Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West

Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Novel

Book - 2014
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From the creator of Family Guy and director of Ted comes a hilarious first novel that reinvents the Western.
 
Mild-mannered sheep farmer Albert Stark is fed up with the harsh life of the American frontier, where it seems everything and anything can kill you: Duels at high noon. Barroom brawls. Poisonous snakes. Cholera-infected drinking water. Tumbleweed abrasion. Something called "toe-foot." Even a trip to the outhouse. Yes, there are a million ways to die in the wild, wild West, and Albert plans to avoid them all. Some people think that makes him a coward. Albert calls it common sense. But when his girlfriend dumps him for the most insufferable guy in town, Albert decides to fight back--even though he can't shoot, ride, or throw a punch. Fortunately, he teams up with a beautiful gunslinger who's tough enough for the both of them. Un fortunately, she's married to the biggest, meanest, most jealous badass on the frontier. Turns out Albert has just discovered a million and one ways to die in the West.
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, c2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553391671
Branch Call Number: FIC MacF
Characteristics: 211 p
Additional Contributors: Wild, Wellesley
Sulkin, Alec
Alternative Title: Million ways to die in the West

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Nov 12, 2017

Normally, a movie would be based off of a novel, but for this, it was the other way around. I found the story alright, but there were some questionable decisions peppered throughout this book. I do like the concept of a protagonist who just cannot get used to western living conditions in the late 1800s, and makes a lot of rash decisions because of his contempt. And for the most part, what’s going on is actually interesting.
The problem is that this book tries to be as ‘adult’ as possible, by cramming a lot of swearwords, drug references, and sexual terms in it. You can’t go two pages without seeing the f-word pop up. With all that said and done, this book deserves a 2.5 out of 5 and a very cautious recommendation.
- @RhythmDragon of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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lukasevansherman
Mar 19, 2016

I once passed a kidney stone. That was funnier than Seth MdcFarlane.

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heinrichpenner
Aug 19, 2015

Try as I might, cannot find an appropriate adjective that begins to describe ... watching grass grow would be more interesting!

TJW007 Mar 25, 2015

is this like the movie? the movie was great

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Logovore
Jan 14, 2015

It's not terrible, but it's not great either.

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driafeliz
Jul 20, 2014

I found this book to be just okay. It was a predictable ending but with a twist to get to it, very much in Hollywood fashion. It was funny and quirky. It was just okay.

snicholson76 May 19, 2014

Absolutely hilarious!!! Fans of MacFarlane's work will not be disappointed and will most likely find themselves laughing out loud while reading this book. Can't wait for the movie!

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May 06, 2014

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