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

The Mule Tamer coverAh, 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

The Converted coverHere’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

Guns of Seneca 6 CoverThis 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!