Joe R. Lansdale: Lost Echoes



Characters are from his ther books that I know f but some f them have similar characters if you know what I meanWhat I m sayin is Lansdale s characters have a certain voice and even when they aren t the same character they In the End often sortf sound the same Or at least certain nes sound sort f like certain thers But that s k cause I like that voiceThis book is about a guy how gets a nasty ear infection as a kid and ends up with an dd ability Sounds will trigger echoes f violence r strong negative feelings and he will have visions f those events yes this does sound sort f like the Charlaine Harris book I just wrote about but they are pretty differentEventually in ne The Age of Treachery of these echoesf past violence he sees somebody he things he recognizes doing something horrible and action ensuesLots f violence humor and Texas twang I m still a Lansdale fan then he put n another burst The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy of speed as he felt the wind whistling around him the dry leaves spinning and he wasne with them moving fast not worried no sir he was the monkey and he was selfish and he was coming baby Batten down the hatches motherfucker Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite or hide in the barnr mix any goddamn metaphor you want because I am comingThe prolific and immensely talented Joe R Lansdale continuously redefines genre in such a way that nly he canLost Echoes is no exception This genre bending novel plays with the classic tropes f a pulpy crime thriller combined with a coming f age story and then thrown into a blender f supernatural elements It s When a Man Loves a Woman one helluva rideLate Harry Wilkes contracted the mumps when he was a kid After having the mumps his ear still gave him problems until a huge pus pocket explodedut f it ne day You know I am going to give you gross stuff don t act shocked Once that happens something even weirder happens with Harry He can see things that happen If a noise at a place happens that ties it to a violent crime Harry can experience a vision Past violence comes to life for him His parents take him to doctors and everyone kinda thinks he is a bit weird Harry learns to not just say anything about his gift he grows up and heads Keep From Falling off to college He learns to avoid anyplace that has had a violent past and plans his routes and where he will be accordingly He also starts to drink HeavilyThen when he and anld buddy are at a bar drinking they see another drunk being taken Catalogue the Insanity outside by a groupf punks The punks plan Blessed Homecoming on robbing the drunk but they. Feels haunted and turns to alcohol to dull his visionary senses One night he sees a fellow drunk easily best three muggers In this man Harry finds notnly a friend that will help him kick the booze but also a sensei who will teach him to master.

This book gave me the sense Shrek of two forces pulling in different directions One side lead the story through some gradual character development that begins in childhood and reaches into young adulthood Lansdale s tones andbservations in these passages were great and I felt myself getting attached to the protagonist Then another side asserted itself and started pulling the story towards a pulpy violent crime ridden stage where bad guys are really evil dudes and good guys gotta stand up and do the right thing Lansdale is good at this thing too so for the most part it all read well But the two together in ne 330 page book didn t read like Lansdale at his best and didn t meld together wellThings I did like the ruminations n martial arts and having a center in life the repeated motif Look Alikes Jr. of growing up next to a drive in theater Lansdale has done this so many times and yet it still feels romantic and fantastic the portrayalf a close knit family the relationship between the protagonist and his childhood friend In fact there is a lot to like in this story and while reading it I was interested It just didn t come together well It made me wonder if Lansdale has a book stewing in him that will be light n genre material Not for me got to page 67 which was 65 pages too manyToo many books to read to waste time n this I ve Architecture for the Shroud: Relic and Ritual in Turin often said the worst Lansdale book is better than most author s works But thisne didn t really do it for me It s definitely entertaining but there was something Collecting and Exhibiting Computer-Based Technology: Expert Curation at the Museums of the Smithsonian Institution off about it I thought a lot about the issues as I made my way through this novel Here s what I came up with1 The characters never ever seem to be in any real danger even when they are There s such a happy go lucky vibe through the entire book kindf a yeah bad shit s gonna happen but aw shucks it s all gonna be a He Remembers the Barren okay in the end thing that as a reader I was never worried about the characters so it tended to be a bitf a suspense killer2 Characters seemed to come and go without a lo LOST ECHOES is a bit The Early Girl Gets the Blood Wolf of a supernatural tale from Champion Joe Great Lansdale type writing and I really liked the premise and characters A great read I ve already mentionedn this blog several times that Joe R Lansdale is possibly my favorite living author I ve already told you to go Diary of a Library Nerd: An Erotic Diary of One Woman's Metamorphosis out and buy his books So I won t say all that againIf you have read somef his earlier books and enjoyed them you will most likely enjoy this The Stonemere Park Breast Essays: From The L.C.T.F. Archives one too Nonef the. Since a mysterious childhood illness Harry Wilkes has experienced horrific visions Gruesome scenes emerge to replay themselves before his eyes Triggered by simple sounds these visions ccur anywhere a tragic event has happened Now in college Harry.

Get a surprise when the drunk Tad kicks their asses Tad and Harry form a bond where Tad is going to be Harry s sensei He will teach Harry some f his tricks and they will help each The Resistible Rise Of Benito Mussolini other with avoiding the bottle Then a blast from Harry s past comes back his friend Kayla Who is now a cop and wants to know if her father really committed suicideIt sounds like a good book doesn t it I have loved everything by Joe Lansdale that I ve read up until now I just never really got into the story and was bored for mostf the books There are a few shining moments and that kept me from dnfing it but there are much better Lansdale books ut thereWe come to see a ghost r not Kayla saidYeah we sure did Harry saidI don t really think there s any ghost Kayla said My daddy says there aren t any such things and he s a policemanMy brother says there are Joey said A policeman he might know handcuffs and doughnuts but he ain t nothin than anyone else when it comes to ghostsSince when do you care what your brother says Kayla asked He told us you could get a girl pregnant by putting your little finger in her butt So what s he know I was kinda bored with this Blue Guide New York one Simple as that Lost Echoes was a pulpy burner Lansdale is always a very uick read and this was no exception Aside from hisff putting use f the word turd he is a pretty solid writer Texas native Lansdale mines the depths f evil that humans are capable Homesick of withoutversimplifying motives which is A Criminal Affair often the faultf genre writers Unlike some Sangue Derramado of his works thisne does incorporate a little bit f the supernatural but it doesn t err to mummy territory like his best known work Bubba Ho tep which was turned into the well loved film Lansdale is also much less broadly comical in most f his work than he was in Bubba Ho tep and Lost Echoes is much in the vein f serious work Don t get me wrong his down home tone is still intact but this is a drier work perating in a believable reality than the casual reader may be expectingAll in all Lost Echoes was pretty solid Definitely something I don t regret readingOriginally reviewed at This is not ne f Lansdale s best That means two things1 It s not a Hap and Leonard novel2 It is still better than most ther suspense storiesIt has all the ingredients f Lansdale s best including realistic action an authentic East Texas atmosphere and taut but believable dialogue However he appears to be trying to do too much in ne plot. His unusual gift Soon Harry’s childhood crush Kayla comes and asks for help solving her father’s murder Unsure f how it will affect him Harry finds the strength to confront the dark secrets Confessions of a Teenage Hollywood Star of the pastnly to unveil the horrors f the presen.

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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 than two dozen short story collections and he has edited or co e