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Hong on the Range (Millennium Book) Hardcover – February 1, 1989

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Grade 7 Up-- In a future no-time after "terrible biological raging" of the West, a western society lives its notion of what the "Old West" was like. Most of the people have cyborgian "specials": a natural arm replaced by a lariat attachment; a spring placed into a neck so its possessor can never be hanged. Low caste are the "control-naturals"--humans with no specials, such as Hong. In a plot too thin to sustain interest, Hong gets pressed into a bank hold-up gang from which for the duration of the tale he tries to escape. Names are low puns, as one "steerite"--stainless steel bone that grows beef--is named "Chuck"; but let's hear it for Chuck, for he is the most complex and interesting character of the lot. Clean-gore violence saturates the action: cyborgs get shot, torn apart, smashed, but they bleed not, nor do they die. As for Hong, he is bonked, zonked, klonked, and schlonked ad nauseum --but he's up and at 'em always. Some readers will plow through this book, but not many. --George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Millennium Book
  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Co (February 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802768628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802768629
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,361,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Hong on the Range is good fun, filled with puns (like the title) and jokes. It's a parody of every pulp western ever written with the hero the lone outsider with a secret(his secret is he's fully human in a world of cyborgs). It's full of outlaws and clever gadgets, not to mention several women none of whom are what they seem to be. Because it's anon-stop tongue in cheek parody, the humor gets tiresome at times. One wishes it would go somewhere, but still, It's endlessly inventive and perfect for what it is.
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Format: Hardcover
If you like a little easy reading, and aren't stupid this is a great book.
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