Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Five books that show us the weirder side of the wild, wild west

Sam Reader is a writer and conventions editor for The Geek Initiative. He also writes literary criticism and reviews at strangelibrary.com. One of his top five books that show us the weirder side of the wild west, as shared at the B & N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog:
The Rise of Ransom City, by Felix Gilman

A companion volume to The Half-Made World, Ransom City is the autobiography of Harry Ransom, a huckster and inventor who makes a brief appearance in that novel. This is Ransom’s autobiography, following him from his humble beginnings, to his invention of the Ransom Process (which can produce light without energy), to his attempts to found a utopian city all his own. Written entirely from Ransom’s perspective (save for the snarky asides from his editor), the book has an amazing voice, and manages to inject some humor involving Harry’s status as the ultimate unreliable narrator.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Page 69 Test: The Rise of Ransom City.

--Marshal Zeringue