The Good the Bad and the Infernal

The Good the Bad and the Infernal One day every hundred years a town appears its location and character different every time It is home to the greatest miracle a man could imagine a doorway to Heaven itself the town s name is Wormwo

  • Title: The Good the Bad and the Infernal
  • Author: Guy Adams
  • ISBN: 9781781080894
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • One day every hundred years, a town appears, its location and character different every time It is home to the greatest miracle a man could imagine a doorway to Heaven itself the town s name is Wormwood, and it is due to appear on the 21st September 1889, somewhere in the American Midwest There are many who hope to be there travelling preacher obeisance Hicks and hisOne day every hundred years, a town appears, its location and character different every time It is home to the greatest miracle a man could imagine a doorway to Heaven itself the town s name is Wormwood, and it is due to appear on the 21st September 1889, somewhere in the American Midwest There are many who hope to be there travelling preacher obeisance Hicks and his simple messiah, Soldier Joe Henry and Harmonium Jones and their freak show pack of outlaws the Brothers of the order of Ruth and theirsponsor Lord Forset inventor of the Forset thunderpack and other incendiary modes of personal transport and finally, an aging gunslinger with a dark history They will face dangers both strange and terrible monstrous animals, predatory towns, armies of mechanical natives,and other things besides Wormwood defends its secrets, and only the brave and resourceful will survive

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    1. The town of Wormwood appears once every 100 years and is said to be a gateway to Heaven. This time, it's scheduled to appear in the Midwest and several groups seek it, including a crooked preacher with a brain damaged "messiah," a freak show, and an aging gunfighter and his sidekick. Will any of them reach Wormwood alive? And what will they find when they get there?I think I picked this book up at the wrong time because it definitely had all the winning Weird Western ingredients. Gunfighters wit [...]

    2. This is the first of a trilogy of books- the Heavens Gate series. This is only the third book of Guy Adams I have read and I must admit I really enjoyed it - I am not the greatest fan of multiple narratives as not all authors get the balance right of how long you spend with one or other of the character groups however Guy Adams appears to have gotten the balance just right. Anyway the book - Being part of a trilogy really this book only sets up the characters reading for the next act - which in [...]

    3. Spaghetti Western comes steampunk comes supernatural comes a very entertaining opener to a trilogy, knowing some of the previous works of Guy Adams alone is enough to sell me any new novel from him, the fact that this one is, just taking into account the blurb on the back of the cover, really pushing the boundaries of his more familiar settings just makes it more interesting again. From the off ‘the good’ sets a galloping pace and never once lets up, the high number of characters and groups [...]

    4. I enjoyed it. Really, really enjoyed it. Picture something between Sergio Leone's Dollar series, Stephen King's "The Dark Tower", Joe Lansdale's "The Thicket", and Elmore Leonard's western offerings and you might get something that closely resalmbles "The Good, the Bad and the Infernal".

    5. The first of a 3 part supernatural western story, this volume begins a little confusedly for me, with two many characters trying too hard to make their voices heard. It soon settles down with three separate stories of three disparate (and often very strange) groups of people trying to make their way across the American Midwest to find a mysterious place called "Wormwood". It seems that this town only appears once every hundred years, always in a different place, and inside it is a literal gate t [...]

    6. I’m still not sure if I should give this book 3 dragons or 4, and I’m pretty sure I still won’t have made up my mind when I finish writing this review.The Good, The Bad and The Infernal is the second weird Western/Steampunk/SF (hard to put a label on these books) I’ve read this year, the first one being “The Six Gun Tarot” which I really liked because it was something I had never read before. Unfortunately, GBI (let’s call it that from now on) doesn’t have that advantage, but it [...]

    7. The Good, The Bad and The Infernal is in the genre of weird west fantasy. It is the story of three groups who are in search for a mythical town which contains a gate to heaven. That premise sold me immediately on the book. When I picked it up I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the author has an easily readable prose and his character concepts are odd enough to fit into this rusty backwards western world. That being said there are some major flaws to the book. First, it is not a coherent [...]

