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The Six-Gun Tarot (edition 2013)

by R. S. Belcher

Series: Golgotha (1)

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Title:The Six-Gun Tarot
Authors:R. S. Belcher
Info:Tor Books (2013), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 368 pages
Collections:Your library, Read in 2013, Top 13 of '13, Debut
Rating:*****
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This novel feels like it was distilled from an epic campaign from a role-playing game where the game master let the players come up with the mythological backgrounds for their characters and then had to weave a world around them. It’s clearly stitched together, and the seams show in places, but it’s done with great creativity that makes it well worth the read. Some of the exposition is a little lumpy, and the bang from the various Chekhov guns isn’t always as spectacular as the buildup demands, but I expect Belcher’s craft will improve with more novels.

The only appearance of the tarot is in the chapter headings; if you’re explicitly looking for the tarot as a plot element, try Tim Powers’ Last Call. ( )
  slothman | May 8, 2016 |
Wow. This was a great read. There is so much going on, but somehow the author made it work brilliantly. Can't wait to read the next one! ( )
  GeekGirlM | Dec 8, 2015 |
Probably more a 3.5 rating for me.

This book is quite dense in the sense that it follows a number of characters and smashes a number of genres. There's gritty spirit-touched Western; a dash of Frankenstein; zombie apocalypse; battling angels and some kind of superhero ninja woman. How effective this story is will ultimately come down to how well the genre mash sits with you. ( )
  StaticBlaq | Apr 26, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. It starts off weird but gets incredibly interesting and you get sucked into this world R. S. Belcher made. All the characters are diverse and play an important part in the story. You are kept hooked on what every character is doing, and not just centered on one. The story is exciting and really does feel like a Buffy episode (in a good way). I am looking forward to the next one. ( )
  renbedell | Jul 2, 2014 |
This was strange. I think the idea was pretty cool but the writing seemed sloppy/rushed at times and the execution didn't always work for me. Some of the "side plots" seemed to be a bit extraneous and I thought the ending was pretty lame.

I think I would have enjoyed it if it would have been darker. It had the potential and there were definitely some dark ideas but instead turned into a kind fun disneyesque romp. So if you're into really dark, serious fantasy like I am I probably wouldn't recommend it but if you want a fun summer blockbuster give it a try. It's definitely not boring or trite. ( )
  ragwaine | Jun 9, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765329328, Hardcover)

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 yet 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 the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil 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.

R.S. Belcher’s The Six-Gun Tarot is “an astonishing blend of first-rate steampunk fantasy and Western adventure.” (Library Journal, Starred Review)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:27 -0400)

"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 yet 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 the town's true origins than he's letting on. A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil 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. "--… (more)

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