1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2012
I have been a fan of Joe for the last two decades and apart from the odd short story here and there have thoroughly enjoyed this author's output. What seperates this author from what I call "Supermarket Writers" is his ability to make even the absurd readable and engrossing.
This novel, like most of Lansdale's tales is fresh and unique with crisp descriptions and crackling dialogue with a real sense of not knowing how the story will end.
With Lansdale's work the reader is always kept engrossed and you really care for the characters that the author has conjured up from his bottomless imagination. Where "Supermarket Writers" fail with me is that there is nothing fresh in "yet-another-novel-featuring-the-same-character-who-will-still-be-alive-and-well-when-the-book-is-over-ready-for-the-next-moneymaker". With Lansdale I can guarantee the reader a freshness that will blow you away and a constant sense of will this character or that character actually make it to the end, making the journey that more rewarding.
This particular novel is zany, weird, warped, believable, fantastical and many other things, none of them being predictable. Give it a go and I guarantee you'll quickly be hooked on Lansdale and the wonders of his immense imagination.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2012
If you ask me, the texan storyteller, Joe R Lansdale, is up there with the best when it comes to spinning
a most entertaining yarn. Be it, crime, mystery, horror or fantasy, he never fails to a deliver a story
that leaves you feeling well sated when you reach the end. This book, 'Flaming Zeppelins' is a case in point.
A touring wild west show, Frankenstein's monster, a talking seal, Martian invaders, aLternative universes
and a rip snorter of a plot kept me turning the pages like a demented dervish, whipping through the book as
fast as the story fair springs out at the reader. Bursting with in-jokes and literary references, this tome
only goes some more to highlight Mr Lansdale's knowledge of the genre's he so obviously admires so very much.