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One Night in Sixes

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The border town called Sixes is quiet in the heat of the day. Still, Appaloosa Elim has heard the stories about what wakes at sunset: gunslingers and shapeshifters and ancient animal gods whose human faces never outlast the daylight.

And the daylight is running out. Elim's so-called 'partner' - that lily-white lordling Sil Halfwick – has disappeared inside the old adobe walls, hell-bent on making a name for himself among Sixes' notorious black-market traders. Elim, whose worldly...

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Overview

The border town called Sixes is quiet in the heat of the day. Still, Appaloosa Elim has heard the stories about what wakes at sunset: gunslingers and shapeshifters and ancient animal gods whose human faces never outlast the daylight.

And the daylight is running out. Elim's so-called 'partner' - that lily-white lordling Sil Halfwick – has disappeared inside the old adobe walls, hell-bent on making a name for himself among Sixes' notorious black-market traders. Elim, whose worldly station is written in the bastard browns and whites of his cow-spotted face, doesn't dare show up home without him.

If he ever wants to go home again, he'd better find his missing partner fast. But if he's caught out after dark, Elim risks succumbing to the old and sinister truth in his own flesh - and discovering just how far he'll go to survive the night.

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Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
When young Sil Halfwick’s attempt to sell horses ends in abject failure, he dreads the long trek back to Hell’s Acre to admit defeat to Boss Calvert. Instead, Sil heads west toward Sixes, near the border of lands emptied of white settlers by war and invasion. It falls to Appaloosa Elim—a mixed-race man who’s older, wiser, and scorned by Sil—to try to keep the ambitious young idiot alive. Elim is experienced enough to suspect that Sil is wandering into a hive of treachery, deceit, and dark magic, but he’s quickly out of his depth when a demigod is killed and he’s accused of the murder. The racially divided societies of this weird western are uncomfortable but not implausible, and while Sil is a pompous, dangerous nitwit without much to redeem him, hapless Elim is more endearing. Thompson’s debut is clearly written and engaging even if the details of her setting remain murky. (July)
Paul Kearney author of The Ten Thousand
“This author can really write. If you loved Stephen King’s Dark Tower series – or even if you’re a hardened Cormac McCarthy fan – you will find this book right inside your wheelhouse. Living, witty dialogue, and a familiar-yet-strange world inhabited by vivid characters. I loved it. And I don’t say that about a book very often.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781082386
  • Publisher: Solaris
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Series: Children of the Drought Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 337,654
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Arianne 'Tex' Thompson is an instructor, a professional speaker, and an enthusiastic member of the DFW Writers Workshop. She lives in Dallas with her husband and a refurbished cat named Peaches.

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  • Posted September 23, 2014

    Tex Thompson's genre-bending novel is, in a word, amazing. She h

    Tex Thompson's genre-bending novel is, in a word, amazing. She has done a truly marvelous job of weaving together a new fantasy epic with all the associated magic and the supernatural beings, with the threads of the traditional tropes of a Western. The resulting combination is a wonderfully clever, well-paced and gripping story that unites the best of both genres. The characters are intriguing, and very much creatures of their genres who nonetheless never repeat tired cliches.

    One of Thompson's real gifts is hinting and showing, but not telling. There is an immense backstory to the world she has created here, but she never makes the mistake of writing an infodump. She reveals her characters' pasts, her world's social structures, etc., more through implication than through direct explanation, something I find refreshing and a mark of true craftsmanship.

    Her book is a joy, and well worth the read. Yes, as a Western/fantasy there are some natural overtones of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, but that is a good thing, trust me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

    One Night in Sixes is a phenomenal book. It is an intelligent st

    One Night in Sixes is a phenomenal book. It is an intelligent story. At first I had difficulty getting into this book. I stuck with it and I am so glad I did. The western setting was different than anything I have read before. The diversity of characters is very welcome. The worldbuilding is such that I felt as if I could feel the sun on my skin, smell the horses, taste the dirt, and experience thirst. Elim, Sil, and the people of Sixes became real. Experience their story. Read One Night in Sixes.

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