Owl Danceby David Lee Summers
Owl Dance is a Weird Western steampunk novel. The year is 1876. Sheriff Ramon Morales of Socorro, New Mexico, meets a beguiling woman named Fatemeh Karimi, who is looking to make a new start after escaping the oppression of her homeland. When an ancient life form called Legion comes to Earth, they are pulled into a series of events that will change the history of the world as we know it. In their journeys, Ramon and Fatemeh encounter mad inventors, dangerous outlaws and pirates. Their resources are Ramon's fast draw and Fatemeh's uncanny ability to communicate with owls. The question is, will that be enough to save them when airships from Czarist Russia invade the United States?
- Sky Warrior Book Publishing, LLC
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)
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I would give 4.5 if it was an option. I enjoyed this book a great deal, with its combination of steampunk and clockpunk elements, the unusual politics, and the sprinkling of historical characters thrown in for good measure. The unusual heroine, for a western was a plus as well, and the author handled the story with skill and interest. So why not five stars? The whole piece felt a little out of its time because everyone was so "nice" and willing to compromise with one another. Not the Old West of my youthful recollection, although I'm not QUITE old enough to have lived there! This is not a deal breaker by any means, and I'm aboard for the ride. I will be reading the sequel, Lightning Wolves, and I understand that a third book in the series, Brazen Shark, is coming soon. Mr. Summers is an engaging storyteller, and if his world doesn't quite function the way I expected it to, well, that's the draw of steampunk, isn't it? Bottom line: Pick this up and treat yourself to a fun ride. You won't be sorry!
A fun steampunk/Western read. I enjoyed the fresh, unexpected characters. You know what to expect in a Western, right? Well, no. Here is a sheriff who wears the obligatory 6-gun and tin star, but who falls in love with a Persian healer. Then Legion comes drifting across the landscape, the most interesting alien I've come across in quite some time. Throw in an inventor (of course), a Russian attache (what?), miners, airships, dancing owls, wolves, ornithopters (read to find out), The Battle of Denver, and more.
Activeness :: On a scale of 1-10, about a 6 on schooldays and a 8-9 on weekends or breaks. <p> Grammar :: On a scale of 1-10, about a 9. <p> Why Cricket should be Succesor :: I have had expierence in leading. I am quite smart. I love owls and know much about them (I have read the Gaurdians of Ga'Hoole books). I now can advertise, and I am very descriptive in doing so.