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Omeland When an ancient life form called Legion comes to Earth they are pulled into a series of events that will change the history of the world as we know it In their journeys Ramon and Fatemeh encounter mad inventors dange. It was a great ride unexpected brain candy It was cool to see some of my old stomping grounds put into a wild weststeampunk world Especially enjoyed that several non caucasian cultures were captured in this storyUPDATE I read a print version some years ago Now in 2017 it has come to audio Yay So here is my updated review Set in the 1870s this Wild West steampunk adventure is full of surprises Ramon Morales and Fatemeh Karimi make a great pair of heroes as they travel from New Mexico to California Gun fights dirigibles steam powered mechanical wolves a Russian plot to take a chunk of the US plus an unexpected alien influence called Legion provide a dangerous playground for our main characters and plenty of entertainment for usI read this book back in 2011 and it was great to see it come to audio I enjoyed it in this medium as the narrator did it justice If you love your Wild West and you like it weird then this is a great series to get into The story includes several different ethnicities and I love that about this book The frontier West was a very diverse place and having that reflected in this work is worthyOur Persian healer Fatemeh has traveled far from home and she s a bit vague about why I love that we have this little mystery about her Also she talks to owls or does she She claims that she only understands their nature but to others it looks like she is actually communicating with them While I felt the romance between her and Ramon sparked a little too easily I also feel they make a great couple Fatemeh is of the Baha i faith while Ramon is Catholic and this sets up a dynamic to explore not just culture clash but also these different religionsMeanwhile Ramon has recently had a big shift in his life He was a sheriff in Socorro NM and then things went south and so did he while he fled with Fatemeh who was about to be executed for witch craft Their search for work takes them all the way out to California Along the way they meet the eccentric inventor Professor Maravilla He s got a thing for steam powered mechanical beasties I loved his owlsThen there s the bounty hunter Larissa who I look forward to hearing about later in the series She s got plenty of gumption and loves her independent life but she s drawn into this bigger plot as Russia starts making moves to invade the West coastNow lets talk about that alien influence Legion We come across it early on but it s not clear right away if it s something supernatural man made or from outer space Whatever it is and yes we do get that cleared up in this book it has a hive mind and can communicate directly with humans as well as influence them So we got the Wild West yay steampunk awesome and now this unknown big picture influencer The author does a great job of pulling this all togetherMy one real uibble with the story is that sometimes it s a little too easy for Ramon and Fatemeh to convince a villain to assist them It seems like everyone is really a good guy at heart and was just simply misunderstood or was acting under some false or incomplete data I think the story would have benefited from a real villain or twoThe Narration Edward Mittelstedt did a really good job His Spanish accent was consistent throughout the story Now his Spanish pronunciations were sometimes different from what I expected Living in New Mexico I expected a certain accent like for Chavez or Maravilla Mittelstedt s pronunciation isn t wrong but it s not the local dialect either I believe it s the difference between high proper Spanish and the Southwest Hispanic accent Besides that he was great with keeping all the characters distinct and also with the various emotions throughout the story He also gave Fatemeh a consistent Persian accent His female voices were believable Doing Without Concepts encounter mad inventors dange. 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Owl Dance Clockwork Legion #1

Rous outlaws and pirates Their resources are Ramon's fast draw and Fatemeh's uncanny ability to communicate with owls The uestion is will that be enough to save them when airships from Czarist Russia invade the United States. This was a fun fast paced read I liked the way that Summers incorporated western technologies railroads telegraphs etc with science fiction elements alien entities and religious mysticism At times the chapters felt like individual short stories with a loose connection but overall this was an enjoyable book

