Absolutely phenomenal book. I can see why this book is re-read so many times. McCarthy does magic with words and there are parts of this story, mainly almost everything said by the judge, that are so profound that you'd think they were the subject of a philosophy course. The imagery of the West is beautifully described, and it's brutality is not sugar coated in the slightest to portray heroic cowboys or solemn native americans. Blood Meridian is a brutal tale bordering on a level of despair and depravity that only the American West could provide setting for.
Going on my favorites shelf.