Dry Bones

Dry Bones New Mexico Territory in wasn t the easiest place for a couple of cowboys to make a living Being fired from their last spread for refusing to illegally evict a family of grangers was an unexpected

  • Title: Dry Bones
  • Author: Lucius Parhelion
  • ISBN: 9781610402231
  • Page: 123
  • Format: ebook
  • New Mexico Territory in 1896 wasn t the easiest place for a couple of cowboys to make a living Being fired from their last spread for refusing to illegally evict a family of grangers was an unexpected blow Just as well that Joss quickly found work for himself and his partner Ox, carting around giant lizard bones for a wealthy Eastern greenhorn afraid of bone rustlers.JosNew Mexico Territory in 1896 wasn t the easiest place for a couple of cowboys to make a living Being fired from their last spread for refusing to illegally evict a family of grangers was an unexpected blow Just as well that Joss quickly found work for himself and his partner Ox, carting around giant lizard bones for a wealthy Eastern greenhorn afraid of bone rustlers.Joss had no way of knowing that Ox and their new employer had already met Given Ox s stolid silence, Joss had also never suspected the secrets buried deeper than any dried up bones in Ox s past And Joss had surely never realized what hidden feelings underlay their partnership.Now Joss will have to decide what Ox s friendship is truly worth, he ll have to make some hard choices, if he can survive those dried up bones long enough to find the time to choose.Originally published in the Cowboy Up Anthology.

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    1. Oh yes, yes, yes.Ok, so, we have an uncomplicated Western with a rather complicated Ox and a purdy smart Joss. And "giant lizard" bones (dinos!), with bad guys and horses and plain spoken desires.It was a good choice to have Joss as the narrator, as opposed to Ox.Joss doesn't have any big secrets and is rather open about his childhood situation. Even better, as time goes on and experiences add up, he decides for himself what feels right and what doesn't. Ox definitely has a past. He's told Joss [...]

    2. Lucius Parhelion loves telling this story - the one where a gay man is living around the turn of the century. He's attracted to men in a time when that is far more unacceptable, hidden, and dangerous than now. He may not even realize he's gay, or not want to accept it, or he may think it dooms him to be alone forever. And then another man walks into his life. Or rides, or falls. It's a great story, with the power to transmute deep pain to the gold of joy, recognition and love. And Parhelion crea [...]

    3. I'm so happy I've found this little gem. Aside from, at times, almost poetical writing it had fully believable protagonists, a keen sense of its New Mexico, Old West setting and a wonderful, dry humor shining through every sentence. On the outside, not much happens in this story. Ox and Joss are hired by an Eastern gentleman, Mr. Parr, to convoy him on his trip from a backwater wildwest railstation town to a remote ranch for a parcel of "Giant Lizard Bones". Still, the world of cowboy Joss and h [...]

    4. This may be a novella, but it is a fully fleshed out tale of two cowboys back in 1896. The author really gives a feel of the period with many small touches and phrases that make it seem as if you really were there.Early on Joss explains that his friend Ox has "the book-learning," but Ox doesn't talk much. Joss' interpretations of Ox's various grunts was amusing, but also showed their two-year acquaintance had moved to a strong friendship. I especially enjoyed an early line: "Although he might ha [...]

    5. I love all of the Lucius Parhelion books I've read, and I'm always thrilled to find a new story. Lucius's style of writing is distinct and different to (from?) any other books I've read. Each story is similar in style - the writing is concise, straight to the point, often leaving it up to the reader to work out the backstory as we go along. The books are a joy to read. I'm always left wanting more!

    6. A story with a lot of emotional layers. When I finished this short story first thing I thought was - it sounded like a relationship out of convenience. This was my first, fast impression but thinking about the story a bit more and getting through all the layers I discovered a great story and a great love story perfectly fit into the time this tell takes place. surely worth to reread.

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