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A Bloody Bloody Mess In The Wild Wild West Paperback – April 22, 2013
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My name is Justin Bienvenue, I live in Massachusetts. I am a poet and author. My first book was a book of horror poetry entitled “The Macabre Masterpiece: Poems of Horror and Gore” published in 2010. While I mainly enjoy writing poetry I have recently expanded my horizons and started writing stories, narratives and short stories. I enjoy writing and it always makes me satisfied to have others enjoy my work.
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Seriously, the story is good. It's a book that's good when you got some time to kill and aren't in the mood for those long winded stories of intricate design.
The characters are a plenty, and are designed enough to get the plot moving without having to resort to oh-did-I-forget-to-mention-this-as-some-sort-of-motive. (Jesus Christ I should have thought of something shorter but my mind don't work like that).
The baddie is just that, a baddie with a heart to kill and nothing else. At least that's what I got out of it. The minions are as vicious as you'd think, and are actually pretty entertaining.
It has a lot going for it. And judging from the other reviews, it's a personal taste thing.
Note: one thing that I didn't like, was that the dialogue wasn't separated. Sometimes, two to three characters would speak within the same paragraph and it led me to being a bit confused. If there was any true complaint about the book, that would be it.
Note 2: Having done a reread on this, I can say that I now know what it was that bugged me. It wasn't so much the style, as it was the formatting. The style, is actually not a big deal. One chapter was all it took this time around, but the formatting was odd. I had to reread several passages to get it a bit understood better.
All that said, I originally had this at a 3.5. Now, I'd say it's a solid 4. It's a good book, good story, characters are entertaining, and it's all around fun.
This book starts out setting the stage for the imaginative tale that soon unfolds, it is post civil war in a small southern town called Toomswood, a once thriving place you could be proud to call home, now over run with corruption and drunkards with nothing better to do than cause trouble. But still the townsfolk are a tight knit community which doesn't take kindly to strangers, but were also desperately seeking a way, anyway, to restore their small town to the once great place it had been many years ago. So when a stranger named Javier "bones" Jones, blew into town with the promises of putting them back on the map through undiscovered oil, right below the townsfolk's feet, they listened to what he had to say...that was their biggest mistake.
Like the title implies, there is a lot of blood shed in this book! The core of the book reads like a western; gun fights, fugitives, and plain old root n' tootin fun. A horror element is also thrown into the plot with the creation of an undead army, which really keeps things moving along rather nicely.
The character of Javier "bones" Jones is spot on with the writer's depiction of a Wild West figure as well as another character by the name of Roland Helmsfled. Now Helmsfled was my favorite character in the book. He is a mysterious and curious man that plays a big part in the story. He approaches Javier "bones" Jones with something that changes the course of all the lives, and deaths, of everyone involved in this imaginative tale.
So overall while I did find the first few chapters a bit stale and redundant, with some other passages that could have used a bit of rewrites, I think if you like your westerns with lots of blood, guts, and body parts thrown around, then this book is for you.
I will say there are a few negatives. The writing can be a bit awkward at times, and the paragraphs are set up a little differently than most.Also, in some paragraphs the dialogue isn't separated which made it difficult to follow. It was a bit slow to start, but once it got going, it kept going. This is a nice ode to the spaghetti western, and if you are a fan of the Weird Western genre you should check this one out.
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I don't feel I was the intended audience for this one. Didn't enjoy it as much as I imagined.Read more