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Owl Dance (Clockwork Legion)

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Owl Dance is a Weird Western steampunk novel. The year is 1876. Sheriff Ramon Morales of Socorro, New Mexico, meets a beguiling woman named Fatemeh Karimi, who is looking to make a new start after escaping the oppression of her homeland. When an ancient life form called Legion comes to Earth, they are pulled into a series of events that will change the history of the world ...more
Paperback, 266 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Flying Pen Press
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Shaheen Darr
Feb 10, 2016 Shaheen Darr rated it it was amazing

Ramon Morales, the Sherrif of Socorro finds himself isolated in his defence of Fatemeh Karimi, the new curandera (healer) from Persia. Exotic and strong this woman of substance also has a mysterious connection to owls and wolves. However, is she innocent of all that she is accused of or is she shunned by the people of Socorro because she is different and does not fit into the general norm? Ramon and Fatemeh leave Socorro and begin a journey through New Mexico that is full of danger, adventure, a
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Jack Tyler
May 03, 2015 Jack Tyler rated it really liked it
I would give 4.5 if it was an option. I enjoyed this book a great deal, with its combination of steampunk and clockpunk elements, the unusual politics, and the sprinkling of historical characters thrown in for good measure. The unusual heroine for a western was a plus as well, and the author handled the story with skill and interest. So why not five stars? The whole piece felt a little out of its time because everyone was so "nice" and willing to compromise with one another. Not the Old West of ...more
Mike
I picked up this book because the premise really appealed to me: a steampunk Western adventure with warm, positive characters. Unfortunately, the execution let it down a little.

Firstly, the language. The book was mostly correctly punctuated, though the hyphenation needs work, and, apart from a few sentences with missing words, it was grammatical, but it was written very simply, as if intended for children or speakers of English as a second language. Also, it dwells on mundane details of what the
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David
Sep 27, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Owl Dance is the seventh novel I've published. It's a wild west steampunk adventure that starts out in 1876 and tells the story of Sheriff Ramon Morales, who finds himself unhappy in his hometown of Socorro, New Mexico, and looking to put some spark back into his life. He finds it in the form of Fatemeh Karimi, a woman who fled Persia when a good friend was killed and who seems to have the uncanny ability to communicate with owls. Together they set out to explore the wild west, looking for a pla ...more
Joshua Gage
Feb 19, 2015 Joshua Gage rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird-west, western
This was a fun, fast-paced read. I liked the way that Summers incorporated western technologies (railroads, telegraphs, etc.) with science fiction elements (alien entities) and religious mysticism. At times, the chapters felt more like individual short stories with a loose connection, but overall this was an enjoyable book.
Susan
Feb 04, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
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It was a great ride, unexpected brain candy. It was cool to see some of my old stomping grounds put into a wild west/steampunk world. Especially enjoyed that several non-caucasian cultures were captured in this story.
Erica Miles
Fascinating and filled with suspense, Owl Dance by David Lee Summers is an artful exploration into the minds and activities of characters in the 19th century Southwest US, including an escaped sheriff, groups of Mexican residents working as miners or farmhands, as well as a retired, stylishly dressed professor and a mysterious Persian female immigrant who is a curandera and a communicator with owls and other wild animals, and of course, ever-present horses. Some persons prone to both superstitio ...more
Ivan Ewert
May 29, 2013 Ivan Ewert rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle
Owl Dance is a thoroughly enjoyable steampunk western by David Lee Summers.

The heroes, Ramon Morales and Fatimah Kamiri, are no simple tropes. Morales is a short, bespectacled Mexican sherrif, while Fatimah is a Persian healer who has fled persecution in her homeland. It is wonderful to have characters removed from the usual chiseled lawman or drunken sawbones. Throughout the book, Summers introduces a wide and varied cast of characters.

I have to say that this wide-spread cast made the first few
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Dan Fitzimons
May 31, 2014 Dan Fitzimons rated it it was ok
This is being billed as western steampunk, presumable because it has airships in it. Whatever label you put on it, I was disappointed. Two totally flat characters wander around the American west for no explicable reason. then the Russians invade the US with airships. The two main characters are dull, dull, dull. there is no passion between them at all. I felt half of the book is pointless. A major disappointment.
Trent Zelazny
Mar 23, 2012 Trent Zelazny rated it it was amazing
Owl Dance is a great western-style steampunk science fiction tale. Summers knows science, and it shows in really fun ways in this one, keeping this wondrous. I really enjoy the writer's style and you can tell he is having great fun writing--I hope as much fun as I had reading it. It reads fast, and I mean this is the very good way. If you like steampunk or westerns or just a having a really great time, give Owl Dance a read. I think you'll really enjoy it.
Bryan Schmidt
Dec 02, 2011 Bryan Schmidt rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read. Steampunk, alternate history in a way, Southwest setting. Good action and characters.
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David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living in Southern New Mexico, which is tucked somewhere between the western and final frontiers. He is the author of five novels: The Solar Sea, The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, Heirs of the New Earth, and Vampires of the Scarlet Order. His short fiction and poetry has appeared in such magazines as Realms of Fantasy, Aoife’s K ...more
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