THE CLASSIC ADVENTURE CONTINUES ...."Watt O'Hugh will stay with you long after you've turned the last page of Steven Drachman's joyful, hilarious and smart tale. Watt O'Hugh made me an instant fan." -- Nicolle Wallace (NY Times Best-Selling Author of "Eighteen Acres" and ABC-TV analyst).I was an angry army of one. I spent my days poring over maps, imagining a way to destroTHE CLASSIC ADVENTURE CONTINUES ...."Watt O'Hugh will stay with you long after you've turned the last page of Steven Drachman's joyful, hilarious and smart tale. Watt O'Hugh made me an instant fan." -- Nicolle Wallace (NY Times Best-Selling Author of "Eighteen Acres" and ABC-TV analyst).I was an angry army of one. I spent my days poring over maps, imagining a way to destroy my enemies and march out of their city carrying their heads on flaming spears, plotting a solo military conquest that I knew could not and would not ever come to fruition. Until the day that Hester Smith beat down my such-as-it-was door and offered me my dreams of revenge.But first there was the matter of a rather urgent train robbery with which she needed my help and, more to the point, the help of my ghosts .......
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Watt O'Hugh Underground Reviews
What a wonderful sequel. I enjoyed Book 1,The Ghosts of Watt O'Hugh , but Book 2 takes it to another level. Drachman has upped his writing game, and the result is a book with greater complexity, deeper characters and more powerful writing chops. Let's be clear: this is an adventure story, at heart. But a sophisticated adventure story that defies genre expectations. Yet another book that makes me proud to be a self-publisher.Watt O'Hugh Underground mashes up elements of classic Wild West drama and romance with fantasy magic. Threads of Jewish and Chinese mysticism and time travel weave in and out of this tall tale. As a matter of fact, the chapters featuring Yu Dai-Yung the Empress's envoy, terrible poet and mystic warrior, were some of my favorites.Just as in Book 1, there is an aura of melancholy that pervades much of the story although livened with sardonic humor and many intriguing characters such as the aforementioned Chinese magician. The hero plays against type—to this point, he is a bit of a pawn always trying to do the right thing although it is usually not. And while he is a magical gunslinger, he is far from the macho cowboy stereotype. Well meaning and a bit of a drunk, Watt O'Hugh stumbles forward attempting to stop the fascist takeover of America and subsequently the world...and subsequently, quite possibly, the MULTIVERSE (yes, I said it), by the Sidonian forces who seem controlled by some creature from...elsewhere. That is the general thrust of the story. Watt teams up with various rebel factions and is indirectly guided by government agents and wealthy robber barons (JP Morgan himself) toward a cataclysmic confrontation with Sidonia. We won't know how it fully works out until Book 3, but unlike Book 1, I felt much more satisfied...yes, there are still unanswered questions but Drachman reveals many of his cards, and I feel I could see many of the cogs turning behind the scenes.Drachman also does an excellent job providing a sense of time and place. The time traveling aspects were quite well integrated and felt natural. I didn't feel that there was a forced moment in the entire book. Drachman has clearly come into his own in Book 2 and if he keeps up this momentum, Book 3 will be a powerhouse. Recommended.
