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The Doctor and the Kid

(Weird West Tales #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  428 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Welcome to a West like you've never seen before! With the O. K. Corral and the battle with the thing that used to be Johnny Ringo behind him, the consumptive Doc Holliday makes his way to Deadwood, Colorado. But when a gambling loss drains his bankroll, Doc aims for quick cash as a bounty hunter. The biggest reward? Young, 20-year-old desperado known as Billy the Kid. With ...more
Paperback, 323 pages
Published 2011 by Prometheus Books
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The Shayne-Train
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another great Western staticpunk book in what looks to be a great series.

The ever entertaining and fascinating Doc Holliday still can't just live a quiet life, or die a quiet death, as it were. Wrapped up again in government intrigue, Indian shamanistic magic, and classic Western gun battles, we follow his adventures in the alt-history West where Tom Edison attempts to make Manifest Destiny a reality for the fledgling nation of America.

There is some more of the great name-dropping.
Jason Pettus
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Although it's the second book in the series, this is my first experience with Mike Resnick's "Weird West" novels, in which the tropes of steampunk are exported to the cowboys and saloons of the American frontier; and I have to say, for being a deliberate B-level quickie genre tale, this was muc
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I reviewed this for Night Owl Reviews - 4.5 Star Rating

With the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral behind him, Doc Holiday has moved to Deadwood, Colorado where it's supposed to be easier for him to live his remaining days while suffering from consumption. Unfortunately, he didn't plan on a night of drunken card playing leading to him losing all of his money at the gaming tables. He'll have to make some money, and do it quickly, in order to live what remains of his life in comfort. ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Resnick continues to tell a wonderful story about Doc Holliday and his adventures in a alternative history/steampunk world.

This book is much the same of what the reader will have come to expect having read he first book in the series. There are a few changes, which keep the story fresh and interesting which is a good thing. A few side characters get introduced, one of which plays a major role in the story and I have to say, Resnick shocked me with how things turned out. The West was often a bru
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
Once again, Resnick writes an interesting alternate reality western (i.e. Steampunk) with Doc Holliday at the center of the story, aided by the inventor, Thomas Edison and Ned Buntline. This time, Doc, having gambled away his savings that were intended to secure his care in a sanitarium, now considers going after the famed outlaw, Billy the Kid, for no other purpose but to gain the bounty of $10,000. A problem arises, however, for Billy is under the protection of an Indian medicine man and Doc c ...more
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I liked the setting, although I didn't particularly care for the characters. Sort of an alternate history Wild West with a mad scientist by the name of Thomas Alva Edison who builds all kinds of crazy contraptions, inventions, and weapons as well as Native Americans who control magic (and have kept the US from expanding past the Mississippi). Fun, although a complete guilty pleasure.

One thing that I found slightly annoying is that the series is listed (on the back cover) as being ste
Dan Smyth
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Not much to this. Was mildly entertaining at times. Main character does little of note, except for talking, gambling, and drinking. A step down from the previous novel. Nothing "weird" about this version of the "west" other than the random inventions of a secondary character and some magical Indians. Wish there was so much more.
Jimm Wetherbee
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Resnick has followed up the entertaining The Buntline Special with an even more polished take on a Old West yarn. This is the story of how Doc Holliday gunned down Billy the Kid. What, you declare, Pat Garrett was responsible the Kids' early, but well deserved, demise. Just remember, this is an alternative history. Medicine men, such as Geronimo and Hook Nose have prevented the United States from expanding beyond the Mississippi with the use of magic. Besides, Resnick's Holliday is far more engaging th ...more
Donald Armfield
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, western
This was better than the first one.
Resnick returns us to his brass decorative western front and Doc Holliday's empty pockets. Two unexpected twist and a battle between the magical Indians.
A gun blazing sequel and I'm off to the next one.
Graham Bradley
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heck of a book. I really like this series, Resnick knows what he's doing.
Tammie Painter
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
In my opinion, you can't go wrong with Doc Holliday and I was immediately wrapped up in this book. Set in a steampunk version of the wild west, Doc loses all his money and decides to go after Billy the Kid. Unfortunately, about halfway through, the book just felt repetitive and the story started slogging along. If you like the genre, it's probably worth a read.
Racheal Paquette
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great entry into the Weird West Series! Love love how this story follows Doc Holiday and the crazy, awesome cast of characters he runs into! Can't wait to read the next one! A hit for fans of Steampunk, Westerns with a mix of the supernatural ;)
Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty easy to figure out plot line. Still, a quick and fun diversion.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Today’s post is on The Doctor and The Kid by Mike Resnisk. It is the second in his Weird West Tales series and is 322 pages long including appendixes with more information about the real life people and events. The cover has Doc Holliday with a cool Steampunk gun and a large wolf behind him. The intended reader is someone who loves Resnick, likes Steampunk, or just well written stories. As it the second book in a series you should read the first one just so you know what is going on. There is so
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
When a Hugo-winning science-fiction writer decides to revisit the legends of the Wild West, you have to figure it’s going to be strange. Mike Resnick calls his work a “weird western,” but it has elements of steampunk (or, perhaps, it should be called electricalpunk since Tom Edison plays such an important role) combined with the supernatural elements. In The Doctor and the Kid, Doc Holliday is dying of tuberculosis (“consumption” as it was called back then) and ends up short of a lot of cash with re ...more
Joe Santoro
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is book 2 of the poorly titled 'Weird West Tales'. After the first book was an alternate version of the OK Corral story, here Resnick takes his newly built world forward, with Doc Holliday as the main character. Doc has moved to Leadville, CO to prepare to die in a Santarium there, when he drinks even more than usual and makes a dumb poker mistake that causes him to lose his entire bank roll.

