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MOVE OVER, PAUL BUNYAN--MAKE WAY FOR MAD AMOS MALONE!Strange things lurk up in the mountains and out in the plains and deserts of the West, but few are as unique as the giant mountain man named Amos Malone, the man some call Mad Amos, though not to his face. But when the world gets weird, there's no one who's better to have on your side...Is a renegade dragon harassing theMOVE OVER, PAUL BUNYAN--MAKE WAY FOR MAD AMOS MALONE!Strange things lurk up in the mountains and out in the plains and deserts of the West, but few are as unique as the giant mountain man named Amos Malone, the man some call Mad Amos, though not to his face. But when the world gets weird, there's no one who's better to have on your side...Is a renegade dragon harassing the men laying the rails of the great railroad? Are headless Indian spirits driving you from your land? Is that volcano threatening to destroy your settlement? Then Mad Amos is the man for you.Plus, two new, never-before-published stories in the Mad Amos canon:NEITHER A BORROWER BE: When a horse thief sets his sights on stealing Amos' faithful mount Worthless, he gets more than he expects...for Worthless isn't exactly an ordinary horse...THE PURL OF THE PACIFIC: Mad Amos takes to the high seas on a whale of an adventure and thwarts a vengeful South Pacific island shaman at his own game...Ten delightful stories of dragons, jackalopes, snake-oil salesmen, iron horses, and, of course, the incomparable Mad Amos Malone from the incredible imagination of world-class storyteller and bestselling author Alan Dean Foster!...

Title : Mad Amos
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ISBN : 9780345393623
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 275 Pages
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Mad Amos Reviews

  • TK421
    2019-03-26 21:34

    A quirky collection of sci-fi western stories featuring Mad Amos, a character closely resembling the love-child of Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill. If you're looking for a tounge-in-cheek, laugh-out-loud reading experience that has dragons, headless Indian spirits, ghosts, and even a pirate, this is your chance to find it all in one title.RECOMMENDED (IF YOU HAVE AN AFTERNOON TO WASTE)

  • Roland Volz
    2019-04-06 03:38

    The "Weird West" genre is not too well-defined. Basically, any story that takes the form of a western, but contains incongruous elements (such as fantasy, science fiction, or the like) is lumped in with the rest as "Weird." As can be supposed, this is a huge field in which to play.Alan Dean Foster has previously written both a successful comedic fantasy series (Spellsinger, The Hour of the Gate, The Day of the Dissonance, etc.) and a successful sci-fi series (The Tar-Aiym Krang (Pip & Flinx Adventures, #1), Orphan Star, The End of the Matter, and so on). From 1982 to 1996, he wrote a number of Weird West stories; much like in his other series, the stories center on one individual, the magical mountain man "Mad" Amos Malone. Along with his unicornhorse Worthless, he travels across the Wild West (and, in the last story, to Hawaii) and deals with otherworldly manifestations and locally-grown spooks with his wits, determination, and the arcane lore he has gathered through a lifetime of strange adventures.The stories cover a wide variety of weird "magical traditions," from ancient Chinese dragons to Native American spirits, to a pulp super-science agricultural scientist. For the most part, the stories are well-written, and I could easily see Mad Amos having his own series, much like the aforementioned ones authored by Foster. They won't be for everyone - cognitive dissonance is going to make some people shy away, and I understand the stories were not the most popular. But they gave me something for reading them, were well-plotted, and never dragged too long, spinning each yarn precisely and carefully ending it before it got old; and that's really all you can ask for.I cottoned onto this collection from reading a few western pulp stories, which I started reading after watching the movie True Grit. It's a long strange trip, but if you like mixing fantasy genres, or are a devotee of the old west and like seeing where it can go, or if you just enjoy Alan Dean Foster stories, this is probably a good pick for you.

