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A Million Ways to Die in the West Hardcover – 4 Mar 2014

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (4 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782113568
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782113560
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.4 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A Million Ways to Die in the West] is packed with raunchy, twisted jokes . . . The story has all the hallmarks of a classic Western - gunfights, a stagecoach robbery, hostile Indians - but Mr. MacFarlane mocks those tropes at every turn" (Wall Street Journal)

"Elicits genuine hilarity from the most unlikely material" (Empire on FAMILY GUY)

"Creative, adorable, ingenious" (New Yorker on TED)

"Combining hilarity with skilled storytelling" (Total Film on TED)

"Extravagantly talented" (Vanity Fair on Seth MacFarlane)

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The debut novel from creator of Family Guy, American Dad and Ted

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Format: Hardcover
I hadn't realised that this book was from the same Seth MacFarlane who is the man behind Family Guy and Ted, so I was quite surprised at the tone at first, but quickly got used to it and was laughing from the first page onwards!

Albert is the main character - a kind of anti-hero, and his inner monologues were one of my favourite parts of the narrative. He gets into trouble in the first chapter of course - which drives the story from there, and you get everything you would expect from a western - a showdown, a beautiful but unobtainable love interest, a bar fight etc, but not in the way you might expect. There's also an escaping sheep called Bridget who hilariously pops up at different points throughout the book.

If you're looking for an in depth novel, this isn't for you - but if you are looking for a really fun and funny read that you can devour quickly and carry around easily - or are looking to but a gift to cheer up a friend, then this is definitely it.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2015
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We all know Seth MacFarlane is a very talented individual and here he gives us the novel of his comedy Western. It is quite likely that you have seen the film before reading the book so you will know what the story is about, but for those who haven’t this is basically a comedy romance set in the Old West, with some action and baddies.

Set in 1882 in the southern part of the Arizona Territory (it was not yet a State) the main thrust of the comedy here is based on being how dangerous things were back then, although this does become rather grating as it makes the lead of the story a know-all on everything before a lot of the dangers here were really even known about. Things that worked visually in the film don’t necessarily work that well on the written page but we do have the lyrics here for that certain moustache song, so we can all sing it whenever we wish. A good dose of comedy is provided between the interactions of a prostitute and her boyfriend, as they won’t sleep together until they are married, being good Christians, but in the meantime the prostitute sleeps with everyone else. This worked really well on screen with the talents of Sarah Silverman as Ruth but once again not so well on the page here.

In all this is a fun enough and entertaining read but it doesn’t have the charm of the actual film.
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Format: Hardcover
Bought this for my boyfriend, but ended up reading this too and zooming through it- really hiliarious, if you love Family Guy you'll love this take on the Wild West. It's almost as if Brian and Stewie have been transplanted into smalltown cowboy America. The characters are brilliantly drawn- goodies versus baddies, but it's Seth MacFarlane's humour that's the real clincher here- he is a comic genius.
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Good funny story, very much in the style of Family Guy and American Dad so if you are a fan you're onto a winner here! It won't take you long to read but that somehow makes it more appealing. A short, easy and light read. But... I felt the swearing was a bit over the top at times which let it down a bit. Out of the two films of this one and 'Ted' I'd say Ted was the better, but this one goes better as a book. Keep up the funny work Mr MacFarlane!
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This was okay - a pleasant enough easy read which I read in a couple of sittings. The tone is light and casual and so easy to read, but there's not much substance to it. Like most books which have been written to be films (or adapted from films), they don't make great books, but I suspect the film is entertaining enough to watch.
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Pretty much follows the film almost word-for-word. Often film novelizations have new content and take advantage of being able to get the reader inside the heads characters. Not so much with this. Worth a read, but if you like the film you could just watch it again instead.
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By Alexander Bryce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Oct. 2014
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Picked this up for lighter reading on a long journey which was one of my better decisions of late.
At just over 200 pages with at least one laugh per page the time and the pages flew by. Not being from the good old US of A, Seth MacFarlane's writing is new to me . This is a real find as his skill with words , his humour, his loveable characters, his not so loveable characters make for a really fun read.
The trials and tribulations of Albert; Arizona's if not the world's worst sheep farmer and the world's greatest de tester of the Wild West are hilarious as he looses Louise the love of his life then finds the true love of his life in Anna the wife of the west's most feared outlaw. Typical of Albert this is not the cleverest course to pursue, but pursue it he does. This changes the hapless Albert in many good ways as courage loosens his tight grip on cowardice. There are several supporting characters : Ruth the local prostitute who is up for anything ( and I mean anything ) with her "clients" , but does not believe in sex before marriage with her fiancé because they are a God fearing couple. The town sherif who is as much use as a chocolate fire guard and the local saw bones who spreads contagion liberally. There is even a guest appearance from big chief Cochise of the feared, murdering Apaches and what a nice fellow he is!
I'll say no more of the plot for fear of ruining the yarn. Obviously I loved this little book in a way that makes me want my buddies to read it so we can guffaw like a bunch of 70 year old schoolboys over it.
ENJOY
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