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Hyenas Fun little interlude with Hap and Leonard and Brett but despite the great dialogue and action, the suspense seemed to be missing out in this one Or at least missing its mark. Yep Hyenas Marks The Always Welcome Return Of Joe R Lansdale S Most Indelible Fictional Creations Hap Collins And Leonard Pine Once Again, The Embattled But Resilient Duo Find Themselves Enmeshed In A Web Of Danger, Duplicity, And Escalating Mayhem The Result Is A Tightly Compressed Novella That Is At Once Harrowing, Hilarious, And Utterly Impossible To Put DownThe Story Begins With A Barroom Brawl That Is Both Brutal And Oddly Comic The Ensuing Drama Encompasses Abduction, Betrayal, Robbery, And Murder, Ending With A Lethal Confrontation In An East Texas Pasture Along The Way, Readers Are Treated To Moments Of Raucous, Casually Profane Humor And To Scenes Of Vivid, Crisply Described Violence, All Related In That Unmistakable Lansdale Voice An Essential Addition To An Already Imposing Body Of Work, Hyenas Shows Us Both The Author And His Signature Characters At Their Inimitable Best It Doesn T Get Better Than ThisHyenas Also Includes The Bonus Hap Collins Short Story, The Boy Who Became Invisible Hap drives over to the Big Frog Club to find the police questioning Leonard after Leonard put the hurt on three guys One of the guys appreciates Leonard s toughness and hires him and Hap to get his younger brother away from a group of suspected bank robbers he s fallen in with Can Hap and Leonard save Donny from the influence of Smoke Stack and the other thugs Hyenas was a worthy addition to the Hap and Leonard canon It has all the hallmarks of a good Hap and Leonard tale humor, cursing, and Hap drives over to the Big Frog Club to find the police questioning Leonard after Leonard put the hurt on three guys One of the guys appreciates Leonard s toughness and hires him and Hap to get his younger brother away from a group of suspected bank robbers he s fallen in with Can Hap and Leonard save Donny from the influence of Smoke Stack and the other thugs Hyenas was a worthy addition to the Hap and Leonard canon It has all the hallmarks of a good Hap and Leonard tale humor, cursing, and furious violence My favorite line was Brett thought it would be cute if we got matching guns with our initials on them, the we being Hap and Leonard Funny stuff The action was hard and fast when it arrived and the humor was top notch You don t read too may stories these days that feature an Ultra Light aircraft AND an reference to The Last Airbender.So why only a 3 This thing cost 25 bucks and was barely a hundred pages long If my math is correct, between this and Devil Red, Joe Lansdale has fifty of my dollars for under four hundred pages of story in two weeks time It seems like Hyenas and Devil Red could have easily been bundled together I m not saying I feel ripped off but the lightness in my wallet is throwing off my manly stride a bit.To sum things up, Hyenas is a good story and a worthy Hap and Leonard tale but get it on the cheap if you can I read this in two sittings separated by a good night s sleep I would have read it in one sitting but my wife told me I would have to chose between her or Hap Leonard With some hesitation, I chose my wife Hyenas is a piece of short fiction 93 pages featuring the East Texas odd couple, Hap Leonard The short fiction form works well for these two It is comfortably tight and to the point with just enough room for the sharp wit and tense action author Joe Lansdale is noted for There is a I read this in two sittings separated by a good night s sleep I would have read it in one sitting but my wife told me I would have to chose between her or Hap Leonard With some hesitation, I chose my wife Hyenas is a piece of short fiction 93 pages featuring the East Texas odd couple, Hap Leonard The short fiction form works well for these two It is comfortably tight and to the point with just enough room for the sharp wit and tense action author Joe Lansdale is noted for There is a certain pattern that has developed in this series Leonard, or sometimes Hap, gets into a tussle and the tussle turns into a working proposition involvingtussles and eventually a showdown But it is always the rapport and love not that kind of love that makes Hap Leonard so enjoyable I m also happy to see Brett, Hap s girl friend, become entrenched in these tales as the one who wields the common sense and wisdom.Aside from the tale Hyenas , there is also an excellent story called The Boy Who Became Invisible Even though I liked Hyenas a lot, this brief tale is the real showcase here for the literary power of Lansdale Of course I enjoyed this I love me some Hap and Leonard when they re in kick butt mode.which is always I m also very glad I got this through inter library loan because I m cheap This is my first muscleman Hap and Leonard cover For some reason I ve always pictured Hap as scrawny and Leonard as brawny These cover models are one ripped tee shirt away from raunchy pulp imagery Hmm, a perfect fit really NB I consider Hap Leonard a five star series I love the books, love the characters So the ratings you see here should be filtered within that scale They re all five stars to me, but