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Echi perduti

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  960 ratings  ·  74 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, Tascabili immaginario, 384 pages
Published August 29th 2007 by Fanucci (first published 2005)
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Harry Wilkes contracted the mumps when he was a kid. After having the mumps his ear still gave him problems, until a huge pus pocket exploded out of it one day. (You know I am going to give you gross stuff-don't act shocked)

Once that happens something even weirder happens with Harry. He can see things that happen. If a noise at a place happens that ties it to a violent crime Harry can experience a vision. Past violence comes to life for him. His parents take him to doctors and everyone kinda th
11811 (Eleven)
I was kinda bored with this one. Simple as that.
I’ve already mentioned on this blog several times that Joe R. Lansdale is possibly my favorite living author. I’ve already told you to go out and buy his books. So, I won’t say all that again.

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
This is not one of Lansdale's best. That means two things...

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
Tobin Elliott
I've often said the worst Lansdale book is better than most author's works. But this one didn't really do it for me. It's definitely entertaining, but there was something off about it.

I thought a lot about the issues as I made my way through this novel. Here's what I came up with:

1 - The characters never ever seem to be in any real danger, even when they are. There's such a happy-go-lucky vibe through the entire book, kind of a yeah, bad shit's gonna happen, but, aw shucks, it's all gonna be a-
Josh Duggan
Lost Echoes was a pulpy burner. Lansdale is always a very quick read, and this was no exception. Aside from his off-putting use of the word 'turd', he is a pretty solid writer. Texas native, Lansdale mines the depths of evil that humans are capable of without oversimplifying motives, which is often the fault of genre writers. Unlike some of his works, this one does incorporate a little bit of the supernatural, but it doesn't err to mummy territory like his best known work "Bubba Ho-tep" which wa ...more
This book gave me the sense of two forces pulling in different directions. One side lead the story through some gradual character development that begins in childhood and reaches into young adulthood. Lansdale's tones and observations in these passages were great, and I felt myself getting attached to the protagonist. Then another side asserted itself and started pulling the story towards a pulpy, violent, crime-ridden stage where bad guys are really evil dudes and good guys gotta suck up and do ...more
John Onoda
I’m sorry I put off reading Lost Echoes by Joe Lansdale because it’s another terrific tale of love, friendship and redemption marked by moments of horrifying violence and laugh-out-loud humor (of the earthy, Texan kind) – in short, typical Lansdale, which means it’s better than about 90 percent of the thrillers being written.

I lived in Texas so I am comfortable with Lansdale’s profane, politically incorrect characters because I know there are a lot of people in the Lone Star state who fit that b
For me, to be a four or a five star title, it has to be something I know upon finishing that it's only a matter of time before I read again. In my currently impoverished state, I'm happy and lucky to have gotten a hardback of this at a used bookstore, because it's one I'll definitely pull from my bookshelf now-and-again. It's not a difficult read, though the writing is evocative of both what it's like to be lost in the bottle, lost in the mire of emotional and sexual desires, and lost in the mis ...more
Matteo Pellegrini

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

Un ragazzo, a causa di una malattia avuta da piccolo, ha un dono: riesce a rivivere in prima persona eventi tragici avvenuti in passato. Riesce a recuperare gli "echi perduti", i suoni intrappolati negli oggetti e questo gli porterà un sacco di guai, in puro stile Lansdale. Non all'altezza di "In fondo alla palude" ma da leggere.
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from James:

Joe Lansdale has yet to let me down. He’s a recent discovery for me (I previously reviewed The Thicket). And now, after reading Lost Echoes, I’m even more inclined to track down his other titles. It’s refreshing to find someone who can be so prolific and good.

