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The Silver Riders Paperback – November 7, 2017
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
From the Author
It's probably bad form to say this but I'm thrilled with how this book turned out. Both the work Chris Kohler did on the interior illustrations and that amazing painting Adam Shaw did for the cover, especially, raise the whole enterprise to a new level. Almost always, when something of mine appears in print, I have things I wish had been done differently or better. Not this time. Chris, especially, really dug in; he used photo reference I gave him of the eastern Oregon country where it's set, and on his own he scrupulously researched the clothing and architecture of the 1870s setting. It's extraordinary and some of the best work I've seen from him.
I hope you'll check us out.
About the Author
Greg Hatcher has been writing for one outlet or another since 1992. He was a contributing editor at WITH magazine for over a decade and during that time was a three-time winner of the Higher Goals Award for children's writing; once for fiction and twice for non-fiction. After that he wrote a weekly column for ten years and change at Comic Book Resources, as one of the rotating features on the Comics Should Be Good! blog.Currently he has a weekly column at Atomic Junk Shop (atomicjunkshop.com.) He also teaches writing in the Young Authors classes offered as part of the YMCA's Seattle Afterschool Arts Program for students in the 6th through the 12th grade. A fan of pulp fiction ever since he discovered the Doc Savage paperback reprints from Bantam Books in the 1970s, he has contributed a number of action-adventure stories to various 'new pulp' anthologies in recent years. Likewise a lifelong mystery fan, he has also written Nero Wolfe pastiches for the Wolfe Pack Gazette and several Sherlock Holmes adventures for the Airship 27 CONSULTING DETECTIVE series. He lives in Burien, Washington,with his wife Julie, their cat Magdalene, and ten thousand books and comics.
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And yes, the excellent illustrations by Chris Kohler, and that lush art on the front and back covers by Shaw are an added bonus.
Strongly character-driven narrative, and a really rich, powerfully-used setting. Deftly mixes the outre and the apocalyptic elements with very impactful personal elements. What this means is that, even when the narrative ventures into wild supernatural territories, it always feels that these fantastical elements are happening to real people, in a real location.
So anyway, the book. The Silver Riders is a weird western. If you're not sure what that means, it's basically a western with elements of another genre in it, usually horror, fantasy or science fiction. In this case, we've got Spellslingers of the Old West. Hopalong Potter and the Abbey of Secrets, only Harry Potter is actually Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Basically, it's Lord of the Rings as a Western... so basically it's Lord of the Rings. Or just refer to Stephen King's Dark Tower series except that it doesn't end by disappearing up its own ass. That's simple enough.
Trust me, all these references will make sense once you start reading the book and I think it's a good way to give you an idea of what it's about without actually spoiling anything.
At any rate, you, the person reading this review, might not like westerns or you might not like fantasy, or you might not like both! So then how might this book then appeal to me, you might be wondering? I always like to refer to Roger Ebert's famous quote, which is about reviewing movies but applies equally well to books: “It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.” You might not be inclined toward liking a particular genre (usually because you haven't been exposed to much of it or because you've been tricked into thinking you're too good for it) but everyone's inclined toward liking good, well-written stories with well-drawn, interesting, likable and relatable characters and ultimately all else aside that's what this is, a damn good story. If you like damn good stories, I recommend you try this with an open mind even if you don't like any of the stuff the story is actually about. You might just be surprised. And hey, if you don't end up liking it, at least it's short!