Thunder Peak by Trae Stratton – Western Wednesday Book Review

Mr Stratton was extremely kind and sent me an advanced copy of this book – a physical copy – to Canada! This is the first physical book that I’ve received for review in a very long time. Thank you! Getting a physical copy made me a bit anxious about reading and reviewing this book because… Continue reading Thunder Peak by Trae Stratton – Western Wednesday Book Review

News of the World – Part One -Book Review

So the big western movie of 2020 was an adaption of the novel "News of the World" by Paulette Jiles, published in 2016. Ms Jiles has spent considerable time working in Canada, and lives in Texas. Of course I wanted to see the movie (and read the book.) Although it would have been best if… Continue reading News of the World – Part One -Book Review

Western Wednesday Book Review – Graves for Drifters and Thieves by Sophia Minetos

I liked the idea of this book - a western-fantasy for young adults, about a teenage bounty hunter girl and an outlaw teen boy who end up working together, fighting the black hat warlock, across the desert wastes of an alternative world that somewhat resembles the 'wild west.' That does sound fun, doesn't it? Intellectually,… Continue reading Western Wednesday Book Review – Graves for Drifters and Thieves by Sophia Minetos

One Bad Apple – Once Upon a Western Series Book 3 – by Rachel Kovaciny

No one wants to be last in a wagon train. You eat the dust of everyone in front of you, every hoof of every horse and ox and mule. You literally eat it, even when you wear a bandana up over your mouth and nose the way Jacob and I did. Last place in the… Continue reading One Bad Apple – Once Upon a Western Series Book 3 – by Rachel Kovaciny

The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey – Western Book Review for April 2021

“The law of the desert had always been to give food and drink to wayfaring men, whether lost or hunted or hunting.”- The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey Being on something of a mission to write reviews of western novels with a modern, non-genre or new-to-the-genre reader in mind, is sometimes awkward, and… Continue reading The Light of Western Stars by Zane Grey – Western Book Review for April 2021

Freedom of the Creed by N.L. Coleridge – Western Wednesday Book Review for March

I received a free advanced reader's copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. Thankyou, Mr Coleridge, for the opportunity to read this story. I am sorry to find myself honestly unable to rate this book higher than "It was ok." I found the main character rather unlikable, increasingly so as… Continue reading Freedom of the Creed by N.L. Coleridge – Western Wednesday Book Review for March

The Marauders of Pitchfork Pass by Clay Houston Shivers – Western Wednesday Book Review – February 2021

“What’s starting?” I asked. We were standing in the street. The sheriff was pulling out his guns and making sure the bullets he’d put in his guns were still in there. The Calico Kid seemed to have more trust in his bullets staying where he put them because he didn’t bother checking them. – Opening… Continue reading The Marauders of Pitchfork Pass by Clay Houston Shivers – Western Wednesday Book Review – February 2021

Inland by Téa Obreht – Western Wednesday Book Review – December

Hmmm. I'm puzzled about what to say about this book, and puzzled on how I feel about it. I expected something different, when I was gifted a (lovely) hardback copy of this 2019 book many months ago, and I was told "it's got camels in the Wild West." I should probably have interpreted the flyleaf's… Continue reading Inland by Téa Obreht – Western Wednesday Book Review – December

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt – Western Wednesday Book (and film) Review – November

I am somewhat disappointed with this novel. I think it's partly the 'fault' of all it's publicity - I had high expectations for this relatively recently (2011) published and much praised "western." Recently I hurried to read The Sisters Brothers at last as I expected to watch the 2018 film version in the near future.… Continue reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt – Western Wednesday Book (and film) Review – November