Well I tell you one thing she can write. This woman was of exceptional cleverness and writes of characters of her era and ones that live around us now...moreWell I tell you one thing she can write. This woman was of exceptional cleverness and writes of characters of her era and ones that live around us now. She rights of the human condition and the darkness of the heart. These story have humour thrown in she tries to give us a view of how we behave and how insanely stupid and careless we can be. How love blinds and evil destroys, how good can only prosper. She writes of parenthood, guilt, obsession, control freaks, the sick, the despondent, vengeance, redemption, love, compassion and love. She has been said to be a catholic writer and mentions God, Jesus and themes of redemption. She does not throw it down your throat but adds light on how people behave. There are a few stories here that that have characters who behave in a fascist manner and used words, N words, that readers might find offensive. The only reason, her being a catholic, in writing with these words and characters can only be to shock and show the reader how one can look like from the outside. She was capable of so much more, died at a young age of 39 due to Lupus. A gifted writer on the horror and joys of our behaviour as people. Think of some of Stephen Kings stories but realistically told.
I listened to this on audiobook via audible.com and was really a wonderful listen, it had quite a few voices with southern accents that added to making it enjoyable and easy listening. I am also going to read these again in another book where she includes these storirs and others. A completed works on ebook The Complete Stories . Once I have read that edition I will give a breakdown of each story.
I must alert you, do you smell something in the air? No? Good! As that would have been a sign that the myth of the Skunk Man is real, his presence is kn...moreI must alert you, do you smell something in the air? No? Good! As that would have been a sign that the myth of the Skunk Man is real, his presence is known by a skunk like smell. A legend or a myth, be he what you please, he is a character that Lansdale has created in this story of fiction. He certainly adds a thrill to the tale. Skunk man presents death, a bogeyman like character that one shall tell tales of and our main characters in this story hope to be not true.
Sue Ellen a young woman, sixteen years old, she is a gem of a gal a diamond amongst the rough. Lansdale writes through her eyes, he walks you through her thoughts and uncensored point of view of her harsh and brutal environment. I loved her humorous thoughts and insight.With might and main Sue Ellen and her companions will embark on an journey an odyssey of survival and endurance. They need to do a deed out of goodness of their hearts to a departed soul a soul that was young, talented and beautiful whom died under queer circumstances. Also an important reason for their journey is to escape from brutal hands of evil that men do. A window of opportunity opens up along the course of things, that present a chance of bigger pockets, happier hearts and greener pastures. The other equally wonderful character and gal is Jinx a young black girl who is full of courage and heart, needed in the by gone days of the deep south. Sue Ellen’s mother is a woman who needs to wise up and take care of her daughter her problem is most of the time, when at home with her husband, shes under the influence of an alcoholic concoction called Laudanum.
Lansdale writes with realism of the South, with a prose that’s has vigor heaped with heart.
He immerses you into the heart of darkness with characters that pack plenty heart and gusto. These characters are a rare occurrence to find but when you do you should be the best of friends, ones you could trust your life with. What presents for me great story telling are character’s that leave a mark, coupled with clear and simple writing packed with realism.
Lansdale's story is reminiscent of the works of Faulkner, Twain and Harper Lee and It will last the course of time as a classic alongside ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’
Joe R. Lansdale remember that authors name because he is about to break down genre barriers and surpasses tags of fitting into certain book readers categories. A book for both the male and female reader alike that will make a mark on all ages down to young teens as a must read for 2012. This is definitely one to make my best of published work in 2012 list so early on in the year.
A river story that once you embark upon the tale you will not want to finish and gone on and on until the sea ends. A story to savor and cherish. Don’t miss it pre-order it now.
“I sat on the shore and looked at May Lynn’s body. It was gathering flies and starting to smell and all I could think of was how she was always clean and pretty, and this wasn’t anything that should have happened to her. It wasn’t like in the books I had read, and the times I had been to the picture show and people died. They always looked pretty much like they were when they were alive, except sleepy. I saw now that’s not how things were. It wasn’t any different for a dead person than a shot-dead squirrel or a hog with a cut throat hanging over the scalding pot.”
“I’d be on it like stink on a dead possum.”
“Laudanum= an alcoholic solution containing morphine, prepared from opium and firmly used as a narcotic painkiller.”
