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Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.
A major motion picture based on Lansdale's crime thriller Cold in July was released in May 2014, starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted to film for Showtime's "Masters of Horror." He is currently co-producing a TV series, "Hap and Leonard" for the Sundance Channel and films including The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero.
Lansdale is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.
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For those of you that don't know, SAVAGE SEASON is the novel that introduces Hap Collins, a straight white liberal ex-con, and Leonard Pine, a humorously cocky black homosexual Vietnam veteran. Hap and Leonard catch news that a hundred grand is deep down in an East Texas river. Joining the hunt are three Sixties radicals. One of these radicals is Hap's ex-wife Trudy. Hap and Leonard are soon doublecrossed by the radicals, who still haven't given up their dreams of revolution. The radicals, along with Hap and Leonard, are betrayed by one of their own to a far worse criminal.
This novel like a lot of Lansdale's work is violent, raunchy, funny, and not written to appease political correctness factions. Though the later Hap and Leonard novels like BAD CHILI and MUCHO MOJO are a bit more colorful, SAVAGE SEASON is the best place to start for the uninitiated.
LONG LIVE HAP AND LEONARD!!!
There are no gray areas here, everyone is either good or bad, and there are some very bad people here. Some of the scenes are particularly gruesome, but Lansdale's writing carries one through. The characterizations save this one from being common-grade pulp. I would probably pursue Hap and Leonard through other adventures. I will most certainly pick up another of Joe Lansdale's novels.
This is a short little book that packs a punch. It is unflinchingly and sometimes painfully graphic but the characters of Hap and Leonard, who both have a really nasty sense of humor, provide much needed comic relief. I don't want to give too much away here but this book isn't going to become one of my favorites, even though I enjoyed most of it, because of a certain horrendous plot twist towards the end of the story that tore out my heart.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Joe Lansdale is truly one of our great writers, and why it took me so long to find him, I'll never know. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer Susanlb10
Had its moments but all together was a little bit of a drag.
Will try another book and then see how it goes
The story line kept my interest. Joe has done a good job here. You will enjoy this one if you are a fanPublished 5 months ago by RonB.
I wanted to check this out because "Hap and Leonard" is going to be a TV series. It's funny, violent, and sexual. Testosterone. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Terri Alter
It was a ok read. The main characters have a good relationship and witty banter. I would recommend this for a summer read.Published 9 months ago by Nevernorm
I had heard of this series and wanted to find out what it was about. Very good is what. Two flawed main characters that I would like to get to know better. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jeffrey Cochrane