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Year of the Horse: A Novel [PDF / Epub] ☉ Year of the Horse: A Novel Author Justin Allen – Buyprobolan50.co.uk A thrill ride adventure novel capturing the adventure, mystery, legend, and lore of America Year of the Horse is literary fantasy at its very best a novel that delves into our myths, legends, hopes, a A thrill the Horse: MOBI ò ride adventure novel capturing the adventure, mystery, legend, and lore of America Year of the Horse is literary fantasy at its very best a novel that delves into our myths, legends, hopes, and fears a coming of age fable set in our fondly remembered if often fictional past an adventure than capable of setting your hair on end Year of the Horse Year of Epub / tells the story of Yen Tzu lu, a child of Chinese immigrants unwillingly pressed into service by a gang of roughnecks bent on stealing a gold mine from a shadowy villain deep in the western wilderness With Tzu lu as our guide, we experience a landscape of legend, stand toe to toe with those larger than life heroes and villains of our shared American mythos, of the Horse: MOBI î and learn the inescapable facts that have both enriched and plagued our nation from its inception Resonating with echoes of Mark Twain, Larry McMurtry, and J K Rowling, this is a book of fabulous adventure and deep resonance Allen gives readers a picture of how America sees itself, and in so doing he offers up both a heroic vision of the past and hope for the future.


10 thoughts on “Year of the Horse: A Novel

  1. Natalie Natalie says:

    I know this is going to sound weird but I was put off before I even reached chapter one by the authors note and warning I read it twice Was he serious or kidding I am still not sure but his voice outside the narrative of the book annoyed the crap out of me and for that I will not likely pick up another book by the author despite the fact that the story was pretty good.I enjoyed the characters, their journey, the conflicts, the magic, lies, ghost riders, and the devil, apparently The plot I know this is going to sound weird but I was put off before I even reached chapter one by the authors note and warning I read it twice Was he serious or kidding I am still not sure but his voice outside the narrative of the book annoyed the crap out of me and for that I will not likely pick up another book by the author despite the fact that the story was pretty good.I enjoyed the characters, their journey, the conflicts, the magic, lies, ghost riders, and the devil, apparently The plot was fun, the writing excellent, descriptions were amazing, and the story and the characters have touched meall the makings of a good book, in my opinion.However, when I reached the end and was yet again faced withwords by the author in the acknowledgments I was AGAIN put off by his overbearing and obnoxious tone despite his praise to American Women, as I happen to be one, I was still kinda insulted and annoyed I can t make out if Mr Allen is just a pompous ass, a jokester, or someone who lives and breathes all he chats about in the beginning AND end of his book


  2. Lawral Lawral says:

    Lu, the child of Chinese immigrants Henry, first a slave then a Union soldier and now free Chino, once just a Californian and now a Mexican with no homeland and of course Jack Straw, also a former Union soldier and now a privateer of sorts are all hired by John MacLe, former Confederate loyalist, and his daughter Sadie to get their gold mine and homestead back from the man who murdered Sadie s mother They travel across mountains, canyons, plains, and deserts They also deal with Mormons Lu, the child of Chinese immigrants Henry, first a slave then a Union soldier and now free Chino, once just a Californian and now a Mexican with no homeland and of course Jack Straw, also a former Union soldier and now a privateer of sorts are all hired by John MacLe, former Confederate loyalist, and his daughter Sadie to get their gold mine and homestead back from the man who murdered Sadie s mother They travel across mountains, canyons, plains, and deserts They also deal with Mormons one of whom really wants to make Sadie one of his wives , dwindling supplies Oregon Trail style , fatal weather, Confederate soldiers, many forms of racism, and, of course, actual demons.That s right This is a Western fantasy, and as such, it s pretty unique I ll be honest, the first half, almost pure Western, was a bit slow for me I liked getting to know the large cast of characters and found their trials pretty interesting, but I wasn t truly hooked until the fantasy set in When it did, I felt the need to devour the second half of the book to find out what would happen to everyone At the expense of my beauty sleep The forgotten journal of a man no one remembers that is covered with Lu s grandfather s Chinese writing, ghost riders that pretend to be shooting stars, were coyotes in the middle of an unlivable desert And none of that even begins to encompass what Lu, et al are really up against It s good stuff I highly recommend this book for fantasy readers who are sick of paranormal romances taking up all of the magic in young adult lit right now and for adventure readings who might be willing to let the truth stretch a little Neither group will regret the small step outside of their comfort zones.Now on to the serious stuff One of the greatest things about this book is the large cast of multicultural characters We are also given main characters that hail from both sides of the recently ended Civil War, in addition to soldiers in saloons with differing loyalties This book does NOT use the fantasy part of its description to make all of these people live together harmoniously From the author s note Not all of the characters in this book are to be admired, however History, as it turns out, is littered with men and women and boys and girls possessed of vile, even shocking beliefs, language and manners As your narrator I will admit having felt tempted to censor thedisturbing bits of racism from the nineteenth century folk that people these tales But as fact is my watch word, I have resisted that temptation p.7And it s true, Allen doesn t remove the racism from the story I don t think the n word makes an appearance not that Henry is called by his name by anyone outside the group , but Lu gets called a chink often not within the group , or better yet, referred to as Jack s chink What Allen does, instead of removing the racism from the book, is take all of these characters beyond their stereotypes for the readers Yes, Lu starts out as the explosion expert because, genetically, he must know how it s done, right He is Chinese, after all But then we also see Jack teaching Lu how to blow up a boulder early on in the trip All of the other characters similarly move beyond their stereotypes the rich Confederate and his wild child daughter, the religious former slave and the nature conscious Mexican, a variety of mystic and or violent American Indians and the wife hunting Mormons It s all very Breakfast Club, except without the all white cast.Book source Philly Free Library