"Stations . It's strange, thought Mila. While for the rest of the world they're only a place you pass through, for some they're a terminus. They stop there and they don't leave again. Stations are a kind of ante-hell, where lost souls congregate in the hope that someone will come and collect them. An average of twenty to twenty-five individuals disappear every day. Mila knew the statistic very well. All of a sudden these people vanish without warning, without a suitcase. As if they had dissolved into nothing."
"But you're not the only one who can get into people's minds...Lately I've learned a lot about serial killers. I've learned that they're divided into four categories: visionaries, missionaries, hedonists and power seekers...But there's a fifth kind: they're called subliminal killers."
The synopsis covers well what the story is about so there is no need for me to fill you in. Basically missing girls 6 and found arms 5. The search for the killer is on and the whole uncovering of a pedophile network and using sixth sense to track the killer adds an edge to the story. This is a debut novel so you have to give the author the credit for capturing worldwide attention. The translation I do feel in this instance loses the writing prose. There are good sections of writing and other sections that don't quite match the flow of the story. If the story was tighter and had a faster motion of events it would have been a more better read.. There is a mention of a prisoner with strange behavioural patterns and that a few killers could be involved. The silence of the lambs link some readers have mentioned could have stemmed from that set up of the story, though the writing is not in the same quality as Thomas Harris. There is a hook here that keeps you reading, due to the want of the identity of the perpetrator. Review also here.(less)
Seven years and counting your cherished daughter, has been gone. You buried an empty casket, you need closure, you need to put her body to rest. It mus...moreSeven years and counting your cherished daughter, has been gone. You buried an empty casket, you need closure, you need to put her body to rest. It must be unimaginable the grief, memories and the sorrow that you have to deal with on a daily basis. The vengeance and the anger must be an unrelenting force. Still you keep your job answering calls as a dispatcher, calls of others in need, calls of emergencies. Meanwhile your life fragments and disappears slowly before you. What can our main protagonist do? He's lost his wife to the aftermath of his daughters disappearance. What he doesn't do is give up hope. Hope that one day a call comes through and at the end of the line news of his daughters discovery comes to light.
She is 14 now and has been treated nothing less than an animal. Kept in a basement chained and feed. A sociopathic couple have her. She hopes one day her cop dad will save her. She has hope.
The villain is killing, he has been since he lost his young child. He's been snatching replacement kids and killing those that don't fit their needs. You really hope that the girl in in this story sees the light of day and one day be in her fathers arms in safety.
One day that saving grace comes, a call comes through its her it's her voce she is alive! Thoughts and emotions racing through the father he must take action and move fast. He's feeling Vengeance and happiness and by any means necessary she must be found.
What unfold is a story of desperate measures. Someone who was once a law abiding citizen a man of the law and lived by the law is forced to break them and get his daughter back.
The author does well in gluing you to the pages with the ensuing events. It all plays out well in your minds thought imagery, a cinematic explosive search and survival down to a grand finale. You won't be disappointed the story delivers one hell of a feel good payoff. The story was in a simple flowing fashion unfolding with tension and as time runs out it hooks you, a visceral tale with expectations of vengeance and glory. Review also here.(less)
Matheson immerses us in a case of Road rage in Duel a short story. He really places you in the thick of the tension. We all know what it's like drivin...moreMatheson immerses us in a case of Road rage in Duel a short story. He really places you in the thick of the tension. We all know what it's like driving on the freeway those big trucks they own the road due to their size. He takes this tool of terror a Truck coupled with an anonymous driver who is rampant on causing fear and terror to our likable protagonist. The main protagonist is a salesman on business trip it will be a trip three days of motels and restaurant eating. It all picks up on a Thursday morning on a California Highway. This story is short but it really packs solid prose and psychological thrill. He places you in the shoes of the salesman you see it all through his eyes P.O.V mode and really feel you are there with him in the thick of it, on the highway experiencing the whole series of events to take place. Outstanding Matheson is in his character's and writing. All it takes is one shocking incident and all the years behind you are displaced!
