In 2017 Sarah Gailey made their debut with River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow, two action-packed novellas that introduced readers to an alternate America in which hippos rule the colossal swamp that was once the Mississippi River. Now readers have the chance to own both novellas in American Hippo, a single, beautiful volume.
Years ago, in an America that never was, the Unit...more
The backbone of these two novellas and two short stories ("Winslow's Problem" and "Nine and a Half") is an idea that never happened, but almost happened in the United States - hippopotamus ranching. It was originally proposed to Congress as a solution for meat production and to also cut down on the water hyacinth that was clogging waterways. It sounds crazy, but that's ...more
River of Teeth started with the very implausible concept of hippos roaming the Louisiana marshland. Despite the apparent impossibility of this image, the basis for this notion came direct from reality and was once a proposed strategy to dually provide a protein source for those living in the vicinity as well as the hippos themselves aiding in clearing the weeds that lined the waterw ...more
*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*
You know how some books constantly tell you how awful a character is, and said character constantly broods about how awful they are, but then the character never actually does anything awful?
American Hippo is not that book.
Within the first chapter, our protagonist, Winslow, slit a man's nostrils and put a knife through his eye without hesitation when the man insulted his hippo and then tried to atta ...more
Apparently, at some point in (actual) American history, there was a proposal to solve a meat crisis by introducing hippos to the Louisiana marshes and raise them for meat. Now, this was a terrible idea for a lot of reasons a ...more
How can you resist?
Newborn hipster Fiona at the Cincinnati Zoo, what a cutie
Whoakay, I finally got around to reading the alt-history American Hippo duo and it's a hoot. We get
💠A smart, fast-moving, engrossing plot involving a team of hippo-wranglin', cowboy-hat-wearin' outlaw heroes who regularly swap dead-accurate ironic wisecracks. And who are justifiably proud of their clever hippo steeds.
Adult Fiona rec ...more
American Hippo is a collection of two novellas and two vignettes telling tales of a...hippo cowboy, Houndstooth and his crew/acquaintances/colleagues. It's more a disparate bunch of people who tenuously know each other through rumour, and yes sometimes old relationships. The first novella starts us out with Houndstooth rounding up his crew for a caper, nay, operation, in which they divest the swamp land of Mississippi of their hippo problem. Which immediately goes t ...more
River of Teeth
Imagine 1800s America, where instead of horses, cowboys and outlaws rode hippos. Oh yes, sweet gentle fiends, hippopotami. The most dangerous creature in Africa is intentionally brought to the United States as an alternative meat source during a meat shortage. But Americans always take things one step further, and now they’re also used as mounts. Of course, someone always has to fuck something up ...more
This really happened: in 1910 the US was suffering a meat shortage. The traditional cowboy-era style of range grazing cattle had overgrazed the entire US. A huge new wave of immigration was hitting the US. One crazy Congressman put forth the idea: the US Congress should pony ...more
I needed very little convincing.
And, from the moment I began reading, I also started telling everyone I know about this. It's just too unique and wild a concept not to share. (So far, I've successfully convinced three people to star ...more
It was all kinda over the top, overly dramatic, but also funny and action-packed. I also rooted for the very diverse characters, especially non-binary Hero. I also loved the hippos.
Entertaining, a bit weird, like a Western but queer and with Hippos. I like.
Full review to come.
This is a collection of two novellas by Sarah Gailey, River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow. If you read the novellas when they were released you will find the only new items here are two very short stories using the same characters from the novellas. First is Winslow's Problem where Winslow Remington Houndstooth has just committed a robbery and needs to make a getaway on his hippo, Ruby, but she just won't get ...more
What if the Cowboy was replaced by the Hopper - a hippopotamusboy, with wellingtons instead of cowboy boots?
And what if a ragtag bunch of pansexual misfit conmen and assassins found themselves caught up in the inevitable power struggle over just who makes money off this, ...more
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