  3. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Theresa L Stowell for TeensReadToo.comJustin Allen sends young Yen Tzu lu, also known as Lu, on a Wild West adventure in this humorous twist on the old fashioned western story.Lu is the fourteen year old son of Chinese immigrants who lives with his intimidating mother and mysterious grandfather in the apartment above their general store Lu s humdrum life undergoes a drastic change when larger than life hero Jack Straw comes to visit his grandfather.Lu is surprised enough to find ou Reviewed by Theresa L Stowell for TeensReadToo.comJustin Allen sends young Yen Tzu lu, also known as Lu, on a Wild West adventure in this humorous twist on the old fashioned western story.Lu is the fourteen year old son of Chinese immigrants who lives with his intimidating mother and mysterious grandfather in the apartment above their general store Lu s humdrum life undergoes a drastic change when larger than life hero Jack Straw comes to visit his grandfather.Lu is surprised enough to find out that his grandfather knows Jack Straw, but when he is told that he is going on a journey with Straw, Lu is thrust into an adventure that surpasses anything he could imagine.When Jack Straw shows up to take Lu away, Lu finds out he is to be the explosions expert on a quest to reclaim the treasure mine of John MacLe and his daughter, Sadie Considering the minor fact that Lu has never been taught to handle or set explosives, he begins to wonder if he has been brought along to just do the grunt work for the motley crew of adventurers, which includes an African American named Henry, a Hispanic named Chino, Jack Straw, and the MacLes.Along the way, however, he learns a number of handy skills, like driving a wagon, cooking a camp meal, riding a horse, and shooting two bullets a day He also learns that the people he is traveling with are not exactly what they seem to be.Allen includes a number of amusing allusions some not so subtle to classic writers such as Mark Twain, Washington Irving, and Larry McMurtry Further, he adds a fantasy element that takes the novel beyond the reader s wildest expectations


  4. Sue Sue says:

    Before the book even starts, the author threatens to sue whoever doesn t let EVERYONE read it Who does thatwill be sued to the fullest extent of the law The firm of Lister, Gatliff, Patrelle, Irons and Murphy has already filed a dozen such suits, and is prepared to enter into literally hundredsThe author considers this fair warning Well,take your book and shove it where the sun don t shine MINUS five stars.


  5. Pygmy Pygmy says:

    I feel bad about not finishing this book, since stories about Chinese having adventures in the West are super rare to nonexistent However, though the writing is competent and features nothing to complain about, I still cannot get emotionally evolved If I didn t have a pile of other books to read, I might have continued it, but alas


  6. Donald Donald says:

    Very entertaining, and a wonderful homage to a varied collection of classic writers and their tales of Old Scratch.


  7. Jack Jack says:

    Fun read


  8. Karen Karen says:

    Chinese boy hired to go West with a famous gunfighter In doing so, grows up.


  9. ninefly ninefly says:

    I now kind of know why I don t like Westerns Too white, too slow, too macho.The author did TRY to bring up some racial issues, though they were handled pretty vaguely, in the way that they re mentioned, but in the end it s just the way life was Motive and character growth were rather stunted and unclear for most of the book characters some things were forgiven too easily, the main character was too follow the leader, the mysterious dramatic hero just ended up really annoying.I did like som I now kind of know why I don t like Westerns Too white, too slow, too macho.The author did TRY to bring up some racial issues, though they were handled pretty vaguely, in the way that they re mentioned, but in the end it s just the way life was Motive and character growth were rather stunted and unclear for most of the book characters some things were forgiven too easily, the main character was too follow the leader, the mysterious dramatic hero just ended up really annoying.I did like some very very minor characters, like the guy with the lion and the tribe with the facially disfigured girl Everyone else just mattered so little to me I couldn t go on any after theinteresting characters left


  10. Denise みか Hutchins Denise みか Hutchins says:

    Although there wasn t anything terrible in this book that prevented me from finishing it, there also wasn t anything to compel me to pick it back up I didn t get far enough to feel like I can give the book an honest star rating I simply lost interest.


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