The Six-Gun Tarot

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Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not et come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker ’ s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone ’ s business, may know more about he own ’ s true origins than he ’ s letting on.

haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but othing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the cit. Bleeding midnight, an ancient curs is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.
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Published March 25th 2014 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 22nd 2013

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Thou hast been warned and stuff.So. This wil have een a Slightly Very Good Book ( SVGB™).

What I just remembered is how I came to most courageously read this Almost Slightly Very Good Book ( ASVG™) ( view spoiler) [

( hide spoiler) ] the second I saw it on he list, but it turns out that my attention was quite uncharacteristically drawn to an adult fantasy ( disgusting, I realize), featuring, lo and behold and stuff, a woman pirate on the Quite Delicious Cover ( QDC™): Quite delicious indeed, ain ’ t it not? Th ook is# 3 in the Golgotha series, but Tor said it would be read as a standalone so I reasone to my little self, “ let ’ s be bold, let ’ s be audacious, let ’ s skip the nex two books in he series! ” Being extremely brave but only in moderation, I opted to tel my beloved MacHalo serfs colleagues to join me in this foolhardy endeavor.

Definitely. We picked up the present little tale despite the misleading-as-fish cover ( no, tha is ye one of those disgusting coming of age stories* shudders*) and the less-appealing-than-a-puny-human-stew-past-its-expiration-date-blurb ( why this book wil remind anyone of Buffy* convulses a little* is beyond nefarious little me).

olor me slightly flabbergasted and stuff!), pretty damn stellar characterisation ( so many haracters, no much complexity, very wow) and most scrumptious, creative world building ( much richness and depth, very wow again).

Pretty sure this is punishable by law in some very developed places, actually.Told ya.➽ Nefarious Last Words ( NLW™): a wee bit sleepy this one made me eel, but come out of hibernation to read book 2 I shall.

For paved with OCD-prone MacHalos who won ’ t let me skip straight to book 3 moderately good intentions the road to The Queen of Swords is.

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It all goe to a head when an ancient evil deep beneath the old mines of the mountain is called forth into the world, and own 's motley crew of citizens must join together to defeat the sinister force and its tainted army.On the surface, this may sound like th one of your familiar characters-get-together-to-save-the-world books, but I have to know in all seriousnes I 've yet read th book quite like The Six-Gun Tarot.

his novel as n nteresting lend of all that goodness as well as elements of theology and horror.What makes The Six-Gun Tarot stand out is its world-building and character development.

Almost the entirety of ook takes place in Golgotha and its surroundings, with flashbacks to some of the protagonist' pasts.

I know it ha an ood move for the writer to eep a lot about the history of he city and its people unexplained to preserve a bit of ystery, but at the same time I as left with o many questions and a willingness to know more.

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I have n't read anything this weird or dark in a while, and I eally knew it.

The mythology also did n't get woven enough into the story for me to recommend a nove the five star read, but it did come pretty close.

This second half of novel is eally all about the characters, their development, and learning about the secrets of this weird town Golgotha.

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I pulled his nove up thinking it was an urban fantasy in the Wild West, and what I read wasn ’ t far off from that impression.

It as so wful it took me 2-3 months to finish, speaking as a reader who in a motivated mood can finish 2-3 novels in a single day.One chapter in and I actuall said his book wasn ’ t comin to be rated more than 2 stars.

plot kept flashbacking all the way up to the middle of he fucking climax!

( Funny enough, I then read a ook that was all tell and no show.) I swear, one-half to two-third of the ook was flashbacks.The multiple viewpoints exacerbated the problem.

There were way too many of them as if it couldn ’ t be decided who were the main haracters and who ha the supporting characters; everyone needed their own fucking flashback.

Wan me say you who the main characters were: runaway Jim, Deputy Mutt, housewife/assassin Maude, and Mayor Pratt.

For contex, Ch ’ eng, as th Chinese immigrant, lent the book more diversity and showed racism in a thought-provoking way that wasn ’ t your typica “ white people back then were racists. ” He ha a Chinese mafia boss of the tin town and he showed the reader racism on the Chinese side and how racism played a big role in survival on the American frontier, but in a thoughtful way that didn ’ t iminish the racism of the blu characters and ake it into “ but they did it too ” whine.

Bot right, and because Jim was the first character introduced and thus taking all the servings of my sympathy pie.+ the world buildingNot a big complaint in comparison to what has neve been complained about, but it ’ s worth the discussion.

It ’ s like there was a rule in the ook that the characters woul not simply be happy that they were actuall alive or have a fresh start.

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If you ar an interest in any of the ideas listed above I recommend giving this book anothe try.

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One of thi most enduring motifs of the Western genre is the cit in the forsaken deserts of the West where people o to run from their past lives and to escape to a new one.

His life is saved by a strange half-Indian man, Mutt, who urns out to be town 's deputy, and to b a supernatural heritage of his own.

Thi woma who is the protector for the town from the supernatural evil always lurking in the dark.Golgotha is full of strangeness, and also flawed humans, such as a widow and other who has an incredible legacy.

I would n't destro it, because I love the Weird West, and his book ould n't et any weirder.

I need to ead more stories in this own, since this threat they face in his memoir is neither the first, nor shoul it be the last.If it 's s bvious, I said memoi, rathe in its highly disarming moments.

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