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I don't like Cowboy Stories. I don't particularly care for Steampunk novels. The ex-Union Soldier Turned Mercenary with a Broken Heart of Gold has been done to death, and the title sounds like a cheesy Hidden Object Game. And yet I frigging LOVE this book - it is FUN FUN FUN. I'm almost sorry that I purchased it so quickly after it was published, because now I have to wait for ??? until Jonathan Maberry cranks out the next one in the series. Narrator Ray Porter is a god, and I suppose I would pay to listen to him read my grocery list (note to self: develop this app), but Maberry is a machine. A gol-durned steam-fired writing MACHINE who cranks out one exciting, tender, violent, terrifying, evocative masterpiece after another. I *have*, I promise you, read a few Maberry novels which I decided were not for me. Nothing wrong with them, but well, definitely not for me. In fact, I was almost convinced to avoid any books which didn't feature my secret-lover, Joe Ledger. So okay, I was wrong. I'm grateful to JM for sharing a review which sparked my interest in this wonderfully fun audiobook. And as far as waiting for the next one? I can always listen to DEADLANDS: GHOSTWALKERS again!
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MOSEY AROUND THE MOUNTAIN WAY OF GETTING TO THE GOD DAMN POINT
I am a big fan of Weird Westerns when written well (WWWWW). I am a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry, so I was really looking forward to this. Like a lot of popular authors, JM is writing less stories and more lectures. I am not exaggerating, I actually timed one. Starting the second hour, there is a conversation between A LITERATE COWBOY AND A FUNNY INDIAN that takes 40 minutes. The conversation is of nothing that interesting, it mostly information dump. That by far is not the last lengthy conversation. Grey, the man character here, (like Joe Ledger) is super politically correct. I am not sure why he even gave the guy a new name, he should of just transported Joe Ledger back through time, if he was going to be the same character.
HE WONDERED IF THE DEVIL WAS AN ENGLISHMAN
The literate cowboy, of course speaks very well, but not as good as the Indian who is from England. One of the best parts of reading a western, is the language. While this has some western language, it is used sparingly. Joe pretty much took the western out of the western. Joe R. Lansdale has written some good Weird Westerns, of which Magic Wagon is one. Jack Ketchum has also, of which The Crossing is one. Mike Resnick writes in the genre, only I don't think any are available at Audible. I tried hard to get through this, but only lasted five hours.
Ray Porter is Joe Ledger. I believe he was a little confused on how to read this as someone else.
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