Not exactly steampunk, but certainly western…
I got turned onto Brown’s “Fistful of Reefer” by the author himself having bumped into him in the Wild West Steampunk Saloon on S.W.A.G. We kicked a couple of comments back and forth and he let on that he just released a novel in eBook format. Intrigued, I downloaded a copy and gave it a shot. Sorry to say, I had relatively low expectations. Enough time looking at print-and-play boardgames and unpublished prototypes has left me a little jaded towards anything that has not come from a major publisher.
Well partner, I happy to say I was wrong. Brown has spun a fun action adventure tale with interesting, believable and diverse characters. I won’t belabor a full synopsis, but suffice to say it is a story about friendship, good guys, bad guys, lost races, orphans, contraband, hypocrisy, forgiveness and redemption set against a backdrop of a Saturday morning western. The only thing missing is the Morricone soundtrack.
Reeferpunk? Sure, why not. I think the “*punk” breed of fiction lends itself to an ever expanding definition led by imaginative authors finding new ways to mashup the traditional with the unusual. This is what indie press should be about, authors taking chances and pushing the boundaries. Sure, there were some technical editing errors here, but the story was interesting enough that I really stopped caring and just focused on enjoying.
I am looking forward to David’s next effort and wish him all the best in his corner of the punk mashup genres.
¡Viva la Revolución!