Dead Man's Hand

Dead Man's Hand

An Anthology of the Weird West

Book - 2014
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The weird, wild west--an American frontier populated by gunslingers, rattlesnakes, outlaws, zombies, aliens, time travelers, and steampunk! Twenty-three of science fiction and fantasy's hottest and most popular authors create all-new tales, written exclusively for this anthology. Aliens and monsters, magic and science are introduced to the old west, with explosive results.
Publisher: London : Titan Books, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781781164501
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC DEAD MA 2014
Characteristics: 409 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Adams, John Joseph 1976-


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Jun 02, 2019

Weird Western literature aptly describes this steampunk short story anthology. It has a steampunk feel and twisted sensibility but is set in the dusty tumbleweed strewn wild old West. This collection has the broad range of favorite Western characters with a steampunk flair from rain makers to preachers, school marms to dance hall girls, and law men to gun slingers with clockwork cowboys thrown in for good measure. The story featuring gold miners had a nice twisted ending, too. There are a few well placed, fervent kisses between headstrong characters, too. Well worth spending time with!

The reader’s, Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross, add the feel of the old West to this collection of weird Western tales. They use their voice talents to help color this amusing assemblage.

These are a collection of well chosen, amusing, thought provoking stories. The authors paint provocative word pictures for the listeners. They are well paced and make pleasant company for your commute or as an evenings companion.

Jan 19, 2019

If you like this genre, I highly, very highly, recommend Mike Resnick's Weird West Tales: The Buntline Special, The Doctor and the Kid, The Doctor and The Rough Riders, and The Doctor and the Dinosaur. The action happens in an alternate West, mostly around Tombstone in the 1870s. You like Doc Holliday? How about Geronimo? It's an excellent series, and I hope very much that Resnick writes more Weird West Tales. Dead Man's Hand is an excellent introduction to the Weird West.

AnnabelleLee27 Dec 07, 2016

An enjoyable anthology of 'weird western' short stories which was a genre I had not encountered before (westerns with a steampunk vibe, a mash up of science fiction and fantasy set in the old west). The best thing about this book was discovering several new authors whose work I want to pursue and the inclusion of several female authors which added new (and needed voices) to the topic. I did feel the book was a bit longer than needed and I grew a bit weary of stories that were technologically driven rather than character driven. Overall the book was an enjoyable, inventive, and inspiring read.
My favorites were The Golden Age by Walter Jon Williams, Madame Damnable's Sewing Circle by Elizabeth Bear, The Devil's Jack by Laura Anne Gilman, and The Hell-Bound Stagecoach by Mike Resnick.


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