Straight Outta Dodge City

Edited by David Boop. Baen, $16 trade paper (272p) ISBN 978-1-9821-2436-6
This dark, diverting anthology of 14 original tales, the third in a series edited by Boop (after Straight Outta Deadwood), continues to explore “the weird Wild West.” By tossing weird fiction concepts into western settings, these tales give rise to unusual what-ifs. What if the unquiet ghost of Doc Holiday haunted his six shooter, as in “The Dead Can’t Die Twice” by Sam Stone? What would happen if, as in “The Adventures of Rabbi Shlomo Jones and the Half-Baked Kid” by Eytan Kollin, Jewish magic created a golem to confront a mob of anti-Semitic bad guys? Unfortunately, the mashing together of genre tropes is frequently more intriguing than the underdeveloped stories that result. On the bright side, the ever-enjoyable Joe R. Lansdale is on hand with “The Hoodoo Man and the Midnight Train,” an energetic tale of a mystical gunfighter, and Harry Turtledove presents the delightful “Junior & Me,” set in an alternate world in which evolution favored reptiles rather than mammals, and the ornery galoot narrating the yarn is actually a highly evolved dinosaur. The result is an amusing but uneven bunch of stories. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 01/07/2020
Release date: 02/04/2020
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror
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