Death By Chili: Hap and Leonard tackle the mystery of a dead champion chili cook. Was it suicide or This tale is mostly conjecture, peppered with Lansdale wit, and followed by Lansdale's own chili recipe. Dead Aim: When their friend Marvin Hanson offers them a job, Hap, Leonard, and an axe handle Hap named Agnes find themselves putting the fear of God into a woman's abusive ex-husband.
Things quickly prove to be much more complex than they originally thought. Dead Aim was hilarious, as usual, but I thought it could have used more action. Also, the plot slithered all over the place. The Boy Who Became Invisible: Hap recounts a tale of his youth, the tale of the boy everyone picked on. The Boy Who Became Invisible is a powerful tale because it's all too believable and very relatable. I remembered the ending but it still hit pretty hard. Not Our Kind: This tale chronicled an early encounter featuring a teenage Hap and Leonard and some bullies.
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The guys were cracking wise but things didn't go as they usually do. Bent Twig: Brett's daughter is into drugs and hooking again and Hap goes looking for her. The boys get into the usual shit storm, complete with jokes, and things are very satisfying. Joe R. It's short, funny, and has the all too true line "It's the family you choose that counts.
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Lansdale: Lansdale talks about the genesis of Hap and Leonard and writing the books, confirming that Hap is something of a stand-in for Lansdale himself. Will a new book to work on bring him out of the funk he's been in since his wife's death or will his obsession kill him? Before I get down to business, let's all be honest with one another.
Most of the books we read are of average or less quality and are just an entertaining way to pass the time. This book is not one of those. This one grabs you by the genitals and infects your thoughts while you aren't reading it. The Man From Primrose Lane is one hell of a crazy read. The titular character is a local eccentric who was known as The Man with a Thousand Mittens to the cop who found his corpse, complete with fingers in a blender. In life, he was always seen wearing mittens and had a closet full of them when he died? Interested yet? Or that he has a notebook about another woman's daily habits that just happens to resemble David's wife?
This is one of those books that I cannot divulge the plot of without ruining it. Suffice to say, it is a cleverly written mind bender. Part detective story, part bat shit crazy. Your brain might fold in on itself like a black hole before it's finished. What the hell else can I say without spoiling things? I like how Renner uses David going through the withdrawals for his depression meds as a good way to reveal his back story using flashbacks.
That's about all I'm prepared to reveal at this time.
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If you like genre-bending, thought provoking reads, you could do a lot worse than this. This is in the top two or three books I've read so far in Perfect score. Drax Vol. He crash lands while searching for Thanos and tries to help find missing people and stolen goods in order to get his ship repaired. The first issue of Drax started off really solid so I got excited and bought all the following issues. That was a mistake. Drax isn't bad, but it's not great either.
The volume centers around Drax which seemed like a good thing, but it ended up being like someone playing a piano by only pressing one key. Labels: comics , Terence.
They are perched precariously on the edge of the Islands in a small town where ongoing negotiations with the Japanese are taking place. The traders have a loose alliance between themselves but also continue to jockey for the best opportunities. There is gold.
There is coal. Fortunes could be made.
The Struans are in Japan, represented by the heir apparent Malcolm. He is the descendent of the great Dirk Struan, who built a shipping empire out of nothing but his own grit, ambition, and strong will. Dirk, though long dead, is a constant presence in the lives of the family. Every decision they try to make is weighed and measured against the interpretative wisdom of the ghost of Dirk Struan.
Malcolm is not yet 21, the age set by Dirk that a man must reach to become Tai-pan. While on an outing with friends, Malcolm is attacked by ronin shishi Samurais and seriously wounded. This unleashes a storm of incriminations back and forth between the British representatives and the Japanese. The British navy are actually in port protecting the business interests of the traders. They are on the verge of a war with the Japanese, but cooler heads realize that they only have to wait for the Japanese to start fighting each other.
There are two storylines: one follows the Gai-jin foreign community, and the other follows the political battle that is taking place among the Japanese. These stories become entwined as the Japanese are forced to do business with the Gai-jins because they need their cannon, rifles, and ammunition as they prepare for the internal struggle for power that is about to begin.
Lord Toranaga Yoshi, Guardian of the Heir, is trying to be the king maker. The Shogun is a young boy, and the Emperor is a distant figure. The government is weak, and there are too many powerful, ambitious samurai who are ready to fill the power vacuum.
Yoshi survives several assassination attempts just as he orders assassinations against his rivals. He makes alliances that he knows are a slender reed blowing in the wind. He needs Gai-jin weapons, and he needs them before his enemies can obtain them for themselves. Malcolm has become infatuated with the beautiful Angelique Richaud. He is recovering from his wounds and frustrated that he cannot be the man he once was. Thank God for that, he thought, much of his rage evaporating.
But true. So the question remains, is Angelique a 10 in Paris or is she a 10 just on the shores of Japan? Many of the men have permanent concubines, as well. Their lust is a source of exploitation for the Japanese. The Japanese prostitutes, who work in places with such enticing names as The Floating World, are disappointed with sex with the Gai-jin men.
The men are only interested in first position, commonly referred to as missionary style. These women, well versed in every conceivable variation of sex, never get a chance to show the skills they have been taught or to have the opportunity to introduce the men to Baiting the Hen, Cherry Blossom Time, Near and Far, Over the Dragon, Springtime Planting, or Stealing the Honey. Unfortunately, James Clavell does not offer definitions or explanations for what each of these intriguingly named acts would entail.
I appreciated the excitement that was created in the community when one of the men obtained something more precious than gold.
I long for the days when books ruled supreme before the internet, video games, TV, and movies became the preferred forms of entertainment for most people. In this edition, James Clavell provides a character list in the back of the book with a short description for each person. Because I read this over a longer than normal period of time, it was nice to be able to easily refresh my memory by taking a peek at the list. Clavell has never managed to create characters as compelling as Dirk Struan and May-May in the novel Tai-pan. Tess Struan, the mother of Malcolm, comes the closest, but she is in Hong Kong for the entire period covered by this book.
She is a tough, determined, compelling woman, often referred to as The Hag, who is completely allied with Struan despite her blood relation to the Brocks. I never did warm to Culum or Malcolm; both are pale comparisons to Dirk. Both felt the pressure of trying to live up to their illustrious ancestor.
I have high hopes that Ian Dunross, the Tai-pan of Struans in the book Noble House, will finally provide me with the strong willed, smart, cunning character I so adored in Dirk Struan. I did break one of my unwritten rules by watching the miniseries based on Noble House before reading the book. Despite my issues with the characters and the length of the book, I still enjoyed the journey. The intrigue developing between the Japanese and the constant friction between two diametrically opposed cultures kept the pages turning.
https://anunasex.tk As Angelique wraps Malcolm around her little finger, we can see a showdown coming between the beauty and the hag. Twilight of the Dragons by Andy Remic My rating: 4 of 5 stars First, I will admit to being a huge Andy Remic fanboy, so take that however your happy self wants too. If you like your fantasy kick arse, epic, dark and just all around awesome, jump into book two of The Blood Dragon Empire.
Give Andy Remic your money, seriously.. Thank you to the wonderful overlords at Angry Robot for the ARC and for feeding the beast that is my appetite for books. Monday, August 22, A Bit of Levity. A particularly nasty case. I needed something light, humorous and non-taxing to take my mind off of it this weekend.
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