Seth MacFarlane's a Million Ways to Die in the West (Hardcover)

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By Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin (Screenplay by), Wellesley Wild (Screenplay by)
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A Million Ways To Die In The West begins with a bang. The story establishes Albert Stark as a self-made coward living in the old west. His occupation as a sheep herder has brought him to a deadly gunfight which begins Chapter One. A history of hatred for sheepmen among cattle ranchers began as a result of sheep grazing close to the ground and ruining pastures. This, among other contributions to the well-being of the main character, leads to hilarious misfortunes that only Seth MacFarlane can conjure. Although Albert denies being chicken-hearted, his profound negativity towards life and his contorted view of common sense screams otherwise. His bravery and goodwill are continually being tested when notorious outlaws and female counterparts cross his path. Comedy wraps around Albert’s mission to leave his isolated western town and head to civilization where the belief is you no longer have to take your life in your hands through every day living. Finding his happiness and niche in life among the old Wild West develops into a high noon comedic romp.
Seth MacFarlane has become a prominent force in humor. His achievements include animator, producer, director, and of course creator of the television show Family Guy. Now he has written his first novel. Capitalizing on his strong wit, sarcasm, and jokes, Seth has used his comedic genius to explore this frontier. Fans of his style will thoroughly enjoy the quick comebacks and banter that winds its way through the adventures of all the colorful characters written page after page. Readers will get to meet Doctor Harper, a medicine man whose backwoods methods are to say the least questionable, to Ruth, a talented brothel working girl who considers her a job a difficult nine to five career choice. Her understanding boyfriend provides much interesting 'how was your day at work' dinner conversations in the evening. Readers need entertainment. A Million Ways To Die In The West is a pleasant distraction from everyday life and will guarantee to put a delighted grin on your face.

— Mike, Albuquerque

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From the creator of Family Guy and director of Ted comes a hilarious first novel that reinvents the Western.
 
Mild-mannered sheep farmer Albert Stark is fed up with the harsh life of the American frontier, where it seems everything and anything can kill you: Duels at high noon. Barroom brawls. Poisonous snakes. Cholera-infected drinking water. Tumbleweed abrasion. Something called “toe-foot.” Even a trip to the outhouse. Yes, there are a million ways to die in the wild, wild West, and Albert plans to avoid them all. Some people think that makes him a coward. Albert calls it common sense. But when his girlfriend dumps him for the most insufferable guy in town, Albert decides to fight back—even though he can’t shoot, ride, or throw a punch. Fortunately, he teams up with a beautiful gunslinger who’s tough enough for the both of them. Unfortunately, she’s married to the biggest, meanest, most jealous badass on the frontier. Turns out Albert has just discovered a million and one ways to die in the West.

About the Author


Seth MacFarlane is an animator, writer, producer, director, actor, and singer. He is the creator of the show "Family Guy" and co-creator of "American Dad!, "for which he also voices many of the shows' various characters. He is the executive producer of the television series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey." MacFarlane's film "Ted" is the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time, and he is the co-writer, producer, director, and star of the film "A Million Ways to Die in the West." As a singer, MacFarlane has released a Grammy-nominated album of American standards, "Music Is Better Than Words." He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780553391671
ISBN-10: 0553391674
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
Pages: 211
Language: English