Saturday, September 22, 2018

Review: Slocum and the Family Business

Slocum and the Family Business Slocum and the Family Business by Jake Logan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Written by the late Ellen Recknor, a talented writer and storyteller of the Old West. This short novel is light on the action, and heavy on the eating for an Adult Western, not necessarily a bad thing. Slocum attacked by a fella named Goose who accuses him of killing his bother, then meets up with a young kid who thinks that Slocum is his father. The three of them end up working together to track down cattle rustlers at the ranch of Hiram, who feeds them well and in great detail. The sex scenes are less awkward than found in most AWS, perhaps because it was written by a woman. Nicely character driven with authentic prose and dialogue I think that this is a fine entry in the series. Book 366 in the series Slocum and the Rustler on the Run is also written by Recknor and continues the storyline. I've added it to the list of books that I'm looking for.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Review: Texas Wind

Texas Wind Texas Wind by James Reasoner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A private detective by the name of Cody gets involved way over his head while investing the disappearance of a young woman in Fort Worth, Texas. Reasoner's first novel shows a lot of promise with the fast paced plotting and spare prose that he is known for. A fine crime novel and well worth seeking out.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Review: Monte Walsh

Monte Walsh Monte Walsh by Jack Schaefer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This a wonderful novel telling the story of likable cowboy Monte Walsh and his faithful friend Chet Rollins in a series of vignettes that can be humorous, exciting, or touching. Shaefer provides a truly vivid and likely accurate portrayal of cowboy life in the latter half of the 19th century from the simpler times when ranch and cowboy activity was at it’s prime to when the influx of technology such as automobiles began to signal their coming decline and the end of a way of life. This is a special book that made me laugh and made me cry. It transcends the Western genre, much like Lonesome Dove, or The Time it Never Rained. Highest recommendation.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Kickitty Stone

I was just reading a book called "Monte Walsh" by Jack Shaefer and the main character comes across a stone that someone has kicked onto a plaza and he gives it a good kick. Brought back a memory from elementary school when I started kicking a stone that I found somewhere on the way walking to school and I kicked it the rest of the way. When I got out of school the stone was still there so I kicked it all the way home. I continued this for several days, leaving it someplace inconspicuous at the school, and even named it - Kickitty Stone. One day after school it wasn't where I left it, a janitor or groundskeeper must have moved it, and I pretty much forgot about it. Funny how things sometimes trigger long forgotten memories. Now back to the book.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Review: The Man Who Chose the Devil: Manville Moon, Detective #2

The Man Who Chose the Devil: Manville Moon, Detective #2 The Man Who Chose the Devil: Manville Moon, Detective #2 by Richard Deming
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Deming ramps up the violence in this PI Manny Moon novella, originally published in Black Mask magazine 1948, while maintaining the solid puzzle plotting that kept me guessing the murderer and motive. More information about this series can be found here - http://www.thrillingdetective.com/moo...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Review: The Doomsday Affair

The Doomsday Affair The Doomsday Affair by Harry Whittington
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A relentless series of the UNCLE protagonists, Solo and Kuryakin, getting beat up, captured, drugged and chased page after page drive the narrative of this weakly plotted TV tie-in. The extremely sudden ending that left many unanswered questions didn't help either. Maybe my expectations were too high considering that I like both the TV series and the author.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Review: The Shot Rang Out: 52 Western Short Stories: Scott Harris: Author of the Brock Clemons Western Series and 51 Friends

The Shot Rang Out: 52 Western Short Stories: Scott Harris: Author of the Brock Clemons Western Series and 51 Friends The Shot Rang Out: 52 Western Short Stories: Scott Harris: Author of the Brock Clemons Western Series and 51 Friends by Scott Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun and remarkable collection of 52 flash/micro fiction short stories, most of them very good, each one different and revealing the unique voice of each writer. I love the concept for this collection and am thankful to Scott Harris for putting this together. I would like to see more of this type of work. Short stories, and especially Western short stories, have been lacking a visible stage for a long time.

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