Hap and Leonard

by JOE R. LANSDALE | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 1616961910 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 2/28/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, February 28, 2016
I've enjoyed many of Lansdale's "Hap & Leonard" novels, and when I learned that a TV series is about to air, I had to pick up this tie-in edition paperback at Barnes and Noble. It contains short stories from different sources, most of them new to me, and some bonus material about the series.

Later: Enjoyable collection, including the amusing interview by Lansdale of his two main characters, and the "Care and Feeding and Raising Up" section in which Lansdale describes how the series began.

Of the stories, my favorites include:

"Hyenas", which I'd read in a previous collection - it features Hap and Leonard at their badass best, trying to help a hapless fellow whose young brother got mixed up with a VERY bad crowd.

"The Boy Who Became Invisible" is a departure from the classic Hap-and-Leonard stories - it's a prequel, showing Hap as a schoolboy, where he reveals how his friendship with the class outcast, a boy suffering from parental abuse, takes a very tragic turn.

"Not Our Kind" is another prequel, but this one features a high-school-age Hap during the early days of his friendship with Leonard. "I don't know what it was about Leonard, but he brought out the double smartass in me. I figured if I was going to die, I might as well go out with a few good remarks." The two of them are at odds with some racist bullies, and at one point things look pretty bad for them - cue a marvelous rescue scene by some unlikely but terrific heroes. Perhaps my favorite story in this collection.

"Bent Twig" is another story I'd read in a previous collection, and one of the grimmer tales in this one. It features Hap's girlfriend Brett and her troubled - and troublesome, and always-IN-trouble daughter Tillie, whose most recent problems require major and risky effort from Hap and Leonard to rescue her.

Then there's "Death by Chili", which is short and amusing - and notable for its inclusion of Lansdale's own chili recipe!

Lots of violence (of course), lots of humor, and some wildly entertaining (and sometimes cringe-inducing) scenes. Classic Hap and Leonard!

[There's a TV Tropes page on the TV series, with references to the books.]

*** Update: January, 2017: Thanks to ghir for sending me a "WWH&LD" tote bag - "What Would Hap & Leonard Do?" - complete with armadillo! ***

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (7/6/2016 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm sending this to BCer HI77 in Florida, as part of a trade. Enjoy!

*** Released as part of the 2016 TV Series release challenge. ***

Journal Entry 3 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Friday, July 15, 2016
Two guys riding shotgun

with fire up their butts,
that's not just too much chili peppers.

Journal Entry 4 by wingHI77wing at Fort Myers, Florida USA on Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (10/4/2016 UTC) at Fort Myers, Florida USA

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This book has roped itself in the Tag Game! :)

ha ha... I THINK I tagged you with it? I feel so hare brained lately, I'm not a 100% sure. BUT, I'm pretty sure it was a tag. ;)


.... OH WAIT!

Now I remember! I traded Gorydetails for it, because I knew it was on your wishlist!

I still can't remember if I tagged you with it or not, but here it comes!

Journal Entry 5 by wingghirwing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, October 20, 2016
Yay, Hap and Leonard! Will have a go at this to tide me over until the show comes back. Includes reprints of a couple of older things that have been on my wishlist for a long time. And will share with hyphen8, too.

To TOC, 10/30/16.

Journal Entry 6 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, October 31, 2016
Went to lunch at Little Village with TOC, and ghir fed me books. Again.

Thank you as always. :)

...and why am I not surprised that this book started with GoryDetails? :p

Journal Entry 7 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, January 15, 2017
Reserved for perryfran as a wishlist tag.

Journal Entry 8 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Sunday, January 29, 2017
A very enjoyable collection. I particularly liked the two prequel stories for what they showed about Hap-in-development...although "The Boy Who Became Invisible" is, in its own way, quite painful.

I do love the relationship between the two guys, and "Not Our Kind" is fun because it shows the beginning of their relationship, and gives Leonard's uncle Chester some good moments, too.

I'll call this my 2017 Texas read for NancyNova's 2017 50 States reading challenge.
2017 states read (7/51): AL CA IN MS NY TX VT

Journal Entry 9 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (2/1/2017 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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Headed out as a wishlist tag - enjoy!

Released for Secretariat's 2017 Never Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge (week 4: cars & trucks) and Davros-10's 2017 TV Challenge.

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Journal Entry 10 by wingperryfranwing at North Ogden, Utah USA on Thursday, March 02, 2017
Thanks for sending Hap and Leonard my way as a wishlist tag! I've recently discovered Lansdale and really enjoy his writing. Also saw the first season of the TV series which was also enjoyable. Looking forward to reading this.

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