- Series: Dead West
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Ragnarok Publications (April 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991360540
- ISBN-13: 978-0991360543
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,931,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ten Thousand Things (Dead West) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 12, 2014
From the Author
With "Dead West" we are planning to write either a five or six-novel series. Though you will find zombies -- which we call 'deaduns' -- throughout, we are also interested in exploring character relationships, monsters, and mysticism, all within the setting of 19th century America. The series begins in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, near the infamous Donner Pass, during the time of rail expansion, and from there we expand outward as the evil spreads like ripples in a pond.
Very mild spoilers ahead, but also perhaps enough to intrigue you to invest in our series: "Dead West" is written from the perspective of a young woman who is half-Native American (Shoshone) and she has been living in the wilderness with her wasichu (white) father, an aging trailblazer and former fur trader, for many years, especially since the violence between the white man's Army and local natives have broken out. Now we introduce a new enemy into the mix, a mysterious necromancer type who guides his 'heavenly subjects,' a.k.a. 'deaduns' like pawns on a chessboard.
If you enjoy postapocalyptic (zom-poc) novels or Weird Western tales, or just like a ripping good action yarn with edgy dialogue and a fair amount of gore, this series is most definitely for you.
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Hopefully in book three we can see our heroes becoming more proactive. Nina and the gang have spent two books on the run, being chased by death, forced to be reactive. It would be nice to see them take charge, to have them take the fight to Liao Xu. Regardless of which direction the authors take this series, I'll definitely going to be there.
The vagaries of coming of age walk hand-in-hand with the difficulties of social, racial, and cultural acceptance. A love story shares space with religious and spiritual awakening. While the future of any of the characters is never a certain thing, neither is their past. The story is a masterful blend of showing and telling the reader how most of the characters got to be where they are if not exactly in great detail and that is a good thing. Flashback and personal histories don’t trump the ongoing story but are subtly blended in to allow the work to progress at an ordered, and yet, frenetic pace.
In summary, there is plenty to recommend this book as a worthy successor to the first and a tantalizing peek at what may be yet to come. This reader will be waiting for the next book with great anticipation.
I have to admit that I'm difficult to please when it comes to western novels, but weird western novels are my kind of novels. In my opinion The Ten Thousand Things is - just like Those Poor, Poor Bastards - an excellent example of a good and entertaining weird western novel, because the authors know how to entertain their readers. To be honest, I was impressed by this novel, because it turned out to be an even better novel than its predecessor.
Before I begin to analyze the contents of this novel, it's good to mention that it's recommendable to read Those Poor, Poor Bastards before reading this novel. In my opinion knowledge of the previous happenings is essential in order to fully understand what happens in this novel.
Here's a bit of information about the story:
In The Ten Thousand Things Nina Weaver and the people with her are riding the rails and fight against Liao Xu's zombies. Liao Xu is responsible for unleashing the horde of the deaduns and other creatures against them. He relentlessly pursues them, because he wants something from them...
The Ten Thousand Things differs a bit from the first novel, because it brings more depth to the story. The first novel introduced the characters to the readers and now the authors begin to add depth and more details to the story and to the characters. For example, the authors reveal a few interesting things about Liao Xu and his past, and Nina begins to accept her abilities and experiences sexual awakening. The authors also tell what happened to James' family.
Nina is a fascinating heroine, because she's almost like a female version of the male western heroes and rogues played by Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and other famous actors. Although she's a fighter and survivor, she's much more than that, because she has strange abilities that separate her from others. She has a spiritual connection to the People and the Land. She has slowly begun to change inside, because she hears the sounds of the People, their drums and flutes, and their whispers. The realization of this change rattles her, because she has to accept the changes.
There are several excellent and thrilling scenes in this novel. For example, the attack of the birds is an impressive scene. Reading about Liao Xu's demon train is also memorable, because it adds a wonderfully otherwordly atmosphere and a malicious supernatural threat to the storyline.
The prose in The Ten Thousand Things is surprisingly good (in the first novel the prose was good, but now it's even better). The authors have found the right kind of rhythm and that they use to move the happenings forward. The pacing is also much better in this novel, because the story feels more balanced than before.
One of the best things about this novel (and its predecessor) is that it's genuinely interesting to read about how Nina and the other survivors get along with each other. The authors have managed to write about this aspect of their survival in a surprisingly realistic way.
The authors write boldly about sex and things related to sex. I won't reveal what happens in the story, but there's an explicit and passionate sex scene in the middle of the novel that has been written well.
It's nice that there's also a bit of humour in the story. For example, the scene in which one of the characters has to drop his pants is a funny scene. I think it'll amuse several readers.
Because I'm a Finn, I have to mention that it was interesting that the authors used one Finnish word and a few Swedish words in the story. These words surprised me, because I didn't expect to find Finnish and Swedish words in a weird western novel.
It's possible that there are readers out there who think that this series is only about a fight against zombies. I can say to these readers that they're wrong, because the authors have created a story that tells of an epic and desperate fight between good and evil. There are - of course - plenty of zombies in this series, but there's much more to the story than them, because the fight between good and evil is the core of the story.
Tim Marquitz, J. M. Martin and Kenny Soward have written an exciting and gory tale that will please fans of zombie stories and weird western novels. I'm sure that the viewers of The Walking and Hell on Wheels will also love The Ten Thousand Things, because this novel is almost like a combination of The Walking Dead and Hell on Wheels.
If you're interested in zombie stories and weird western novels, The Ten Thousand Things is the novel to read, because the authors deliver a fantastically gory and entertaining story that's full of action. If you like zombie stories, please take a look at this novel, because it's an enjoyable novel.
My final words are: This novel is good and exciting entertainment!
Step aboard the cliche train for a moment. The Ten Thousand Things is Those Poor, Poor Bastards on steroids with the volume turned up to eleven. Nina and company go out of the frying pan and into the fire so many times they should have burn marks on their posteriors.
Ahem... The Ten Thousand Things is the second book in the Dead West series, currently slated as a sextology. Heh, sex. Anyway, these books are so action-packed they're exhausting to read at times. Lots of Deaduns get killed and the good guys take a world-class kicking. The gore level is pretty high.
The writing group of Soward, Marquitz, and Martin deliver the goods. I've grown to care about the Daggett brothers, miserable jerks they may be, as well as the rest of the cast. Nina continues taking steps toward her destiny and the rest of the characters prove to be more multifaceted than originally suspected. I'm getting really excited about the final confrontation with Lao Xu and it's likely still several installments away.
I don't have many bad things to say about this series so far. I expected a higher body count among the main cast in this one but I'm sure a few of them will drop like flies in the next installment. Much like the last book, there's a gag-inducing part near the end, this time involving a worm the size of a whiskey bottle pulled out of someone's head.
If you like weird westerns prominently featuring zombies, give this one a shot. The guys at Ragnarok Publications are good people and they know how to spin a yarn. Four out of five stars
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