  • Sara
    2019-04-19 03:39

    For me, Alan Dean Foster is a very hit-and-miss kind of author. Some of his stuff--like this anthology--I really, really like. Other stuff is okay, and some stuff is just meh. But Mad Amos is easily my favorite book by him, and it's a setting I really wish he'd write more in. Frankly, it's a setting I wish more authors *period* would write in: the Fantasy West. This collection of tales reminds me--in a good way--of the tall tales of my childhood, such as Paul Bunyan or Johnny Appleseed or Pecos Bill. Mad Amos is quite at home amongst their ranks: a hairy, grizzly mountain man of uncertain age, uncertain lineage (he may or may not even be human), who rides a foul-tempered unicorn named Worthless (Amos keeps the unicorn's horn filed down and slaps a patch over it to keep it from growing back) and has a number of astonishing adventures across the Old West, ranging from the truth behind jackalopes (and what kind of animal hunts them)to a Chinese sorcerer and his dragon, to an actual kitchen-witch (no, not one of those thingies you hang on the pantry door). I can't help but feel (having read several ADF novels) that, like Orson Scott Card, Foster's talents as a writer truly shine more in short fiction than in novel-length format. But that is only my opinion, and regardless I recommend this excellent anthology. I just wish we had *more* Mad Amos...

  • Conan Tigard
    2019-03-25 23:21

    I quite enjoyed these tall tales about an relatively moderate and powerful mountain man. Being tall tales set in the wild west, they are far-fetched, and always entertaining. Some of the endings are quite a surprise, and one even made me roar out laughing at the pun used in the last sentence (Agrarian Deform). As with every Alan Dean Foster book that I have read, I quite enjoyed sitting down and delving into the world he creates. I could not but help think of Paul Bunyon and Babe when I was reading these and thinking that mad Amos would be quite a match for him. So, if you want to try something a little different that has a little Fantasy, mixed with some Western, and topped off with some Tale Tales, Mad Amos is the book for you.I rated this book and 8 out of 10.

  • Dark-Draco
    2019-04-17 05:25

    I honestly wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but thoroughly enjoyed reading it nonetheless. Mad Amos is a BIG man, moving around the Wild West and sorting out problems that have a 'weird' twist to them. Dragons, witches, avenging spirits, even a hint of time travel, all have their place in this story collection. My favourites were 'Ferrohippus' and 'Never A Borrower Be', the last one because Worthless is such a cheeky character - I'm sure my horse is related to him in some way! The only slightly negative thing was the author's introduction to each story - I found them slightly distracting and a bit intrusive - authors should be read and not heard. But overall I'm glad I spent a couple of days in Amos' company.

  • Ross
    2019-03-26 22:43

    A lighthearted set of whimsical short stories set in the Old West but involving fantasy-like elements with the mythical "Mountain Man" known by the name of "Mad" Amos Malone. Fun, but probably more suitable as beach/vacation reading. The stories remind me of Paul Bunyan-like tall tales with more fantasy elements.Foster adds his usual panache to the stories, and the Malone character actually reminds me a lot of his protagonist from the Carnivores of Light and Darkness series. I think fantasy fans, especially those that don't mind a Western here or there, will really enjoy. Others should probably take a pass.

  • Ruth
    2019-03-25 05:41

    This is my least favorite book by Alan Dean Foster. It took me forever to finish it, despite the convenient short story format. Mad Amos Malone is just too foreign of a character to empathize. Foster doesn't allow you to get inside his head, for the sake of surprise twist endings, but it just made me not care. The fantasy/old west mashups were cute, but not enough to save the stories in the end.

  • J.
    2019-04-20 02:23

    Fun, but sort of uneven. The idea is cool, but some of the stories seem surprisingly mundane. They're at their best when they try to capture that wild-west over-the-top Paul Bunyan feeling. But only some of the stories actually do this.

  • Megan
    2019-03-23 00:37

    These were a very fun, entertaining series of short stories.

  • Ron Johnson
    2019-04-21 03:16


  • Sheree Ross
    2019-04-07 03:22

    This is a great collection of shorts stories!

  • Sharon Price
    2019-04-07 23:27

    Liked the shortness of some in collection, but would have loved the expanding of other stories.

  • Dale Rosso
    2019-04-12 01:40

    I enjoyed this book, and could not put it down.

  • Michael
    2019-03-26 02:41

    fun book with short stories using a western setting with a sci fi, fantasy twist.

  • Lance
    2019-03-31 23:36

    It is interesting but after a reading a few stories got bored, moved on to another book.

  • R.K. Goff
    2019-03-27 23:28

    GOne of the best collections of short stories in the world. It has the honor of being the most "barrowed/stolen" book in my parent's library. My desperate wish is to see another like it.