THE SIX GUN TAROT
Belcher draws readers into a fascinating world that reads like a mashup of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Deadwood. Part western, part urban fantasy, part coming-of-age tale, Belcher’s story balances all pieces perfectly, twining the historical around the supernatural, making it impossible for one piece to exist without the other. The characters are compelling, often reaching beyond the usual genre tropes. The Wild West was a weird place, and Belcher proves that — in spades.
Golgotha, Nevada, 1869: One may expect to encounter the unusual in the desert wastelands, but young Jim Negrey doesn’t anticipate any of the oddities he finds, even though he’s got his own bizarre baggage in the form of his father’s glass eye. Kin of coyotes, secret orders of assassins, mythical treasures, dead men literally walking ... Jim is going to see it all before he unravels the mystery of his father’s eye. Exactly what does that bauble do, and what does it mean? Golgotha will reveal that — and more — to Jim. (TOR, Jan., 368 pp., $25.99)