The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher

Release Date: January 22, 2013
Publisher: Tor/Forge
Received from: NetGalley
Rating: 4
Cover Thoughts: Unique
Review: I finished this book a few days ago. But haven't written anything because unlike most books were I read think, write, and move on within a day. This book had me thinking. And even though it's been days and many things have happened during those days, mainly mass Christmas Events, I have still pondered moments of this book.
I don't know what R. S. Belcher view on religion but the view in the book is most interesting.

" 'People, Jim,' Ch'eng said 'Gods all need people. People thought them up; people gave them their names, duties, domains. People raise them to the heights of praise and power or relegate them to the darkness of neglect and antiquity. Gods are nothing without people, and depending on what people you ask you will get many different answers to questions about Heaven and Hell, how the universe was made and how it will end. Ask a Chinese, an Indian, a Mormon, a Christian and a Jew. Each one will give you a different answer and they are all correct; they all exist and have power, within their proper domains, with their chosen people, and, if they are strong enough, even beyond.' "

I also find the point that when people are tested 99% of the time even with their 'high morals' they do the following

"And the good, good people of the small town of Golgotha, many of them, when they saw the Stained, saw what they did to those they caught up to; they forgot to love their neighbor, forgot to lend a helping hand, forgot to do unto others as they would have them do unto themselves. They ran, ran like animals frightened by the storm. Pushing, shoving, the weak, the innocent, the frail, all falling under their feet. Many of the souls Golgotha called, called to across the desert, across the plains and the oceans and the night sky, many of them were not good people. Many of them cared only for their own skin and their own next breath and they were more than willing to feed another to these months, who had been their smiling neighbors, to live, to keep running"

Some very interesting points were made. So.. the story... was good and disturbing. Not a major fan of worms or tongues that aren't the normal size. Jim was definitely my favorite character. At first I was really annoyed because we get so drawn into Jim's story! He is dying in the desert Promise is barely breathing beside him AND then switch to a whole different world completely different characters who don't care one bit for the happens of poor Jim and Promise. I was very frustrated when that happened! It is most interesting how the two stories went from being to completely opposite things to tied in together so well.
While some of my questions were definitely not answered in the end those questions weren't important to me to get an answer. Biqa was a very complex character, whose growth was the greatest in the book and it's hard to see how the full thing happens as you only get bits and pieces.
I find it interesting how God and Satan sat in the sidelines and watch. In this case you could say they both had their hands in directing things to a path that would benefit both sides. OR you could go with the free will version, where the people really do have a voice and make the choices. It's all an interesting line of thought.l

Hope you had a great Christmas and are having a good boxing day!
TTYL!

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