5 thoughts on “Territory

  1. I am a big fan of Emma Bull’s books which have various settings. One thing they all share is the magical prose. Bull is a pretty good stylist and she writes well. This book is an unconventional take on the events prior to the Gunfight at the OK Corral. The story opens with a stage coach robbery in which 2 men are killed. The robbers are 4 men — one of whom is secretly Morgan Earp — Wyatt Earp’s brother. Wyatt Earp, who is a lynchpin of the story, turns out to be a black sorcerer, who is using

  2. 4.0 stars. An excellent, beautifully written story. Great characters and a flawless weaving of magical elements into a classic American tale. Highly recommended!!

    Nominee: World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (2008)
    Nominee: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2008)

  3. The Mysterious Stranger and the Independent Widow will always almost hook up–but only almost! Chinese men are wise and gnomic! Women can write good too! Wyatt Earp was a dick! Oh, Emma Bull, your time has passed.

  4. One of those novels that lays a fantasy gloss over documented historical events, in this case the machinations of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in Tombstone, 1881.

    Really enjoyable but not, I think, very successful. It would make a pretty good footnote in an essay about how writing fanfiction permits creativity and depth of reimagination that writing for traditional publication doesn’t. I loved the parts of this book that were about the twisted-up, co-dependent thing between Earp and Holliday, and

  5. 2 1/2

    Awhile back I had mentioned in a group that I liked things like alt-history with magic – and this book offers a nice combination of secret history with weird west. I’ve always quite liked the idea of the wild west, though I haven’t read much about it, and this book was recommended to me.

    What I’ll say is that while it was ok, I could’ve lived without having read it and still been happy.

    Let’s see – so, it’s about Tombstone in 1881, and everyone knows some variation of the story. Admittedly, m

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