- File Size: 6823 KB
- Print Length: 132 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sterling & Stone (December 20, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 20, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AR7YTBM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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UPDATE: Review of Episode 4 (won't let me review each episode individually)...
Each episode gets wilder and more insane. Episode 4 goes waaaay beyond what I expected. More action, more suspense, more wonderment, more fun, more unicorny antics, more magic. Clint and Edward seem to have a knack for attracting the craziest, most dangerous, unsavory characters who initially follow the norm (?) for bad guys but oddly enough SOMETIMES can act fully human. When you least expect it. And Buckaroo? What can I say? Hope to see more of him, he reminds me of C3PO. The end (which really isn't the end because more episodes are coming)...BLEW ME AWAY! My heart literally skipped a couple beats (and I think I let out a small squeak/scream/curse word) when Edward fell (not saying anymore as to not ruin it for you, but if you even HALFWAY love this unicorn, you'll have the same reaction). I was soooo worried and scared for him. And what of Clint? Well, the last few paragraphs may have just broken his heart. We'll have to see. I know they broke mine. BUT...Sean and Johnny will likely come out with a twist where all will be well. But then again, with these two, you just never know! Magic will only fix so much. And really Sean and Johnny....SLY STONE? Are you serious? I almost have a feeling there is a hidden meaning there that I'm missing. I almost peed my pants when I read his name.
One of the guiltiest of guilty pleasures - the writers are apparently utterly deranged and totally maniacal, with either no respect for convention or so MUCH respect for it that they refuse to approach it at all except to stand it on its ear.
I'm giving it four stars because my high school literature teacher would roll over on a rotisserie if I gave it five...
Oh, what the heck, she's dead anyway. It's good for five. It's a quick and amusing way to blow through an hour or so - perfect bus-or-train fare. (Wouldn't recommend it for an airplane; you'll be snickering wickedly most of the time and the paranoid among the passengers will have the TSA guys on you for it...)
Authors Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant famously wrote this book (which has subsequently blossomed into a 9-volume series, each based on a classic western) after their friend David Wright told them they were unqualified to write a western. When asked why, Wright explained that massive research would need to be undertaken, because Platt and Truant didn't even know what color smoke would come out of the cowboy's guns. Platt and Truant cheerfully replied that they'd simply put a unicorn in the story, and blame any factual inaccuracies on magic.
So they did. And the results are engaging and charming.
An amusing re-interpretation of the film High Noon, set in a Dark Tower-style universe, Unicorn Western volume 1 introduces a magical land in which a gunslinger and his crotchety unicorn Edward are forced to take action when an old foe threatens revenge. The details are unimportant, because the tale is about the telling, not the plot. In this world, unicorns subsist on a diet of apple cider and turkey pie, and bleed rainbows when they get injured. Meanwhile, the music of Billy Joel has become sacred across the realm, because ... well, why the heck not?
I'll be reading the rest of the series. And soon.
That said, the writing is mostly "okay." Some of it is a little chuckle worthy, and I definitely enjoy the concept of a snarky unicorn. But, sadly, most of the things I love about this book are concepts, not execution. Unlike Fat Vampire, this isn't enough to make me dislike the book, but it is enough to hang me up on the price of more of the story.
Honestly - and I admit this is personal preference - I don't really like how quickly the story cuts off. This feels more like the first arc of a story rather than a complete one. I know, I know, that's why they're called "episodes" and "season," and I can get behind that, I just feel like it isn't as well developed as it could be because it's limited to the amount of space it's limited to.
The cover is absolutely spectacular, as Johnny said himself in Write. Publish. Repeat., and there's a lot of good world-building I can get behind in this story. i felt like ti wasn't trying as hard to be funny through the whole book, which meant the jokes felt a lot less forced, and therefore funnier. I think some of the background of the world got a little confusing to me, mainly because of the lack of space to fully develop, as I mentioned before. Rather than having the info-dump problems that occurred in Fat Vampire, it felt more like problems of not explaining enough of what was going on. I wasn't sure exactly what was going on with the whole "Realms is cut off" thing? I was hoping that if I continue reading, that would begin to make better sense.
Overall, not a waste of time, fairly enjoyable, and certainly well worth being free.
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