some are better than others, and my ratings are about that If a part of you is saying but that s not how goodreads works or that s not how statistics work well, you re right Nevertheless, this is the way I m doing it The main story, a Hap and Leonard novella, was a little Vachssian, and didn t NB I consider Hap Leonard a five star series I love the books, love the characters So the ratings you see here should be filtered within that scale They re all five stars to me, but some are better than others, and my ratings are about that If a part of you is saying but that s not how goodreads works or that s not how statistics work well, you re right Nevertheless, this is the way I m doing it The main story, a Hap and Leonard novella, was a little Vachssian, and didn t seem very Hap and Leonard, to me The whole taking the troubled kid under their wing and teaching him how to be a Tough Guy With Integrity plotline that s straight up Andrew Vachss It was alright, though I m a little unsatisfied with the portrayal of Leonard Pine, of late He was always themature one, but the last few HL stories I ve read, all he does is eat vanilla wafers and drink Dr Peppers Where did his boyfriend go When will he get off Hap s couch Obviously these things can t be answered in a novella, but I m hoping the next novel which Lansdale says might be a good long while before it arrives deals with these things.The short story included with the novella, The Boy Who Became Invisible, view spoiler which we don t learn until the end was a story of Hap s youth hide spoiler , was wonderful Incredible So sleek So minimal So perfectly written. That was short and sweet.Actually, it was very, very short and sweet.Hap and Leonard are up to their usual hijinks when they get hired by a man who thinks his younger brother has gotten mixed up with a crew of armed robbers The guys come up with a plan to show the young man the error of his ways, but as always they get a lotthan they bargained for.This has all the stuff I could ask for in a Hap Leonard novel It s funny, profane, action packed and generally great Lansdale once again wa That was short and sweet.Actually, it was very, very short and sweet.Hap and Leonard are up to their usual hijinks when they get hired by a man who thinks his younger brother has gotten mixed up with a crew of armed robbers The guys come up with a plan to show the young man the error of his ways, but as always they get a lotthan they bargained for.This has all the stuff I could ask for in a Hap Leonard novel It s funny, profane, action packed and generally great Lansdale once again walks a fine line in making the violence brutal and scary but still finds the dark humor in it, too The opening of this book finds Hap picking Leonard up from the cops after his enthusiastic self defense during a night club brawl left a hilarious amount of damage behind, and as usual I found myself laughing out loud several times My complaint with this is that it s a novella, not a novel, and it clocks in at 100 pages including a short story about an incident during Hap s high school years None of the books in the series have been particularly long, but the last one, Devil Red, was only about 200 pages and felt way too short for the hardback price I paid for it So when I saw that this was a 100 page hardback for 25, I decided it could wait until I got it from the library someday Now I see that the next one will also be another very short hardback at premium prices I love Lansdale s writing, but I m too cheap to pay these prices for books I can read in a couple of hours I m not sure why he s releasing them like this, and if his only story ideas are coming to him as these shorter tales, why not collect three of them in one hardback As someone who has purchased a pretty good stack of Lansdale s books over the years, I can t help but feel that the loyalty of the Hap Leonard fans is being taken advantage of With only 100 pages and with 7 of that being a flashback Hap story at the end of the book I was worried that this book could actually give me a true Hap and Leonard fix or if I d be left with just a tingle and not a climax The book delivered Goodreads informed me this is the 10th Hap and Leonard adventure This is an expensive way to try the Lansdale series as it was published by the small press Subterranean, and the cheapest version is 25 which is pretty steep for 100 pages I would hope tha With only 100 pages and with 7 of that being a flashback Hap story at the end of the book I was worried that this book could actually give me a true Hap and Leonard fix or if I d be left with just a tingle and not a climax The book delivered Goodreads informed me this is the 10th Hap and Leonard adventure This is an expensive way to try the Lansdale series as it was published by the small press Subterranean, and the cheapest version is 25 which is pretty steep for 100 pages I would hope that at some point in time it will be collected with other novellas in a muchaffordable format If you want to try your own dose of Hap and Leonard I would go back to the beginning with Savage Season.I don t want to sum up the plot of this short little gem, but thought it might be useful to those of you that haven t been introduced to the duo from Texas to read an