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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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.

SnoIsleLib_JocelynR Jun 27, 2017

A delightfully off-beat yet action-packed alternate history western story set in an 1890s America where hippopotamuses roam the Mississippi and an unlikely group of individuals work together to complete a mission and seek revenge for past wrongs.


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