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Big Lizard by Joe R. Lansdale
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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 right up there with his dad. It still had that folksy-in-the-face-of-horror tone that comes with Joe's books. Maybe Keith wrote the lizard parts and Joe wrote the Buster parts? Whatever Keith did, it worked! And now I want to buy into the Pick-a-Chicken franchise. Or at least get one of those chicken hats.

There's an incredibly enjoyable story here with just enough of whatever you want. Including a big lizard penis.

I read this as an ARC from SST for an honest review. And it didn't include any of the artwork so I'm a little sad about that. Knowing the effort Paul Fry at SST puts into his editions, I can only imagine how awesome it will be to read this book with all the bells and whistles--not that I expect the finished book to make any sounds because that would suck, to read stories around loud sudden noises and alerts and what not.

If you're a Lansdale fan this is a must-own.
If you're an admirer of great editions, this is a must-own.
If you want to read about people transforming into something other than wolves, this is a must-own.
If you like your cultural sarcasm spread evenly on a delicious piece of fiction, you need this book.

Great story. Only wish there was more of it.
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Reading Progress

June 16, 2020 – Started Reading
June 16, 2020 – Shelved
June 23, 2020 – Finished Reading

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