This is the second book in the memoirs of: time traveling, rough around the edges, ghost leading, cowboy, Watt O’Hugh. The first thing you will notice is the change of covers from the slightly drab original cover to these new action packed colourful explosions clearly reminiscent of the kind of dime store, pulp tales stories that Mr O’Hugh is said to have starred in. Now I wouldn’t say the fit the tone of the books better than the original, as the actual stories fall somewhere in-between the two realities but they add a nice touch of humour and life and will definitely sell the series far better.Now those of you that have read my review of the first book know that while there was much I liked about the book it felt a little too chaotic and jumbled for me to be too enthused about the follow up which is why you’re getting it now two months after the launch. Now this is a hectic world we live in and you probably want a nice little paragraph, or if possible a line, off me to let you know if this is better, worse or just more of the same. Perhaps the best way to look at it would be that the original book was the pilot episode, feeling slightly longer, it tried to introduce us to everything the series had to offer, from characters and concepts to plot and arcs with a large grin on its face in an effort to convince to come back again next week. This book however feels like the first episode proper as it lingers on the set-ups, fleshes out its cast and gives many fleeting figures a sense of depth and reason. It’s still the same story but it gives you a sense of optimism on how it’s gonna run.At the same time there seems to be more of a concession to story telling techniques in this book. In the first book Watt O’Hugh was introduced to us as a rough around the edges anti hero who because of this had to be literally kicked into action and at one of the earliest oputunites wandered off. This made for a great character who while still a good hearted guy we could all like, was also far from the picturesque image of heroes in our mind. The only problem with this was that it made the story more than a little disjointed. In this one we find Watt living in a desolate cabin far from everyone and everywhere, getting by on bourbon and beans when. Fairly soon a young woman by the name of Hester Smith literally breaks down his door and asks for the help of him and his ghosts in hijacking a train of Sidonia (a cult like group who we encountered in the first tale). Needless to say this does not go well but it runs in a straight easy to follow manner as we see Watt as his new team plot their mission and go through the steps leading up to the night. None of this comes across as boring and in fact represents this books great strength over its predecessor and that is time. While the action goes along at a great pace and there is truly never a dull.In the first novel Watt discovered the ability to time travel, a trait which seemed mostly to set up and delve into his backstory with Lucy Billings. Here the time travel doesn’t appear to be for anything as obvious with Watt taking an early tumble through time to avoid the hired guns on Hester’s tail. Yet despite this more superfluous use it doesn’t feel forced and not only introduces the concept for new readers but gives a sense of confidence in Drachman who feels confident to play around with the ability right from the offset of the story.In fact this confidence runs throughout the book as ideas and characters from the first book are brought back and played around with giving us a Lucy Billings who could have easily become a Teresa Draco or Vesper Lynd but instead still lingers on as you would expect of a mans first love. Likewise the enigmatic Billy Golden (who I have been assured that while some believe to be Jesus is not) returns this time not as a prophetic leader of the resistance but instead as a man who has fallen in love. In fact this may be the best use of time travel yet as we see Billy age and de-age before our eyes as he reworks conversations always in a constant effort to get them right. It’s the kind of time travel that might not hold up too well for those who love to pick apart such stories for casuality and paradox’s but holds up brilliantly for those who don’t care about such things and can enjoy it for the emotion it carries.If you haven’t read the first book I almost want to recommend starting with this one and going back to flesh out the story if you’re interested. Drachman does a great job of reminding long time readers and bringing new ones up to speed without stopping for a bout of drab exposition.For anyone who enjoyed the first book I would recommend this book in case you haven’t already got it. For anyone who hated the first book I would recommend staying away as you are likely to only find more of the same but for those like me who were fairly ‘meh’ about the first foray into the life of Watt O’Hugh I’d recommend giving this a go. This book reads with much more force and confidence giving me high expectations for the future of what I can easily say is my favourite time traveling, ghost summoning, literary cowboy.In my first review I mentioned Brisco County Jr and the connection is easy to make but now that I’ve thought about it and certainly now that I’ve read the second book I think it may be slightly closer in line with Big Trouble in Little China. While that may mean that there will be some who don’t get the book those that do will love every minute.
