There's trouble on the range.
In these thrilling tales from yesteryear, Coyote Cal and his trusty sidekick Big Yap encounter a wizard able to change his shape at will, a scheming witch, a confused zombie, la chupacabra grande, bloodthirsty vampyres, and other sordid fiends. Our heroes will have to rely on their wits, skills, and loads of hot lead to ensure justice prevails.
Deliciously satirical rendering of the Weird West, which has taken over from the Wild, whilst still retaining all the basic hallmarks: the horse riding attractive sharp shooting hero and his slightly less glamorous sidekick, the madcap posse gangs, bounty hunters, bars and brothels and lots of desert. But in the Weird West there are a few added extras.
The book comprises several stories of young Coyote Cal and his sidekick, Big Yap (think the Lone Ranger and Tonto, but with Tonto older and the Ranger little more than a kid), including a great story about how the met and became a team. All of the stories are fun but made superb in this audio production by the excellent lagubrious narration of Rick Brennan, who still somehow manages to infuse a smile into every word as he tells the stories and individually voices each character. And he has to do all of this, with perfect pacing and clarity, over a continuous comic soundtrack background throughout the entire book. Amazing.
The combination of story, soundtrack and narration make this a comedic book not to be missed - even if, like me, the listener is not a cowboy genre fan. Believe me, this is so much more.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
If you like the old 1950 and 1960 tv cowboy shows and a blending of paranormal, then this is the book/audio book for you!
Would you ever listen to anything by Milo James Fowler again?
Maybe. He was ok, but the loud music included was very distracting and then just became annoying.
Any additional comments?
There were some funny parts. It just wasn't my cup of tea. If you go into it expecting Hopalong Cassidy meets Mr. Werewolf, you might really enjoy it.
Blazing Saddles meets Twilight Zone! I enjoyed another AUDIO narration, this time of a delightful set of short stories based on all your favorite cowboy heroes plus sidekicks with the added twist of witches, werewolves and other paranormal creatures from the beyond--Wild West morphing into Weird West. Laugh-out-loud funny, they are captivatingly read with a twang, some excellent characterizations and . . . interesting . . . pronunciations of some of the vocabulary. Add a sound track worthy of a Road Runner cartoon and plan to enjoy the highly addictive and delicious sense of humor!
Coyote Cal is a perfect blend of horror and humor. If you grew up watching reruns of The Lone Ranger and The Cisco Kid, Coyote Cal was written for you. Coyote Cal and his sidekick Big Yap battle one supernatural enemy after another saving the hapless citizens from horrible fates at the hands of wizards, witches, werewolves, vampires, and other monsters. The series is laughably self-aware. Big Yap frequently reminds us and all the characters that Coyote Cal is the hero of these tales. Both Cal and Yap lament the passage of the Old West into the Weird West, but ride into the new landscape without fear. In true hero fashion, Cal accepts no monetary reward for his good deeds--a sore point with Yap--but does accept a kiss or two from grateful damsels. Coyote Cal is pulp fiction fun at its best.
The audio version of the tales include various sound effects which give the narration the feel of a vintage radio program.