Wednesday, May 30, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: Buntline Special -- Mike Resnick

Of course, you've heard of the OK Corral, but you've never quite heard of it like Mike Resnick tells the tale. In his Weird West alternate history full of steampunk, it's 1881 and the US borders stop at the Mississippi River. Beyond lies Indian Territory and shamanic magic commanded primarily by the Indian Chief, Geronimo.

The Earp Brothers are hired to guard Thomas A. Edison, who is sent to Tombstone to see if it's possible for Science to overcome Magic. They're opposed by both the Indians and the Clantons.

Of course, we pretty much know what's going to happen. However, much hilarity ensues here. You ain't seen the Wild West until you've read some of Resnick's inventions. I strongly suggest you read most of the book with nothing to drink in your mouth, there are scenes that will leave you guffawing and the book drying. There are several portions of this book I had to re-read simply because I was laughing so hard the first time, I wanted to make sure I didn't miss a plot thread.

Remember, this book is not labeled "Weird West" for no reason. If you take your history seriously, don't go there. On the other hand, if you enjoy a good steampunk romp, this is a book you need to read.

Rebecca McFarland Kyle, May 2012

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