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Flaming Zeppelins by Joe R. Lansdale
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Feb 07, 13

bookshelves: steampunk, swapped-or-donated, read-in-2013
Read from February 04 to 07, 2013

Anytime I was beginning to enjoy this book, Lansdale felt it necessary (or humorous) to throw in a random reference to male sexual organs, self-pleasuring, defecation, farting, rectums, and other crudities. It killed the pace and light-hardheartedness of the two stories. These insertions added nothing, and just seemed like he was trying to get cheap laughs from adolescent teens. "Flaming London" actually includes several references to the Lansdale's short story "The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down: A Dime Novel" that was in Jeff VanderMeer's anthology "Steampunk." Not a good thing, as that tale was very vulgar and not the least bit entertaining. If I had remembered Lansdale wrote that story, I would definitely have given "Ned the Seal" a pass. I teetered on giving this a one star rating, but since I found some amusement between the vulgarities, I will generously give it two stars.
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