A Million Ways to Die in the West Hardcover – 4 Mar 2014
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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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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.
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.
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.
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A lot of people give Seth MacFarlane some grief, but I loved this book. Even better than the film, short, I read it in two days. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lilou Bargoes
I must see the movie but this is a great read: antidote to the classic Western!Published 22 months ago by Kevin: Vine House UK
Utterly brilliant. Seth MacFarlane is brilliant with this wacky insane comedy based in the old West. Read morePublished 23 months ago by George