Conditions throughout Texas today are frigid. An arctic cold front blew in last night bringing freezing temperatures, rain, sleet and ice. So it is certainly a good day to stay inside, warm yourself by the fire, be safe, and enjoy a good book.
To that end, if a copy of Palo Duro has not yet found its way into your library, I offer the following excerpt from today’s review to peak your interest.
“Only one thing about her new life bothered Molly – the continued slaughter of the buffalo. The hunters killed the cows leaving the calves to starve to death. Their cries as they stayed by the dead carcasses of their mothers could be heard across the prairie and their pitiful bawling moved her to action.”
With that one paragraph Max L. Knight captures the wantless destruction of the buffalo from the Western landscape. In his novel, Palo Duro, he retells the horrific, savage wars and interactions between Indians and government soldiers. It also recounts cattle drives, Buffalo Soldiers, to the beginnings of the Texas Rangers.
Click on this link for the complete review from Forgotten Winds.
Homeward stretch, with two entries for you today…
If you read the review from Texan Girl Reads yesterday, it referenced two of the central characters in my novel, Charles Goodnight and Quanah Parker, and the deal struck between the Texas Cattleman and the Comanche War Chief.
“The thing that I found was very cool was the deal that Charles Goodnight made with Quanah. But y’all just have to read this book to see what I’m talking about!”
Spoiler alert! Today’s post in The Page Unbound contains an excerpt from the book that takes you to this meeting between the two antagonists and reveals their agreement. Of course, though you now know what she was talking about, I still hope you’ll read the book to put the event in context and understand how the arrangement turned mortal enemies into lifelong friends.
And, for those of you interested in more about me, A Novel Reality offers Favorites, Part 2, with entries on Destinations, Leisure Activity, Cuisine, Culture, Location, Sport, and Team. By the way, the last category shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Gig ‘Em Aggies!
We’re at the midway point of the tour and today’s entry is another review from Texan Girl Reads.
Here are a couple of comments from her post –
“Palo Duro is the story of not just Palo Duro, the place, but of the people that made the entire area around it famous! The book is a fast paced read with tons of real-life action from the 1860s to the late 1880s.
If you are into history but most importantly, history set in the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma, you have to read this book.”
Be sure to read the complete review by clicking on the above link, then check in tomorrow as the 2nd half of the tour gets underway!
I’ve commented before about the importance of reviews to authors who are relatively new to the publishing world; not just those that laud the finished work, but those that offer constructive criticism to improve any future endeavors. Some writers are “one and done,” but most aspire to continue offering their stories and knowing how readers perceive their efforts is important to the creative process.
Today’s blog tour entry is the latest review of Palo Duro. Here are some excerpts –
“Right off the bat, I noticed that this historical fiction novel reads an awful lot like a history book. Not one of those dry, fact-listing history books, but one that was written by an academic author with a bit of an imagination. When Knight is in this mode of writing, his descriptions go beyond the surface skimming details of most historical fiction books. The colorful descriptions range from the beauty and simplicity of Native American family life to the horrible, clinical depictions of warfare.
I have a few minor criticisms: Sectioning the novel into books and chapters was a little odd. And then there was the even odder decision to put all of the book and chapter titles in quotation marks. If it were up to me, I would have divided the novel differently so that some sections didn’t seem so sparse while others bloated. Overall, a great read wrapped in a beautiful cover. It’s not very often that I feel like I’ve learned so much from a historical novel.”
My thanks to Missus Gonzo. For the complete review, please check out her website.
Today’s entries come to you from Storeybook Reviews, where you can find my guest post listing some of my personal favorites in categories such as Author, Literary Genre, Movie, Movie Director, and Musical Scene.
At Books in the Garden, I discuss the genesis of the novel as well as my travels to locations included in the book, why it developed into a story about westward expansion instead of focusing solely on Texas, and my love for westerns in both cinema and print.
By the way… speaking of travel, some of you have expressed interest in knowing where in Texas the blog and websites involved in the tour are located. The locations include (in no particular order) Spur, San Antonio, Round Rock, Willis, College Station, Sundown, Paris, Burleson, Spring, Humble, Cleburne, Houston, Colleyville, Arlington, and Fluvanna. That’s miles and miles of Texas, but fortunately those of you following the tour can virtually travel to these places by just clicking on the links!
Good morning everyone! Today’s entry on the blog tour is a review from a blogger in Paris, Texas, Syd Savvy.
Here is an excerpt from her book review-
“This excellent book reads like creative non-fiction, with great dialogue, which is the perfect way to experience the subject matter. However, the book is actually fiction, with breathing characters who truly lived and died generations ago. In addition to the fast pace, the chapters read very quick, so Palo Duro is perfectly suited for a modern reader. I have read both Empire of the Summer Moon and Larry McMurtry’s Custer, and this book seemed like an easier, though well fleshed out tale of the clash of western expansion and Native Americans.”
For the complete review, check out her blog, Syd (On Seeking) Savvy.
Texas Book Lover has published the tour Promo which includes a synopsis of the novel Palo Duro, reviews of the book, an author profile, and information on the “Giveaway” associated with the tour.
The Librarian Talks has posted a fictional interview with one of the characters in the novel, Molly Goodnight.
It’s begun… join the tour and discover these bloggers and their websites!