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Author Topic: The Bone Picker by Derek Rutherford  (Read 1637 times)
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« on: August 28, 2011, 06:47:48 AM »

Sam 'Buzzard' Jones is an unlikely hero, but he's somewhat deeper than folks give him credit for. He is a 'bone picker', a bit like a vulture -- he takes possessions from the dead and redistibutes them to the living. Widely despised and living on the fringes of society, he gets pulled, reluctantly, into a cause that divides families, sets brother against brother and makes friends into enemies.

I've never read a western before, and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised by the lack of John Wayne 'strong, silent' types, and giddyup-thur-varmint lines. The characters are all well fleshed out and believable. Some coldly horrific. It's a whodunnit mystery, a thriller and, in part, believe it or not, a horror story. There's a love interest, honour, betrayal, and sacrifice are all explored, culminating in a climax that will have you on the edge of your seat, with more twists and turns than a sidewinder in a twintub. A cracking read in just under 170 pages -- utterly refreshing after wading through 600 pages of American Gods.

Good one, Del -- thanks for the read afro

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I don't know if you get to change these little things in subsequent printings. I thought I'd mention them just in case.

Page 1: 'further' = farther (there are a couple more instances of 'further' in the book, and each should be 'farther')
Page 15: a God to pray too, as well. = a God to pray to, as well.
Page 145: She can see how it feel to lose a man. = She can see how it feels to lose a man.

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2011, 10:48:55 AM »

Great review, Ed! I'll have to check that one out!
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2011, 11:44:30 AM »

Oops -- I should have mentioned the ISBN, etc. It's ISBN 978-0-7090-8992-6 printed by Robert Hale, London.

It's on Amazon US, here -- http://www.amazon.com/Bone-Picker-Black-Horse-Western/dp/0709089929/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314545894&sr=1-2

And Amazon UK here -- http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bone-Picker-Black-Horse-Western/dp/0709089929/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314546073&sr=8-1

It's a good read, Pharo -- you won't be disappointed afro
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2011, 05:38:48 PM »

Thanks for the review, Ed! If I ever write another book I shall employ you for the rear cover blurb!!

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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2011, 06:00:37 PM »

Cool afro

I really enjoyed the book. It's the first one I've read in ages that held my interest and had me looking forward to my next opportunity to read some more. I half expected you to leave the ending/epilogue open for a sequel. I think Buzzard's a character you could get a few more miles out of yet  smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2011, 09:58:23 AM »

Ed, I notice there aren't any reviews of Derek's book at either Amazon site... I think you should put your review up so others will be more likely to purchase it.
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2011, 10:23:37 AM »

Yeah, I did wonder about that, but I'm not used to reviewing books, and I didn't think I'd done a very good job of it. Perhaps I'll redo it and then put it up there scratch
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