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review 2018-10-17 18:45
DRIVING TO GERONIMO'S GRAVE AND OTHER STORIES by Joe Lansdale
Driving to Geronimo's Grave and Other Stories - Joe R. Lansdale

 

DRIVING TO GERONIMO'S GRAVE: AND OTHER STORIES is a shining example of how skilled Joe Lansdale really is. Not one of these tales is like the others-they're all different, all unique and all showcasing why Mr. Lansdale has been called the Champion Mojo Storyteller.

 

The title story is the first here and it's set during the Great Depression. A young man and his sister are tasked with picking up the corpse of their dead uncle and bringing it back home so they can bury him with the proper respect. Being that this is a Lansdale story, things don't go quite as planned. I loved this tale, I loved the characters and I especially loved smart-mouthed Terri. 5*

 

IN THE MAD MOUNTAINS: Mr. Lansdale's homage to Lovecraft was better than most of the actual Lovecraft I've read. I don't even know what else to say because this story was so imaginative-I think each reader needs to have it unfold for them. It had a pulpy feel to it on top of the Lovecraftian base-a unique combination that worked well for me. 5*

 

WRESTLING JESUS: A bullied boy and a bullied man, (albeit a very different kind of bullying), both come together in this tale of wrestling, love gone wrong, and a relationship much like that of father and son. 4*

 

ROBO RAPID: This is a pulp adventure-type story set in the future with a delightful young woman, Sheann, as the protagonist. Years after an invasion here on earth, robots have killed her parents and stolen her siblings. She makes it her mission in life to get them back. Along the way, she makes a friend, sees a musical, and learns that she's braver than even she realized. 5*

 

THE PROJECTIONIST: I first read this story in Lawrence Block's collection IN SUNLIGHT OR IN SHADOW. At first this seems to be a tale about a young man lusting after a beautiful young woman. Then it turns into something else entirely. 5*

 

As an aside about THE PROJECTIONIST: it's fascinating to me that an author can gaze at a painting and come up with an entire backstory for it. In this case the painting was The Usherette by Edward Hopper and here it is:

 

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The last tale in this book EVERYTHING SPARKLES IN HELL brings us to visit Nat Love. A black cowboy featured in the novel PARADISE SKY and a few other novellas, Nat returns as a bounty hunter tracking down two no-good men. (Loosely based on the real man, yes there were black cowboys, despite their absence from most American history books.) Along the way he meets up with Chocktaw, (a tracker of some renown), and the biggest she-bear either of them has ever seen. I loved visiting with Nat again and he will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

What I especially loved about this collection are the tidbits from the author himself revealing how the stories came about. In the digital review copy I received, these came after the stories rather than before, and I liked that. (It seems that, in previewing the finished copy online, these are now forewords to the stories, rather than afterwords.) I enjoyed reading them after reading the tales themselves and seeing how the ideas germinated in the head of the author, sometimes sprouting out fully formed, according to him. Once again, I find myself fascinated by Mr. Lansdale's writing process and abilities.

 

I was pretty sure I was going to love this collection of stories even before I started reading it, and I was right. It's the skilled writing of Mr. Lansdale that gets to me every time. No matter what he writes about, it can be counted on to capture and hold your attention. It can be counted on to contain some humor and real life observations. It can be counted on to satisfy. Because his characters are so true to life- complicated and diverse, they make me feel connected not only to them, but to the world as well. It's a gift and Joe has it. That is all I can say.

 

My highest recommendation!

 

*Thank you to Subterranean Press and to NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2017-12-28 13:30
Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers by Joe Lansdale
Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers - Joe R. Lansdale

 

With a title like BUBBA AND THE COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS and an author like Joe Lansdale, how could anyone not want to read this book? Throw in the fact that this is the prequel to the awesome story BUBBA HO-TEP, and how could I refuse?

 

I've never seen the film of BUBBA HO-TEP, but I loved the tale with all of its warped humor and fun characters. There was less humor in this book, which I found disappointing, but there were some cool inter-dimensional monsters, as well as some freaky shadowy vampire-like creatures as minions and what's not fun about that?

