River of Teeth (Paperback)

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With overwhelming immigration and a serious food shortage in overcrowded cities, the US government needed a solution. It was the turn of the 20th century and while the country began to worry about a meat shortage, the government concocted a plan to resolve it, as well as solving a few other problems in the meantime. What is the solution you ask? Why hippo ranching of course! In an effort to capitalize on largely unusable grazing land as well as control the invasive water hyacinth, Congress introduced a bill to start hippo ranches in swamps and bayous and sell what newspapers would lovingly refer to as, "lake cow bacon."
In her novella, River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey takes this fascinating bit of history and writes a speculative fiction as if all of this had actually happened. River of Teeth follows a band of rough outlaws types, called Hoppers (essentially Hippo Cowboys), tasked with a seemingly impossible mission to thwart a villainous swamp thug and clear an area of the Louisiana bayou of feral hippos that said swamp thug uses as his best line of defense.
This lovely little book is a riot. A fun romp through the bayou with your trusty hippo and rough neck crew. Essentially, it's a wee western story set in an alternate timeline without the standard heteronormative stereotypes. There is love, heartbreak, revenge and best of all, hippos.
For more info. on hippo ranching in American history check out, https://www.wired.com/2013/12/hippopotamus-ranching/

— From Chelsea

Description


A Finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella

Sarah Gailey's wildfire debut River of Teeth is a rollicking alternate history adventure that Charlie Jane Anders calls "preposterously fun."

In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

About the Author


Hugo and Campbell finalist SARAH GAILEY came onto the scene in 2015 and has since become one of the sharpest, funniest voices in pop culture online. They are a regular contributor for multiple websites, including Tor.com. Their nonfiction has appeared in Mashable and The Boston Globe, and their fiction has been published internationally. They are the author of River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow. They live lives in Los Angeles, California.

Praise For…


"Man-eating hippo mayhem is my new favorite mayhem. Gailey's debut is a gift of violent, unexpected glee and I can't wait for more capers with Winslow Houndstooth and Ruby the stealth hippo." —Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author

"This hippopotamus epic is just as preposterously fun as you could possibly have hoped — but it's also a brave, clever alternate history. River of Teeth packs one hell of a gold-plated bite." —Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

“Weird and wonderful, River of Teeth proves handily why Sarah Gailey is a writer to watch.” —Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Aftermath and Invasive

"Blisteringly imaginative, and written with a sly, sharp wit." —Kate Elliott

"A rowdy, rollicking river ride from a sly and whimsical new writer. A damned fine adventure for everyone. And I haven't even mentioned the hippos yet. Get reading." —Kameron Hurley, Hugo Award-winning author of Mirror Empire and The Geek Feminist Revolution

"River of Teeth is a wonderfully original debut." —NPR

"Fun and charming with killer hippos and even better characters." —Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of seedy westerns will greatly enjoy this tale of gold-tusked hippos and the miscreants who ride them." —Publishers Weekly

"This is a thing I now know about Sarah Gailey: she is a word-magician who can render searing touch on a flat page and suspend disbelief flawlessly. The world of River of Teeth feels vast, and navigable due to her skill. The characters within, deep and yet intimately knowable." —Fran Wilde, Nebula-nominated, Andre Norton- and Compton Crook-winning author of Updraft and Cloudbound

"I love Sarah Gailey's River of Teeth. It is sexy and raucous and wild and beautiful and violent—aka, everything I've ever wanted from a lawless caper through the American West. Gailey's storytelling is clever and top-notch, and River of Teeth will leave you with adrenaline humming through your veins. I can't recommend this highly enough." —Alyssa Wong, Nebula Award-winning author of "Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers"

Product Details
ISBN: 9780765395238
ISBN-10: 0765395231
Publisher: Tor.com
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: River of Teeth
 

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