Tag Archives: Western

A screenplay novelisation …

A Million Ways to Die In The West by Seth MacFarlane There’s no denying it – Seth MacFarlane is very talented. Apart from being very handsome, he’s an award winning animator – having worked for Hanna-Barbera after college, he’s the creator of Family Guy, co-creator/producer of American Dad, the comedy film Ted, and he acts/voices many characters. He sings too… Read more »

True Grit's inheritor…

The Road to Reckoning by Robert Lautner I’ve turned out to be a big fan of good westerns – this debut novel is one such book. Young Tom Walker is twelve when this novel begins in 1837. His mother is lost to the pock, his father is a ‘quiet man in a noisy world‘ – a spectacles salesman, when he… Read more »

I reached the Dark Tower!

Stephen King’s Dark Tower Saga It’s been a long time a-coming, but I have finally reached the end of Stephen King’s epic fantasy series The Dark Tower. I began reading the books back in May 2011 in a readalong with Teresa and Jenny at ShelfLove.  It was to have been a monthly readalong, but I only managed the first four then,… Read more »

Getting back on the quest for The Dark Tower #6

The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah Bk. VI by Stephen King King’s magnum opus is not a series that you can jump into midway through, so if you’ve not read it, I suggest you start at the beginning. See my series of posts: Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, Vol 4 and Vol 5 and find your starting point, don’t read… Read more »

Return to the Dark Tower saga

The Dark Tower #5 – Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King Last year I took part in Teresa & Jenny’s Dark Tower readalong at Shelf Love, but I dropped out after book four in the series. I didn’t have the time to get through the increasing page-count then, but was definitely hooked by the genre-busting dystopian western cum SF… Read more »

Stephen King’s Dark Tower Readalong #4

The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass Bk 4 by Stephen King. It’s the fourth month of the Dark Tower Readalong hosted by Teresa and Jenny at Shelf Love.  The fourth book was the longest yet at a massive 845 pages (I’ve been able to say that each month!), but it was also very enjoyable and the pages sped by. This… Read more »

The Dark Tower Readalong #1

The Dark Tower Book 1: The Gunslinger by Stephen King. It’s simply years since I read any Stephen King, and then I only read his horror stories.  I was only vaguely aware that he had written a series which was a dark fantasy.  Then Shelflove decided to launch a readalong of The Dark Tower, a series that King himself has… Read more »

The Blues Brothers meets Deadwood

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt If I had to make a movie pitch for this book, it would be The Blues Brothers meets Deadwood, HBO’s fantastic wild west series, and that encapsulates it in a nutshell for me, save to say that the combination is an absolute winner. The Blues Brothers just happens to be my favourite film ever… Read more »

Great cover – hope the book lives up to it

I was browsing in my local indie bookshop yesterday afternoon, and this new book, which they’d only just put out on the table leapt out at me.  What a fab cover! Then I turned it over and read the blurb, and two more words made me buy it without further investigation.  They were ‘Cowboy Noir’. These words are guaranteed to… Read more »

Getting the right man for the job …

True Grit by Charles Portis This was our Book Group choice for reading in March.  It’s fair to say that while no-one hated it, not everybody loved it like I did.  One thing that we were all agreed on though, was that Mattie Ross was a remarkable young heroine, however irritating she could be. If you are only familiar with… Read more »