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Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal Paperback – October 25, 2010
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A madcap excursion.”
The comparison to Alan Moore’s great comic series is probably the most apt, both in the form of a collection of historic and literary characters and in the tone of Moore’s delight in the obscene. Lansdale ramps both up to hilarious excess.”
Lansdale reminds me somewhat of Terry Pratchett, if Pratchett was an irascible cuss with an affection for scatological humour.... If you want your steampunk serious, sombre, or squeaky-clean, stay far away from Lansdale. For myself, he’s a breath of flatulent air in the midst of steampunk taking itself far too seriously.”
Praise for Zeppelins West
Irrepressible, irreverent and unpredictable.... Legends of the Old West, plus characters both real and fictional, enliven the shenanigans.... [T]his novel is one big joyride from start to finish.”
Praise for Flaming London
Wait a minute! What’s going on here? Only one of the wildest-alternate-worlds, rip-in-space-time, SF-pastiche romps this side of fifties B-movies.”
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If you like SF/fantasy/comedy/smutty story-telling that references the Victorian-era classics of fantasy/SF, you'll appreciate it as I did. And I liked it a lot.
Lansdale is nothing heavy, but he is fun. I think I'll read Bubba Ho-tep next.
Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the Hap and Leonard series, and hearing reports from my spouse that his forays into horror were equally good, I felt like giving the Author the benefit of the doubt with a book in the quasi-SteamPunk realm.
The real fun of reading Mr Landsdale's books is his deep study of the human condition. Even in the crazy situations he dreamed up for this novel, the characters respond in a fashion that seems to fit.
Regarding the comments on "teenage" humor, to me that reader didn't seem to get it. The author is writing the characters as true to life as possible which include the high's and lows of the human condition especially in the particular time frame they find themselves. I enjoyed despite and maybe because of the profanity and grit.
Flaming Zeppelins is an omnibus collection of two novels. It is nice to see them back in print, but please note this volume does not contain any of Tim Truman's original illustrations.
Zeppelins West is a mash-up novel written in what would be called Steampunk today (I’m not sure this genre even had a name in 2001 when this was written). Historical and fictional 19th century characters intermingle in a world that has a level of technology equivalent to what you might find in a Jules Verne or H.G. Wells adventure. Annie Oakley, Bill Hickock, Sitting Bull, and Buffalo Bill Cody’s dismembered head--which is being kept alive in a Mason jar--travel to Japan, rescue Frankenstein’s monster who is being slowly ground up to be used as an aphrodisiac, then eventually have to escape from Dr. Momo (aka Doctor Moreau) and Captain Bemo (aka Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea). The Tin Man from Oz and even Dracula make appearances.
It’s all very slapdash and slapstick, of course. It reads like a short story that got carried away and went on a tad too long. Fortunately, it is brimming with imagination and humor throughout.
Flaming London is a direct sequel. This time around, the survivors from the first adventure partner with Mark Twain and Jules Verne in a battle against H. G. Wells’ Martian invaders.Read more ›
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I would have given this 4 stars, but the paperback didn't have the great drawings from the hardback. Joe R. Lansdale is a wonderful storyteller. I love his take on steampunk.Published on February 6, 2014 by Cynthia Stilley
I have read better steampunk. this one never really caught my attention so I left it in the bathroom to read while sitting. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by schmeck
This isn't a horrible book, but it's also not a good one, just mediocre. It feels like H.G. Wells fan fiction written by a twelve year old, and while I didn't mind the adolescent... Read morePublished on October 15, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I can usually slog my way through just about anything. I got past page 50 in this woofer, though, and still didn't find myself caring about any of the characters or about what... Read morePublished on May 14, 2011 by wiredweird