Was adapted to screen, directed by Spielberg
Throttle by Stephen King and Joe Hill is another story dealing with the road and trucks. Their story is not as first person as Matheson's and you are slightly more away from a psychological thrill. This story is knitted together well. There is to be a graphic novel version of this out in February. Review also here.(less)
Dahl's imagination and writing skill is masterful. He transports many of us to wonderful fun worlds of adventure and peculiarity with characters that...moreDahl's imagination and writing skill is masterful. He transports many of us to wonderful fun worlds of adventure and peculiarity with characters that every child would love to meet. A conjurer of great bedtime stories and memories of being young and learning to read those first books. He must be thee most famous writer. This tale of a boy escaping two bad ladies into a world of make believe via a giant peach is full of fun and thrilling moments. His writing so well done, the vocabulary at times is more than a child could understand. I had fun reading this as I never read this story before unlike the rest of his stories. I have seen the cartoon of this. Reading it was so much better due to the precious time I shared with my son in experiencing its narrative. This was a big achievement for me to actually complete a novel(novella) with the boy instead of mostly a collection of short stories and picture books. I do hope one day he can really take up reading with an even more passion unaided, and compete with me in the amount of time spent reading. (less)
Finally i completed the novel Divergent, it all began due to the raves and high rating on Goodreads and it was hitting the top of best of 2011 readers...moreFinally i completed the novel Divergent, it all began due to the raves and high rating on Goodreads and it was hitting the top of best of 2011 readers votes. Really my teenager daughter beat me to it. I was looking in the bookstore for Hunger games for her but out of stock. Behold on the shelf with its colourful eye catching cover was Divergent, I gave the low down on how the book was doing and how much it was liked and she chose it. Within no time she was over the moon about the book and loved it one of her best reads. Ummm I better check it out I thought so I listened to it on audiobook. I can see why see liked it and why maybe I don't like it as much as her. It calls out to the female crowd fully laden with a girls emotional and physical quest through the complicated society of factions. The story became more engrossing in the last portion and no high marks for prose. I get the sense maybe book two Insurgent could be a better read as she has developed more as a character by then. Factions they are problematic to say the least and strike a reality with today's day and age battle of race, tribe, religion, gender and class. It's funny and bizarre they way the characters conduct themselves with hierarchy state of positions. The bliss it would be to do away with these factions and today's differences or at least be more tolerable with each persons difference. So one good thing I take away from the novel is bringing back to reality of the human struggle for belonging and achievement. The downer is no one is perfect. I like this cover. (less)
A splendid story of the coming of age of a few men, Shoe Horn and Bobby Horn. It’s a poignant story with wonderful memorable characters that are real in every sense. A world of family traditions with characters that are plumbers and bare knuckle-fighters. Bobby makes the story shine, he has a learning difficulty and slight disability, he’s full of wonderful character and eagerness to be there for his loved ones. As time goes by and a set of events take place their friendly closeness becomes divided by certain necessities and a decision of working in America becomes a reality. Someone finds love and some feel stranded. Alas the joy of adolescence, this story makes you want to be there with Shoe and Bobby and the grand stature of McAvy. I listened to this as an audiobook as the actual paper publication is not out until April 2012. What compliments this story even more is the narration of the book by the author. Its one on the best done readings that I have heard in a while. It seems he is the voice of many other audiobooks too, other than his own novels. And yes Stephen King was write in what he said about this novel. Its reminiscent of Mice and Men, the two brothers Bobby and Shoe bring back memories of Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman as brothers, starring in Rain Man. Captivating, heart warming, and a memorable story of a few down to earth characters. "Stephen King recommended author. He says: "Ron McLarty, who has proven himself a terrific storyteller in such books as The Memory of Running and Traveler, has outdone himself with The Dropper, a story where beauty and brutality mingle in a yarn I just couldn't put down. This book is filled with rich pleasures and textures, it reminded me of Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. As in his previous novels, The Dropper avoids sentimentality, but not sentiment; Shoe and his brother Bobby live and breathe. I highly recommend it." This novel is finally to be published in hardback as a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive this year April 2012. Out now! Excerpt
Me. 1992 My brother, Bobby Horn, has lived in my dreams for seventy years. He stands bouncing his ball in the shadow of the special school for special people, staring out at a world he cannot understand. He is fifteen and his sweet, beautiful round face perches on that tall skinny body like a new moon. He sways and jerks his hands and shoulders but keeps his eyes on some distant mystery. I stand facing him, night after night, year after year, decade after decade, and while Bobby Horn remains unchanged, I have shriveled into an eighty-seven year old man slowly disappearing from this earth like smoke from a cigarette.
For some years now, when I wake from this dream, I must lie still in my bed until whoever I might be returns and fills me. Each morning I stare at the ceiling wondering if today I will not come back but linger inside the dream to face my brother forever with shame and sorrow. I catch my name and say it for one more day.
