Main Plot Points:
- At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed is a side-splitting satire that perfectly parodies romance novels and western dramas.
- Our hero, Saint James Street James is a tall, extremely muscular, 32-year-old man whose attributes and possessions include a mind stronger than Socrates on acid, a magnificent horse he loves more than anything in the world, a package so large that it requires a signature, a beautiful, passionate wife with a rack so perfect it belongs on a billiard table, a ton of children, and his own personal gold mine.
- His life, set in 1849 against the backdrop of the California Gold Rush, is one long parade of amazing sex, dynamite montages, whiskey, and explosive gunfights. The kinds of things men could do when men were actually men. He is the richest man in town—equal parts loved and feared by all.
- But when the Schläger Brothers come to town, so too comes the end of the good times. St. James is forced to defend everything that matters to him (including, but not limited to: prostitutes, his horse, money, and drugs. Oh, and his wife and children too, sort of). God help anyone who stands in his way.
What We Thought:
- I had been looking forward to reading At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed and it did not disappoint. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. EVER.
- As a big fan of Ross Patterson’s films, the idea of him writing the “First romance novel for dudes” was right up my alley. There were times I literally laughed out loud reading the book and had to put it down because I was laughing so much.
- The first 60 pages I sat in a recliner and read the tale of Saint James Street James. At one point there is a line spoken by our hero that made me pound my legs on the recliner in a fit of laughter. I felt like an Apollo Theater audience member while my legs spasmed in my chair.
- Patterson’s hero is everything you want in an old west story. He’s brazen and bold. He’s quick on the draw and not afraid to drop a body. He’s great with the ladies and rides a mean horse. As a fan of westerns, I totally dug the book and how it pokes fun at the old west stereotypes.
- Speaking of stereotypes, if you are a firm believer in today’s politically correct world, do yourself a favor and buy this book. Don’t read it, it’s not for you, but give the author your money anyways. You’ll just waste it at Whole Foods on tofu and gluten free nonsense.
- If, like me, you actually have a sense of humor and can laugh at things made to be taken AS jokes, you’ll find yourself laughing along to this book. There are jokes about prostitutes and how to treat them. There are jokes about his children and their names. One isn’t safe for work, but trust me, it’s a good one. And then there’s his Chinaman. If you cringed at that term, this book isn’t for you either. There’s lots of Chinamen jokes in this, come on, it’s in California during the Gold Rush, they were everywhere back then!
- At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed is what I was hoping it would be, simply funny. I know I’ll find myself reading it again and reliving the adventures of Saint James Street James. If you are familiar with Ross Patterson’s films and/or follow him on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/StJamesStJames), go buy his book now. Don’t even finish reading this, just click the link already and order it.
Notable Cast & Crew:
- Written by Ross Patterson
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