- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Solaris; paperback / softback edition (11 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781080909
- ISBN-13: 978-1781080900
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 1.9 x 15.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 909,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Good, the Bad and the Infernal (Heaven's Gate) Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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'If there was ever a writer who could write in Technicolor, it's Guy Adams; his creations leap off the page at you and make you jump back in shock.' Graeme's Fantasy Book Review 'Guy Adams is just magnificent.' Fantasy Book Review
About the Author
Guy Adams is a no-good, pen-toting son of a bitch. Responsible for over twenty penny-dreadfuls and scientific romances such as The World House and the Deadbeat series. He has also worked with the Hammer Books Gang creating novelisations of their foul kinematographs and has been known to operate under the alias of John Watson M.D. writing novels featuring that pansy-ass detective Sherlock Holmes. He is wanted in several states and a reward is offered for anyone quick enough to slip a noose around his crooked neck. Further evidence of his crimes can be found on his Wild Western Waystation: www.guyadamsauthor.com
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I was sold this as western steampunk. Sounds awesome, right?
We start by following one character, who gets saved by an old guy, and dragged along the trip. We then meet some other people, and folilow them on their travels, and then they meet up towards the end of the book. this makes The Good, The Bad and the Infernal seem more like a collection of stories about characters, a bit less of a novel. However, this is the first of a trilogy, so maybe it'll pick up.
The characters are an interesting lot, but I don't remember very much about any of them. There's a freak show lot, an old guy, a religious person, and some others.
Imaginative things happen to the characters on the way along. Snakes! It felt a bit slow and confusing to me in places, but at other times, you're really pulled in. The travels along America are good, and I liked the setting.
I think that it probably will pick up later on in the series, because the ending is a definite "something big happens next".
Overall: Strength 3 tea to a Western Steampunk book that's totally different, but didn't keep me entirely.
I loved the setting, clearly Adams is a huge fan of the Spaghetti Western genre, and with this latest novel is having a lot of guilty fun.
This is packed with larger than life characters, so many in fact that it makes your head spin. I had to keep reminding myself this was the first in a trilogy, and to be patient. As the narrative jumped from one group to another, I soon got a clear picture of who these people were, their personalities and just why they would find themselves on the road to Wormwood.
This is a Western with a difference: along with the breakneck, frantic action, there are also exciting inventions, as well as the supernatural. Above all, this is an affectionate homage, infused with humour and horror.
Adams manages to write from multi-perspectives, cranking up the tension, menace and suspense (something evil is out there). Cleverly, this is a story about façades: nothing and no one are really as they first appear - I was reminded at one point by a scene in the spoof Western, "Blazing Saddles" where an exasperated Slim Pickens exclaims: "The Whole town's a fake!"
With freak weather turning on people, weariness, mistrust, people hiding from their pasts you know something big is going to happen...Sadly it all ends on a cliff-hanger. This does manage to set things up nicely for the next instalment. I thoroughly enjoyed a fantasy novel that was brave enough to tackle the Western genre, and from what I have read so far, this is a series that has much promise.
From the off `the good...' sets a galloping pace and never once lets up, the high number of characters and groups these are all split into can seem a little overwhelming at first, but just bare in mind that this is the opening of a planned trilogy, and that fact is easily forgiven and also quickly passes. Adams' expected quality of dialogue and descriptive ability is all on display to it' normal fine standard and the setting is used to perfection throughout. The only possible complaint I could come up with is that this novel ends on a real cliff hanger and the next instalment is, as of yet, nowhere in sight. Damn you.
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