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I'm reading a western. It includes paragraphs of loving descriptions of firearms. I'm fine with guns, but this is a bit much for me. I realize others will love this book. This is probably my issue and not that of the story, itself. (I'm reading The Revenant)
The movie was... umm. Dark? Slow? I'm not sure I'd go for the book after that. How's the language/delivery? ‎- SAM
I wasn't a fan, but my impression of it is that it's similar to most westerns. To me, the writing felt pretty pedestrian. And, while I'm fond of multiple narratives and perspectives in books, the transitioning felt off in this one. Mostly, though, I was annoyed by the fact that bad things kept happening because the men in the story are arrogant stubborn idiots. ‎- k8s
I'm having fun with it. It's not Great Literature™, but it's pulling me along. I'm half way through, and I haven't been bored yet :) ‎- Eivind
I think the core adventure is interesting, but after some early issues started to annoy me, I started picking everything apart. I felt like I needed a Bingo card for all of the Native American stereotypes going on. ‎- k8s
You can't expect multiculturalism from early 19c fur trappers :) ‎- Eivind
Sadly, the fur trappers in this area were far more progressive than, say, the flood of smallpox-bearing missionaries. ‎- Jennifer D.
I haven't seen the film yet, SAM, so I can't comment on that. I really enjoyed the book, though. It was violent, but I'm guessing Hollywood found a way to increase it. Katy, I see what you mean about the stereotyping- it was definitely simplistic. I still found it to be a very entertaining story about an era not often depicted in historical fiction. ‎- Jenny H.
I'm sure part of it is me and not the book. I know we have patrons who will love it and I understand why they enjoy it. However, there are reasons why I usually don't read Westerns and many of them were present in this book. :) ‎- k8s