Thursday, February 9, 2017

Six-Gun Vixen and the Dead Coon Trashgang, by Ashok K. Banker

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(Old West Fantasy) Six-gun rides into Dead Gulch and finds the townspeople don’t like “her kind,” but they have a mission for her: to kill the Dead Coon Trashgang. (7,875 words; Time: 26m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

"," by (edited by John Joseph Adams), appeared in issue 81, published on .

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This is a Mary Sue story. (One where the author’s favoritism of the protagonist destroys suspension of disbelief.) Six-gun is so powerful that no fight is a fair fight, and she knows it. There's zero tension, as a result.

The story is weirdly preachy about prejudice against women and people of color at one moment, and then overtly homophobic in the next breath. That's unusual.

A few minor errors are annoying: a sovereign was a British coin, not an American one. Wolves don’t have retractable claws. How come the “entire population of Dead Gulch” had no women in it?

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2 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Yup. Really falls flat. Rarely am I disappointed in Lightspeed stories.

  2. Yeah, this was over-the-top violent and grotesque and just offensive.