    8. This is the first book in a trilogy, and it does not stand alone, in any sense of the word.This could be off-putting, but the story is well-written enough, and weird enough, that I may pick up the second volume just to see what happens next. Adams has good pacing. He never lets the action drag and he makes even the necessary info-dumps interesting. I found some of his characters a bit flat, but that may be as much because he's working with multiple points of view as anything. I count at least a [...]

    9. An intriguing blend of spaghetti western, steam punk, and horror, The Good, The Bad, and the Infernal is one of the best books I've read in awhile.

    10. Excellent read, so hard to put down. Horror and Western combined to create something fresh and fun. On to the next!

    11. The Good, the Bad, and the Infernal obviously takes its title from the 1966 Clint Eastwood spaghetti western, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It was published just in 2013 and perhaps has not yet achieved the recognition it should. On the surface, it is a Weird Western with shades of Steampunk thrown in. I don't think anyone can now claim that Westerns are boring. This one certainly is not.But, don't let that throw you as this is one helluva good book. This is book one of a three book trilogy. [...]

    12. The story is a bit convoluted. You follow three different groups of characters and about the time you get into following one group the viewpoint switches. The writing style is good and the characters while quasi-flat are very entertaining and fun to read about. I almost wish this book had either followed one group of characters or been 2x-3x the size it was to really get into it more.

    13. Really a 3.5, I like it but do I have to immediately go out and read #2 not really.Loved the concept and characters though.

    14. My first Guy Adams book, and I must admit I really enjoyed it. The Good the Bad and the Infernal is the first book in a trilogy. As the name and overall cover image look would suggest, the settings's a mixture of Westerns and steampunk. I've never been crazy about spaghetti Westerns, but even I could squee in delight at some of the chapter titles, recognizing the film referenced. Most importantly though, this was also my first time reading a book with a setting that resembles such movies.And it [...]

    15. I'm slightly torn, I picked this book up thinking it was a stand alone novel, nothing gave me any inclination otherwise until the end where it just stops. Then there's a blurb for book #2 in Jan. 2014 this is the first in a trilogy.I liked Guy Adams' writing in The World House but I was never intrigued enough about how the story ended to pick up the second in that series. I figured I'd give him another shot with this novel, I liked it. I'm not sure I liked it enough The Good the Bad and the Infe [...]

    16. If this were the first 300 pages of a 700-page book, it would be a great start to the story it implies it's going to tell. As it stands, I'm annoyed to have come this far only to discover I have to get another book to actually hear that story, so I'm out.

    17. I have this habit of getting the first in a series as cheaply as possible and if I find it interesting, will continue the series right away. I think this is my first foray into a sub-genre that's called The Weird West. I have read some other western-type sf/f but nothing I would consider really 'weird. Not like this one.I must say that I was very disappointed with this novel. In most cases of a series, there is usually a single, over-riding plot-line. Each book of a series normally ends with the [...]

    18. The Good, The Bad, and The Infernal is a delightfully twisty, engrossing, fantastic novel of fantastic events and supernatural ideas. Every character feels weighty, real, and well-thought-out. The story pulls the reader in, and leads them to want to know more about what is going on. So, with that said, I'd like to give this a four star review, but what holds me back from doing so is that this is not a complete story. This is part one of a trilogy, and while I'd hoped it would be a complete story [...]

    19. This book was just as bold, whacky, and entertaining as its cover promised it would be. Adams knows how to sew a yarn together from diverse genres and elements. It all adds up to a quick and fun read.Pros:- Prose: Adams' doesn't mince words unless he has to. He occasionally stops to describe things in detail, but never dawdles or loses himself. Whenever he doesn't need to SHOW you what's happening, the story, and his words, hum along at a brisk pace. The book is only 315 pages long, and can be r [...]

