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The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
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bookshelves: 2012booksread, steampunk
Read in February, 2012

This alternate history steampunk version of Tombstone, the gunfight at the OK Corral, etc, is fast-paced and enjoyable. Doc Holliday is a likable main character. But overall, this book is just ok. The characters don't really stand out or mean much. The tech is cool, the use of Native magic is cool, the character of Kate Elder is briefly cool. But it's not exactly a book that's going to MOVE you in any way. And there was a little too much concentration on robot whores for my taste. Like, ok, we get it, move on. You're a little too fascinated with the idea of the robot whores, Mr. Author. It's getting creeepy.

Ultimately, the big shootout and end of the book is a total letdown. It was over really quick and didn't really payoff in a way that satisfied. But it's worth a read if you like Weird West or Western Steampunk and want a light, fun read. I just wish there was more substance.
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