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Tales of the Weird Wild West.Top authors take on the classic western, with a weird twist. Includes new stories by Larry Correia and Jim Butcher!
Come visit the Old West, the land where gang initiations, ride-by shootings and territory disputes got their start. But these tales aren't the ones your grandpappy spun around a campfire, unless he spoke of soul-sucking ghosts, steam-powe
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Paperback, 259 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Baen
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Riju Ganguly
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The book began with considerable potential, with Larry Correia igniting things neatly with his 'Bubba Shackleford's Professional Monster Killers'. Jody Lynn Nye kept up with an incredibly improbably but campy 'Trouble in an Hourglass'. But from there, things became sedate. There were lots of competent stories, but most of them took themselves too seriously, fusing philosophy and whatnot into their works. Kevin J. Anderson lit up the proceedings with his 'High Midnight', and the ever reliable Jim ...more
Adjectiveplusnoun
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy this review, please consider visiting my blog, where I review books, comment on tropes, and occasionally post my own writing (for free). Also please note, I received this book in exchange for an honest review, no compensation was received.

As always, I’m not quite sure how to review anthologies, especially because this one is written by multiple people. I’ll do my best to describe the reoccurring themes from the book, and comment on the short stories that stood out to me for various reaso
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Pat Patterson
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Papa Pat Rambles has additional commentary, particularly about the cover art: http://habakkuk21.blogspot.com/2017/0...
BUBBA SHACKLEFORD’S PROFESSIONAL MONSTER KILLERS by Larry Correia. Ever since Owen got to throw his boss out of the window, his fans have been clamoring for more. And, by going into the past, we can get a LOT more Monster Hunter stories. Some things stay the same: not all monsters are evil; chicks with guns are WAY cool; and NOBODY ever said “Dang, why did I bring all this ammunition?” Oh, yeah, and the government i
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Jon
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Between the title and the cover, it didn't take much for me to be salivating over buying this. I'm a big fan of the Weird West, as many folk know, going back to my work on Doomtown Reloaded for the Deadlands RPG universe. Add in some of my literary heroes like Jim Butcher, Kevin J. Anderson and Larry Correia, and I was practically begging Baen to take my money on this one.

As I write this, it's sitting at #2 in Anthologies and it'd be a GREAT time to click to push this beautiful book
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E.A. Copen
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I heard one of my favorite authors (Jim Butcher) was contributing to a weird west anthology, I knew I had to get it. I was also excited to read some other authors I hadn't read before.
As with any anthology, there were some stars, some that were just eh, and some that I kinda wish I'd skipped.
This was my first time ever reading anything by Larry Correia. I know he's got a boatload of awards and is a big name in the urban fantasy genre. His Monster Hunter International series is HUUUUGE. So
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Travis
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've liked westerns for many many years, though recently I've taken to reading more scifi than western, the action is better, and the stories are more interesting.
Who would have thought that combining western settings with scifi stories could be so much fun.
If you like either westerns, or scifi, or even (to a lesser degree fantasy), then you need to read this story collection. You'll find all the usual culprits, wild bill, train robberies, smoky saloons, six guns, and on and on, but
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Eric
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited about this collection. It has a story in the Monster Hunter universe and a story in the Dresden Files universe - IN THE SAME BOOK! How could that not be amazing?

Well, it could not be amazing because it's westerns. Don't get me wrong, I like them, they're just not the top of my list. It is rare for me to be deeply impressed with a western - the western is very much my father's genre.

I liked the Monster Hunter story. I liked the Dresden files story. I d
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Rob
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Cool idea for an anthology. For me there was a pretty wide range of story quality, with some quite good and some pretty forgettable.

My favorite were from authors and worlds I already knew, such as Bubble Shackleford (MHI) and A Fistful of Warlocks (Dresden). I also enjoyed the Chance Corrigan, Dry Gulch Dragon.

And I really enjoyed The Treefold Problem. So different from the rest of the stories. Funny, light hearted, and a real treat.

The rest were kind of meh f
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Adam Fisher
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
NOTE: Review only for "A Fistful of Warlocks" by Jim Butcher.
This short story takes place WAY back before any of the other stories in the series. A young Warden (not yet leader of) Anastasia Luccio is on the trail of a rogue Warlock. Entering Dodge City on a creature disguised as a horse, she ends up teaming up with Venator Wyatt Earp against some necromancers in town. An epic battle takes place (as only Jim Butcher can write) and though the day is won, two necromancers escape. These are r
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Steve
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another one I found in one of those best of Colorado writers lists. There are times when a short story collection is just what I need. 15-20 pages and I can put it down and pick it up later without having to remember anything. As usual, some very good ones and some just OK ones. None of them were bad though and I read them all. Plus, always fun to see Dan Shamble make an appearance. You must be in a old west mood to read these though. It did get old after a while, but I knew that going in so not ...more
Laura
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revisit the old west

If you like tales of the old west, especially if you like tales of the old west spiced with a bit of the bizarre or supernatural, you will enjoy these stories. The authors depict their setting well enough that you can practically taste the dust at the back of your throat. You may run across some familiar characters and even those that aren't familiar have excellent stories to tell.
The Phantom Of The Apiary
Better than yer average antholigy

I usually approach anthologies cautiously. They hold, in my opinion, more potential for stinkers than they do good stuff.

