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Big Lizard: A Novel

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Buster Nix, overweight and frustrated with his life, finally finds a new job through the help of his aunt who works at an employment agency. He has been given the position of security guard at the headquarters of a chain of fast food restaurants called Pick-A-Chicken. There, like choosing a lobster in a seafood store, you literally pick your own chicken for slaughter, and ...more
Hardcover, Signed & Numbered Limited Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2020 by SST Publications
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Jeff Terry
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantastic funny fast read.

The first Lansdale book I read was The Drive In and I loved it. Just crazy funny horror. And while this has many of those same vibes, it also feels like a supernatural superhero origin story.

Look, I'm not going to write the plot summary here since that's already available to you, but I can verify that what was said in there is accurate in the book and it's fun when you experience all that.

Now I know this book involved Keith Lansdale as well but he must have kept righ
Mike Hughes
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
What a great ride. Jump on the back of Big Lizard and go for the ride! Got a copy of the book as an ARC from SST Publications. Easy five star book again from Lansdale. This time he teams up with his son Keith to bring us, well I'm not sure what genre it would fall into, part horror, part weird fiction, part super hero, but whatever you want to classify it as it works. Great characters, just wait till you meet socks, my favorite of the bunch.
Has all the stuff Lansdale is known for, weird, grueso
Jeremy Baker
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like Joe Lansdale's work, you're going to be more than satisfied with Big Lizard. If you've never read him before, then buckle the f*ck up because you're in for a hell of an introduction.

Big Lizard is a wild, weird, darkly comic, gory, occasionally terrifying, and consistently entertaining romp through the world of the occult, chicken restaurants, and Biblical theme parks. You really get a representation of all Lansdale's genres here. Crime, horror, humor, it's all in there. As to the sto
Bradd Parton
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I received an ARC from SST (Short, Scary Tales Publications) in exchange for an unbiased review.

As with any new Lansdale, I was excited to read this book. And as with any Lansdale, it did not disappoint.

This collaboration between Joe hisownself and his son Keith is a quick, quirky, and fun read. Superhero elements mixed with the occult, Noah's Ark, and a DIY fried chicken joint add up to quite the tale. The characters are well-developed without being overly detailed, and the story is plo
May 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
“The air smelled of fried chicken and eternal Damnation”

Oh my gosh, I enjoyed this read so much!
You might not think a story in which a fried chicken-restaurant cult summons a Lizard God by sacrificing chickens would work. Of course the ceremony goes wrong, changing one of the cult members into a homicidal were-chicken (and the interloper into a big lizard). In short: It work extremely well and I found it hilarious and have since invested in another Lansdale book.
David Simon
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Friends, family members, and probably a good number of perfect strangers, know that I read a lot, and their first question (actually their second question, the first is usually what are you reading now?) tends to be who’s your favorite author? My answer to that question has changed over the years, but nowadays, more often than not, I say Joe Lansdale.

Lansdale writes a little bit (actually a lot) of everything—horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, you name it. He does it all well, a
Luke Anisimoff
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some books centre on the eternal battle between good and evil. Others peer into mystical realms. Plenty portray unlikely comrades in testing situations. The most thoughtful present the futility of organised religion, systemic racism, corporate greed and their increasingly negative effects.
Big Lizard wraps all these themes in one grease-soiled Kafka fever dream involving a smartass talking chicken with sexuality issues, and a protagonist that morphs between financially incapable dude and the titl
John Bruni
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lansdale & Lansdale can't be stopped. This is a mighty weird one, the weirdest since father Lansdale wrote Zeppelins West. This one is about a pudgy kid with bad knees who gets hired on to be security at a fast food chicken restaurant. He's told to never open this one door, though. Naturally he does and discovers his boss is in charge of a chicken death cult. One thing leads to another leads to this guy getting superpowers. He can transform into a big lizard. The botched ritual transforms his bo ...more
Shane Kegler
Sep 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
A lot of fun and very out there. Classic Lansdales. Their voices go very well together in this collaborative effort. Expect the unexpected
Ralph Carlson
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fun book.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What could be better! Lizards, chickens, cults, teenagers, eyepatches, red sports cars. Imagine Godzilla and Rodan battling it out in the Bible Belt South. With blood and hoodoo.
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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 ...more

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