"Coyote" in STRAIGHT OUTTA TOMBSTONE. ***NATIONAL BESTSELLER IN USA TODAY AND IN AMAZON***
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Joe on MySF Reviews wrote:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Creepy Things Out West: CTOW
ByPat Pattersonon July 18, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
Papa Pat Rambles has additional commentary, particularly about the cover art.
BUBBA SHACKLEFORD’S PROFESSIONAL MONSTER KILLERS by Larry Correia. Ever since Owen got to throw his boss out of the window, his fans have been clamoring for more. And, by going into the past, we can get a LOT more Monster Hunter stories. Some things stay the same: not all monsters are evil; chicks with guns are WAY cool; and NOBODY ever said “Dang, why did I bring all this ammunition?” Oh, yeah, and the government is mental.
TROUBLE IN AN HOURGLASS by Jody Lynn Nye. Well, her name isn't REALLY trouble. Beauty may, perhaps, be only skin deep, but mischief goes right down to the bone. Mom tends bar with a shotgun, daddy builds time machines in the shed.
THE BUFFALO HUNTERS by Sam Knight. What do you get when you go hunting buffalo with a giant Russian count and his daughter? Well, you get buffalo, for one thing. Not much sport to it, but this sort of thing really happened. In this case, though, it's not the buffalo that are the biggest threat.
THE SIXTH WORLD by Robert E. Vardeman. This story combines mad scientists, native spook stuff, and little grey men. The most sympathetic character gets killed first, but he was sort of a wimp.
EASY MONEY by Phil Foglio. Nasty, nasty man writes a story with a punchline at the end. It's a HECK of a good cowboy story, too.
THE WICKED WILD by Nicole Givens Kurtz. This could ALMOST not be a Wild West story, but it's the wicked ways of the Wild West that make the people possible. Umm, I didn't mean to do that much alliteration. Anyway, bad guys use to be able to get away with stuff until they got shot. Or something.
CHANCE CORRIGAN AND THE LORD OF THE UNDERWORLD by Michael A. Stackpole. Nicely steampunk in nature, a classic tale of the poor & downtrodden being taken advantsge of by the owners of the mine.
THE GREATEST GUNS IN THE GALAXY by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Ken Scholes. After the Big Shoot-Out, there's always some kid who thinks he has to prove himself. Usually, the story ends with a pimply 15 year old staring up at a blue sky. Sometimes it ends in zombies. Or not.
DANCE OF BONES by Maurice Broaddus. When you take a man's money, you do the job he hired you to do. And if that means you have to do a little extra? Well, that's a risk you take.
DRY GULCH DRAGON by Sarah A. Hoyt. Would you want your sister to marry a dragon? There's really NOTHING I can say about that concept without the risk of offending a brother-in-law. Really. I've got some responses, but I think I may have gone a bit far already.
THE TREEFOLD PROBLEM by Alan Dean Foster. Mad Amos Malone and his trusty steed, Worthless, are not the sort you want to aggravate. Amos walks into a foreclosure situation, and, well, they just blow the competition away.
FOUNTAINS OF BLOOD by David Lee Summers. It's rather a creepy title, but I don't know what I'd come up with to replace it. A hired gun goes beyond the necessary minimums to provide true service to the man who hired him; and there are vampires, and a bodacious lady marshal who rides a motorcycle called Wolf.
HIGH MIDNIGHT by Kevin J. Anderson. The Shamblin' Zombie Private Eye encounters the ethics of the Wild West through time travel. Sort of.
COYOTE by Naomi Brett Rourke. This particular story has just as much non-natural events as the others, but it reads truer. Some of the other stories NEED a volume like this in order to exist; this one doesn't. The story of the old man and his grand-daughter could appear anywhere from Boy's Life to Playboy to Good Housekeeping. Maybe not Popular Mechanics.
THE KEY by Peter J. Wacks. Sorry. Didn't get this one. It has lots of famous people in it, though. And there is whiskey involved.
A FISTFUL OF WARLOCKS by Jim Butcher. Everybody said Wyatt Earp was a tough lawman. He says, in this story, that he can't leave just because the bad guys want him to, or pretty soon everybody will be pushing him. Seems like a good philosophy for a Wild West lawman to have.
E.A. Copen on Goodreads wrote:
Straight Outta Tombstone – edited by David Boop – anthology review
Jul 11, 2017
Preliminary cover for “Straight Outta Tombstone”, edited by David Boop.
I’m not one to read Westerns, weird or otherwise, though I do have a few Western films that I enjoy. However, since I have read quite a number of works by several of the authors in Straight Outta Tombstone, I thought I’d give it a try. David Boop made a truly fun anthology.
There were so many fun stories in it, it was hard to pick my top few to mention in this review. Even the stories that weren’t quite my cup of tea were still solid and fun stories. I rate every story in this anthology four stars or higher (most are higher). After much internal debate, I determined my favorites were “Bubba Shackleford’s Professional Monster Killers”, “Dry Gulch Dragon”, “Coyote”, “A Fistful of Warlocks”, and “The Treefold Problem”.
