finished reading

Knowing it's out of my usual genre, a friend recommended this to me, I'm so glad I read it.  What a mind-boggling alternate reality.  It is atmospheric and richly described.  The characters are flawed ne're do wells but are lovable. Like any Western, there's plenty of action and violence.  This is the first book I've read with a non-binary main character, in fact, most of the characters shatter gender norms.

From the publisher:
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.

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