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John Joseph Adams
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Book Description

30 May 2014
Twenty-three original weird west tales by some of the best contemporary fantasy and SF writers. Including a brand-new adventure by Cowboys & Aliens writer Fred Van Lente. Other contributors include Orson Scott Card, Tobias Buckell, David Farland, Alan Dean Foster, Jeffrey Ford, Laura Anne Gilman, Rajan Khanna, Mike Resnick, Beth Revis, Ben H. Winters, Christie Yant, and Charles Yu.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (UK) (30 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783295465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783295463
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Joseph Adams is a bestselling editor, named the reigning king of the anthology world by Barnes & Noble. Orson Scott Card is the New York Times bestselling author of Ender's Game. Hugh Howey is the New York Times bestselling author of Wool.

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4.0 out of 5 stars short and had a nice twist to it 22 July 2014
My thoughts:
I am going to make this short, because they stories are just that, some very short, and if I say too much, then I have said it all.

Introduction—John Joseph Adams
Now I know what weird western is...

The Red-Headed Dead—Joe R. Lansdale
Short story about a priest. Ok but really short.

The Old Slow Man and His Gold Gun From Space—Ben H. Winters
Weird, short and had a nice twist to it.

Hellfire on the High Frontier—David Farland
Maybe they work cos they are short, interesting. Anyway, I liked the stuff at the end. very cool. Something happens there ;)

The Hell-Bound Stagecoach—Mike Resnick
A nice weird one. I liked it.

Stingers and Strangers—Seanan McGuire
InCryptic tale. You can follow along even if you have read nothing from that "world".

Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger—Charles Yu
I did feel a bit confused with this one.

Holy Jingle—Alan Dean Foster
A bit so and so.

The Man With No Heart—Beth Revis
I wondered where this one was going and at the end I totally wanted a book about him. Cool.

Wrecking Party—Alastair Reynolds
Scary future for all of us, nice sense of doom

Hell from the East—Hugh Howey
I read it 30 min ago and have forgotten it already *checks* Right, sun dance. Ok the concept was interesting of what is to come

Second Hand—Rajan Khanna
Same with this one *check* Right, cards. Needed more explaining

Alvin and the Apple Tree—Orson Scott Card
I have not read the Alvin books so..who is Alvin? Anyway freaky town! Do not go there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sets a new standard for anthologies 27 Jun 2014
By TimH
Just to set the scene, I prefer short stories, have read lots of anthologies (on many different genres) and enjoy the ‘weird west’ setting.

So this book should be perfect for me then!

Yes – it certainly is.

All anthologies I have read before have the usual mixed quality from poor to excellent. These stories are all good to excellent. Whilst all the tales have a satisfactory ending, a lot are as though they should be in a series – I wanted to read more about the exploits of the central character(s).

This is certainly a sign of a good story in my opinion – leaving me wanting more.

This a little bit of steam punk or clockwork punk here and there, nothing major and it is in the background - all the stories are character driven.

One I will again and again - highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent anthology of the Weird West 22 May 2014
By Matthew Scott Baker - Published on
For some reason, my reading preferences never led me towards Westerns. I read just about everything else genre-related (well, except for romance), but never got into that area. I’m not sure why. I guess horror dominated my tastes. So imagine my surprise and delight when Titan Books released DEAD MAN’S HAND, an anthology of the Weird West. I was intrigued to say the least, but I had no idea the treasures this book held in store for me. Within its pages are a vast array of bizarre and horrific stories that will enthrall even the staunchest of genre fans. And I will bet there’s something in there for non-fans as well.

I am so proud to own a copy of this book. It is chocked full of mesmerizing tales that will stun and engage readers of every kind. And it boasts some highbrow talent as well, including a few of my favorites: Tobias S. Buckell, Alan Dean Foster, Tad Williams, and Jonathan Maberry.

