This is an anthology of some decent science fiction/fantasy authors. Not necessarily a weeder at all, but this poor volume had some serious water damage on the inside. Sci-fi and fantasy is usually a good source of interesting cover art. This one is no exception. I was staring at it for quite a while and trying to discern the multiple animals on the cover.The “dad” on the cover seems less impressed with the critters. Not exactly my version of cuddly, but I guess cuteness is in the eye of the beholder.
I think I will stick to my judgmental cats.
Submitter: We came across this 1989 copyright doozie awhile ago while we were doing our first major weed. It has been stored in our favorite weed collection for a few years now. It features a cyborg cowboy in a dystopian post-apocalyptic western frontier. His name is Hong and he has to prove himself. This gem was written before dystopia was a thing. I am surprised we don’t have a line to check it out. Even the animals are cyborg, such as the oxenites. The author even has some creative cowboy tunes scattered about. Can’t put it down!
Holly: This is cataloged as juvenile fiction. I can maybe see adults going for it, but kids or teens? That would be a hard sell in my public library. It was a nominee for both the Nebula and Hugo awards, so someone clearly enjoyed it (and in the immortal words of Ranganathan, “Every book his/her reader”). It’s a weird mashup of futuristic and historical, with the wagons and the range but also the cyborgs.
I’m more intrigued by Submitter’s “favorite weed collection.” Tell us more about that, Submitter!
Submitter: There are so many things going on with this book…a kid with dinosaur hands, horrible writing, crazy chapter titles, and the illustrations! The worst part is that we have TWO copies of it in our Library! Apparently the previous Librarian enjoyed it so much she ordered a second copy. From a middle school library.
Holly: There are definitely kids who will go for something like this. I’m not sure it warrants multiple copies unless it is a huge hit in your library for some reason! Maybe it’s grooming the next generation for weird sci-fi like this?