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Steve Hockensmith

Author of Dawn of the Dreadfuls

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About the Author

Steve Hockensmith (born August 17, 1968) is an American author. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Hockensmith is the author of the Holmes on the Range mystery series. The first book in the series, Holmes on the Range (published in 2006), was a finalist for the Edgar, Shamus and Anthony Awards show more for Best First Novel. he wrote the third book in the Quirk Classics series, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, in 2010. He also published its sequel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After, in 2011. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Steve Hockensmith

Dawn of the Dreadfuls (2010) 1,498 copies
Dreadfully Ever After (2011) 519 copies
Holmes on the Range (2006) 471 copies
On the Wrong Track (2008) 232 copies
The Black Dove (2008) 162 copies
The Crack in the Lens (2009) 123 copies
World's Greatest Sleuth! (2011) 110 copies
Fool Me Once (2015) 44 copies
Give the Devil His Due (2017) 40 copies

Associated Works

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009) — some editions — 10,819 copies
An Apple for the Creature (2012) — Contributor — 375 copies
Sherlock Holmes in America (2009) — Contributor — 198 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 143 copies
Death Do Us Part: New Stories about Love, Lust, and Murder (2006) — Contributor — 127 copies
Sherlock Holmes: The American Years (2010) — Contributor — 56 copies
Ghost Towns (2010) — Contributor — 28 copies
On Dangerous Ground: Stories of Western Noir (2011) — Author — 16 copies
Crime: A Fiction River Special Edition (2014) — Contributor — 3 copies


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I was curious as to whether they gave the Tarot a decent telling, and yes, that part was pretty accurate and funny at times. I also loved the cover, created by a friend of mine.

I quit at page 136. I kept reading that far, because I was hoping that at some point there would be a denouement of the main character realizing divination is real .. or some kind of redemption.

But then I realized I had developed a hard dislike for all the characters except maybe the cop (to the extent he was developed at all). Driven by self-consciously snappy, glib dialogue, and attitude up to our necks, it just annoyed the hell out of me. Goodbye, so long, I really don't care.

Soooooo glad it was only a library book.
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BethOwl | 11 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |
It's always a pleasure to immerse myself in Steve Hockensmith's Old West with the Amlingmeyer brothers. In Hunters of the Dead, there are characters going incognito, bad guys with guns, the lucrative nut butter business, an Apache named Eskaminzim who reminded me a bit of Inspector Clouseau's valet, Kato, and Old Red (Gustav) Amlingmeyer teaching himself to read.

For me, the icing on the Hockensmith cake is the fact that there's always something to learn while I'm enjoying the story; in this case, the cutthroat early days of paleontology. And as for Eskaminzim, he has one of my favorite lines in the book: "You whites have so many words for stupid. I guess you need them."

There seems to be a trip to Texas in the Amlingmeyer brothers' future, and I'm looking forward to that. Get your hands on this series if you're in the mood for some lighthearted (yet educational) fun set in the Old West. It's a treat.
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cathyskye | Dec 18, 2023 |



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