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The Nightrunners by Joe R. Lansdale
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Apr 09, 12

Read from April 02 to 09, 2012

Although I had only read three of Lansdale's books before picking up The Nightrunners, I was nearly certain that I would like everything the man has written. I loved

his characterization, straight-forward story-telling, and his ability to fill his books with emotion. Sadly, I thought that The Nightrunners lacked these qualities,

along with most other attributes which make up a good novel. With prose as sloppy as a bunch of blind senior citizens at a spaghetti dinner, a very familiar plot, and

under-developed characters, this did not impress me at all. Lansdale seems to focus much more on descriptions of violence and shock value in general, leaving the rest

of the story to lack in anything memorable. To me, it felt as if Shaun Hutson had given Lansdale some tips and, surprisingly enough, Lansdale took them. I feel like I

just gave Lansdale a horrible insult but I kept thinking that the only difference this book had from the stuff I have read by Hutson was its lack of the word "bloody"

used as a curse. So, this early Lansdale novel failed to impress me and I likely won't remember much of it other than the scene in which Angela's mother gives her one

of the worst beatings of her life with an old teddy bear.

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