Cowboys and Aliens

cowboys-aCowboys and Aliens by Joan D. Vinge

Rating: two stars

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I will start off by saying that I’ve never seen the movie before reading this book.  Nor have I ever heard of it before stumbling upon the cover. Yes because to be honest it was the cover and the title that lead me to buy this book.  I will not compare the book to the movie in this review (that will be hard to do since I’ve never seen the movie) but I will treat is as a book but bear in mind that everything that I say is for what I read and not the movie.

As I was just saying, it’s a novelization of a movie. Usually I tend to dislike novelization because they are not as good as the movie or they are badly written. Well, for this one I was partly wrong. The writing style is okay. I have nothing to really say on it except that it was perhaps a little dull during the descriptions.

It is the story of a man who wakes up wounded and without any memories. The only thing he has left is a metal manacle on his wrist. He ends up in a town where the local sheriff recognizes him as a wanted man. As he is thrown in prison, aliens attack the town and kidnap some of the townsfolks. Along with the town businessman, the man has to search for the aliens and his memory.

The plot was weak. By that I mean that it was cliché and easy. What I mean by that is that there was nothing new or spectacular. There was everything a stereotyped Western has (cowboys, Native Americans, gold, a sheriff, a romance) and mixed it up with cliché Sci-Fi plot elements (aliens looking like demons, spaceships, Earth’s conquest, and kidnappings).  I will say the first forth of this book was really good but the rest was a succession of “I knew it would happen”.

The worst part is that I love the lead character’s storyline. I thought it would be very interesting to see him get back his memory and being accused of the worst crimes on Earth while trying to get back what he lost. He was why I gave two stars to this book and not one. But let’s be serious, his romance with an alien is RIDICULOUS! Seriously, he met her two days ago and suddenly he’s ready to die for her while having memories of his past lover? How is any of that logical on an emotional scale?

Talking about ridiculous, gold hunting aliens? Just no. Because of course, aliens would be drawn to Earth because of gold, like conquistadors invaded America…. Why does it always have to be gold? Where there are cowboys gold is never really far in literature and movies. It’s just boring to read something that has already been dealt with dozens of times before….

Talking about recurring subjects, Native Americans appear in this story a bit like the Doctor in London.  You just know they are going to be here and not in their best suit. It would not matter if they were not there, they don’t bring anything new to the plot.

To be honest this book didn’t made me want to see the movie, on the contrary it just made me recoil from anything mixing cowboys and aliens. I think that they just don’t mix well because they both have so many clichés that together they make an abundance of it quite boring.

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A very christmasy review (Letters from Father Christmas)

Letters review

Hello humans!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! I wish you the best for the year to come and lots of books to brighten your life!

So today I here to talk about a book, yes I am trying a new way of reviewing. I did not had the time to do a lot of comics so I will alternate between comics and written reviews with a drawing 😉 I am currently drawing several comics that I will post bimonthly and maybe do more standalone drawings and written reviews.

Okay enough chits chats!

So the book I wanted to talk about is Letters from Father Christmas by J. R. R. Tolkien.

You guys must know, I am a huge Tolkien fan and throughout December I tried to reread some of his books (and I’m still rereading the Hobbit). I had no idea this book existed until I saw it on the BookDepositery, and I thought it to be quite appropriate for December.

In a nutshell this book is the letter Tolkien wrote to his young children as Father Christmas. Now, you may think it as a simple epistolary novel, but no! It’s Tolkien we are talking about here! In fact the letters are mingling narrators between Father Christmas, the Great Polar Bear and later the elf assistant. I thought that this mix of voices in one letter was an excellent way to give a light and funny tone to them.

Moreover you can actually see them on the letter since they all have different hand writings. The letters are just stunning; I loved the way that Tolkien impersonated his characters through handwriting. There are also a few drawings (which I tried to imitate in style and failed horribly) that come with the letters and give another perspective of Tolkien as an author.

I think anyone should go check it out, even if you don’t like Tolkien because this is quite different from what he normally does even if there are some references to Hobbit or the man on the moon (Roverandom). It was really a cosy December read, great for Christmas! I just adored it!!!

The book is quite short thus the shorter review (HA HA! Yeah that was a laugh). If you have read it I would love to hear your opinion and I will see you for the next review!!! Bye!