|Vintage Pulp||Jul 3 2020|
All in all, The Fighting Edge is an entertaining piece of historical fiction, with digressions into ranching and range wars, but readers who understand that the taming the West was part of a larger genocide against Native Americans might not be fans of Raine's mythologizing. The book unambiguously sees justice as subordinate to supremacy. As events unfold, the local Utes become furious that the killing of one of their braves by the aforementioned Jake Houck goes unpunished, but their decision to go on the warpath is bad for the grand design, thus they must be violently suppressed. Sound familiar? The more things change, and all that. Raine never imagined his work would be relevant a hundred years after he wrote it, we're sure, but there you go.
|Vintage Pulp||Mar 7 2011|
The guys at National Road Books have hooked us up again, this time with a cover of Avon Western Reader No. 3, published in 1947. The New York City-based Avon Book Company put out lots of these collections, and their stable of recurring anthologies included Avon Fantasy Reader, Avon Science Fiction Reader, Avon Detective Mysteries, Avon Annual and others. They produced at least four issues of Western Reader, possibly more. This one, besides having great cover art, contains fiction from Ernest Haycox, Stephen Payne, William MacLeod Raine and others. You can see more at the National Road Books website.