With failing health and only $200 to his name, Doc decides to turn Bounty Hunter.. the b
Troy Taylor
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This ain't yer grandpappy's Doc Holiday, fer sure. And it ain't the motion picture versions either. "Tombstone" was neither this gritty nor fantastic.

But it's fun. This is a quick, fun read. I zipped through this in just a couple of sittings. It's full of action and humor in a wild west with steampunk marvels and native American supernatural powers.

It was a delight to read how Billy the Kid and Doc crossed paths in an alternate reality. Of course, those aren't the only historical pe
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoy steampunk. Not sure why, just do. This book is the second Weird West book by Mike Resnick. It imagines an alternative history where the USA is stopped at the Mississippi River by the combined magic of Geronimo and Hook Nose. A few settlements are allowed west, like Tombstone where live Doc Holliday, Thomas Edison, Ned Buntline and a host of others whose names are part of our wild west mythos. Edison and Buntline are charged by the US government to find a way to defeat the war chiefs/sham ...more
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Doctor and the Kid was a book I picked up not expecting to enjoy and I ended up finishing within one day. It’s a steampunk adventure through the fabled Wild West. Resnick did a wonderful job humanizing his famous characters. While some of the action can get a bit over-the-top and the ending is a bit too neat and predictable for my taste, the rest of the book makes up for it. While I plan on reading the first book in the series to give me more of a well-rounded approach to The Doctor and the ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is by and large a better story - the first book was enjoyable, but not great - this second outing was a much better tale, maybe because I did not know as much about Billy the Kid and so I had no prejudice towards the tale - either way, this was another great romp through a fiction Old Western tale where magic prevents the US from expanding and the unlikely hero within 'Doc' Holiday may just be the answer we all need - I am already aching to read the next in this series and this has been so ...more
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like your western history straightforward and factual than this book is definitely not for you. But, if you are willing to suspend your beliefs and let your imagination take a rocketing stage coach ride, then this book is for you. No vampire Bat Masterson this time, but the native American magic making medicine men are back, stirring up trouble along with Billy the Kid who can't be killed, and of course Ned Buntline and Tom Edison creating lots of wild inventions. Now I have to go out and ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Like its predessor, The Buntline Special, this sequel is a Steampunk Western, featuring Doc Holliday, Tom Edison, Ned Buntline, and many "new" characters to continue the story. There are more shoot outs, more killings, more Indian magic, more devices; all fun, lightweight reading, in this alternate universe where maybe the outcomes of some of the shoot outs ended differently than in our own.

The author has several appendices about the true history of the characters displayed in the st
Aug 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
I've read and loved Mike Resnick before-- this book, however, was terrible. The only things I enjoyed about it was the pictures that occurred every so many chapters and the 'steam-punk' feel. It had no pacing, horribly shallow characters that I didn't care about at all and was just filled with sentences and descriptions that added nothing to the story. I'm not sure why I finished it unless it was just to prove to myself that it was terrible the whole way through.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
This was a quick and easy read.
I really loved the old Wild Wild West show and this really reminded me of that show.
The main Characters are ones that most people have at least heard about and know a little about. Doc Holiday, Thomas Edison etc and were depicted in such a way that you can hear Doc's southern Drawl.

I'm looking forward to reading the Buntline Special which was the 1st Weird West Tale.

Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
It struck me that you either get (and enjoy) Resnick's humor very much, or it will leave you absolutely cold. I'm quite fond of most of his work, and this second foray into steampunk-inspired alternate Western is no exception. The historical characters are charming, and the story is fast-paced and fun.
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
I finished this book because it was an easy read, and I didn't make it back to the library to get a different book. It has a little history of Doc and the Kid, but the tech is very deus ex machina. It has some ideas of how it works, but it's supertech without any reasons given for why. This is just fluff with no meat.
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
The average good rieads rating on this book is somewhere between three and four stars. I think that's fair. It's an entertaining alternate history with a lot of steam punk Western lore, It a quick read by a competent storyteller.
Trudi Jorda
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love Mike Resnick and his style of writing. He adds so much and so many little details that you feel like you know Doc Holliday and the rest of the crew. He gets a bit maudlin in this episode-- but it still leaves you wanting more. A must read for any history buff of the Old West!
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first steampunk novel. I loved it. Mike Resnick's presentation of Doc Holliday is wonderful. Makes me want to read up on the real-life person. And with the references provided at the end of the book I can do that!
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good alternate history story with some of my favorite historical characters. I also enjoyed the extras at the end of the book. I didn't realize it was part of a series when I picked it up, so now I'll have to find the first book in the series.
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Michael "Mike" Diamond Resnick, better known by his published name Mike Resnick, is a popular and prolific American science fiction author. He is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed ...more

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