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text 2016-12-30 12:45
Char's Horror Corner- Failed Challenge 2016: Year of Lansdale
The Drive-In - Andres Guinaldo,Joe R. Lansdale
Hell's Bounty - John L. Lansdale,Joe R. Lansdale
Hap and Leonard - Michael Koryta,Joe R. Lansdale
Savage Season (Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, #1) - Joe R. Lansdale
Coco Butternut (Hap and Leonard Adventure) - Joe R. Lansdale
Honky Tonk Samurai (Hap and Leonard) - Joe R. Lansdale
Dead on the Bones: Pulp on Fire - Timothy Truman,Joe R. Lansdale
Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade - Joe R. Lansdale

 

At the beginning of 2016, I created a challenge for myself and named it Year of Lansdale. I planned to read 12 Lansdale books this year. I failed, but it sure was fun trying!

 

 

8 out of 12 isn't ALL that bad, is it? Please accept my apologies, Mr. Lansdale. 

 

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review 2016-12-27 19:21
Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade by Joe R. Lansdale
Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade - Joe R. Lansdale

Joe Lansdale can always be counted on to deliver an impressive story and in this case, he delivers several.

 

These short stories are presented around the framework of Hap and Leonard chatting-sometimes in Hap's truck, sometimes at the DQ and towards the end, back home at Hap's house with Bret and Chance. They're almost all about Hap, but some are about both Hap and Leonard and how their friendship originally developed.

 

The tales about Hap and Leonard as two young men were the ones I liked the most. Especially the one where they first met, fist fighting on the banks of the river being a thing back then. You'll have to read Blood and Lemonade for more detail. My other favorite was the story of what they discovered at the bottom of the river one day when Leonard lost his favorite weight.

 

Those two were my favorites but every story here is good and they're all told in the trademark style of the Champion Mojo Storyteller. Which of course means, there is a lot of humor here as well as magnificent storytelling. There's also a touch of poignancy to some of the tales and I liked that just fine. I bet you will too.

 

Highly recommended to fans of Joe Lansdale and the Hap and Leonard series!

 

You can preorder your copy here: Hap and Leonard: Blood and Lemonade

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and to Tachyon for the free e-ARC 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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review 2016-11-04 13:33
Coco Butternut (A Hap & Leonard Novella) by Joe R. Lansdale
Coco Butternut (Hap and Leonard Adventure) - Joe R. Lansdale

Coco Butternut is a fun Hap and Leonard novella in which they are working for a man trying to get back his dead, mummified dog. Yep, dead and mummified. Therein lies the Lansdale humor for which this series is known.

 

Hap and Leonard are now a family affair, what with Hap's partner Brett and his daughter Chance. Together they try to solve the mysteries of dead dog blackmail. What a hoot!

 

I'm looking forward to season two of the show, as well as catching up on the Hap and Leonard books that came out before I was aware of them. It won't spoil anything to read this short novella out of order. It will definitely make you laugh out loud a few times and who can't use a little laughter in their lives?

 

Recommended!

 

*Thanks to Net Galley and the AWESOME Subterranean Press for the e-ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2016-04-27 18:05
Savage Season (Hap & Leonard #1), by Joe Lansdale, narrated by Phil Gigante
Savage Season: The First Hap and Leonard Novel - Joe R. Lansdale,Phil Gigante

 

For my Year of Lansdale project I had this audio book all lined up and then the TV show came out. I have to say that the show spoiled me as far as the voices go. The actors will forever be the voices of Hap and Leonard in my head. (If you haven't seen the show, I highly recommend it!)

 

The drama mirrored this book pretty closely except for a few changes near the end. The humor that I found so appealing in the other two Hap and Leonard's that I've read was here, but not as much, and I found myself wishing for a little more. I'm still glad that I listened to this book, but I will be reading, rather than listening, to the rest of the series.

 

Recommended to fans of Joe Lansdale!

 

P.S. The narrator of this book, Phil Gigante, has a disturbing recent past, to which he plead guilty, and this, too, played a part in my decision to READ the rest of the series, rather than listen. I cannot with good conscience support Mr. Gigante in the future.

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