A Million Ways To Die In The West Review

I’m not sure how many people are aware of this little nugget of truth or not, but back in the day, right around say…1882ish in a dusty town located eerily near a place that was somewhat reminiscent of Arizona, it was really fuckin’ rough, man.
And when I say rough, I don’t mean “awww balls, the wifi is down again, how ever am I gonna see porn stars hump in 4K ultra high definition now!?”, no, I mean everything seemed as though it was out to kill you.
To boil it all down, there were, in fact, A Million Ways To Die In The West!…ya see what I did there?
I’m feeling awfully clever now.
So let’s take a look at this filthy bastard of a book and see if there’s any gold in them thar hills!

As per the usual, this is your official ****SPOILER ALERT****

Seth MacFarlane, creator or co-creator of Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, and The Orville made a big splash in the realm of feature films with 2012’s TED.
It quickly became one of the highest grossing R-rated comedies, and the inevitable question was hurled at Seth.
“What are you going to do next?”
His reply was this movie, and for reasons that I still don’t quite understand, it didn’t really light the world on fire.
Part of me thinks folks still aren’t ready to embrace westerns again and part of me thinks folks are still uncomfortable with such raw filthy jokes coming out of actual human mouths.

Whatever the reasons, I actually loved the movie and think it gets exponentially better with each subsequent viewing.
But one of the things I loved most about the entire experience of the movie was that it was announced that there would be a novelization of the movie written by the writer and director himself, MacFarlane.
Now, anybody who reads these reviews regularly knows that one of my favorite types of novels would be media tie-ins, especially movie novels.
And when after years of looking I finally found this, I was pumped to dive in…then I waited 2 years for it to call out and demand to be read.

Albert Stark is a sheep farmer (and not a good one at that) who hates the raw, untamed west with a passion.
It’s hot, everything and everyone wants to kill, cut, trample, squash, harm, or otherwise mame and dismembered you, his heartless girlfriend just left him for a douchenozzle, and he’s ready to head to civilization, San Francisco!
But a strange and breathtaking new woman, that won’t talk about her past, comes to Old Stump and gives him a reason to hang around town for a spell longer.

This novel really is a strange one, since you rarely see comedy movies get novelized.
In a way, this book reads like a narrative joke book.
Which oddly actually attracts me to it more because it’s so different than most movie novels.
Really, the worst thing I can say about this is that it follows the movie too precisely, which is a trend I am noticing more and more in recent years with novelizations.
There is very little flourish or expansion on what you see on screen, at most there are about 10 alternate lines or jokes.
Mostly, the new prose is added contextual content that you can infer from looks and the relationships featured on screen.

Honestly, the real draw here is seeing how Seth’s voice sounds in a richer and fuller story format.
We know he can handle the coldness of the script format, but there are some writers who seem to struggle in jumping between the 2.
Yeah, well, Seth ain’t one of them.
His descriptions pop (especially if you’ve seen the astoundingly beautiful movie), his pacing is brisk but not rushed, the characters feel as defined on the page as they did on screen, and it’s just plain fun.
The only problem I have with his style would be that there are no chapters in this book at all, it’s just one long piece.
Sure, it has the normal transitional breaks you expect, but if you are a goal oriented reader that loves the mini accomplishment of “I’m gonna read two chapters before bed.” you are S.O.L. and J.W.F. my friend.

Bottomline, I love this story in both formats.
I don’t know what his plans are, but I would love to see Seth write more novels, but originals in the future.
Something that allows him to not feel like he has to so closely follow a prelaid path.
I want to see him unleashed.
Or, hell, I’m sure he has an idea for an episode of The Orville that’s just a bit too big for Hulu!

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

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Episode 051: Off The Rails 6 – The Great Space Ghoster

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But also, we take the tangents to a whole new level of Off The Raildom when we talk about Bellywashers, stealing back packs from 1st graders, and deaths on Sesame Street and in Villages full of People.

Some Scooby figures and DVDs are used as jumping off points for failing businesses and cartoons from the golden days of yore, so sit back and enjoy some sweet ass Nerd Blitz deviation, gang!

 

URL: Episode 051: Off The Rails 6 – The Great Space Ghoster
Direct Download: tnb051.mp3

Episode 040: Off The Rails 4 – I Cradle Those Crusty Nuts

tom-petty-heartbreakers-you-got-lucky-official-music-videoIn this episode, slap on your seat belts cause the fellers are taking the circuitous route this time.

They open with some Futurama jibber-jabbering that somehow morphs into Star Trek, then they get their 1st listener submitted Joke Corner, before settling into the shows most popular topic, DEATH!!!

Playboys, Musicians, & Comedians, the bodies be droppin’ all around us while we explore the seedy side of con art, streaming services, and some Scooby news!

Get your asses in your seats, this train is leaving the station, gang!

URL: Episode 040: Off The Rails 4 – I Cradle Those Crusty Nuts
Direct Download: tnb040.mp3

Episode 027: Lost In Cleveland

chetIn this episode, the guys talk about the stuff that’s coming up in the show (***Spoilers***, they drop one topic cause it’s just too stupid and infuriating).

Fitz pimps a YT channel, they discuss another Celeb that their own personal angel of death may or may not have touched, and then they do a Dinner For 5 type list of living or dead celebs they’d love to sit around with. Plus some sweet Star Wars Rebels talk!

PLUS we have a GIVEAWAY courtesy of http://ScoobyFan.Net & @SpiderScooby!

All that and more as one of em gets chucked under a bus by the other in FΩ€k This S#!t. Come have a listen as we launch into year 2 in a big bad way, gang!

URL: Episode 027: Lost in Cleveland
Direct Download: tnb027.mp3
YouTube: https://youtu.be/KoJS0J3BIs0

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