“Shoe Horn. Shoe Horn. Me.”
I struggle from bed into a chair by the window and look out over the Irish Sea. Yes. I remember now that I have come back. Back to familiar smells and murky skies. I light a cigarette, my eighty year habit, and gasp between puffs.
“Shoe Horn,” I say to the sea.
Three days ago I closed my shop door and left East Providence, Rhode Island for England. For Barrow-in-Furness and the life I must call upon and be sure of. This day I will walk through the places and people of that life again and let my old bones do the remembering.
I’ll begin at St. Mark’s Church. Yes. That minister. How can I remember what he said as if it was only yesterday and I was seventeen once more.
Watch Ron McLarty talk of his writing and acting career, also Stephen King talks of Ron’s stories that were not in print.here.(less)
"I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendelton's history and it's destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground."
"Not just a great house, not merely a mansion, the Pendleton was more accurately a Beaux Arts palace, built in 1889, at the height of the Gilded Age, sixty thousand square feet under roof, not counting the vast basement or the separate carriage house. A combination of Georgian and French Renaissance styles, the building was clad in limestone, with elaborately carved window surrounds. Neither the Carnegies nor the Vanderbilts, nor even the Rockefellers, had ever owned a grander house."
77 Shadow Street an address like any other but with a mystery behind its doors unlike any other. A insidious evil is reawakening, there has been events of the macabre kind in the past nearly every 30years to be precise. Dean Koontz has really created an atmosphere of chilling eeriness. He is a master when it comes to writing with memorable characters, in this dwelling of darkness he brings to you two wonderful kids Winny and Iris an autistic girl of remarkable courage. If you think of H.P Lovecraft and Clive Barker getting together to write a novel involving a charnel house of mystery then this would be the end product. The writing flows well, it immerses you with expectations of a new evil force present and delivers with an originality of grandeur. You won't want to stop reading once you get into the whole 'who's there' scenario. One of the characters in the novel gave a fitting descriptions to the series events that he witnessed, he said it was as if he just been part of a movie that James Cameron directed while on amphetamines and Red Bull. I could see this being a really good adaptation to the big screen. King had his Shining, Matheson created Hell House, Peter Straub created Ghost story and now Dean Koontz has made a mark with 77 Shadow Street. You have had many house stories but Dean Koontz brings to the table a unique charnel house tale of his own.
"Iris was that perhaps rarer of autistic savants: one who had an intuitive grasp of the relationship between phonemes, the basic sounds by which a language was constructed, and the printed word. One day when she was five, Iris picked up a childrens book for the first time- and quickly began reading, having had no instruction, because when she looked at a word on the page, she heard the sound of it in her mind and knew its meaning. When she had never encountered a word before, she searched for its definition in a dictionary and thereafter never forgot it."
"Winny was surprised to see so many books, because he thought some autistic kids never read well , maybe not at all. Evidently, Iris read a lot. He knew why. Books were another life. If you were shy and didn't know what to say and felt you didn't belong anywhere, books were a way to lead another life, a way to be someone else entirely, to be anyone at all. Winny didn't know what he would do without his books, except probably go berserk and start killing people and making ashtrays out of their skulls even though he didn't smoke and never would."
This was a fun read, even though the movie Matilda is heavily engraved in my mind and there was no real surprises when reading it. It was fun even tho...moreThis was a fun read, even though the movie Matilda is heavily engraved in my mind and there was no real surprises when reading it. It was fun even though the young lad I was reading it with kept falling asleep two pages in, and I felt to finish in one night. This story could be used as a manual to parents on how to NOT raise your kids and to all the Trunchbottoms, on how to Not teach children. All the Trunchbottoms watch out their next pupil might just be like Matilda or up the ante maybe the girl Drew Barrymore played in The Firestarter adaptation of Stephen Kings novel. It also highlights the joy and the value of having a good and kind teacher like that which Matilda successfully had. Last but not least the joy of reading Matilda displayed was a real billboard advertisement for the promotion of reading to young kids and left a lasting importance for many. Truly a great writer who can be remembered as being in many readers bedtime stories. There is a sort of hall of fame of gifted young girls that she joins alongside Firestarter girl and Swan from Swan song by Robert McCammon. Also @ my webpage here(less)