Reviews and Blog Posts: old west

Karen Memory

by Elizabeth Bear

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I'll admit it--this was my first steampunk book. And I will certainly be reading more! Bear doesn't go into a ton of detail describing her world (an old west/mad scientist version of Seattle), but there is plenty of flavor to spark the reader's imagination. The real treasures here are Karen's...

Butcher's Crossing

by John (John Edward) Williams

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A literary western, Butcher's Crossing tells the story of Harvard dropout Will Andrews, who heads west to "see as much of the country as [he] can" after being inspired by a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Will finds himself in Butcher's Crossing, Kansas, where he hooks up with a grizzled...

The shootist

by Glendon Swarthout

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This is a dark read and a great study into the human character.  J. B. Books, the main protagonist, is the shootist or gunfighter and he is dying. This is the story of the end of his life.  The author, Glendon Swarthout‘s use of imagery makes you feel the dust...

Colorado rascals, scoundrels, and no goods of Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Keystone, and Silverthorne

by Mary Ellen Gilliland

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The mountain region between Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Keystone and Silverthorne had it's fair share of unsavory people.  Mary Ellen Gilliland takes us back to the past to take a closer look at their antics and the justice system that doled out the consequences.  That is, if they were caught.  There is a...

One thousand white women

by Jim Fergus

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