River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

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While River of Teeth’s ending is somewhat abrupt, leaving many questions in its wake, the fact that this is designated as Book 1, justifies its sudden finish. It does, however, engender the wish that the novella had been lengthened into a novel with a better conclusion.
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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 Sarah Gailey

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SARAH GAILEY came onto the scene in 2015 and has since become one of the sharpest, funniest voices in pop culture online and an instant sensation as a regular blogger on Tor.com. Her nonfiction has appeared in Mashable and The Boston Globe, and her fiction has been published internationally. She lives in Oakland, California. River of Teeth is her debut novella.
 
Published May 23, 2017 by Tor.com. 176 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Westerns, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Toni V. Sweeney on May 22 2017

While River of Teeth’s ending is somewhat abrupt, leaving many questions in its wake, the fact that this is designated as Book 1, justifies its sudden finish. It does, however, engender the wish that the novella had been lengthened into a novel with a better conclusion.

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Reviewed by Amal El-mohtar on May 28 2017

River of Teeth is a wonderfully original debut, guaranteed to cast long, sinister shadows over beloved family board games for years to come.

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