[Audiobooks] A Fine Dark LineAuthor Joe R. Lansdale – Albawater.co

A FINE DARK LINE is Lansdale s version of McCammon s BOY S LIFE A beautiful and poignant coming of age tale that is an absolute winner Highly recommended. Lansdale is a great writer He s so good that he can write in his sleep which may be the problem with A Fine Dark Line Lansdale s ability in dealing with issues of race, sexuality, good and evil, is remarkable You never feel like you re being preached to, which is probably a testimony to Lansdale s good common sense However, in A Fine Dark Line, the ghosts invoked come from other novels Anyone who has read To Kill a Mockingbird or Tom Sawyer, knows he or she has read earlier and greater e Lansdale is a great writer He s so good that he can write in his sleep which may be the problem with A Fine Dark Line Lansdale s ability in dealing with issues of race, sexuality, good and evil, is remarkable You never feel like you re being preached to, which is probably a testimony to Lansdale s good common sense However, in A Fine Dark Line, the ghosts invoked come from other novels Anyone who has read To Kill a Mockingbird or Tom Sawyer, knows he or she has read earlier and greater efforts A violent fight at night in a storm a town mystery or two a boy entering into early manhood strange lights down by the railroad tracks a headless girl American Folklore 101 Yep Lansdale s pushing the buttons Still, this book is worth a read, since you quickly come attached to the Mitchel family and their friends But if you ve read Lansdale s The Drive in, you ll find yourself longing for the early wild man, as opposed to this tame, mainstream effort of a pulp master If you want unadulterated Lansdale, try The Nightrunners, or therecent short story I think it won some awards , The Folding Man Only took me three four tries to finally finish this one I kept quitting just before it got good, obviously I ll certainly be tryingLansdale soon.Video review Only took me three four tries to finally finish this one I kept quitting just before it got good, obviously I ll certainly be tryingLansdale soon.Video review This Lansdale novel, unlike the other Lansdale novels I ve read, is told from the point of view of a thirteen year old boy named Stanley It s not filled with the off the rails cursing and crazy gore that I expect when reading a work from this guy but it still kept my attention Set in a small town in Texas in 1958, it makes sense that Stanley s voice is still quite innocent I don t think you could get away with that sort of innocence today, what with the internet and MTV and their marathon s This Lansdale novel, unlike the other Lansdale novels I ve read, is told from the point of view of a thirteen year old boy named Stanley It s not filled with the off the rails cursing and crazy gore that I expect when reading a work from this guy but it still kept my attention Set in a small town in Texas in 1958, it makes sense that Stanley s voice is still quite innocent I don t think you could get away with that sort of innocence today, what with the internet and MTV and their marathon showings of pregnant teens and spoiled skater bois and all but it works here.Stanley s parents recently purchased the local drive in and having made only one friend, Stan s a bit of a lonely kid He has an older sister but all they do is bicker One summer day he and his trusty dog Nub unearth a box filled with love letters written long ago This gets his curiosity going and he does some snooping, along with the ancient often drunken projectionist, and learns that a house use to stand where he found the box and that a young girl died inside when it burned to the ground He then discovers another young girl was tragically murdered on the same night Certain the two events are tied together he spends his summer determined to find out the truth, befriending some colorful characters along the way, and disturbing things better off left alone I m a sucker for coming of age tales and this is a damn good one It drags a little here and there but the characters kept me coming back forI ll never claim to be some big mystery wiz and though I guessed one important aspect of the mystery the rest of it kept me guessing The characters are interesting and realistic always most important to me and the tale is scary, funny, heartwarming and compelling with a very well done sense of place The twists, turns and chills come in the most unexpected places Reading this I felt like I was tagging along with Stan, Nub and Buster during a long lazy summer It s good classic stuff from Mr Lansdale hisownself This is copy 171 of Six Hundred signed numbered copies.Dustjacket by John Picacio. I very much enjoy Lansdale s writing, and once again this story and the