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Savage Season: A Hap and Leonard Novel (1) (Hap and Leonard Series) Paperback – January 6, 2009
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Start with two best friends who practice martial arts in their free time: one a straight white guy, the other a black gay guy. Add a conniving ex-wife in a blue-jean miniskirt. Throw in half a million in a muddy creekbed somewhere near the Sabine River in East Texas. Add an ex-radical from the '60s and two naive idealists who want to save the world. Mix them all together in a half-assed plan, season with double-crosses, and then top it off with a hilarious and chilling drug dealer named Soldier. Bloody mayhem a la Lansdale. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Hap and Leonard put in long days of work for little reward. When Hap's old girlfriend Trudy struts in with a plan to make some serious money, Hap and Leonard cautiously get involved. Just as the money is acquired, Hap and Leonard quickly lose control of the situation. To survive, they need to rely upon each other and use their well-honed fighting skills against a ruthless madman. Phil Gigante's performance is mesmerizing: he infuses this book with attitude and style, imbuing each character with a rich distinct voice that resonates well with each personality. His narration is crisp and smooth, with a good distribution of tension according to the given scene. His sole weakness is that sometimes his character voices carry over into the narration causing momentary confusion for listeners. A Vintage paperback. (Feb.)
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And while I still refuse to join a Hap and Leonard Fan Page, I admit to loving "Savage Season" and its unforgettable cast of characters. In Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, author Joe Lansdale has created two of contemporary literature's funniest, yet most sincere and realistic characters. It didn't take more than a few pages to understand and love them. Before I was halfway through, I had ordered the next book in the series, "Mucho Mojo". I didn't care what the second book was about...I needed more Hap and Leonard.
Yes, Hap is straight and white and Leonard is gay and Black--but neither point is belabored unless it is germane to the plot. They're in East Texas (a locale Lansdale describes perfectly) and the duo are somewhere in their mid/late forties. Some reviews describe them as brawling rednecks. I disagree. What Hap and Leonard are, really, are a couple of intelligent, loyal, clever-as-hell men who deeply believe what they believe and have a bond that is enviable.
Savage Season reminds me of the movie "Pulp Fiction." Surely not the plot, but the outrageous mixture of violence and humor...with Hap and Leonard easily compared to Jules and Vincent (except that Hap and Leonard are moral and intelligent). Their dark humor in the face of strange circumstances provided hours of reading pleasure and made me a Hap and Leonard fan for life.
Lansdale has become a favorite author of mine. I started with a young adult novel, "All The Earth, Thrown to the Sky" and moved on to "A Fine Dark Line" before finally giving in and starting the Hap and Leonard series. I am SO glad I did! I'm now about 60% through "Mucho Mojo" and--yes--I've already ordered the third book in Lansdale's remarkable series.
"Savage Season" is laced with sexual situations and violence and--as I said--dark humor. But it is delightfully entertaining, and deeper than it appears. I thoroughly enjoyed it and heartily recommend it.
Anyway, it's a fine novel and well worth your time. I'm excited to find another good author that has a portfolio of novels.
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Why would anyone pay $12.99 for a 176 page, almost 30 year old book, let alone a kindle version ?
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