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(Triggernometry #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Triggernometry is a brand-new novella from Nunslinger author Stark Holborn, mixing the grit of the west with a cast of mathematicians from across history to create a truly unique and unforgettable western adventure.

“I hereby arrest the fugitive “Mad” Malago Browne for murder, arson, robbery and acts of pernicious arithmetic against the Capitol States. Also the fugitive Pie
Kindle Edition, 56 pages
Published April 8th 2020 by Rattleback Books
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Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Delightful - I desperately hope this is the pilot episode of a series I can enjoy for yonks. Acts of pernicious arithmetic in a Wild West setting are exactly the joy you expect. Would love to read more adventures of Browne and her gang of mathmos.

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I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Para (wanderer)
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’ve been looking for decent weird westerns for a while, to not much success – a lot of what little I could find either couldn’t hold my attention or didn’t have the flavour and atmosphere I was looking for, and I haven’t even made it halfway down my list before I inevitably got distracted and put my “hunt down SFF westerns” project aside. Until now, I suppose, when my mood reading led me to try this. And it’s one of the best (if not the best) I found so far, enough that I got the second novella ...more
Daniel Polansky
Fair warning, Stark and I are old friends, but this brief story of a mythical west where mathematics have been outlawed and rogue academics rob trains was thoroughly enjoyable and well worth a few hours of your time. Lots of fun.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great fast paced tale of an alternate Wild West where mathematicians are the outlaws - professor Malago Browne agrees to one last heist but can she trust her new employer? Excellent fun

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James Latimer
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women
"Punchy, action-packed, and embraces the central gag with winning sincerity."

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Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Gun-slinging mathematicians in an alternate history Wild West shouldn’t work, right? Right? Well, I am here to tell you that it, in fact, does because that’s exactly what we have in Stark Holborn’s two Triggernometry novellas and somehow she manages to make math look cool.

Mathmo, he had daubed across my house. But it might as well have been Monster.

Like I mentioned before, the Triggernometry novellas are set in an alternate history Wild West where mathematics have been outlawed and the former pr
David Harris
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm grateful to Stark Holborn for a free advance copy of Triggernometry to consider for review.

I knew Holborn as the author of Nunslinger, an excellent alt-Western which I reviewed here.

Now Holborn is back with a novel that packs the punch of an even alt-ier story. Again all the Western touchstones are there - the wilderness, the railroads as lifelines, Frontier (lack of) justice, the protagonist who wants to put the past behind - and the past that won't be so put.

But here there is an exotic spi
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it
2.5 - Nice idea , OK execution
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
So I picked this up because RJ Barker recommended it on a Reddit thread somewhere and I freaking love his stuff. And I really liked this! It was really unique and interesting and kind of absurdly funny. There's this one town the main characters go to called "Faculty" where all of the illegal mathematicians hide from the normal population, and the whole scene is just so ridiculous and over the top that you just can help but love it. As our hero rides into town ("eyeglasses flashed from the shadow ...more
T.O. Munro
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having got an ARC of book 2 in the series, Advanced Triggernometry, I thought I'd better get up to speed with the basics of book 1. A short but enjoyable read, I'll put up a review of this opening volume along with the review of its sequel in due course on fantasy-Hive. ...more
Apr 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
4/4/2021 3.5 stars rounded up. Full review tk at

4/7/2021 Mathemagics is totally my jam, so I honestly have no idea why I'd never heard of this series till the author messaged me about it! In this first novella of the series, "Mad" Malago Browne is one of the mathematicians outlawed by the Capitol, eking out a living doing illicit math jobs in the Western States. When she and partner Pierre "Polecat" Fermat are betrayed by someone they thought they were helping, Browne
Elise T.
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Picked up Triggernometry 100% because of the premise (plus I had a few digital credits to use). It was super fun- easily read in one sitting and quite engrossing. It is extremely difficult if not impossible to build up a new world within 62 pages, but the author did a pretty good job.
Set in an alternate reality wild west, mathematicians are the world's "bad guys", and the book is told from the point of view of a former professor. The first fight scene caught me by surprise, as I didn't know muc
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
This short novella is about a "West than never was". Math has been outlawed. Bandit geometrists rob trains.

...and that's kind of it. Once you past the "what if they outlawed math!" -- which admittedly is charming in the novella's setup -- part there's just not a lot here that isn't tried and true "old & semi-retired outlaws get together for one last score" that you've probably read & watched 50 times before in various media and this doesn't do anything especially new or noteworthy with it.
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
A western with math in-jokes. I think I would have liked this better if I were into westerns or remembered more math. I also have a lot of difficulty with making the conceptual leap from “mathematics is integral in any actions we take” to “mathematics is so powerful that any knowledge of it is tantamount to a superpower and can turn you into a powerful gunslinger”, but that could just be me.
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
The writing is good but it reads like an extended anecdote that really doesn't go anywhere. It has the feel of a teaser chapter from a later book that the author is planning to write. At the moment, there is nothing here that makes us understand anything about the protagonists. Still the premise is interesting. ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolute value!

Great fun , though I felt my lack of math history. Enjoy the algebraic romp around an old west that never was calculated.
Alex Jones
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
There is so much to enjoy in this short novella by Stark Holborn!

This western tale of a world of renegades and vigilantes, where mathematicians and money are banned, trading is how they live is pure escapism and just what I needed right now.

Fast Paced, thrills , guns and robbery’s. I loved every thing about this quick and quirky story.
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: character, setting
It’s a western, and the mathematicians are outlaws. Set squares feature in surprising ways.
John May
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. Although the math references were more early undergraduate when I was hoping for more late undergraduate / graduate math.
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Good Concept Wanted a Little More

I chose 3 stars because I enjoyed the story and the concept of a world where math was illegal. I just didn’t feel like it was surprising in any way. The writing was good and I connected with the characters quickly.
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Stark Holborn is a novelist, games writer, film reviewer, and the author of Nunslinger, Triggernometry and Ten Low.

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