a strong and quirky protagonist who is simply fun to read about. The Arizona/Mex flavor of this book strikes a bold note like fresh pico de gallo on a summer day. Alas, at times the prose of this book can be a bit tricky to navigate, bordering on convoluted.

But if you enjoy a good posse every now and then, The Mule Tamer has what you’re looking for. If the first two pages make sense to you (try the ebook free sample first), then sit back and Read it! Review it! Share it!

The Converted

Here’s a new twist on an old genre. The Converted is a Western, no two ways about it. But it’s set on a second world (a world a lot like ours, but not ours–like Gotham or Hogwarts).

A variety of strange peoples, including gray, barbarous mountain men, mix it up in a story that is Western at heart. People have decorated their faces with tats and their horses with genetic alterations, but they still carry six shooters and shotguns.

Overall, it’s an intriguing  book, but the execution gets a little shaky in spots. If you like Westerns and enjoy a little deviation from the norm (like a certain blog writer I know), then Read it! Review it! and Share it!

Guns of Seneca 6

This is a romping fun read. Full disclosure requires I tell you up front, I love a good space western. But who doesn’t? This is a good space western. From the opening sentence the reader knows exactly what sort of book he/she is reading: a rooting-tooting, border-town Western built around a touching father/son relationship.

The only twist is that Seneca 6 is a mining planet orbiting a different sun. The story is well-written and hits all the main targets of the Western genre, including it’s own version of savages. Throw in a bit of a coming of age story, and you’re in for a good read. Of these three, this one was my personal favorite. Read it! Review it! Share it!

Cowboys and Aliens: Mot Juste!

Cowboys and Aliens movie postermot juste/ˌmō ˈZHYst/ Noun: The exact, appropriate word.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me say how ecstatic I am about the timing of this new weird-Western movie. (Fine, the graphic novel has been around since 2006, but how many of you have heard of it?) But I mean, holy alien prodding! I’ve planned the release of Fistful of Reefer to be July 31st (formerly June 31st) for several months. And now it’s announced that Cowboys and Aliens will be released nationwide on July 28th?

I tell you, it’s exactly appropriate. And for those of us who have always rooted for the Indians we can now root for our future galactic overlords. (I jest! I love the Cowboys *grumble, grumble. Stupid, evil Jerry Jones*) Not only is the timing perfect, but the content is perfect as well. [Read more…]

Reeferpunk: Viva This!

It’s always difficult to describe a life-altering moment before it happens. This is one of those, for you. I know the phrase “life-altering” gets tossed around these days by so many Benny Hinn impersonators and beer commercials that it’s hard to believe I still have toenail fungus and less than perfect, sun-kissed abs (I mean, you would think a cube of Miller Light a day would do it). But I use the phrase justly.

[dropcap2]Y[/dropcap2]ou may not yet know what Reeferpunk is. For most of you, I’m certain that on the surface you don’t want to. Reefer and Punk? Didn’t we grow out of the former in the seventies and the latter in the eighties? (I was only 5 the day the seventies died, December 31st, 1979. So I missed the first round.) This may be so, but you put the two things together and they transcend their former realities. Like peanut butter and jelly or wine and popcorn. [Read more…]