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Blood Dance (The Lost Lansdale #3)
Confederate veterans in a Yankee’s world, Melgrhue and Bucklaw haven’t had much post-war success. Family, friends and farms lost in the conflict, they’ve been drifting for the past decade—driving sheep here, punching cattle there. It’s work that pays a man’s bills, mostly, but just mostly. More than panning for gold, it turns out, though that had seemed like a good idea at ...more
Kindle Edition, 175 pages
(first published May 2000)
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There seems to be two kinds of Western (as in the Wild West) novels out there. First there is the modern western exemplified by Annie Proulx and Cormac McCarthy. Only you literature types need apply. Then there are the pulps set in the mythical Wild West. Most of these come close to the idea of speculative fiction as they usually deal with a history that is more in our minds then in reality. Lansdale's Blood Dance comfortably fits this category. He does a good job of mixing his usual crime noir/ ...more
After the civil war two confederate buddies haven't had much luck living in a Yankee world. They end up robbing a train with a bad group. Things go bad and the bad guys decide to kill every one on the train and the two buddies just can't go along with that. One dies and the other wounded badly and left for dead after they try to stand with those from the train. From there with a little help from different characters he meet along the way it's a hunt for those that killed his friend. Joe Lansdale ...more
Lansdale has written a lot of weird westerns. It's sort of what he's known for. He's written fewer straightforward westerns, but Blood Dance is one of those. It features a man seeking vengeance for a murdered friend, train robberies, Indians and scalping, mining for gold, and a whole mess of other western cliches. It also brings in Wild Bill Hickok and General Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn, so in true Lansdale fashion, he brings all he can to the party.
The story isn't anything special, ...more
The story isn't anything special, ...more
I'll read just about anything that Mr. Lansdale takes the trouble to write and to publish. The name-dropping cost this book a star, though; I just personally don't like that stuff. Also not a big fan of white-dude-turns-injun stuff either, but at least it was handled in a non-embarrassing manner, and in a way that made it integral to the plot rather than just gratuitous pandering to a way of life that is dead because it got outcompeted. The most interesting thing about this book is that I got al ...more
3.5 stars. Nowhere near Lansdale's best work or even his best westerns, but it is quite entertaining if you can put up with a few pretty hoary western narrative conventions. I agree completely with his intro in that I could totally see Dorchester/Leisure Westerns putting this out in mass market as an unassuming midlist title (well, before they imploded and took the last bastion of the midlist author career path with them, that is). Also neat to see some scenes and characters that show up again i ...more
A rip-roaring Western by Joe Lansdale. Protagonist Jim Melgrhue is someone you'd want to call your friend, along with all the many "characters" he meets on his trail of revenge. Lansdale is one of the best storytellers out there, bar none, and you don't have to enjoy Westerns as such to enjoy this short novel. Likeable protagonist, in-depth character development, lyrical prose, terrific storyline and grand finale.
I could read anything by Joe Lansdale it seems. Here Joe writes a typical Western using some fun mix of Legend and History (Both Bull Hickok and Custer show up for a time). I'm not the biggest western kind of fellow, but I enjoyed reading this revenge yarn.
Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-e ...moreMore about Joe R. Lansdale...