The Thicket

The Thicket

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"Jack Parker knows all too well how treacherous turn-of-the-century East Texas can be. His parents did not survive a smallpox epidemic. His grandfather was murdered. Now his sister Lula has been kidnapped by a criminal who may believe wearing a dead man's clothes protects him from death. With bounty hunter Shorty, a charismatic and cunning dwarf, and Eustace, a gravedigging son of an ex-slave, the heartbroken young Jack sets off on an epic quest to rescue his sister from the corrupt men who control much of the new territory. In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild feral place. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground, but blood and redemption rule supreme"-- Provided by publisher.
"Love and vengeance at the dark dawn of the East Texas oil boom from Joe Lansdale, "a true American original" (Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box). Jack Parker thought he'd already seen his fair share of tragedy. His grandmother was killed in a farm accident when he was barely five years old. His parents have just succumbed to the smallpox epidemic sweeping turn-of-the-century East Texas--orphaning him and his younger sister, Lula. Then catastrophe strikes on the way to their uncle's farm, when a traveling group of bank-robbing bandits murder Jack's grandfather and kidnap his sister. With no elders left for miles, Jack must grow up fast and enlist a band of heroes the likes of which has never been seen if his sister stands any chance at survival. But the best he can come up with is a charismatic, bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty, a grave-digging son of an ex-slave named Eustace, and a street-smart woman-for-hire named Jimmie Sue who's come into some very intimate knowledge about the bandits (and a few members of Jack's extended family to boot). In the throes of being civilized, East Texas is still a wild, feral place. Oil wells spurt liquid money from the ground. But as Jack's about to find out, blood and redemption rule supreme. In The Thicket, award-winning novelist Joe R. Lansdale lets loose like never before, in a rip-roaring adventure equal parts True Gritand Stand by Me--the perfect introduction to an acclaimed writer whose work has been called "as funny and frightening as anything that could have been dreamed up by the Brothers Grimm--or Mark Twain" (New York Times Book Review)"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, 2013
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9781478980094
1478980095
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (10 hr., 20 min., 6 sec.))

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chriscoleman
Feb 14, 2017

Joe Lansdale's books are hit or miss. This one isn't as bad as the worst (I hate the Hap and Leonard books) or as good as the best, but it's somewhere in between. The narration for the audio CD is pretty awful. I listen to audio CDs in the car on long trips. We couldn't stand this one for more than an hour. The narrator's voice keeps dropping off at the end of every single sentence so you miss half of what is said. I realize there has to be some intonation to make the story come alive but lowering your voice to a whisper at the end of every single sentence is not the way to go. He also had some difficulty doing the female voices and one of the protagonists is Lula, the sister who is kidnapped. So the audio CD narrator is bad. Now about the novel itself. One of the other novels I read of Joe's featured a pedophile who rapes the little girl. I don't like reading that and when I put hours into a novel and then suddenly the girl is raped, I get pretty angry because that ruins the entire book. Flipping through the book it appears that's the way this one goes too, so I won't be finishing it. If the only way a writer can get readers to read their books is to put in pedophilia, incest, and rape (which Joe puts in almost every book now), then I stop reading that author, so goodbye Joe.

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