Sidonia is a magical place where every dream has its price, and is spreading its evil throughout the Wild West unchecked … until government agents and millionaire industrialist J.P. Morgan are forced to wage a covert war against Sidonia and all it represents, using time-roaming, gun-slinging Watt O’Hugh as the main weapon in their arsenal. The story begins with a train robbery for a sacred scroll that could reveal the true power of Sidonia, but of course all is not as it seems, as good and evil forces mold time and history for their own ends, using people as pawns. Watt is steadily drawn deeper into the conflict until, once again, he’s in way over his head. Meanwhile, Master Yu, the reincarnation of a famous Chinese poet, is placed on a parallel trajectory with Watt as they both slowly come to realize that the threat Sidonia poses isn’t simply a Western one, or even a global one, but one that has the power to affect all possible realities. The time traveling, genre-bending, and at times psychedelic tour de force continues unabated in Steven S. Drachman’s WATT O’HUGH UNDERGROUND! It is a fast-paced read accented with kaleidoscopic description, comedy, tragedy, and a bit of philosophy and mathematical theory, all of which I found entirely engrossing, and which sets the book apart from other time travel/time manipulation stories I’ve read. As if that wasn't enough, Drachman successfully blends what can only be described as American Folklore and Chinese Folklore (along with sci-fi & fantasy) into this riveting tale as Watt O’Hugh and Master Yu struggle to overcome their personal conflicts. While Watt is still the main focus of the story, Yu does take up a significant amount of real estate, which is a good thing – I loved this character. Just like the first book, WATT O’HUGH UNDERGROUND slides from one time period to another, and from dimension to dimension, so that the reader never knows what’s around the next bend: a level of Chinese hell? The supercontinent of Pangea? Death Valley in the 80s? Get ready for a wild ride! The first book – THE GHOSTS OF WATT O’HUGH - had a cliffhanger ending, and like most cliffhanger endings, it left me with a lot of questions:-Who are the ghosts of Watt O’Hugh?-What happened to Tang after he/she went through the portal?-Who and what is M. Rashah?-What does Master Yu have to do with anything?-Will Watt ever be reunited with Lucy Billings?Fear not, reader! These questions and more are answered in satisfying ways that neatly tie just about everything together into a read that is likely to leave you eagerly awaiting the capstone in the trilogy. This series continues to be a truly unique and exceptional achievement of indie fiction.
You can judge Steven S. Drachman's Watt O'Hugh books by their covers. The covers depict a square-jawed cowboy hero, and inside the book, Watt O'Hugh is a square-jawed cowboy hero. Artist Mark Matcho draws him like Wayne Boring, the 1950s Superman artist, and the hero looks like DC Comics' Vigilante, down to the red neckerchief.On the surface, it's a straight-shootin' cowboy adventure, but it comes with a bonus: Watt O'Hugh is a Roamer who bounces through time. As he narrates the book, he says it's 1936, then he refers to the song “Come On Eileen.”What's unique about it is the blend of Western stuff with supernatural stuff. It blends so easily with a long-lost love subplot. Both books are quick-reading, page-turning pulpy adventures. -- Joe Crowe, http://www.revolutionsf.com
I have to start by saying I received a copy of this book from Goodreads, but that in no way has effected my review. This is the second book in the Watt O'Hugh series, Watt O'Hugh Underground it is Historical Fantasy, Science fiction with a love story. The book is written as a memoir following the adventures of Watt O'Hugh. It follows Watt from the Old West in the mid to late 1800 until he goes through a temporal hole in time and space. I now want to read the third book (but it is not out yet), I will be looking for it when it is released, that is how much I enjoyed the first two books.
I received this book for free as a FirstReads giveaway.This book, which is volume 2 of the trilogy, is much better than the first. The flow of the writing and the pace of the action was much better. I felt a lot more comfortable reading this book than the first volume. I am now looking forward to reading the finale!
Watt O’Hugh Underground is the follow-up by Steven S. Drachman to his early Western fantasy The Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh. I was pretty “meh” toward the first book, though it had a strong close, but I mostly enjoyed Watt O’Hugh Underground throughout, despite having some issues.Watt O’Hugh Underground picks up not too long after the events of Ghosts, with Watt hiding out in the desert trying to keep out of trouble, drinking up a storm, and plotting how to get even with the Sidonian for what they’ve done to him. Not too far into the book, though, his door is knocked down by Hester Smith, who says she has his means of vengeance at hand, if he’ll just help out with a little train robbery (it is a Western, after all). While Watt is busy robbing trains and then planning his assault on Sidonia, over in ... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...
I saw an early reading from this book at the Writers Center in Bethesda a year ago. If the rest of the book is anything like the section he read, it'll be great. I can't wait to read it!