I’ve been a fan of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International for many years now, and “Bubba Shackleford’s Professional Monster Killers” finally tells us a story from the very beginning, not too long after the founding of MHI. Hannah Stone was my favorite character in the tale. She was tough as nails and knew what she could do. Strong female characters is one of my favorite things about Correia’s works. The women in his stories don’t take no guff from nobody (since this is a weird Western, I figured using appropriate language would work).
Another favorite author, Sarah A. Hoyt, penned the interesting tale of “Dry Gulch Dragon”, found near the middle of Straight Outta Tombstone. In a weird Western way, it reminded me a bit of Dragon Half, one of my favorite fantasy anime and manga series. I loved the combination of the fairie world and homesteading in the old west, and all three of the major characters were well written and quite interesting. A touch of romance (just a touch, so don’t be scared away) made the story complete.
When I was young, I loved reading all the mythology books I could get through the Bookmobile that visited my small town in the summer. Some of my favorite myth stories were those of the Native Americans, and “Coyote” (by Naomi Brett Rourke) has joined my favorites from that field. It’s a classic tale of comeuppance, told with subtle flair and panache. It adds an authentic Old West touch to Straight Outta Tombstone. This is the first story I’ve read by Rourke, and it won’t be the last.
The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher is a fun urban fantasy detective series with interesting characters and fun scenarios. This story is set long before Harry Dresden was born, focusing on Anastasia Luccio, a warden for the White Council who is still around during several of the main Dresden books. Her pursuit of some dangerous individuals leads her to Dodge City and the company of Wyatt Earp. The story was solidly entertaining and shed some light on an earlier time in the series.
I have always been a fan of tall tales, and “The Treefold Problem” is a wonderful one by Alan Dean Foster. A homesteader is having financial problems and almost loses his farm when a large mountain man shows up with his trusty “steed”. What follows is one of the tallest tales in the truest sense of the phrase. I had great fun reading it!
If Boop can continue putting out more collections like Straight Outta Tombstone, he has a bright future as an anthologist (in addition to his writing). If you’ve been wanting to try out a weird Western or two (or 16), this is a great place to get started. There’s something here for everyone to enjoy.
“Bubba Shackleford’s Professional Monster Killers” by Larry Correia
“Trouble in an Hourglass” by Jody Lynn Nye
“The Buffalo Hunters” by Sam Knight
“The Sixth World” by Robert E. Vardeman
“Easy Money” by Phil Foglio
“The Wicked Wild” by Nicole Kurtz
“Chance Corrigan and the Lord of the Underworld” by Michael A. Stackpole
“The Greatest Guns in the Galaxy” by Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Ken Scholes
“Dance of Bones” by Maurice Broaddus
“Dry Gulch Dragon” by Sarah A. Hoyt
“The Treefold Problem” by Alan Dean Foster
“Fountains of Blood” by David Lee Summers
“High Midnight” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Coyote” by Naomi Brett Rourke
“The Key” by Peter J. Wacks
“A Fistful of Warlocks” by Jim Butcher
Release Date: July 3, 2017 (USA)
ISBNs: 1481482696 (9781481482691)
Publisher: Baen Books
MySF Rating: Four point five stars
Family Friendliness: 85%
Alcohol/Drugs: 2 (some (mostly) social drinking, brief tobacco usage)
Language: 2 (mostly mild, occasional stronger, deity)
Sexuality: 1 (brief, some innuendo, references to ladies of the evening)
Violence: 3 (many gun fights, death, zombies, some more graphic than others)
When I heard one of my favorite authors (Jim Butcher) was contributing to a weird west anthology, I knew I had to get it. I was also excited to read some other authors I hadn't read before.
As with any anthology, there were some stars, some that were just eh, and some that I kinda wish I'd skipped.
This was my first time ever reading anything by Larry Correia. I know he's got a boatload of awards and is a big name in the urban fantasy genre. His Monster Hunter International series is HUUUUGE. So, when I heard there was going to be something in here by him, I was intrigued. It was a pretty big let down for me. Not that the writing was bad, it was just uninteresting. His story didn't add anything to the genre for me, didn't make me want to read more from him. Just boring.
Oddly, it was the only one in this collection that I flat out didn't like.
The breakout stars of this anthology are "The Buffalo Hunters" by Sam Knight, who I'd also never read before (but will probably find something else of his to read based on his submission here).
The Greatest Guns in the Galaxy was fun. (By Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Ken Scholes.)
High Midnight by Kevin J Anderson was also a favorite and I've already got more from him on my TBR list that just got bumped up.
And, of course, there was Fistful of Warlocks by Butcher which didn't fail to entertain.
The real surprise for me was how much I loved the short story "Coyote" by Naomi Brett Roarke. I love native tales, and Coyote especially. I know it's hard to adhere to telling a story about Native Americans in the west without making it boring or another story we've heard before. This one was really great and I'll definitely be reading more from Ms. Roarke in the future. It was brilliant and unsettling, but also oh-so-satisfying.
For anyone who is a fan of weird west, or someone who is just getting into the genre, this is a great introduction across the spectrum of what to expect. Go get a copy and read it!
Happy trails. 🙂
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