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Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show

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A travelling circus rife with freaks and geeks galore travels the nation in 1800s America but with a sinister purpose in Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischl.

The titular Dr. Potter is a disgraced Civil War surgeon roped into leading a carnival caravan from town to town, hawking a mysterious snake-oil called Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic. While most of the tonic is a harmless liquid mixed with low dose of opium, select bottles contain an experimental serum. Meanwhile, two hapless bandits hired by a drunk hunt down the scientist behind the serum. Everything will collide in a supernatural explosion of horror, steampunk, and violence.

As a piece of speculative historical fiction, this novel is fantastic. Fischl sets a story of alchemy and horror against the Civil War, with interesting observations. He populates his strange cast with outlandish characters and pits them against a ruthless and nearly immortal baddie. While it does tend to suffer from some classic “show, don’t tell” hiccups, it is overall a well-crafted story. It combines horror and historical fiction incredibly well and describes the scenes, actions, and characters disturbingly well. Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show is violent, gory, and uncomfortable but ultimately a hell of a read.

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Author:
Eric Scott Fischl
Page Count:
352 pages
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Publisher:
Angry Robot
Publish Date:
07-Feb-2017
ISBN:
9780857666383
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Issue:
May 2017
Category:
Historical Fiction
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Book Author

Eric Scott Fischl

Publisher

Angry Robot

Issue

May 2017

ASIN

085766638X

ISBN

9780857666383

Kindle ASIN

B01FBZVO4O

Page Count

352 pages

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Publication Date

07-Feb-2017

“Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show”

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