Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Buntline Special (A Weird West Tale) Paperback – December 1, 2010
|New from||Used from|
Discover collectible copies of the books you love
Explore rare and antiquarian books from independent booksellers around the world. Learn more on AbeBooks.com.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
In this lusterless steampunk western, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday are outfitted with superhard brass body armor and Gatling-style handguns; Thomas Edison is a cyborg working with Ned Buntline on motorized stagecoaches and other wonders; lawman Bat Masterson has vampiric tendencies; gunslinger Johnny Ringo is a zombie bent on besting Holliday in a gunfight; and Geronimo is a successful shaman and general making sure the United States stops at the Mississippi. Five-time Hugo winner Resnick brings a sparse, dialogue-centric writing style to the classic story of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, twisting it ever so slightly to blend magic and mechanism into its narrative weave. The larger story of the feud is untouched, making Resnick's rendition feel like a copycat of Tombstone with gears glued on. (Dec.)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Tombstone, Arizona, 1881. Thomas Alva Edison, sent by the American government to devise a scientific way to combat the magic of the Apache, who have stalled U.S. expansion past the Mississippi, has been viciously attacked. Hired to protect him and to find out the identity of the attempted assassin are Wyatt Earp and his brothers. Earp reaches out to his old friend, Doc Holliday, and to gunslinger-turned-newspaperman Bat Masterson. Resnick�s spirited retelling of the Gunfight at the OK Corral is, like Mark Hodder�s recent Burton & Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (2010), an imaginative and thrilling blend of historical fact and science fiction. In Resnick�s version of the Wild West, science and magic are poised for a showdown. Real-life American publisher and dime novelist Ned Buntline constructs wondrous, futuristic devices out of brass. Tombstone is lit by Edison�s electric lights. Gunfighter Johnny Ringo returns from the dead to join the Clanton brothers against the Earps. And Bat Masterson�well, let�s just say there�s a good reason why he�s called Bat. Sf veteran Resnick�s skillful storytelling makes it difficult to separate real characters and events from his wild imaginings, and that�s just part of the fun. --David Pitt
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
A subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan "What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner." It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes.
In Mike Resnick's novel The Buntline Special, steampunk goes West. I was extremely excited about this adventure. Steampunk has been around for a couple decades, but it is a relatively new favorite sub-genre of mine. Wild West, however, I have loved since I was a youngen' watching old Gunsmoke reruns. So I thought "SWEET! This is gonna be awesome!" But it was just 'meh.
Over the years there have been many retellings of the Earp brothers, Doc Holiday, the Gunfight at the OK Corral, and life in Tombstone. Mike used much of this preestablished and common knowledge to jump directly into the well known characters and setting. Why spend pages reinventing the wheel?
Adding (or attempting to add) spice to another dime novel covering the famous Tombsone showdown is the introduction of Thomas Edison and Ned Buntline; inventors of electric street lamps, electric stage coaches, impenetrable brass, robotic prosthetics, and actually entire robotic women for Kate's brothel. Steampunk, well done, is a seamless fusion; but in this instance I felt it was all so forced. While suspending belief is part of loving fiction, there is no structured and organized science behind these inventions...like a forcefield that can sense who is friend and who is foe. Throw in a few Native American medicine men casting curses, a vampire Bat Masterson, a zombie Johnny Ringo, and shape-shifting Apache braves and the story gets quite muddled.
After a lot of drinking, eating, gambling, more drinking, bickering, threats, technobable, there really wasn't a whole lot of pow...which is what we really want from a Western, right?
My first impression of Mike Resnick is not high, but he has several more novels that may develop better.
None of these things are a bad thing, I just want you to go into this knowing what you are going to get - I would have rated this 4 1/2 stars if that option was available, but as it stands I could not give this the complete 5 stars - a great majority of this is a wonderful read and has historical accuracy mixed with some scientific fact (Resnick is mainly a Sci-Fi guy) and the approach to this story was a great and interesting one - the things that make this lose the half of a star are that there are some illustrations in the book, which I could have done without - this made it seem more juvenile since it is not accurate to the time period and they look very cartoony - I could have done without - if they wanted sketches that explained some of the designs, then fine, but this was just a silly thing to have in an adult novel to me.
This book has some profanity, and though it is not thick with it, they do drop the F bomb and the S and of course, it is the wild West, so there are Whores too and a lot of talk about and in whorehouses - the sex is non-described so non-graphic which suits me, because I do not believe that sex furthers a story in any way shape or form, but since there are brothels you should know what to expect from that -
The biggest thing that makes the novel work for me is that it is mostly from the view point of Val Kilmer, I mean Doc Holliday - I could not help but read this hearing Val Kilmer's voice through the entire book - he was such a Great Doc Holliday in Tombstone, and this novel to me is Tombstone with some science and magic thrown in - I say great job Mike Resnick and I will move on to book number 2 in this series.
At the end there's an unneeded history lesson that consumes way too much space than could have been better used to expand the story.
Most recent customer reviews
Characterizations lifted directly from the movie "Tombstone".