My Goodreads Book Review: Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West

Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West (Wyrd West Chronicles #1-6)Once Upon a Time in the Wyrd West by Diane Morrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the long-promised print collection of the first six of the Wyrd West Chronicles, originally written as an ebook serial. Some minor changes to the text have been made in order to facilitate the flow of a single volume, mostly in that I don’t recap things that you might have read in the last episode because I assume that, unlike with the originals, you’re going to sit down and read this from beginning to end. Each story stands on its own, but together they form a consistent story arc as well.

I’ve had a good reception from people for these stories, and I sure love writing them! I think you’ll enjoy the print copy if you (like me) prefer print books. The formatting is beautiful and I couldn’t be happier with the presentation. Thanks so much to Katje Van Loon for zir excellent work, and to C.L. Cannon of Fiction-Atlas Press for helping me make Katje’s cover design, and my tweaks, work. I’d also like to thank my Patrons and my Kickstarter Backers, without whom this book wouldn’t have happened.

The Wyrd West Chronicles are a genre-bender and a mixture of a lot of things. In essence, it’s what happens when a high fantasy meets a Western, set in a post-apocalyptic magical world that’s a little bit steampunk (or cattlepunk, if you’re familiar with that term). I guess the closest description of its genre is Weird West, where Western meets the supernatural. However, the supernatural element in Weird Westerns tends to be geared towards horror; vampires and zombies and the like. Mine is more like Tolkien meets Tombstone.

I think, however, that you could still legitimately call it a Western. The themes are based in Western themes; standing up for what you believe is right, rugged individualism, determined survivalists; that kind of thing. A dedicated Western fan will recognize a lot of tropes that they know and love (without the stereotypes, I hope; though that may not be evident right away.) This is a mythic West. Yet, all the tropes that remain exist for a reason that I think is consistent within the world I’ve constructed. I like to take tropes and not exactly subvert them, but twist them. Firefly fans might appreciate what I’m trying to do.

I find that fantasy, sci-fi and western fans have all found things to enjoy in these stories. I hope you will too.

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