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...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
American Hippo presents an entertaining adventure of an alternative US where the lower Mississippi River has been blocked off in a plan to raise hippos for meat. As strange as this sounds, it almost really happened in the early 20th century. What evolves is a story of revenge, with some very colorful characters who travel on hippos. Its a western with a twist. There are the good guys, who aren't necessarily all that good. The bad guy runs casinos on the river and feeds the rowdy and cheaters to ...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 ...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 ...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 recognizes ...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 ...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
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
The two short stories, Worth Her Weight in Gold and Nine and a half, flesh out Houndstooth and his relationship with his ...more
I found this collection and I have changed my views on the story. I much more enjoyed the story told "as a whole piece" and I would gladly return to the world Ms. Gailey created now. The misgivings I had I mostly got over.
This is a viseral violent ride and a lot of fun for some summer reading. check it out.
I was intrigued by the alternate history set up: an America where "hippos rule the colossal swamp that was once the Mississippi River." An intro notes that in the early 20th century, lawmakers came up with an unusual plan to deal with a meat shortage: import hippos that would eat the invasive water hyacinth ...more
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