Every story in DEAD MAN’S HAND is written well and carefully crafted for maximum impact. The wide variety of talent showcases a multitude of unique voices and highlights each author’s distinctive style of storytelling. As a result, it is very easy to jump from one story to the next.

This great diversity of writers is one major aspect of what makes this book so enjoyable. I liked every story in this collection, obviously some more than others. But each one was a pleasure to read, and in doing so, I found a few more authors who I plan on checking out in the future.

One of my favorite stories in DEAD MAN’S HAND is “Strong Medicine” by Tad Williams. In this tale, a man arrives in town in order to help them…but nobody in town knows what he’s supposed to help with? As sundown approaches, strange things start to happen, and only the stranger knows what is going on. I love this tale because it caught me off guard; I never expected the events that were to happen within it, and the surprise is a lot of fun.

DEAD MAN’S HAND is an excellent anthology, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good, unique story. There’s so much to like in this book, including science-fiction, fantasy, and horror. As such, I would wager there’s something for everybody here. Give it a look for sure.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 Tales of The Old West With Elements of the Fantastic 13 May 2014
By VicG - Published on
John Joseph Adams in his book, “Dead Man’s Hand” published by Titan Books brings us An Anthology Of The Weird West.

From the Back Cover: HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD!

From a kill-or-be-killed gunfight with a vampire to an encounter in a steampunk bordello, the weird western is a dark, gritty tale where the protagonist might be playing poker with a sorcerous deck of cards, or facing an alien on the streets of a dusty frontier town.

Here are twenty-three original tales—stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic—produced specifically for this volume by many of today’s finest writers. Included are Orson Scott Card’s first “Alvin Maker” story in a decade, and an original adventure by Fred Van Lente, writer of Cowboys & Aliens.

Other contributors include:
Tobias S. Buckell * David Farland * Alan Dean Foster * Jeffrey Ford * Laura Anne Gilman * Rajan Khanna * Mike Resnick * Beth Revis * Fred Van Lente * Walter Jon Williams * Ben H. Winters * Christie Yant * Charles Yu *

I think what usually comes to mind when we hear the word, “Western” are images of cowboys, horses, holstered six-guns tied down at the thigh for a quick draw, stagecoaches, cattle drives and frontier town. The list could go on and on but I would be pretty sure it would not include androids, time travel, dinosaurs, flying ships and other out of place things. That would be just Weird! John Joseph Adams has taken all this into consideration and brought us twenty-three tales of the Old West that John Wayne would never appear in. All these authors have brought a fresh spin to these tales and they are riveting entertainment. The title comes from the cards, aces and eights, that were in Wild Bill Hickok’s hand as he was gunned down from behind while playing poker. So saddle up it is time for Weird Western Tales, stories of the Old West infused with elements of the fantastic. “Dead Man’s Hand” is great fun. Let me assure you if you like westerns then you are going to really enjoy this. I recommend it highly! I really hope Mr. Adams will bring us another of these wonderful anthologies.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down! 16 Jun 2014
By David Chamberlain - Published on
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What's not to love? Some of the best current writers showing off their skills in a Western-themed collection of short stories. Think "The Wild, Wild West" meets steampunk and monsters. Dive in and you won't be disappointed! The only thing you won't link is that the book isn't longer. You will definitely want to read more of all these authors: some are old friends and some are new - all are wonderful!
5.0 out of 5 stars I have to say John Joseph Adams is fast becoming ... 13 July 2014
By john patrick - Published on
I have to say John Joseph Adams is fast becoming my go to source for short fiction anthologies. I found this book through one of the author's blogs but I have always been a fan of the weird west idea genera. I've been a long time Deadland RPG players so this anthology was right up my alley. Usually I always find one or two stories that land kind of flat but this anthology was spot on. I can't come up with any of the stories that I didn't find intriguing or felt came up short.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great if this your taste 2 July 2014
By orville n ergish - Published on
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Good stories for the most part. Many were a little to heavy into the horror story genre for my taste. Regardless of my preferances these were well writen, edited and presented.
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