**spoiler alert** Not only is Lansdale moving quickly up the ranks of my favorite authors list, but the dynamic ass-kicking, ebony and ivory duo of Ha**spoiler alert** Not only is Lansdale moving quickly up the ranks of my favorite authors list, but the dynamic ass-kicking, ebony and ivory duo of Hap Collins and Leonard Pine are becoming two of my favorite fictional characters.
This installment was darker than the series opener, and had the normal fisticuffs and backtalking that I loved in the first book. The crime that occurs was much darker, more interesting and much less palatable, but Lansdale is great at writing stories like this. Reminded me a little of THE BOTTOMS, with the crimes against children and the sexual deviance angle. The funny thing is, I knew the instant the guilty characters were introduced that they were involved and for some books, that would kill it for me. But Lansdale is such a great writer that he keeps you guessing. Just because you know the who, doesn't mean you know the where, what, why or how and they are still very complusive reads and thought-provoking and that's what I love about his books.
And its hard not to love his descriptive passages like this: "The black cloud of fate came with rain, of course. Two days later, early afternoon, I was sitting on my front porch taking in the cool wind and the view. One moment there was just the same red, empty road that runs by Leonard's place, and beyond it, great pines and oaks and twists of vines, and above it all, clouds as white and smooth as God's own whiskers, and the next moment, the wind abruptly changed direction, blew harder from the north, turned damp and sticky, and the clouds began to roll and churn and go gray at the edges. Out of the north rolled darker clouds yet, and they filled the sky and gave up their rain and the pines became purple with shadow and the road turned from red to blood-clot brown, then darker. The rain slammed down hard, and the wind thrashed it onto the porch in steel-colored needles that stung my face and filled my nostrils with the aroma of wet earth."
Or the lovingly said, but racially and sexually charged, banter like this: "Aren't you embarrassed undressing in front of a queer? Leonard said. "All you know, I might be sizing up your butthole." "Just call me a tease."
I really like how Lansdale uses Hap and Leonard to bridge the racial and cultural gaps between the two friends and even the social commentary that the two clearly state without coming to blows, well, most of the time anyway. "Shit, Hap, I don't give a damn what happened to him in his childhood. I mean, he got fucked by his next-door neighbor who was a scout leader, I'm sorry for the kid he was, but for the man he is, I don't give a shit. He made his own choice." This is an EXCELLENT series and I'm so thankful to my friend Marvin for leading me to it! Thanks friend! :) ...more
I don't know HOW many times I read this thing cover to cover. I especially loved the crazy mom types..."I AM EITHER GONNA KILL YOU OR KILL MYSELF...WHI don't know HOW many times I read this thing cover to cover. I especially loved the crazy mom types..."I AM EITHER GONNA KILL YOU OR KILL MYSELF...WHERE ARE MY PILLS??"
I always hoped that after The Simpsons did so amazingly well, and are still going strong, that Groening would get to create something with the HELL characters, but alas, not yet....more
This book induced absolutely hysterical laughing fits, so much that the other people in my house would come to check on me and make sure I was alrightThis book induced absolutely hysterical laughing fits, so much that the other people in my house would come to check on me and make sure I was alright, only to have my hilarity spread to them without even hearing more than one or two words, which was all I could get out before cracking up again.
My husband and I saw Carlin do stand-up about 5 years ago, and he was great, but this book is AWESOME!!! If you like Carlin, read it....more
Okay, since I read it on my Kindle and it only cost me $3.99, I didn't let the ridonculous cover get to me. And I am sad that the last two Hap & LOkay, since I read it on my Kindle and it only cost me $3.99, I didn't let the ridonculous cover get to me. And I am sad that the last two Hap & Leonard adventures have only been novellas. With that being said, I loved this story. I think my love for this pair of good-intentioned (well, um...) justice dealers might have biased me slightly. Okay, a lot. But they are so much fun to hang out with that whether it's for several hundred pages or just 104, I can't say it wasn't a good time. I guffawed once with a mouthful of spit and had to dry off my phone (that I was reading on because my Kindle Fire died and I wasn't going to wait patiently while it charged) and it's still drying with the battery removed. I think that's pretty high marks. ;)...more
**spoiler alert** I haven't laughed so much while reading a book since my latest Christopher Moore fix. What a surprise to have this be his debut nove**spoiler alert** I haven't laughed so much while reading a book since my latest Christopher Moore fix. What a surprise to have this be his debut novel and from a doctor, no less. I enjoyed all of the footnotes and the medical references, always into weird medical information. Even though the main character has mainly unlikeable characteristics, I couldn't help but cheer as he fought, shot and killed his way through his mafioso "family". I also like the twist with his grandparents' true heritage. I enjoyed the way this book started in one place and ended up in a totally new situation by the end (from doctor to mafia hitman to protected witness). Honestly, if I had read that it was about the mafia, I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but I enjoyed this novel so much, that when I woke up for my midnight potty time, I actually stayed up and finished this book!...more