Author(s): Seth MacFarlane
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. Bar-room brawls. Poisonous snakes. Tumbleweed abrasions. 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, 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.
The debut novel from creator of Family Guy, American Dad and Ted
* [A Million Ways to Die in the West] is packed with raunchy, twisted jokes ... The story has all the hallmarks of a classic Western - gunfights, a stagecoach robbery, hostile Indians - but Mr. MacFarlane mocks those tropes at every turn Wall Street Journal * Elicits genuine hilarity from the most unlikely material Empire on FAMILY GUY * Creative, adorable, ingenious New Yorker on TED * Combining hilarity with skilled storytelling Total Film on TED * Extravagantly talented Vanity Fair on Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is a writer, director, producer, singer, comedian, animator, actor and voice actor (to name a just a few of his occupations). He is the creator of the television show Family Guy and co-creator of American Dad and The Cleveland Show, for which he also voices many of the shows' various characters. The 'Family Guy empire' is valued at $2 billion, and is one of the most watched, streamed and downloaded television shows. MacFarlane is also the executive producer of Dads, a live-action sitcom debuting this week on Fox. As a singer, MacFarlane has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and released an album of American standards, Music Is Better Than Words, in 2011. Ted, starring MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis, was his feature-length directorial debut. A sequel is in the works.