aalucardwebtvnet 10 Jan 2005 I was at Walmarts today and a new book is out by Joseph West (?) which is a novel about Gunsmoke - a media-tie novel. I gather it will most likely sell to western fans who like Gunsmoke - a niche withen a niche. I am kind of amazed that a show that has not had a new episode since the 70s would now have a media-tiein novel. Long, long time difference to start a novel series. Star Trek and Dr Who have always had tie-in novels. Most media tie-in novels are not usually that good. More Star Trek novel dogs then good ones. A few good Buffy the Vampire novels especially by Christopher Golden and Mel Odom. I don't know West's history with novels. I do question the wisdom of starting to publish books based on a series that has not had a new episode in 30 odd years. Unless the reruns on Encore Western and TV Land are run away in ratings.