I am pleased to report that I only found one that I was bored with but can't even call a stinker. That's phenomenal for Me.

Usually I might only really like just a couple or three out of the whole bunch. This one is a pleasant exception.
Kyle
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Under normal circumstances, I would never pick this book up, since I have issues with the editor. However, I’m trying to read everything in the Dresden universe, and this book has the most recent Dresden story, so I checked out a copy from my local library. I must say there is a chunk of decent fiction in here, much by authors I’ve never read before, which made for an enlargement of my to-read list.
Lloyd
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Review for "A Fistful of Warlocks" - Jim Butcher

Being a big Dresden fan, I was looking forward to a story involving Luccio for way before we get to know here. Unfortunately the story felt a little stale, like Butcher was writing it for $#!+$ and gigles. Although he sets it up to be the premise for another series of books, one feels he should perhaps finish the Dresden series lest he become another GRR Martin, Patrick Rothfuss or Scott Lynch.
John Davies
A great anthology. some stories were better than others, but the ones that stood out for me were Larry Correia's and Jim Butcher's. I really hope Larry writes more adventures of Bubba Shackelton and his Monster Hunters.
The other stories were a combination of steampunk and monster stories and all were good.
Chelsealuv Krigbaum
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Fistful of Warlocks by Jim Butcher, You can also find this short story in "Brief Cases" (A book with a bunch of Butchers' short stories)

This fun western story is set in Dodge City were Warden Luccio is on the job hunting down a mad man. It's a fun read.... I'm mean, who hasn't dreamt of fighting shoulder to shoulder with a FAMOUS BELOVED LAWMAN (yes I will hold my tongue and not say who)
Charl
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Weird West" isn't one of my things. I read this solely for the Correira and Butcher stories, both favorite authors of mine, and those are what my rating is for. Correira's was good, and Butcher's was great.

I still tried the rest of them, and did enjoy some of them. If you're into Weird West, go for it.
Nihonjoe
This was an awesome read. I liked all the stories in it, and loved most of them. David Boop did an amazing job gathering these disparate stories and putting them together in a cohesive whole that really works. You can read my full review over on MySF Reviews.
Curtis Edmonds
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection of weird Western tales, with characters ranging from powerful Indian maidens, mine-digging dragons, ghost riders in the sky (or close enough) and Grigory Rasputin his own bad self. Good balance of comedy and action from veteran tale-spinners.
Dana West
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five solid stars for A Fistful of Warlocks by Jim Butcher. I have wanted to know more about Anastasia Luccio and this story gave me just enough. Adding in Wyatt Earp, the Venatori Umbrorum, and some small town politics made this a fast paced, super fun, addition to the Dresdenverse.
James
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
A collection of mostly lighthearted or silly steampunk and bizarre fantasy. Some of these are pretty good. While cheesy western tropes abound, a colossal fart plays a role in at least one. You've been warned.
Jessica Shubert
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stories ranged from "ridiculous but fun" to "way better than I expected." I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! Would've been 4 stars, but "The Key" is probably now my favorite short story of all time, so have 5.
Christoph Weber
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Larry Correia AND Jim Butcher in one book? It's gotta be good. Good enough to read. Only two stories were really bad and I did not finish them. Stackpole loves his adjectives, I don't. Wacks goes steampunk and I never really got into that.
Katie
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve found that I enjoy a good western more than I ever knew, so combined in clever and creative ways with my long favorite genre of science fiction, this anthology was a great collection of stories. Highly recommend if you’re a fan of either genre.
Aaron
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bubba Shackleford's Professional Monster Killers by Larry Correa, Trouble in an Hourglass by Jody Lynn Nye, Chance Corrigan and the Lord of the Underworld by Michael A. Stockpole, A Fistful of Warlocks by Jim Butcher.
Howard Brazee
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice introduction to a fun genre, with stories from various authors combining the (cowboy/tombstone) American West with the supernatural.
Peter Gould
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Steam Punk meet the Wild West - what could be better?
Alan
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good anthology. It's rare for any collection to have such consistently good writing but this one does it
Steven
I really liked all the stories in this book of weird westerns.
Louisa
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only read A Fistful of Warlocks, and yeah, great story, really enjoyed being in this world, and yeah, great read!
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Denver-based author David Boop is a single dad and returning college student. Dave was a journalist before turning to fiction.

Hes published a dozen short stories and written two short films. His stories have appeared in magazines like Tales of the Talisman and SF Trails and in the anthologies Wondrous Web Worlds and Space Pirates. A fixture on the convention circuit, hes spoken at such literary g
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