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Showdown (Wyrd West Chronicles #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  17 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In Queenstown, an untried youth is the only one who can face down a notorious Desperado. But Graeme Walsh is not a Gunslinger: not yet. Will his training and his secret sorcerer's powers be enough to get the drop on the Outlaw, before the Outlaw gets the drop on him?

Welcome to the Wyrd West, the world next door, where Western meets high fantasy, apocalyptica and a dash of
Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published March 20th 2017
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Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spfbo
So I read this as part of #SPFBO and I have to say I am just not sure what this is meant to be. It's super short for a start, so maybe it's a novella, but I feel like it was also a bit random and didn't really appeal to me personally. This follows Graeme, a Gunslinger in training with some secret sorcery skills, as he has to face down an Outlaw in the Wild West. Apparently it is the start of a series which will continue to come out every few months, with a print copy ultimately out after every f ...more
Shakyra Dunn
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This honestly is not a genre that I would normally read. I never really touch anything Western.

...That's why I was surprised that I liked it so much. I loved the dialogue structure, the characters were so dynamic despite the story being so short, and the theme of necromancy is one that has always appealed to me! I love the way this evolved in such a short time!
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Terrific Tale

With vivid descriptions and a world you can almost reach out and touch, Showdown is a story that pleases. It's hopeful and gritty in all the right places with crystal-clear characters and a touch of toungue-in-cheek humor. Loved it!
Dan Melson
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Good:

A setting rich in thought, with lots of world-building behind it. The Wild West with Elves and Dwarves and Trolls and many more such things, including magic. This is NOT More Brand New Same Old Thing. Some serious thought has gone into building the world that is the background for the story. I could sit here and pick some things about it to pieces, but I could do that with a lot of good stories. The story works, at least on the surface level. It held my interest for as long as it needed
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Showdown by Diane Morrison is the first in the Wyrd West Chronicles. It's a quick, gripping read set in a post-apocalyptic 'West' with gunslingers, desperadoes, salons, ranches, holy bullets, magic, ghosts, elves (or fae) and demons. Hence the Wyrd West label. An emerging genre - wyrd, they say, often has a little bit of everything - scif-fi, horror, fantasy, goth, steampunk and western. Morrison does a great job of blending the elements together, with an authentic western feel.

Graeme Walsh is
Mar 21, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the first novelette in a serial I'm writing that's geared primarily for e-platforms. Publication schedule will include one every two months, with a print collection intended for once a year with all of that year's stories included.

What is a serial? A serial is a series of stories published sequentially. In many cases they would end with cliffhangers that would encourage you to get the next one. I don't end things on cliffhangers, but they are designed to be read sequentially and continue
Stan Faryna
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
An intriguing, neopagan western with six shooters and sorcery! This fantasy, paranormal, cattlepunk novellette is a short read that leaves room for dessert. I'm thinking a big bowl of ice cream - right now. Big enough to contemplate a quick draw elf and a damnable desperado.

Dianne Morrison's Showdown is new territory for me. This could become a thing considering the successes of Westworld, Hell on Wheels and Deadwood. Myself, I'll need more world-building backstory to wrap my mind around an elf
Rob Sutherland
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good read. It's a fast paced coming of age adventure set in the mysterious mystical landscape of the Wyrd West and you'll enjoy it.
Greg Alldredge
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great feel to the book. Magic was woven into the story with great care.
S. Thomas
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Since the cataclysm, chemistry has become unstable and alchemy is quietly mingled into a world with remarkable parallels to the Spaghetti Westerns and John Wayne movies I used as a childhood outdoor survival guide. I grew where the Phoenix metro area met Arizona’s scrub desert and bordered Tonto National Forest, so the Old West themes were prevalent in culture as well as local tourism. A book friend told me about this world of gunfighting elves and I knew I was hooked! Then the writing was great ...more
Katje van Loon
I loved this book. It was like Fallout meets Firefly meets Supernatural meets Shannara. Set in Canada (yay! MOAR FANTASY SET IN CANADA PLS) along the Assiniboine River, ages after a Cataclysm that has destroyed our modern world, there is now magic in the world again -- fae, trolls, gnomes, dwarves, and various other non-human races intermingle with humanity in a future Wild West. The religion practiced by the Gunslingers is a mash-up of Christianity and Wiccanate Paganism, but sorcery is conside ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kudos to the author for trying something new, combining post apocalyptic story with westerns with fantasy. Novella is not badly written. I didn't like the story, characters or premise and finished only because it is short.
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