Fellow blogger H.P. takes one for the team:
The River of Teeth has a killer concept. It riffs off a cockamamie scheme to deal with invasive vegetation and a meat shortage in America by importing hippos en masse. In Gailey’s world, Congress went forward with the scheme (at a slightly different time than proposed), and instead of a Wild West we got wild bayous in Louisiana full of hippo-riding cowboys and riverboat casinos. How could you screw up such a great concept? Let me tell you in excruciating detail, gentle reader, because this book is terrible.
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But the baby hippo is cute… 🙂
I know, I keep going back to watch the video.
Too bad the book wasn’t as good as its premise.
Super Review! Thank you for saving me from a Horrible book. Because you saved me here is some authors & titles that you can read. They should be better than River of teeth.
1. Caroline M. Yoachim is good. Her anthology is, Wow.
2. Traveler of Worlds conversation with Robert Silverberg by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro. This book is magnificent! It’s up for a Hugo & other awards.
3. Elizabeth Guizzetti
4. Alex Shvartsman
5. Napoleon in America by Shannon Selin. The book is a better alternate reality.
6. An Oath of Dogs by Wendy N. Wagner. I went to her Koffee Klatch. When she spoke I was hooked. I didn’t expect it.
7. Sarina Dorie