1) It's not a Hap and Leonard novel.
2) It is still better than most other suspense stories.
It has all the ingredients of Lansdale's best including realistic action, an authentic East Texas atmosphere, and taut but believable dialogue. However he appears to be trying to do too much in one plot. It is one part Sixth Sense, one part Karate Kid and the rest is Lansdale. In other words, two parts of ready-made formula drowns out the uniquene...more
If you have read some of his earlier books and enjoyed them you will most likely enjoy this one too. None of the characters are from his other books (that I know of) but some of them have similar characters, if you know what I mean.
What I’m sayin is, Lansdale’s characters have a certain voice and even when...more
Harry è un ragazzo come tutti gli altri. O meglio, quasi come tutti gli altri. A renderlo diverso dai suoi coetanei è un potere che somiglia più a un incubo che a un dono. Infilandosi per gioco in un vecchio locale in disuso, si è visto scorrere davanti agli occhi la scena dell'omicidio di una donna, avvenuto alcuni anni prima. Chi in paese non ha sentito parlare di quella vicenda? Harry, però, la rivive come se si stesse verificando sotto i suoi occhi e gli sembra anche di scorgere il volto del...more
"Harry è un ragazzo come tutti gli altri. O meglio, quasi come tutti gli altri. A renderlo diverso dai suoi coetanei è un potere che somiglia più a un incubo che a un dono."
In seguito, da adulto, Harold Wilkes si sarebbe ricordato degli eventi della sua infanzia che avevano dato il via a quella storia e avrebbe pensato: se solo avessi tirato avanti a dormire per tutta la...more
When he was a young child, Harry Wilkes suffered the ravages of a mysterious illness. An ear infection that was like nothing their family doctor had ever seen or heard about. Since that time Harry has suffered horrific visions whenever he hears certain sounds in particular locations.
At first it is suspected that Harry is suffering from an onset of schizophrenia. But, over time, Harry begins to understand that his episodes only occur in...more
A boy develops the ability to sense echoes of past events while becoming sick and nearly dying as a child. As he gets older, he fears the ability that seems to hit him out of nowhere at any given time. He finds safe routes to walk to and from his home and covers his walls in cardboard to keep sounds muffled.
He begins to lose his fear when he b...more
This book was not unreadable, but it lacks the smooth, easy feel of Lansdale's Hap and Leonard books. It also lacks their humor. There's a lot that is supposed to be funny in this book, but most of it is n...more
I mean, seriously, I wanted to pull out about half the sentences and send them to friends to be like Wow! This is great! But somehow the whole book falls a little flat for me. It's a little shallow, I guess. I think the author might be relying too heavily on his wit and not enough on developing the characters and/or plot. I rarely say this, but honestly... this should've been a longer book, bet...more
Nella prima parte ho avuto l'impressione che non sapessi dove andare a parare, il romanzo sembrava un miscuglio di idee viste e riviste e per giunta male amalgamate; anche le solite infallibili battute spesso fanno cilecca.
La seconda parte fila via meglio e la voglia di arrivare all'ultima pagina non viene mai meno.
Ti aspetto alla prossima.
Sempre tuo affezionato lettore.
I like books with sickos and serial killers though, so maybe my revulsion was because I wasn't expecting it. I'm not sure if I'll try again with this one or not.
EDITED TO ADD that I picked this book up again and it was fine. Joe didn't go into detail about the necrophilia (thanks, Joe!) and it turned out to be a fine little thriller.
Pretty good tale here, though the ending does screech the book to a halt.
Lansdale dialogue that will make you laugh out loud and the story line, though fairly simple, kept my interest. If you like Joe's other work - definitely give it a read!