Home Literature Stories Movies Games Comics News Discussion Forum
  Science Fiction and Fantasy News
Esslemont's Stonewielder Prologue and Cover (07-26)
Deals and Deliveries (9!!!) (09-12)
Iron Man: Femmes Fatales by Robert Greenberger (09-12)
Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead by Steve Pe (09-12)

Official sffworld Reviews
Big Time, The by Fritz Leiber (05-29 - Book)
Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent (05-25 - Book)
The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig (05-21 - Book)
The Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith (05-17 - Book)


Site Index

Book Info    Bookmark and Share

The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl by Tim Pratt

  (2 ratings)

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Rating (2 ratings)
Rate this book
(5 best - 1 worst)
Book Information  
AuthorTim Pratt
TitleThe Strange Adventures of Rangergirl
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by Archren 
(Jun 06, 2006)

“The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl” lives up to its title in being, without a doubt, strange. A blend of contemporary fantasy, western, and obscure mythology, it isn’t like anything you’ve likely read before. However, at its core it is an unashamedly adventurous tale, and it succeeds on that level admirably.

Marzi is an artist living in Santa Cruz, California. She works at a coffee shop and draws comics. She’s had some success with her Rangergirl comic book, a punk western. Her friends are also mostly artists studying at UC Santa Cruz. She used to attend, but a couple years ago she had a mental breakdown, and since recovering and finishing therapy she hasn’t returned to school.

The coffee shop she works at turns out to be the center point of a long stuggle to keep a local force of nature at bay. To Marzi this destructive force manifests itself as the Outlaw, the superhuman nemesis of the Western heroine Rangergirl. To others this (earthquake god? Avatar of entropy? Local animistic force?) appears as a traditional god or sometimes an Earth Goddess. It is struggling to get out and unleash destruction (the last time he escaped he caused the 1989 Loma Prieta quake), while Marzi and her sidekicks Lindsay, her longtime best friend and Jonathan, a visiting artist and Marzi’s love interest try to stop it. The story eventually becomes a traditional good vs. evil heroic adventure, just in a unique setting.

This is Tim Pratt’s debut novel. He has written lots of short stories and also reviews for Locus magazine. His style of writing is smooth and easy to read. The book has a generally good pace and reads quickly. My main criticism would be that sometimes there isn’t enough narrative tension or sense of genuine peril. Sometimes Marzi and her friends solve things a little too easily. Still, the eccentric cast of characters is so very true to the Californian art scene, and even the bad guy’s henchmen are interesting characters in their own right. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this if you’re looking for something fun and different and not too taxing.

Sponsor ads



The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now First Novel Prize!
05-31 - News
Stephen King's Joyland UK Promotion
05-30 - News
UK Publisher of Stephen King’s New Novel Unusual Promotion
05-30 - News
Big Time, The by Fritz Leiber
05-29 - Book Review
Rogue Clone by Steven L. Kent
05-25 - Book Review
The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig
05-21 - Book Review
The Wisdom of the Shire by Noble Smith
05-17 - Book Review

05-10 - News
The Tyrant's Law by Daniel Abraham
05-04 - Book Review
Galaxy's Edge 1 by Mike Resnick
04-28 - Book Review
Poison by Sarah Pinborough
04-21 - Book Review
Bullington, Beukes and Bacigalupi event
04-19 - News
The City by Stella Gemmell
04-17 - Book Review
Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
04-15 - Book Review
Tarnished Knight by Jack Campbell
04-09 - Book Review
Frank Hampson: Tomorrow Revisited by Alastair Crompton
04-07 - Book Review
The Forever Knight by John Marco
04-01 - Book Review
Book of Sith - Secrets from the Dark Side by Daniel Wallace
03-31 - Book Review
NOS4R2 by Joe Hill
03-25 - Book Review
Fade to Black by Francis Knight
03-13 - Book Review
The Clone Republic by Steven L. Kent
03-12 - Book Review
The Burn Zone by James K. Decker
03-06 - Book Review
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz
03-04 - Book Review
Blood's Pride by Evie Manieri
02-28 - Book Review
Excerpt: River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay
02-27 - Article
Tales of Majipoor by Robert Silverberg
02-24 - Book Review
American Elsewhere by Robert Jackson Bennett
02-20 - Book Review
Evie Manieri Guest Post
02-19 - Article
The Grim Company by Luke Scull
02-17 - Book Review
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
02-11 - Book Review

New Forum Posts

About - Advertising - Contact us - RSS - For Authors & Publishers - Contribute / Submit - Privacy Policy - Community Login
Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use. The contents of this webpage are copyright © 1997-2011 sffworld.com. All Rights Reserved.