You think you know the story. You don't.
Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 is the site of one of the richest mineral strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like ley lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim and defend it.
Above the ground, power is also about allegiances. A magician...more
I have greatly enjoyed Emma Bull's books (even built a fan page for her work at http://books.ofearna.us/bull.html ^_^ ) and for some reason, even the LOVELY Palencar cover hadn't drawn me to read this book sooner and I wonder why. I'm tempted to watch the movie Tombstone now, which I've never done and I'd actually think my brother Bobby would like this book as he used to be really interested in things about the Earps and what happened in Tombstone.
There was magic, but it was very understated as a part of the story. In fact, you aren't quite sure if magic is happening or not for a good part of the book. The way the author, Emma Bull works the magic in is very, VERY subtle and she almost seems to want the reader to guess what the heck is going on in To...more
In some ways I was probably a perfect reader. Because of my lack of interest in the wild west/western frontier stories, I actually didn't know the story of Wyatt Earp. Sure, th...more
Really enjoyable but not, I think, very successful. It would make a pretty good footnote in an essay about how writing fanfiction permits creativity and depth of reimagination that writing for traditional publication doesn’t. I loved the parts of this book that were about the twisted-up, co-dependent thing between Earp and Holliday, and...more
The ending was weirdly anticlimactic, though. I mean, call me naive, but I thought the actual Gunfight was going to be involved. This was more like... fanfic of a historical event. Like she didn't feel the need to cover everything; she was just covering a side story. I guess that's okay if you're a LOT more familiar with the historical events than I am. I read the Wikipedia page, though, and while I was entert...more
Furthermore, its copyright is 2007, and the sequel is not yet available as of this writing.
The POV character is Mildred Benjamin, a widow making her way as a type setter and apprentice reporter for one of Tombstone's two rival newspapers. The drifter Jesse Fox becomes the third player in the power struggle based in political and in sorcerous power. His is the leverage p...more
I mostly read contemporary- or future-based fiction, so this fantasy novel of the Wild West was unusual for me. But I met and heard Emma Bull at a science fiction convention a few years ago and have wanted to read her work ever since. She's an excellent writer.
The timing in the book felt a little odd. A quarter of the way into the book I still felt like the main conflict driving the story hadn't been introduced. (As a matter of fact I re-read the back cover about then and it...more
The setting--Tombstone, Arizona in 1881--is finely drawn, making me want to brush trail dust from the pages. From the moment Jessie Fox, with his "smoky green glass"...more
Yes, Wyatt Earp and his brothers are there and Doc Holliday, Johnny Ringo,the Clantons and the others that feature in the history of the event, but Emma Bull adds her own take.
I liked her addition of the young widow Mildred Benjamin, the Chinese doctor Chow Lung, and the horsetraining drifter Jesse Fox. I even liked her take on the Earp family (and I can say that as a dista...more
In this account Wyatt is a scorcerer using black magic with good intentions: keeping his family and the boom town of Tombstone safe. Doc Holliday is a central character in the book, as well as Jesse Fox, another scorcerer, and Mildred Benjamen, a widowed lady reporter whose investigative journalism shows her more than she needed to know.
I have to say that Bull sent me to the 'net so I could learn...more
This one is based on the events in Tombstone, AZ when Wyatt Earp was there. It deals with everything leading up to the shoot-out at the OK Corral. Which, honestly, is the only thing that bothers me about it - the book feels like it ends 50 pages too early. The plot resolution is assumed to be common knowledge because everyone kn...more
The audiobook was well done, the story is told from three main viewpoints. The male ones are read by one narrator and the female one by another narrator. In gene...more
Territory retells the story of the 1881 shootout at Tombstone's O.K. Corral, but no writer has yet approached the event with the same compelling mix of history and fantasy as Emma Bull. She blends historical and fictional characters to great effect; although the story is packed with suspense, romance, violence, and action, the psychologically deep, larger-than-life characters drive the narrative. Bull's spare use of magic and sorcery adds a welcome dimension to this often-told story. Simply put,...more
Anyway...I did like it. It did inspire some late-night reading/finishing. I'm gleefully a'wait'n the sequel now.
It might be I'm also a bit tickled due to the setting of the book - which is in my home state.
I suspect my favorite thing about this author's books (I've read all of two now...) is the banter. I love the dialog. Cle...more
I felt like this book should have been dry or heavy or boring, but it was so much more engaging than I thought it would be. I never had to slug through the words like I thou...more
Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2008)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2008)
Good read, not great. Book 2 might be great, based on the setup.
I can't understand why Wyatt Earp needs to be such a giant dick in this. He could be all that he needs to be without being such a tool about it.
I seem to have read a lot of Plucky Independent Woman novels lately. I'm ready for one in which she is only marginally poised and competent.
Chinee characta much silly, yes pliz. I haven't seen that since Blackhawk Comic...more
"Territory" gave me the satisfaction I was looking for. Same great writing style (the story flows so effortlessly), same intriguing characters (even if Jes...more