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Tales of the Southwest by John Franklin Green
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it was amazing

When I was growing up in the Southwest, I would often read my father’s cowboy novelas, of stereotypical machos and indios-yes, the representations were racist and sexist. The stories in this anthology, Tales of the Southwest, went far beyond traditional stories that I was expecting. They still captured the essence of the Southwest, but each author told a compelling tale, from the historic to the modern. They were all excellent, but two stories stood out for me and frankly surprised me in terms of their social commentary and political depth, Gabriella Balcolm’s “Shadows of the Anasazi” and Edward C. Hartshorn’s “Grandmother of the Dessert”. The first tale did a wonderful job of addressing Native American history and culture and had a touch of magical realism. That was my favorite bit. Plus, the ending took a turn I was not expecting. The second story by Harthshorn captured the struggles of undocumented youth crossing the border. I loved the character development in that piece and relished in the dialogue, especially the use of Spanish. If you enjoy westerns, you will love the variety in this collection.

My only minor criticism has to do with the interior design of the book. I want my hard copy books to have page numbers because it makes it easier for me to remember where I left off. The book had no page numbers; plus some of the stories ran into each other in an odd way, instead of starting on a fresh page. Otherwise, I thought the maps and graphics were beautiful. There was one image at the end of Balcolm’s piece that popped, and I wanted all the stories to have an image at the end of each story because the graphics were wonderful. Still, I give the anthology 5 stars. 
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LostKnight Super review.

Maria Estrada LostKnight wrote: "Super review."Thanks brother. :)

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