Book Review: The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl

The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl
By Tim Pratt

My Edition:
Paperback, 399 pages
2005, Bantam
ISBN: 0553383388

What if characters from a comic you wrote suddenly began creeping their way into your life and were less than friendly? Would you take a stand against them or call a shrink? Marzi finds herself facing The Outlaw, a nemesis she created for her gun-toting, badass alter ego, Rangergirl, in her wild west themed comics. As The Outlaw and his minions force their way into her life and threaten to destroy her town she must face them and defend her home. 

If you enjoy urban fantasy mixed with a healthy dose of western adventure, this is the book for you. I was reminded of Charles de Lint’s world building – where artwork and legends come to life in our modern time and try to integrate into or destroy our society. I was heading on vacation when I picked this up and I wanted something that would be light and fun and Pratt delivered. Engrossed, I read most of this book in a day. Marzi is a great lead character, and even more spectacular are the characters she created for her Rangergirl comic. I loved the mutable character of The Outlaw – everyone viewed him a bit differently and his personality began to change because of Marzi. He had a lot of wit and made a great villain.

I found it easy to imagine the world Marzi created in her comics as it came to life before her own eyes. In fact, I would love to see some actual Rangergirl comics. In fact, I think Pratt should team up with Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples and make an awesome comic series! They don’t even have to credit me for the idea!

This book has been on my shelf for years and years and my only regret is not picking it up sooner!

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