East of West by Jonathan Hickman

9781607067702East of West Volume 1
by Jonathan Hickman (illus. Nick Dragotta)
(pub. 9/13)

“You come face to face with love, and before the sun sets, you’ve become someone you didn’t used to be.”

I don’t know what took me so long to read East of West but I should have been reading it a lot sooner. SO AWESOME. It is a semi-futuristic western / love story set in a pre-apocalyptic world on the verge of the apocalypse. That is the briefest this story can be described. Not even mentioning the three horsemen of the apocalypse have come to earth in search of destroying the fourth horsemen, Death, and fulfilling the prophecy of the apocalypse. There are a lot of angles and sides being played in this story but not to the point of confusion and none overriding the overarching story of love and betrayal. I love this series. Fans of Saga or Preacher will feel right at home with East of West.

Recommended by:
Larry – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville


The Son by Phillip Meyer

9780062120397The Son
by Phillip Meyer

This is a non-romantic, often brutal history of the West, focusing on several generations of a Texas family and spanning the years from Indian attacks to wildcat oil wells.  Alternating chapters feature different family members but most of the novel recounts the experiences of Eli, who was captured during an Indian raid and becomes assimilated into the Native American culture.  The chapters featuring Eli are the most gripping but each family member contributes to the narrative.

In contrast to Eli, his son Peter who is conflicted about his privileged position and guilt over the harsh treatment of Mexican families who had earlier settled the Texas land.  Finally, Jeannie, Peter’ granddaughter, brings the story into modern days and concludes her observations on the end of her family’s frontier heritage.

Recommended by:
Joe – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville

The Son by Philipp Meyer

9780062120397The Son
by Philipp Meyer
(pub. 4/13)

If you loved “Lonesome Dove” here is another great novel of the West; namely, Texas. Gritty and disturbing, the McCullough family represents a part of our history that is moving, disturbing and edifying. Beautifully written and this is a must read.

Recommended by:
Carol K. – Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville