The weird, wild west - an American frontier populated by gunslingers, rattlesnakes, outlaws, zombies, aliens, time travelers, and steampunk! Twenty-three of science fiction and fantasy's hottest and most popular authors create all-new tales, written exclusively for this anthology. Aliens and monsters, magic and science are introduced to the old west, with explosive results.
©2014 Introduction by John Joseph Adams; The Red-Headed Dead by Joe R Lansdale; The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space by Ben H Winters; Hellfire on the High Frontier by David Farland; The Hell-Bound Stagecoach by Mike Resnick; Stingers and Strangers by Seanan McGuire; Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger by CharlesYu; Holy Jingle by Alan Dean Foster; The Man With No Heart by Beth Revis; Wrecking Party by Alastair Reynolds; Hell from the East by Hugh Howey; Second Hand by Rajan Khanna; Alvin and the Apple Tree; by Orson Scott Card; Madam Damnable’s Sewing Circle by Elizabeth Bear; Strong Medicine by Tad Williams; Red Dreams by Jonathan Maberry; Bamboozled by Kelley Armstrong; Sundown by Tobias S Buckell; La Madre Del Oro by Jeffrey Ford; What I Assume You Shall Assume by Ken Liu; The Devil’s Jack by Laura Anne Gilman; The Golden Age by Walter Jon Williams; Neversleeps by Fred Van Lente; and Dead Man’s Hand by Christie Yant (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
REIGNING KING OF THE ANTHOLOGY WORLD
I have tooted Adams' horn before. That title should be reigning king of the original anthology world. Dozier is the reigning king of the best of anthology world. I would think original anthologies would be harder. Your not picking from he best, you are picking writers and hoping they will not let you down. Adams is starting to get competition from George R.R. Martin and this book did not help his efforts. While this was a great subject, Adams was let down by some big names. I was expecting some good stuff from Lansdale, Card, Reynolds and Howey, but there stories were just phoned in. THERE WEREN'T NO BRAINS IN THIS OPERATION.
DEAD WHITE MEN ARE GENEROUS.
Seanan McGuire a.k.a. Mira Grant wrote the best story. There were also some strong showings by Resnick, Winters, Yu and Williams. I am finding that at least in the short story genre, Tad Williams can always be counted on to write something interesting and entertaining.
IF YOUR GOING TO KILL ME, DO IT TO MY FACE
I have read all three of Frederick Douglass' biographies, but in Tobias' Sundown I heard some exciting stuff not included in any of these biographies.
EVERYTHING STARTS WITH ONE PERSON
While Gigante is a good narrator, I would have liked to have heard a lot more narrators. Ross did good, but in my favorite story by McGuire, her male character had a tendency to drop his words at the end of a sentence and often I could not tell exactly what he said. The story was still good enough to make this a minor problem.
Great collection of stories of the weird and macabre set in the American West. There is something for everyone, including Steampunk, Weird West and even a well written homage to Batman!
Yes, There were several of the stories that could be heard more than once.
Because of the humor in some and some was entertaining strange.
More stories, but that's only because I'm greedy.
It is a good wide collection of stories
They had separated the different stories excellent. Without exaggerating their voice change.
It's hard to choose..... The Devil’s Jack by Laura Anne Gilman or
Neversleeps by Fred Van Lente... Or La Madre Del Oro by Jeffrey Ford
No!!! The Golden Age by Walter Jon Williams, the Commodore was fun and weird.
The main narrator is awesome and the other is good. The stories are generally good and none of them were bad enough that I regretted listening to them. The Golden Age is probably favorite, in part because the narrator got to do some thing different. Overall, the anthology does a great job of showing the variety in Weird West stories.
Overall, I enjoyed the variety of stories quite a bit. And, as expected in an anthology - some will be to my tastes, and others...not so much. However, I can't say that any single story jumped out at me as being, "OMG, that was SO cool! How did the author ever come up with THAT idea?" And, no one story really riveted or captivated me thoroughly. But, by and large, most of the stories were entertaining and fun. I like having a central theme, around which authors can express their creativity - so that was a treat for me. Also, I listened to this novel in audiobook form. The narrators - Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross - did a fairly decent job. The trouble is - when you have one primary narrator (Phil Gigante) pulling the majority of the load (male voices), it must be incredibly difficult to keep coming up with new voice intonations and tones to separate characters across almost 2 dozen stories - and across a wide variety of nationalities and dialects. So, at times, the narration seemed a bit lack-luster, or may have missed the mark a bit. But, that said, at times, it was also very well done. I would not avoid the audiobook version - just be aware of what you're getting into if you select that format - and cut the narrator(s) some slack! Overall, it was pretty well done. I do not regret my time with this anthology. Well-done to the Editor (John Joseph Adams) for compiling such a remarkable cast of authors, and for bringing together an enjoyable array of ideas. I will be reading other of his anthologies in the future - since I have already obtained (but yet to read) "The Way of the Wizard" and "Help Fund My Robot Army" (both in ebook/print format, this time). I anticipate that they will be equally enjoyable.
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Oh please, a Western Science Fiction? First time I've seen that.
I'm glad that the book had the female character done by a female and male characters by a guy. The dialects portrayed (Old west, Mexican, Native American and Chinese) were done extremely well. Bravo! as they say.
The story about the "death procession" is one that will stick with me for life. Great Story.
good stories just what I wanted as an introduction to the weird West. I think consitent quality and a measure of variety are the essentials in an anthology and this has both
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