Above me the sky spread out, blue in the heat. Sister Thomas Josephine, an innocent Visitantine nun from St Louis, Missouri, is making her way west to the promise of a new life in Sacramento, California. Her journey will take her from the most forbidding mountain peaks to the hottest, most hostile desert on earth, from Nevada to Mexico to Texas, and her faith will be tested in ways she could never imagine. I've seen some reviewers complain about this - comparing it to the over-dramatic tensions at the end of each chapter of a James Patterson novel but I have to disagree. But the cumulative effect of the 600+ pages when combined into one tome, reminded me of the joy of reading solely for the story and not the language or innovation or style etc.
Mind you, with work this good, who cares? Sharp writing, moral ambiguity, and a story-line that will rope you in and won't let you go. Nunslinger is the true tale of Sister Thomas Josephine, a woman whose desire to do good in the world leads her on an incredible adventure that pits her faith, her feelings and her very life against inhospitable elements, the armies of the North and South, and the most dangerous creature of all: man. The title is by far the most modern aspect of this book, for the contents are the best kind of old-fashioned western, only with a nun as the central protagonist. Sister Thomas Josephine, an innocent Visitantine nun from St Louis, Missouri, is making her way west to the promise of a new life in Sacramento, California. The short chapters are something you get used to quite quickly and for a Western it doesn't overdo the nuances of the language at that time. Though the 614 page extent is no chump change, it will still feel like too short a time with Sister Thomas Josephine and her travelling companions.
We always encourage puns round these parts. Sharp writing, moral ambiguity, and a story-line that will rope you in and won't let you go. The story is told in the first person through Sister Josephine. Sharp writing, moral ambiguity, and a story-line that will rope you in and won't let you go. She is the master of her own destiny after all. In the tenth story chronicling her adventures, Sister Thomas Josephine will face down a whole host of new problems - and the yellow-bellied scum who want to see her dead.
The main protagonist is a memorable and likeable character, sister Thomas Josephine formally of St. I'm not a big Western fan. First of all, it was written as short cliffhangers in serial form. As it was, I struggled by. The prose style nicely keeps you reading on and brings the scene to life, you feel the environment and the moment, good dialogue, and the sentences the righ The main protagonist is a memorable and likeable character, sister Thomas Josephine formally of St. In the 614 pages that follow the pace never lets up with our super-ballsy nun, the handsome drifter Abe she hooks up with, and Lt Theodore Carthy with the lousy attitude, battling it out for the truth, for survival. A huge thank you to the publisher, Hodder Books and Book Bridgr for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review when my curiosity finally got the better of me.
Stark Holborn writes tight and pacey prose. If you like tense action and perpetual peril, I recommend Nunslinger, especially for commutes, as the chapters are no more than a few pages at a time. I chewed dutifully on the food for as long as seemed necessary and took up the book. I guess not everything can be Lonesome Dove. I liked the short chapters, the characterisation of even the minor characters was spot on, the pace constant.
I turned back: a smudge on the horizon was all that suggested a village lay behind us. Nunslinger does not romanticize the untamed West nor does it dictate to the readers what to think. I loved Sister Thomas Josephine and the grafter Abraham C Muir who are doing all they can to stay one step ahead of the law. I also liked the effect that simply being a nun -- even so out of context -- had on the people around her. Good enough that I wish it was better.
Her wagon train is attacked and she is taken hostage by the drifter Abraham C Muir, who becomes her companion on the long trail she must ride. It is an exceedingly fun read with good people, bad people, blazing guns, chases, jailbreaks, derring-do and all sorts of wildness. I won't give spoiler This was one of the best books I've ever read. That was before I knew it was 12 books in this collection. The earth had been torn up into a wide ditch twenty paces wide, men swarming in lines along its length. Particularly not 600+ pages of it.
I don't think you need an open mind I think you just need an adventurous mind to read this book. I think the trashy title is what made me do a bit of further investigation, but the syopsis intrigued me enough to give this a go. I decided when I started to read that I would rate and review the series book after book. Nunslinger is fast paced, full of thrills, danger, daring escapes, bad guys, and plenty of action. There is a host of memorable and beautifully drawn characters and towards the end of the novel as my reading momemtum picking up I was trying to eek it out for as long as possible. It's quite fascinating watching this self-described bride of Christ degrade herself and go against her beliefs more and more yet still be able to justify her actions to herself and her God.