Jun 29, 2008

Related: Phantom Stallion, Mustang Moon

Mustang Moon
Phantom Stallion #2
by Terri Farley

I read this some time ago, so admittedly I don't remember a whole lot. However, I know a diaper is involved, so I'm sure the rest will start revealing itself to me as I go. So, let's head out.

(Just to note: I don't give a crap about these covers, so I'm not going to bother posting them in a position of prominence. Nor am I going to talk about them. Unless, of course, something seriously crazy has to be pointed out.)

When 13–year–old Samantha returns home to her family's cattle ranch in Nevada, she's worried. She moved away two years ago to recover from a bad fall off her beloved mustang, Blackie, and she's still not sure she can get back in the saddle. Her new colt doesn't seem to like her, and the other ranchers treat her like the boss's spoiled daughter, and Blackie has been missing since that fateful day.

But that's just the beginning. When Sam suddenly finds the fate of a mysterious mustang who may or may not be the missing Blackie resting in her hands, she has to learn to be a real cowgirl, ready or not. The classic theme of a girl and her horse is set against a backdrop of mustangs, tumbleweeds, and a West that's still Wild.

I don't really know what this blurb has to do with the book. It's more of a series description than anything else. And it sure as hell isn't helping me remember much about the plot. I will continue anyway, just because it must be done.


After the whole issue of Linc Slocum trying to capture Blackie/Zanzibar/The Phantom, the horse pretty much disappears. Being obsessed, Sam is worried about the horse because he doesn't visit her anymore. Or something to that effect. Plus she's been told that she can't roam around at night anymore because that usually tends to get her knocked in the head. Usually by the Phantom, only it's totally accidental and Sam feels the burden of unfairness placed upon her bony, thirteen-year-old shoulders. Poor her.

So, one night as she's all disobeying and such, she sees another stallion trying to beat the crap out of their fence line, freaking out all the horses. This is a big, dark stallion with a gargantuan head, which she immediately names Hammerhead. He goes away, so we can then focus on the fact that suddenly all the other horses don't seem to like Ace anymore. So they make a big to do over this and stick him in a paddock with Sweetheart, who I guess likes everyone and is therefore the social outcast of the group. Then the Hammerhead steals Sweetheart...or maybe he steals Linc's horse first...well, whatever. He steals both of them and that's all that really matters.

Linc Slocum has recently purchased a new racing Appaloosa that Hammerhead takes a liking too. Once he steals her, Linc freaks out and races to catch Sam at her bus stop so he can demand that she call The Phantom down so he can kick that horse's butt. Seriously, do people really think when they make characters do these sort of wacky things that they're actually acceptable and likely to happen in real life? Who can just magically whistle and expect a wild stallion to appear in front of you with a mad person and a bus load of middle school kids staring at you? Everyone knows you can only do that in secret glades with fresh streams running through mountain snow, and only then when you have a generous amount of pixie dust on your person. Also, you have to be in Middle Earth. I mean, we all know that.

Anyway, Linc is about ready to throw a hissy fit in the middle of the road, only to realize that everyone is staring at him, so he decides to go road rage somewhere else. Convinced that The Phantom is the one behind all this horse stealing, he makes up tons of wanted posters and distributes them around town. So The Phantom has a price on his head and is in danger again, only whats her name from the BLM is in DC and I guess there's literally no one else around that can take care of this insanity other than Sam. Which she does by taking a picture of Hammerhead and thus claims the reward. Hammerhead also turns out to be an escaped endurance horse (who, I guess has the sharpest instincts ever, or is unfortunately extremely stupid) and the mares are all returned. Only Linc's Appaloosa is pregnant and he's pretty pissed about this. She's been sullied! What a little slut.

Oh, yeah, and The Phantom and Hammerhead get into a fight and The Phantom wins, but Sam has to doctor him by sticking a diaper to his leg and he's fine. It was really a very slow book.


Molly (formerly anonymous) said...

I was fairly sure that I'd never read these books, but the diaper thing and a horse called Hammerhead sound really familiar.

I can't say I care enough to reread them to find out, though.

Anonymous said...

Believe me, characters in books don't just act wacky. You've obviously have not been around an over-exuberant rich man and his multi-million dollar show pony. It was ugly. This 'dude' (I won't exactly call him a rider/owner, since he never really rode the horse and his riding skills were atrocious...) bought a very, very expensive Anglo-Arab show horse and when the horse managed to open his stall door and wander into the nearby field, he went ballistic and threatened to sue the barn that he was boarding the horse at, so on and so forth.