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River of Teeth
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River of Teeth
River of Teeth Series, Book 1
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Sarah Gailey's wildfire debut River of Teeth is a rollicking alternate history adventure that Charlie Jane Anders calls "preposterously fun."

Sarah Gailey's wildfire debut River of Teeth is a rollicking alternate history adventure that Charlie Jane Anders calls "preposterously fun."

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    March 13, 2017
    Gailey’s debut novella is as intricate as her scheming characters’ plotting. In this alternate late 19th century, imported hippos have taken over the Harriet area (“not quite a lake and not quite a marsh”) of the Mississippi River. Right now the area is used for riverboat gambling, but the government wants to open it as a trade route down to the Gulf of Mexico, so former hippo breeder Winslow Houndstooth is hired to herd the feral animals into the gulf. After assembling a team gathered from the highest echelons of western novel archetypes—with some modern twists, including a genderless demolitions expert and a heavily pregnant assassin—Houndstooth develops a plan that will satisfy the requirements of the job and allow him to take revenge on the people who burned down his ranch 10 years before. The tight pace, complex relationships, and twisting motivations of the characters keep the reader engaged, and the alternate history of American hippo farming is clearly illustrated without clumsy exposition. Fans of seedy westerns will greatly enjoy this tale of gold-tusked hippos and the miscreants who ride them.

  • AudioFile Magazine This audiobook is set in a world in which hippopotamuses are imported into Louisiana marshes for use as meat animals. Sparked by an outlandish but real legislative proposal, this tale, set in the 1890s, is given its satirical bite by narrator Peter Berkrot. It is Berkrot who brings to life its collection of rogues, led by Winslow Houndstooth, who seeks to cull the wild hippos penned in a dangerous region of the bayou. An assemblage of accents, Houndstooth's crew includes a Creole con artist, a Latina assassin, and a demolition expert. Berkrot's verbal dexterity allows listeners to savor this bizarre alternative Western in which riders mount hippos instead of horses. This volume offers just an enticing nibble of Gailey's promising series. D.E.M. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
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