on Sep. 15, 2012 :
A short weird west tale set at 0.99cents, this story doesn't fail to deliver everything that should be in a weird western.
Hoover provides a nicely wrapped story that contains all the elements of a good tale. The writing is good with no obvious editing errors. The pacing is maintained throughout the story with no points that had to be slogged through. And the setting, Haxan, is interesting and I am glad he is writing more set in this town.
But where Hoover shines is his characters. Though just a short story, there's a lot behind the characters he presents to us in this story. It creates a mystery that the reader wants to find out more about. It draws the reader in and keeps them reading. Thankfully he's written more of these stories. Each character is very human, with their own fears, prejudices, and characterizations. Overall very well written.
If I had to pick out anything that didn't work as well in the story, I would have to say it was the climax of the story. Overall, the mystery of the statues wasn't really resolved all that interestingly. The resolution with the statues also wasn't that peaked with that much tension. That said, it doesn't detract away from the story itself and it's still very enjoyable.
If you like weird westerns, or even westerns in general, I recommend this story to you. Simple, well written, I would suggest this to anyone. I honestly can't wait for more stories set in Haxan.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)