The Builders – Daniel Polansky

Synopsis:

A missing eye.
A broken wing.
A stolen country.

The last job didn’t end well.

Years go by, and scars fade, but memories only fester. For the animals of the Captain’s company, survival has meant keeping a low profile, building a new life, and trying to forget the war they lost. But now the Captain’s whiskers are twitching at the idea of evening the score. Continue reading “The Builders – Daniel Polansky”

River of Teeth – Sarah Gailey

Releases: 5.23.2017.

Synopsis: River of Teeth is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

Holly: This book was a trip! You’ve got these hungry, hungry hippos (RAWR) who are being imported into the marshes of the Mississippi River for meat production. A portion of them are used as mounts, but then there is an overpopulation happening of murderous rampaging ferals. So then you’ve got this ragtag crew of mercenaries who are most certainly *not* on a caper, who are then called in to help clean up the waterways of these ferals.

It was such a fun & unique adventure story. There were shades of Joe R. Lansdale & Unforgiven, with a completely bonkers (in a good way) alternate history thrown in for good measure. Continue reading “River of Teeth – Sarah Gailey”

The Thicket – Joe R. Lansdale

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“The man was as big as Grandpa, easily half his age, and he had a face that looked to have been shaped with a rock and a stick wielded by an angry circus monkey. He was scarred up and his nose was bent and one of his eyes had a lid that drooped over it about halfway, so that his peeper seemed sneaky all the time.”
-Joe R. Lansdale, The Thicket
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Damn, if Joe R. Lansdale isn’t one of the best writers of first-person fiction, I don’t know who is. This story follows the misadventures of Jack Parker, a 16-year-old boy from East Texas, as he enlists a ragtag group of trackers to help him find his kidnapped sister, Lula. Continue reading “The Thicket – Joe R. Lansdale”

The Thicket – Joe R. Lansdale

“A cow? She got run over by a goddamn cow? I ain’t never heard of that. Now, that is some shit, that is. A fucking cow.”

The Thicket was my last book of 2016 & I am so glad I ended with it! It was the perfect length, the subject matter was obviously quite grim but there were delightfully twisted & hilarious moments & it kept me incredibly engrossed the whole time! There legitimately was not a moment where I found the story boring. IT WAS THAT GOOD! From the first paragraph, I was hooked! When I had only gotten about halfway through, I knew this was going to be on my Best Of 2016 list! It was such an easy, comfortable read. I mean that in the best of ways! Continue reading “The Thicket – Joe R. Lansdale”

Paradise Sky – Joe R. Lansdale

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“I had learned from Wild Bill to always have the other hand ready to draw, and if you couldn’t shoot left-handed, it was best not to shake. But it wasn’t a way I wanted to live. In spite of all that had happened to me, I was by nature a trusting soul, or at least I wanted to be.”
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This book is just fucking brilliant. Loved it from the first word to the last. Ostensibly, I’m a person who loves westerns. But aside from one or two of Elmore Leonard’s westerns, True Grit, and a handful of Cormac McCarthy books that fit the genre, I haven’t read a ton of westerns. Continue reading “Paradise Sky – Joe R. Lansdale”