Friday, 30 May 2014

Interlude 004

Unicorn Western – Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant

Published 2012

4 stars

Cast out from the magical kingdom of The Realm and into the dying desert of the Sands beyond, Marshal Clint Gulliver and his unicorn Edward have finally found peace in the small and dusty town of Solace. For the first time since leaving The Realm, Clint has dared to be happy, getting hitched to his bride to be, Mai. But when the town faces a deadly approaching enemy, the gunslinger feels compelled unholster his seven-shooters to face it... and the dark magic it brings with it.

It started as a joke. David Wright challenged his SPP and writing colleagues Sean and Johnny saying that they could never write a western because massive amounts of research would be needed.

The guys said they would just put a unicorn in it and explain any historical inaccuracies through magic.

It’s genius.

I’ll admit straight off that it’s not for everyone. However I live in a world where I love Stephen King's DARK TOWER books so magic and cowboys work fine with me. But let me be clear, this book isn’t stupid. The guys haven’t written something immature just to make a point. It’s a really good story with quite a dark plot that only promises to get bigger (this became part one of a nine part saga).

Throughout the tale little snippets of the world’s history are dropped with not a single info dump in sight. It’s great writing and makes you want to follow these characters where ever they go just so you can learn more about the places and people of the Realm and the Sands.

Clint and Edward the unicorn are a great double act. Edward, in particular was inspired. I won’t give anything away but he was nothing like I expected him to be.

In fact I can’t think of anything bad to say about this book. The lack of a fifth star is only representative of the fact that this is a small part to a bigger work and I’m giving it the allowance to get better. As the first part it obviously leaves a few threads open at the end and so it’s hard to be satisfied with what is, essentially, just the opening salvo.

But that’s fine. If you’re like me, the second you finish the last page you’ll be back at the (digital) bookstore happy to buy the rest of the collection

Looking forward to more adventures with Clint and Edward.

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