This book blends SciFi and the paranormal with a full-fledged mystery. The characters are rich and believable. In lesser hands, this novel would have been a set up for a formula series that goes on and on long after the story is
Andy Weston
What starts out as a recreation mixture of Sixth Sense and Karate Kid develops into much more as after a while, Lansdale's talented writing takes over.
The strength is in the characters, as ever with Lansdale. The storyline ticks along, but it is not one of Joe's greatest.
Told as part if a coming of age tale, a boy can see into the past, specifically into when crimes have been committed.
There is an anti-alcohol feature to the book, and it splits the hero up from his best friend midway through.
Heath Lowrance
After a mysterious childhood illness, Harry Wilkes is left with a strange condition-- loud noises cause visions of past horrors to come to him in crippling clarity. Now in college, he has shut himself off from the world and turned to boozing to numb the vision's power. When he meets Tad, an older alcoholic, they work together to find their "centers", until Harry's childhood friend/crush Kayla shows up begging Harry's help in finding her father's murderer. And the results could end up killing the ...more
in the past i have liked what i have read from mr lansdale. this one i'm just not sure about. probably wont recommend it as i have his other books,
if your bored read it, dont buy it
Nico Ager
Fun and quick read that has the dialogue, action, and quirky humor reminiscent of one of Lansdale's Hap and Leonard books but with just a touch of science fiction. The idea is a very interesting one: that certain traumatic past events can be trapped within the objects they happened by, and Harry, our hero, can relive those events when triggered by a loud sound. The book has a solid three act structure, but I was so intrigued by his personal struggles with his "echoes" powers that I thought the f ...more
This book was amazing
Questo romanzo prende probabilmente lo spunto da un vechio episodio di "Ai confini della relatà" se non mi sbaglio, comunque la trama è presto detta, un ragazzino ha un'otite purulenta a sei anni e, da quel momento, i rumori per lui diventano dei tramite per rivivere eventuali scene violente in cui quei rumori si erano sentiti la prima volta, per esempio: se sbatte la portiera di una macchina che aveva avuto un incidente, Harry si ritrova a viverlo come se fosse un fantasma, riprovando le stesse ...more
I nostri echi rotolano di anima in anima, amplificandosi sempre più - Tennyson

"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
So, I'm a little late to the Joe R. Lansdale train, but I'm sure glad I boarded. In Lost Echoes, Lansdale takes readers on a thrill ride in a Texas small town with just the right mix of supernatural flavoring and zen spices. The main character is Harry Wilkes, who as a boy became ill and lost hearing in one of his ears. One day there's an explosion of pus and suddenly Harry can hear again. But now he can also hear psychic visions, trapped in sounds at various places. This seems to occur mainly w ...more
Chadwick Saxelid
This review appeared in the June edition of the Concordian.

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
Ivan Castellucci
Lo scopo del romanzo è parlare della dipendenza da alcool? Si, ma non solo, il concetto è più vasto, Lansdale non vuole fare un sermone contro l'abuso di sostanze alcoliche, non sarebbe nel suo stile né tantomeno nei suoi progetti.
La mia recensione sul mio blog :
In this story, Landale moves a bit into the supernatural while staying on course with the sarcastic tough guy characters that I love from his other novels.

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
Harry has the mumps/ear infection while growing up which gives him the ability to see past violent crimes being committed from certain sounds. It's believable and I like Harry, Tad and Kayla. As usual it was too short.
I am struggling to decide whether Lost Echoes is a four-star mystery with two-star characters, a two-star mystery with four-star characters, or another uneasy combination. Lansdale soaks his tale in east Texas flavour, evoking a peculiar blend of good ole boy jocularity, brutal violence, deep sorrow, isolation, drive through gratuity, and nostalgia. It is a potent and occasionally hilarious mixture that nevertheless fails to gel completely. The setup is one part The Dead Zone, one part Stand By ...more
Dec 28, 2010 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Dead Zone
Shelves: read-2010
A fast read that actually made me want to go back and re-read some of Lansdale's earlier books. After a childhood illness, Harry Wilkes develops a sort of psychic feel for violence. A sound in a room or along a path will trigger visions of any violent act committed there. Needless to say this makes life tough for Harry who feels the pain and panic of the victims. In college, Harry turns to alcohol to numb his "gift" but it is a chance encounter with another drunk (who displays zen-like fighting ...more
Paul Brown
Good book. I've heard a lot of good things about Joe Lansdale's books, and this one was pretty good. I'll definitely be reading more of his stuff.
Jim Jannotti
I took a break from this book to read another title from Lansdale, "Leather Maiden." That book was much better than this one. Lost Echoes seems like a stylistic experiment; as if Lansdale is trying to write in the choppy two word sentence style of a Sherman Alexie, whose work I find unreadable.

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
It was a little spooky, very witty and satisfying in the end.
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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.
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