 

The characters here were a mismatched bunch and I would like to see an entire novel based on the character of The Blind Man. (He may not be able to see, but all of his other skills as well as his psychic abilities are well honed.) I would also love to know more about Johnny, (sometime narrator of this tale) and John Henry, wielder of the giant hammer. Lastly, the horny house ghost also interested me. Unfortunately, this short novel moved so fast that I didn't get to know these characters as much as I would have liked.

 

BUBBA AND THE COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS was full of bloody horror action and a lot of fun, but I guess I was expecting a little more from the Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe Lansdale. But hey, a so-so Lansdale book is better than most good books by other authors, so if this premise sounds interesting to you, I say give it a go! You could do a lot worse.

 

*Thanks to Subterranean Press for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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text 2017-04-06 22:52
I've read 10% and I'm quitting.
Dear Sweet Filthy World - Caitlín R. Kiernan

 

I've been dragging my feet on this for two months and I've decided to throw in the towel. I can't bring myself to read any more solid walls of text.

 

"Great swaths of the rocky seafloor rising up to meet her beneath a carpet of calcified cyanobacteria and the branching lobes and solitary cups of archaeocyath sponges.There are knotted clusters formed by problematic chancellorids, an enigma to taxonomists, who must place all organisms in this box or that box; the chancellorids may be only sponges, or they may be slug like halkieriids protected inside their skins of star shaped, calcareous sclerites."

 

I wanted to like this so much, but I just can't get into it.

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC, but since I did not finish, I do not feel it's fair for me to rate or review at this time.*

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review 2017-01-08 15:34
Infernal Parade by Clive Barker
Infernal Parade - Clive Barker,Bob Eggleton

 

Clive Barker always delivers in the creative department and this collection is no different.

 

Clocking in at only 88 pages, these short stories really pack a punch, yet as a whole, it feels like something is missing.

 

 

I think my favorite stories in the bunch were The Sabbaticus and The Golem, Elijah. Both could be interpreted as cautionary tales, as could Bethany Bled , and who doesn't like those? Be careful what you wish for and all that. These stories did make me miss (and long for) the Clive Barker of old with big old door-stopper books like Imajica or Weaveworld, where there was plenty of time for Mr. Barker to weave his spell. However, Infernal Parade did give me a taste of the wild imagination and words of Mr. Barker, so how could that be bad?

 

Recommended for fans of the Clive Barker of old!

 

*Thanks to Subterranean Press and NetGalley for the e-ARC of this collection in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it. *

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review 2016-11-26 18:25
Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire by Joe Lansdale
Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire - Timothy Truman,Joe R. Lansdale

Remember reading those pulp magazines when you were a kid? Those and the adventure novels about Tarzan and exploring lost worlds? Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire is a collection of those kinds of stories and it really brought me back to my childhood.

 

Being a Lansdale fan, I have come to expect a certain sense of humor from his stories and that was mostly missing here. In the foreword, Mr. Lansdale explains that he purposely tried to write in the style of his heroes. I would say he succeeded!

 

My favorite story of the bunch was Dead on the Bones.A tale of a conjure man that visits the locals regularly, and who just so happens to resurrect the dead as boxing opponents. There is a lot more to this one than just what's on the surface, but you'll have to read it to see what sets it apart.

 

Under the Warrior Star  was a very close second in my list of favorite tales. A true adventure story which reminded me of the fact that all my teachers used to tell me that these stories were for boys. They never understood me. Flying about on beetle-like creatures among the canopies of giant trees, with a man who can meditate so deeply he can levitate? Sign me the heck up! There was so much to this story that I can only cover the bare bones of it here-but trust me on this, if you loved pulp adventure when you were a kid, you'll love this one.

 

The Gruesome Affair of the Electric Blue Lightning featured an old favorite of mine, Auguste Dupin. Poe was always a thrill for me and to meet Dupin again was a blast! Lansdale hit the writing style right on head with this one and it brought back a lot of fond memories.

 

Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire was written as a tribute to the pulp writers of old-be they in print, on the radio or the television, the feel of the stories remains true. I think fans of the old magazines and stories like Weird Tales, or Alfred Hitchcock's, Tarzan or even Conan will not only get a big kick out of these adventures, but they'll also get a nice walk down memory lane. Recommended for fans of the old pulp and adventures stories!

 

You can get your copy here: Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire

 

 

*I received my copy free from Net Galley and Subterranean Press in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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