River of Teeth

River of Teeth

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In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true. Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two. This was a terrible plan. Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Tor,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765395238
Characteristics: 175 pages : illustration ; 21 cm


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Jan 19, 2018

The wild west has moved to the South in this alternative history where escaped hippopotami have claimed parts of the Mississippi and they are deadly to say the least. Called to the scene by the U.S. government on a secret mission to be hippopotami wranglers are a rag tag bunch of outlaws, thieves, assassins and explosive experts. Suspend all disbelief and enjoy the ride of this fast paced tall tale where you are never sure who is really working together and who might have some alternative motives.

SCL_Justin Jan 18, 2018

River of Teeth is kind of an alternative Western featuring swamps instead of lonely plains and hippos instead of horses. It's a novella so it isn't much of an investment in time, and for that investment you get a pretty fun caper. It has a bit of an Ocean's Eleven vibe to it as the team is assembled, the clever plan is executed and then everything goes wrong. It's fun but slight. I'll read the sequel.

LPL_KimberlyL Jan 13, 2018

A ruthlessly fun novella with a diverse cast of characters, and an original premise that is actually based on historical fact. Did you know the United States government at one point thought about importing hippos to raise in the marshlands of Louisiana to use as meat?!!! This book is Sarah Gailey's wildly imaginative take on an alternative wild west where feral hippos terrorize the Mississippi.

(For confused readers, the usage of "they" in the book is a gender-neutral pronoun for a character who identifies as neither male, nor female.)

BostonPL_LauraB Nov 29, 2017

Novellas are hard to rate for me because they never seem fleshed out enough, and this was true for this novella. As bonkers as the idea is (and that it stems from an actual bit of history that almost happened), I was excited to see where it went, but I think I wanted a lot more backstory on the "world" and the characters and didn't get much. If I read the second novella, that might help, but this one didn't leave me with the urge to pick up the next one.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 27, 2017

Man eating hippos in the wetlands of Florida.... amazing.

Sep 25, 2017

This book has an interesting premise and I found fairly enjoyable to read. However, I found the use of pronouns for one of the characters very confusing. It detracted from the story as a whole for me because every time that character appeared I would find myself being distracted as to trying to figure out what "they" were.

CRRL_MegRaymond Sep 15, 2017

Oh, this ticks all my boxes. Interesting plotline. Oddball characters - including the landscape. Casual violence. Deadpan humor

Aug 27, 2017

Absolutely delightful! A fun romp through an alternate history of the US. What made it really work for me is that the author actually thought about what you need if you are actually riding hippos. Things like everyone packing resin to smear on the hippo's slippery backs so your saddle doesn't slip, and salons and homesteads having hippo ponds as well as hitching posts for horses, and the fact you ride hippos with a kneeling saddle, as there is no way anyone could get their legs around a hippo. Also the author has thought about what effect it would have on society to have hippos in the swamps. Good read.

onelc Aug 03, 2017

Interesting plot, interesting characters, but feels incomplete. Fairly short though, so worth reading just to think about hippos.

Jabberwock12 Jul 31, 2017

A homosexual protagonist in a sci-fi/alt historical US was not my cup of tea. Interesting plot though.

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