interview conducted by Lansdale with his two favorite fictional characters Joe R Lansdale Interviews Hap Collins and Leonard Pineas published in VEIL S VISITQ Hap, I m going to start with you You strike me as an intelligent guy Why don t you try and make a little bitof your life Hap Haven t a clue I keep thinking I will, but I seem to take wrong turns.Q Why not back off from the situations you get yourself into You deserve a little better, don t you Hap I get into them before I mean to It s like they re kind of lurking out there I turn left to avoid them, there strouble comin the other way.Leonard And he drags me in after him Can I say something Q Be my guest.Leonard Hap s bright, but doesn t fully believe it He thinks because he hasn t come up with the formula for something like Coca Cola, or has done him some brain surgery, or cured a disease, he hasn t lived up to his expectations Problem with Hap is, he coasts Ain t sayin he s lazy He works hard When he works But he hasn t got any rudder.Q Now, don t take this wrong, Leonard, but what s your excuse Leonard I don t make any I m doing what I want to do That s the difference between me and my brother here He isn t entirely happy being him I d damn ecstatic about being me I work hard I don t worry that much about the future A little But nothing serious Hap, he s nothing but a big ol bag of worry.Hap I thought I was a love machine.Leonard You re a love machine can t keep a woman.Hap You ve had a bit of a problem maintaining relationships yourself, my good man.Leonard Yeah But, you know what I think I ve found a man finally.Q That s another thing Don t the people you guys care about seem toWell, you know Leonard Yeah, they seem to give us bad luck We haven t figured that one out yet.Q Well, they re the one s get killed.Leonard Yeah We haven t figured that out either.Q This one s for you, Leonard Do you feel that as you get older you re gettin your temper under control Leonard What temper Q WellLeonard Hey, answer the question I didn t stutter What temper Q I was merely sayin Leonard You haven t said anything yet You asked if I had a temper I don t have any damn temper.Hap Yes you do.Leonard Hey, you want a piece of me, brother You want to wake up with a crowd around you Hap Hey, bubba You and me get into, you better brought yourself a sack lunch, cause we re gonna be here all night.Leonard Yeah Hap Yeah.Q Let s change the subject You guys seem to survive through pure tenacity and a feeling of quarrelsome brotherhoodLeonard Quarrelsome Who you callin Hap You re right We do There s this, Lansdale You can have all the money there is, every damn thing, and what it comes down to finally, like it or not, you got to have someone to lean on Leonard and I aren t brothers by birth But we are brothers Like our lawyer friend Andrew Vachss says, It s the family you choose that counts We stand by that It can be your blood kin, certainly, but it doesn t have to be Way we see it, we can argue and fight with each other, but no one else better think they can Least not in any serious manner.Q All right Let me ask this What are future plans Hap Hard to say.Leonard Charlie Blank and Hanson have some ideas for us They ve got a little Private Investigator s agency, and we may be picking up a few jobs from them Nothing technical Just little stuff, you know Hap here, he ll still be looking for a date Watching his weight Sticking to non alcoholic beer and losing his hair I ll still be cool and calm in my J C Pennys suit.Hap You may be calm, but that cheap suit is enough to make anyone else nervous.Q I have just a fewquestions.Leonard Actually, we got to go We borrowed the truck we re in to get over here, and we promised to have it back Our junkers are in the shop Guy needs this one back to go to work.Hap And there s a monster movie showing on channel 38 I want to see.Leonard Not that he hasn t seen it about a hundred times.Q Well, thanks, guys And be careful out there.Leonard Hell, careful s our middle name, man.I did keep wondering as I read this book how Spencer and Hawk would stand up against Hap and Leonard It would be hard for me to bet against Hap and Leonard What they lack in expertise they make up for in dumb luck Highly recommended to read this with a beer or two or a few fingers of bourbon


About the Author: Joe R. Lansdale

Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R Lansdale is the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites His work has been collected inthan two dozen short story collections, and he has edited or co edited over a dozen anthologies He 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 His novella Bubba Ho Tep 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, and he adapted his short story Christmas with the Dead to film hisownself The film adaptation of his novel Cold in July was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Sundance Channel has adapted his Hap Leonard novels for television He is currently co producing several films, among them The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive In, with Greg Nicotero He is Writer In Residence at Stephen F Austin State University, and 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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