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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Review: Dust by Chris Miller #nightwormsbookparty

by Chris Miller

Thank you to Death's Head Press and Night Worms for this copy.

Publisher: Death's Head Press
Publish Date: June 10, 2020
Kindle Edition
177 Pages
Series: Splatter Western Book 3
Genres: Horror, Western

1879: An unknown and timeless evil descends on East Texas. John Dee, bestowed with knowledge from beyond, moves through time and space, pursuing age-old horrors and ending their reign. As he seeks the hidden town of Dust to continue his lifework, another is hot on his heels, and will stop at nothing to rip the divine knowledge from Dee.

As these opposing forces collide, Dee becomes both hero and villain in his quest against the Elders. He doesn't have time to be sorry - THERE ARE GODS TO KILL.

Third in the Splatter Western series from Death's Head Press.

My Review:

I should really start reading synopses before I read a book.  🤣 Then, I would've realized there was a sci-fi aspect to this installment of the splatter western series, which I didn't mind.  This is the third in this series and maybe it's just me, but I'm finding the splatter part seems to wane with each book.  I absolutely LOVED Magpie Coffin and then Hunger on the Chisolm Trail was ok for me and this one... well, unfortunately, I didn't particularly care for it.  *shrug* And the synopsis says John Dee, but his name is James Dee, or did I miss something here? Probably just a typo so I digress....

Even though I know to expect certain things due to the time/era of the novella, it still doesn't stop me from cringing when reading the parts with Denarius.  However, I did like the story arc of James and Denarius and how their relationship grew within these pages.  This was a pleasant and welcome surprise.

There's no particular thing that stands out for me as to why this one just didn't quite work for me.  Sometimes you just like or don't like something because you just feel that way.  Know what I mean?  The storyline itself was fine and the writing seemed to change from telling you to showing you as the pages were turned.  I appreciate what the author was doing in terms of James' magic and how while having a good heart, sometimes you still have to be bad to do the things you need to do.  It's nice to see the main characters actually being good guys doing bad things.  

Nice nod to Ennenbach in there.  Among one other that I also had a bark of laughter with James.  If you know, you know.  😉  This is a fun series and I love how we get to meet a variety of authors since there's a different one for each part of the series.  Rather than a continuation, we get to go back to the Western days through the eyes of someone new and that is always of interest to me.


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