Lost Echoes (NEW)
Rafted insanity I couldn t help but notice that Miriam Black shares than a few Similarities To This Both Brutal to this both brutal gut punches shrouded in darkness with protagonists that must learn to overcome adversity they face due to supernatural abilitiesJoe Lansdale is One Of Those Authors That of those authors that both deliver an unflinchingly brutal story and develop authentic characters They are flawed fleshed out individuals in a vividly believable way Lost Echoes follows Harry through various stages of his life The highs and lows twists and turns It s truly a Lansdale coming of age story wielding the Mojo storytelling with precisionWhat a cracking read Harry Wilkes contracted the mumps when he was a kid After having the mumps his ar still gave him problems until a huge pus pocket Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! exploded out of it one day You know I am going to give you gross stuff don t act shocked Once that happens somethingven 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 Cannibal experience a vision Past violence comes to life for him His parents take him to doctors andveryone kinda thinks he is a bit weird Harry learns to not just say anything about his gift he grows up and heads 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 *his routes and where he will be accordingly He also starts to drink HeavilyThen when he an old buddy are at a bar drinking they see another drunk being taken outside by a group of punks The punks plan on robbing the drunk but they 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 of his tricks and they will help Mastered (The Enforcers, each other with avoiding the bo I was kinda bored with this one Simple as that Lost Echoes was a pulpy burner Lansdale is always a very uick read and this was noxception Aside from his off putting use of the word turd he is a pretty solid writer Texas native Lansdale mines the depths of Man, Son of Man evil that humans are capable of without oversimplifying motives which is often the fault of genre writers Unlike some of his works this one does incorporate a little bit of the supernatural but it doesn trr 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 of his work than he was in Bubba Ho tep and Lost Echoes is much in the vein of serious work Don t get me wrong his down home tone is still intact but this is a drier work operating in a believable reality than the casual reader may be Alter Ego expectingAll in all Lost Echoes was pretty solid Definitely something I don t regret readingOriginally reviewed at This is not one of Lansdale s best That means two things1 It s not a Hap and Leonard novel2 It is still better than most other suspense storiesIt has all the ingredients of 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 one plot It is one part Sixth Sense one part Karate Kid and the rest is Lansdale In other words two parts of ready made formula drowns out the uniueness of Lansdale s suspenseful story telling Yet it is still annjoyable read Lansdale s fans will like it but if you are not familiar with this original American voice you would be better off picking up one of his books from the Happ and Leonard series. His unusual gift Soon Harry’s childhood crush Kayla comes and asks for help solving her father’s murder Unsure of how it will affect him Harry finds the strength to confront the dark secrets of the past only to unveil the horrors of the presen. ,
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This book gave me the sense 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 AND OBSERVATIONS Lansdale s tones and observations 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 vil 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 one 330 page book didn t read like Lansdale at his best and didn t meld together wellThings I did like the ruminations on martial arts and having a center in life the repeated motif 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 portrayal of 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 on genre material Not for me got to page 67 which was 65 pages too manyToo many books to read to waste time on this I ve often said the worst Lansdale book is better than most author s works But this one didn t really do it for me It s definitely ntertaining but there was something 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 Uncommon Wisdom ever seem to be in any real dangerven when they are There s such a happy go lucky vibe through the Unseen City entire book kind of a yeah bad shit s gonna happen but aw shucks it s all gonna be a okay in thend thing that as a reader I was never worried about the characters so it tended to be a bit of a suspense killer2 Characters seemed to come and go without a lot of real thought to drive the plot When Harry hooks up with Talia she s fantasticuntil she needs to be a mean girl then she becomes that Her father to be a mean girl then she becomes that Her father made out to be a powerful man with powerful connections but once the mystery is uncovered on his property and moving the plot along both of them are ssentially ditched The same goes for one of the