Title: Strong Medicine
Author: Tad Williams
In: Dead Man’s Hand (John Joseph Adams)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Time travel, Weird western
Dates read: 11th October 2020
Format: Short story
Publisher: Titan Books
5th sentence, 74th page: The footprints were each more than a yard across, and the creature had also left a pile of dung as big as a wheelbarrow, now being swamped by beetles as big as dinner plates.
Every Midsummer, the town moves through time. But, every thirty-nine years, it moves just a little bit farther than expected. Which, needless to say, can be quite dangerous.
I really liked the idea in this story – that a small town moves every year at Midsummer. Not in space, but in time. It made for a very interesting and imaginative story that I really didn’t want to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would like to read more about this tiny, off-kilter town. A nice dream, even if it isn’t likely to happen. I guess I’ll just have to reread this short story at some point in the future…
The twist at the end of this story as to who the town’s “protector” was and his origins story… that just made everything about this so much better and more intriguing. Hitting me right in the happy place. I love that it wasn’t quite what I would have suspected, a pleasant little twist to finish off a pleasant short story.
All of the ideas throughout this story were brilliant. But what I truly loved most was the whole idea of an 1800s Wild West village… fighting dinosaurs. You honestly can’t get much better imagery than that in my book!