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Blood Dance (The Lost Lansdale Series Vol. 3)
Confederate veterans in a Yankee’s world, Melgrhue and Bucklaw haven’t had much post-war success. Family, friends and farms lost in the conflict, they’ve been drifting for the past decade—driving sheep here, punching cattle there. It’s work that pays a man’s bills, mostly, but just mostly. More than panning for gold, it turns out, though that had seemed like a good idea at ...more
Kindle Edition, 175 pages
(first published May 2000)
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There seems to be two kinds of Western (as in the Wild West) novels out there. First there is the modern western exemplified by Annie Proulx and Cormac McCarthy. Only you literature types need apply. Then there are the pulps set in the mythical Wild West. Most of these come close to the idea of speculative fiction as they usually deal with a history that is more in our minds then in reality. Lansdale's Blood Dance comfortably fits this category. He does a good job of mixing his usual crime noir/ ...more
I'll read just about anything that Mr. Lansdale takes the trouble to write and to publish. The name-dropping cost this book a star, though; I just personally don't like that stuff. Also not a big fan of white-dude-turns-injun stuff either, but at least it was handled in a non-embarrassing manner, and in a way that made it integral to the plot rather than just gratuitous pandering to a way of life that is dead because it got outcompeted. The most interesting thing about this book is that I got al ...more
A rip-roaring Western by Joe Lansdale. Protagonist Jim Melgrhue is someone you'd want to call your friend, along with all the many "characters" he meets on his trail of revenge. Lansdale is one of the best storytellers out there, bar none, and you don't have to enjoy Westerns as such to enjoy this short novel. Likeable protagonist, in-depth character development, lyrical prose, terrific storyline and grand finale.
I could read anything by Joe Lansdale it seems. Here Joe writes a typical Western using some fun mix of Legend and History (Both Bull Hickok and Custer show up for a time). I'm not the biggest western kind of fellow, but I enjoyed reading this revenge yarn.
Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.More about Joe R. Lansdale...