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Owl Dance is a Weird Western steampunk novel The year is 1876 Sheriff Ramon Morales of Socorro New Mexico meets a beguiling woman named Fatemeh Karimi who is looking to make a new start after escaping the oppression of her h. I picked up this book because the premise really appealed to me a steampunk Western adventure with warm positive characters Unfortunately the execution let it down a littleFirstly the language The book was mostly correctly punctuated though the hyphenation needs work and apart from a few sentences with missing words it was grammatical but it was written very simply as if intended for children or speakers of English as a second language Also it dwells on mundane details of what the characters did which I soon found tedious For example Fatemeh lit two lamps then sat down and pulled off her shoes There are a great many sentences and in fact whole paragraphs like this which do nothing to advance plot character or setting and if they were cut would improve the pacing When the author does choose a less common vocabulary word it s not always the right one We have compliment instead of complement diffuse instead of defuse telegraph used to mean telegram tennants which isn t a word at all instead of tenets and sojourn which means staying in one place used to mean moving from one place to another Language gets three stars and it s really two and a half because the over simplistic style and excess of details annoyed meNow the plot I found several aspects of the plot unlikely to the point of unbelievability I m not talking about the science fictional aspects as such I accept those as legitimate targets for suspension of disbelief but there were actions the characters took and coincidences that occurred which I couldn t uite swallowspoilers For example the main male character gets one of two reactions from people It s either you re a filthy Mexican or I trust you completely and excessively There doesn t seem to be any middle ground At one point a US Army major who knows that this man is wanted by the law and who has been helped by him in an important way in the past but not one that seems to me like evidence of unusual character or ability does the following 1 Sends him a telegram in California asking him to return to New Mexico where he s wanted by the law and help with a problem they have which could have been taken care of by local people It s not clear how the Major knows where he is2 After the main character s been only partially successful and is captured by a bounty hunter a Stops an urgent march which he s already said he can t stop in order to return to the fort he s supposed to be marching fromb Pays a very large amount of money to the bounty hunter to free him and c Recruits himThis makes no sense to me It s a plot device to get the hero to where he needs to be for the story to work And when he gets there his character armour preserves him and one of his companions from an explosion so that he can give the other characters extra motivation to capture an airship which they were already planning to capture and the companion can let them know he s in there One of those characters incidentally is a pirate who s been basically let off hanging because the female main character convinces people that he didn t mean any real harm and was just misguided spoilersPlot three stars at best Two reallyNow characters I ve already mentioned that the main character is treated like the Chosen One who everyone either helps or opposes disproportionately and that several characters in authority act leniently than I found realistic The character I had real trouble with though was William Bonney Billy the Kid According to everything I ve ever heard about him he was a vicious little punk who would have considered anyone who helped him a sucker to be betrayed but here he s basically a misguided kid who responds to a little kindness with considerable loyalty I liked Fatemeh the female main character but she was a little too perfect and I didn t feel she had a real arc of change She was also inconsistent a pacifist until something she cared about reuired fighting an opponent of mining and oil drilling but delighted with the technologies those industries supportedCharacters again three stars at best Finally setting For a long time I thought this wasn t a very steampunky setting at all that it was or less the historical nineteenth century with a bit of a science fictional premise Then we hit the clockwork wolf and then the owl ornithopters and then the airships and it started to make sense as steampunk The problem is that some of these things aren t well justified The owl ornithopters for example are specifically said to be technologically unlikely there s no explanation for why they exist anyway Fatemeh s connection with the real owls likewise isn t explained or justified It s an appealing setting though so I ll give it slightly than three stars and balance out the points lost on language plot and characterThree stars overall I didn t dislike it but I m afraid I was disappointed and felt the premise hadn t been done justice


10 thoughts on “Owl Dance Clockwork Legion #1

  1. says:

    Book #7 for 2018My Personal Reading Challenge A steampunk novelKey Words Challenge January DanceFull House Bingo Suare HistoricalBo

  2. says:

    I picked up this book because the premise really appealed to me a steampunk Western adventure with warm positive characters Unfortunately the execution let it down a littleFirstly the language The book was mostly correctly punctuated though

  3. says:

    Ramon Morales the Sherrif of Socorro finds himself isolated in his defence of Fatemeh Karimi the new curandera healer from Persia Exotic and strong this woman of substance also has a mysterious connection to owls and wolves However is she inno

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    I would give 45 if it was an option I enjoyed this book a great deal with its combination of steampunk and clockpunk elements the unusual politics and the sprinkling of historical characters thrown in for good measure The unusual heroine for a western was a plus as well and the author handled the story with skill and interest So why not fi

  5. says:

    Owl Dance is the seventh novel I've published It's a wild west steampunk adventure that starts out in 1876 and tells the story of Sheriff Ramon Morales who finds himself unhappy in his hometown of Socorro New Mexico and looking to put some spark back into his life He finds it in the form of Fatemeh Karimi a woman who fled Persia when a good f

  6. says:

    It was a great ride unexpected brain candy It was cool to see some of my old stomping grounds put into a wild weststeampunk world Especially enjoyed that several non caucasian cultures were captured in this storyUPDATE I read a print version some years ago Now in 2017 it has come to audio Yay So here is my updated review Set in the 1870s this Wild West steampunk adventure is full of surprises Ramon Morales and Fatemeh Karimi make

  7. says:

    This was a fun fast paced read I liked the way that Summers incorporated western technologies railroads telegraphs etc with science fiction elements alien entities and religious mysticism At times the chapters felt like individual short stori

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    3 12

  9. says:

    Owl Dance is by far the most authentically “western” feeling steampunk I’ve read in a while It’s It’s a self described Weird Western set in 1876 New Mexico the first in a series dubbed the Clockwork Le

  10. says:

    Review of Audio Format PromisingRamon is a law man with a sense of honor Fatemeh is an emigrant running from a woman's fate in a muslim country Together they have adventure after adventure leaving behind a tangled web of friends and enemies

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