    20. Guy Adams Brings us a modern pulp tale, that wears all its influences on its sleeve. There are shades of many cowboy and pulp stories, naming each chapter after a classic wild west film is also a nice touch. The author’s passion for the genre is clear to see, which is commendable. However, this is a book that is so influenced it lacks originality and mirrors what has come before. The saving grace is Adams’ ability to tell an enthralling tale. Some may avoid this book, because of that aforeme [...]

    21. I had received the sequel to this novel from NetGalley and the publisher for free to review. however, not having read this first book, I picked it up as well. The story description I read piqued my interest, so at the start I was a bit intrigued to see where it would take me. About a third of the way through, I was finding my attention being lost. The story had split into three groups, all heading to the same goal, but I could not find a likable, or one that I could relate to, or cheer for. My i [...]

    22. I enjoyed the stories in this book - they were sort of short stories that brought different groups of characters to the same place. They were somewhat reminiscent of the Alvin Maker stories by Orson Scott Card, Long Earth stories by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, or even the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling - almost parable like. They seemed like stories you've heard before, even though I'm pretty sure I haven't heard any of them before!I liked the characters - they were appropriately com [...]

    23. I have been trying to classify Guy Adams for quite some time, and this book (my 7th encounter with his works) only succeeded in retaining me in a state that can be termed as 'pleasurably confused'. This book can be classified (by those of a rigorously bibliophilic mind, and the clerks & minions servicing gigantic bookshops) as Western, Horror, Action, Drama, Farce, Pastiche, and many other genres, and I really wouldn't like to step into the shoes of aforementioned types with respect to this [...]

    24. This was a middle of the road book for me. The things that I enjoyed were the weird west elements to the tale, and the premise behind the novel.Some of the writing was brash and vulgar, but I expect that a bit in westerns, and this is no diffeent.What I did not like was the huge cast of characters with no development, the jumps between present and past within paragraphs, and no resolution to the ending. The tale ends and I was left wanting to know what happened, but not in a good way. In the, 't [...]

    25. It was fun, it was unusual, it was a good and exciting read, though it was sometimes a bit hard to keep track of all the characters and who is in which party.There are a few, rather token, Strong Women, but I don't think any of them actually speak to each other.However, it's not so much the first in a trilogy as volume 1 of a 3-volume novel, so it might be an idea to wait till all three are out.I don't think I'll read any more though - it was really a bit too gruesome and a bit too crude for my [...]

    26. Eh. The best way to describe this book. It wasn't bad, but it was far from good. The premise was interesting, but it lacked execution. I wasn't a fan of the format of the storyline, which felt rushed. The characters were pretty good, but were lacking in background. Each group of characters could've had their own book, giving a deeper history. The ending was disappointing, with no real conclusion, it just ended. It felt like the author hit his word count and stopped typing. I'll give the sequel a [...]

    27. A little disjointed, as the books follows a few different groups of travelers. That aside, I enjoyed this book a lot. The writing had a very "western" voice, the premise was very unique and interesting, and the characters were all one of a kind. More weird-western than steampunk, but with aspects of both. This book follows several groups of people all seeking a supernatural destination. Each one's journey is different, with its own perils and challenges. Well written, and quite a departure from [...]

    28. The Good the Bad and the Infernal reads more like vignettes than one fluid story. Although the chapters divide up the main characters pretty well there is little time to really enjoy any character development. The environment though is quite interesting and detailed as you wonder what the characters will stumble into next on their way to Wormwood. The book may be the first in a series but its ending leaves a lot to be desired and finishes a bit prematurely.

    29. I wasn't sure about the premise, but it was highly recommended. It didn't disappoint and in fact was a pleasant surprise. Even better, it is the first of more to come and like anyone beginning a series, I'm going to be on pins and needles until the second is released.An unlikely mix of western, steampunk, and pulp fiction, this story is a wild ride of awesome that any reader will enjoy.

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