Title: Holy Jingle
Author: Alan Dean Foster
In: Dead Man’s Hand (John Joseph Adams)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Urban fantasy, Weird western
Dates read: 13th August 2020
Format: Short story
Publisher: Titan Books
5th sentence, 74th page: Regaining her poise, she replayed her smile.
He’s been asked by a friend to help someone return to the fold. But what he finds instead is a little unexpected…
I loved that this short story bought in the Chinese settlers to the Western front. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but it worked brilliantly. And I love that it bought in a new perspective that I hadn’t really expected / anticipated. It wasn’t quite what I’ve come to expect from Weird Westerns. But I loved the departure from the expected.
This story seriously felt like it must be part of a bigger series. And, without actually looking any further into that theory. I’m completely intrigued by the idea that it is. It felt a little bit like a crime / mystery series with a super awesome paranormal spin. I could be completely nuts… but I’m hoping that I’m not. I’m looking forwards to adding a few more books to my ever expanding wish list…
It did take a little bit for the title of this story to actually make sense. But, once I finally clicked… I actually thought that it was quite clever. Pleasantly and unexpectedly so to be honest. Not only was the title clever, but it was also nice to see the lengths that some people could go to to protect each other, even if they are complete and total strangers.