The Ballad of Billy Badass & the Rose of Turkestanby William Sanders
The author, William Sanders, says: "What I was
Based on Cherokee traditions, this irreverent dark fantasy is a moving love story, a cry of protest against crimes against native peoples-- and more. A young Cherokee, his dead (but still sarcastic) shaman grandfather, and the Asian woman they both love must save the world from a monster fed by human error and evil.
The author, William Sanders, says: "What I was trying to do in this novel was create a modern fantasy based on the Monster Slayer legends found in virtually all native peoples' traditions. I also wanted to say something about certain authentic monsters of our own time.... I consider this the finest story that has ever chosen me to tell it."
William Sanders is a Vietnam-era veteran and a former powwow dancer and Cherokee gospel singer. His works have been nominated for many awards, including the Nebula and Hugo Awards in science fiction. His short story "The Undiscovered" won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. This is his 16th book.
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If Sanders wins the Science Fiction Writers of America's Nebula Award this year, I wouldn't be surprised. This is the kind of book that renews my faith in modern fiction! Congratulations, William Sanders, on a wonderful book!
My eyes usually glaze over when an author allegedly has a 'voice,' but Sanders makes his Cherokee grandson and grandfather leap off the page. The other characters are also nifty - it is hard to imagine a heroic Immigration and Naturalization Service bureaucrat, but Sanders makes her three dimensional. Reminded me of Heinlein's 'Fairy Godmother Department' for modeling bureaucratic behavior, but this lady embodies no-nonsense, honest-to-the-bone decency. Did not need a magic wand, just a quiet sort of guts. Sadly, Sanders is hard to find in print - suggest you try his material at www.alexlit.com, where the short stories can be found without digging out old scifi managizines. Shakespeare staging Hamlet in Cherokee gives a bit of Sanders' imagination.