murder victims the red headed guy 3 None of the major turning points have any real *Impact Big Events Like Uncovering A Horrible Rape And Murder *Big vents like uncovering a horrible rape and murder relayed and within a few sentences joked about There s no God Is in the Crowd emotional impact whatsoever4 I finally came up with my own theory I love Lansdale s Hap and Leonard series but they don t have a lot of depth Some but not a lot But they re fun as hell When I started swapping out the HL characters for the ones in this book it felt very much like this might have started out as a HL idea but because of the particular way Harry uncovers the murders couldn t be used so Lansdale simply rejigged the characters for this novel insteadFor me the whole thing felt so much sloppy and slapdash than I m used to with Lansdale It hasn t dampened my love for the man s writing but this is absolutely not the book to start with if you re looking to discover his writing LOST ECHOES is a bit 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 mentioned on this blog several times that Joe R Lansdale is possibl. Since a mysterious childhood illness Harry Wilkes hasxperienced horrific visions Gruesome scenes Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard emerge to replay themselves before hisyes Triggered by simple sounds these visions occur anywhere a tragic vent has happened Now in college Harry. ,
Y my favorite living author I ve already told you to go out and buy his books So I won t say all that againIf you have read some of his arlier books and Notes for the Everlost enjoyed them you will most likelynjoy this one too None of the characters are from his other books that I know of but some of them have similar characters if you know what I meanWhat I m sayin is Lansdale s characters have a certain voice and ven when they aren t the same character they often sort of sound the same Or at least certain ones sound sort of like certain others But that s ok cause I like that voiceThis book is about a guy how gets a nasty *EAR INFECTION AS A KID AND *infection as a kid and up with an odd ability Sounds will trigger choes of violence or strong negative feelings and he will have visions of those No Biggy! events yes this does sound sort of like the Charlaine Harris book I just wrote about but they are pretty differentEventually in one of thesechoes of past violence he sees somebody he things he recognizes doing something horrible
And Action EnsuesLots Ofaction Crush It! ensuesLots of humor and Texas twang I m still a Lansdale fan then he put on another burst of speed as he felt the wind whistling around him the dry leaves spinning and he was one 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 or hide in the barn or 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 only he canLost Echoes is noxception This genre bending novel plays with the classic tropes of a pulpy crime thriller combined with a coming of age story and then thrown into a blender of supernatural Attracting Birds to Your Backyard elements It s one helluva rideLater as an adult Harold Wilkes would remember the childhoodvents that started it all and he would think If only I had slept through the nightSince contracting the mumps at the age of six causing him to nearly die Harry Wilkes was left with hearing loss in his right Deep Listening ear and a change in brain chemistry due to a nasty infection After recovering from the illness hexperiences brutal Bird-by-Bird Gardening episodes Thesepisodes consist of Harry yelling and screaming almost blacking out because of the intensity Sudden sounds bring on the harrowing images those that are of dead people Visions that play out in front of him as though he is The Works of Saint Augustine experiencing them first hand He soon discovers that his ability or curse is triggered whenever he is in an area where a violent crime or tragedy has taken placechoes from the original sounds As one would Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone expect thesepisodes affect Harry in a deeply profound way Doctors can t seem to help him so he turns to alcohol to cope It s the only thing that numbs the ability By the time he is 20 Harry is dependent on alcohol to get through the day It threatens to take over his life completely Then he meets Tad a martial artist and fellow alcoholic Tad lost his family in a horrific accident and liuor is his management of that pain Except it s getting harder to manage In Tad Harry recognizes a kindred spirit They My Teacher Is a Robot eventually form a pact to helpach other get off the booze while also learning to deal with Harry s giftThrow in a crush from the past who needs help finding the people who murdered her father and you ve got a delightfully bonkers storyEdge of your seat adventure Supper Club emotionally wrought moments gnarly as fuck horrors short chapters that rock you to your very core Lost Echoes is well Feels haunted and turns to alcohol to dull his visionary senses One night he sees a fellow drunkasily best three muggers In this man Harry finds not only a friend that will help him kick the booze but also a sensei who will teach him to master.