Rogues #5 – Tawny Petticoats – Michael Swanwick

I’m about a quarter of the way through Days of Blood & Starlight. In the mean time, I continue to press forward with Rogues!

Title: Tawny Petticoats
Author: Michael Swanwick
Genre: Zombie Western

So this is an interesting one. This one is set in New Orleans in a future where America is post-Utopia. Drug-induced zombies (i.e. the kind that we first knew of) are the new labor based, and so while none are the main characters, they are everywhere. I say that it’s a Western, because the plot feels very western. We have a pair of gentlemen attempting to swindle three of the biggest swindlers in New Orleans with the aid of the titular lady Tawny Petticoats. The setting is fun, and it’s always fun watching cons trying to con one another, but it just didn’t grab me and I can’t quite saw why. The ending was good enough for me to bump this up a notch, but I kind of struggled through this one.

Grade: C

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