venues it takes place in all remind me of To Kill a Mockingbird It s not a rip off of it by any means, just a lot of similarities A very engrossing coming of age story Loved it. I ve said it before and I ll say it again, I think I just finished the best book I have ever read A Fine Dark Line, by Joe Lansdale is a tale of mystery set in Texas during the 1950s Now I could spend this review writing about the overall crimes committed to create the plot of this magical story, or I could linger on what I consider to be Lansdale s strongest talent, character development I m a thirty something female who has spent her entire life on the Great Plains I live in an area o I ve said it before and I ll say it again, I think I just finished the best book I have ever read A Fine Dark Line, by Joe Lansdale is a tale of mystery set in Texas during the 1950s Now I could spend this review writing about the overall crimes committed to create the plot of this magical story, or I could linger on what I consider to be Lansdale s strongest talent, character development I m a thirty something female who has spent her entire life on the Great Plains I live in an area of the country where not being Dutch is considered to be a minority When I really think about it, I can see many parallels between modern day Midwestern living and life in Texas during the 1950s Maybe that s one of the reasons I enjoyed this novel so much Due to the unfortunate racial tensions that still exist to this day, I was able to relate well to several scenarios in this book However, I will not give credit to the tragic, yet timeless, theme of racism Instead, I want to applaud the author Joe Lansdale in the relatable way he portrays his characters I also want to state that even though the crimes of prejudice, bigotry, and even murder still exist today, I am aware that life was extremely different where when this novel was set Saying this, I must congratulate the author on basically building this reader a time machine in order to travel back for an adventure she was so glad she didn t miss Like this story s main character Stanley, I was going about my normal routine when I stumbled upon buried treasure Only mine was in the form of this book This discovery lead to a tale of secret love affairs, unlikely friendships, undying loyalties, murder, and most of all a whole lot of binge reading on my part The beauty of reading a Lansdale novel is his ability to make one feel like part of the gang Finally, at the ripe old age of 35, I was able to leave boring life on the Plains and experience things from a different cultural perspective I only had to go back to the 1950s to do it It is the summer ofin Dewmont, Texas, a town the great American postwar boom passed by The kids listen idly to rockabilly on the radio and waste their weekends at the Dairy Queen And an undetected menace simmers under the heat that clings to the skin like molasses For thirteen year old Stanley Mitchell, the end of innocence comes with his discovery of the mysterious long ago demise of two very different young women In his quest to unravel the truth about their tragic fates, Stanley finds a protector in Buster Lighthorse Smith, a black, retired Indian reservation cop and a sage on the finer points of Sherlock Holmes, the blues, and life s faded dreams But not every buried thing stays dead And on one terrifying night of rushing creek water and thundering rain, an arcane, murderous force will rise from the past to threaten the boy in a harrowing rite of passage Vintage Lansdale, A Fine Dark Line brims with exquisite suspense, powerful characterizations, and the vibrant evocation of a lost time This is Joe R Lansdale, so of course this is a fine story dotted with colorful, memorable characters This one just doesn t have the oomph of other works by this author The mystery, such as it is, is solved in a rather anti climatic way, and the way race is tackled in this novel iswell, on the nose, to say the least Typically Lansdale writes of racism with special skill, but it falls flat here.Still, this is an enjoyable read with engaging characters and a strong sense of place Recomme This is Joe R Lansdale, so of course this is a fine story dotted with colorful, memorable characters This one just doesn t have the oomph of other works by this author The mystery, such as it is, is solved in a rather anti climatic way, and the way race is tackled in this novel iswell, on the nose, to say the least Typically Lansdale writes of racism with special skill, but it falls flat here.Still, this is an enjoyable read with engaging characters and a strong sense of place Recommended What is that you say A Joe R Lansdale little southern gothic tale mystery, set in the 50s at a Drive In Love it Yes, I do