Cowboys and aliens by Joan D Vinge book review


1875, New Mexico territory

A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It’s a town that lives in fear.

But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents ever known.

Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella, he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents – townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws ans Apache warriors – all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

This is a novelization of the film as opposed to the other way around. The blurb had gotten me excited. It makes it sound like a tense, fast, action filled book.

It isn’t.

The book drags on agonizingly slow. It’s littered with head hopping and the characters are all flat. The Author constantly tells us how the characters are feeling. I don’t care! Fight some aliens!

Nothing exciting happens, there is no mystery and the flashbacks are pointless. I kept waiting for something to happen, a twist, but nope. The reasons for the events are absolutely silly and disappointing. The ending is as ridiculous.

This is a book that I would not have finished. Finishing it was a painful struggle. I haven’t watched the film, but It cannot be worse than this book. It isn’t worth your time. If you’re looking for an action packed book

To sum up, head hopping characters, cliche, boring, so slow

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Maybe

Stars: 1/6


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