My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
WARNING: this book contains rape and gore.
THAT DRY TIT
If you are still reading I assume that the warning will not keep you from listening. This is part of what is starting to become a new genre. It could be called Weird West as John Joseph Adams calls it or I prefer Western Horror. Cormac McCarthy and Joe R. Lansdale often write in this genre. Child of God by McCarthy would be a good example. Mike Resnick is also starting to put out books with a more humor slant in this category. If well written, this could be become a very popular genre. This novella by Ketchum is very well written, is certainly entertaining and has several scenes that will make you cringe. There is one involving a game the bad guys play that I will never forget. I have read a lot of horror and never come upon something like this scene.
In these horror/westerns, the bad guys are as evil as you can get, the good guys can seem a little grey, as living in the wild wild west can cause a man to become hardened or else he will not survive. The good guys in this are actually heroes. These westerns also include the banter of men living away from women for long periods of time, often very funny banter. Anyways this book is very violent, gory, funny and entertaining. I loved it and hope to be able to listen to more of such like.
I enjoyed this from start to finish. The first three chapters sound like closely related Mark Twain Stories, but then, what seems to be short stories, gels into a great western story. The characters are well developed and you take an invested interest in them. The whole thing is smartly written and very entertaining. This is only my second Joe ledger book or story, but I want more.