The Magic Wagon
Narrator Buster Fogg's family is wiped out by a twister in an early sequence described with surreal verve. Buster hitches on with Billy Bob Daniels, a patent-medicine pusher and trick shooter who claims ...more
The Magic Wagon is told through the narration of a 17 year old boy, having been abandoned and on his own, (Lansdale's favorite type of narrator) as he latch ...more
This is a kind of a western from the prolific Mr. Lansdale (1951- ), a native of Gladewater, a town in East Texas. It tells the story of a group of men travelling from town to town in a wagon that converted to a stage where they put on magic shows and let their pet chimpanzee, Rot Toe, take on any town wrestler who thinks he has a chance from a mere monkey. Their aim, at the end of the show, was to sell bottles of their “magic” elixir – touted to cu ...more
Joe Lansdale is a master storyteller, and he makes this unique mixture of black humor, action and mistery that makes every single page of his books worth reading.
I really hope someone (Quentin?) makes a movie out of this!
Il XX secolo è appena iniziato: nel Texas fanno la loro comparsa i primi venditori ambulanti di rimedi miracolosi, mentre i vecchi cowboy sorvegliano le linee di frontiera e gli sceriffi mantengono l'ordine nelle piccole città, dove l'odio razziale fatica a spegnersi, nonostante la liberazione degli schiavi appartenga al passato. La famiglia del giovanissimo Buster Fogg, voce narrante di questo romanzo, viene spazzata via da un tornado insieme alla sua casa, e il ragazzo si unisce - per caso o p...more
Billy Bob was the star of the show, a trick shot artist, and the hawker of Cure-All, one of those fake medicines that cure everything, and claimed to be the illegitimate son of Wild Bill Hickok, supposely th ...more
It reads like a combination of an S. E. Hinton novel (`Rumblefish', `The Outsiders'), in its convincing account of a boy's youth and, throughout, a feeling that if Jorge Luis B ...more
There are creepy storms, shoot outs, the east ...more
I finished up my last book and thought, I need a western to read. I picked up a couple of books from the stack and they were just terrible writing and put them back down then found I had picked up the kindle version of Magic Wagon. Lansdale - he's always good.
Going in, I knew it was Lansdale and it wouldn't be your normal western story and it wasn't. The characters were great, the story was great and it was just a fun time.
If you like a good western with some su ...more