Thursday, July 14, 2011
SNUBNOSE PRESS: SPEEDLOADER/CASH LARAMIE, Edward Grainger
What a nicely balanced group of stories to debut from Snubnose Press. They are companionable yet each one has a different tone, setting, style.
Of course, as if often the case, a writer will choose the story most like what he/she would write, or hope to write, and in my case I would single out the story that leaked the least amount of testosterone: Herniated Roots by Richard Thomas. (Not meant to offend, Mr. Thomas)
It was a story that was most about prose. The language was lovely, the story well told. Thanks for a great debut from a wonderful group of writers. Nary a miss in the collection and such gorgeous writing all around.
Available where ebooks are sold.
Like wise I greatly enjoyed CASH LARAMIE. I hope no one will be put off by what I consider a great compliment-the stories in this volume were written by someone with respect for humanity. Perhaps westerns are traditionally more elegant and reverent than other genres, but I can't adquately express the pleasure I got from reading about two marshals who conduct themselves with decency. Not that the outlaws and rapscallions in these stories are wimpy. But the good guys are...good guys. There is humor and pathos and history and a reverence for the land and times. What a nice collection.
Two great ebooks for you to try.