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The Thicket 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

  • Title: The Thicket
  • Author: Joe R. Lansdale
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Thicket By Joe R. Lansdale, 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 banJack 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

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    1. Jack Parker s parents die during an smallpox epidemic So his grandfather packs up Jack and his sister Lula and is taking them to an aunt to live Things never turn out that easy though and Grandpa is murdered not a spoiler and Lula is taken by a gang of bad guys.Jack is on a mission to get his sister back and enlists several helpmates for his quest Eustace, a grave digging black skinned man who must stay away from alcohol.Eustace s somewhat pet, Hog Don t laugh, Hog kicks some major ass Shorty, a [...]

    2. another great opening to a book I didn t suspect the day Grandfather came out and got me and my sister, Lula, and hauled us off toward the ferry that I d soon end up with worse things happening than had already come upon us or that I d take up with a gun shooting dwarf, the son of a slave, and a big angry hog, let alone find true love and kill someone, but that s exactly how it was.a great opening, but one that worried me nonetheless, seeming as it did to suffer from some of the qualities of fol [...]

    3. When his grandfather is murdered and his sister kidnapped by outlaws, young Jack Parker goes looking for vengeance With a four gauge wielding man named Eustace, a midget sharpshooter named Shorty, and a hog named Hog, he goes hunting for Cutthroat Bill and his gang Will he survive long enough to find his sister I got this ARC from Netgalley Thank you, Netgalley Although it only took two damn months for my request to get approvedHere we are, the 36th Joe Lansdale book I ve read The Thicket is par [...]

    4. I received a free copy of this from NetGalley At the tail end of the cowboy days in East Texas, sixteen year old Jack Parker and his sister Lula have a helluva bad week After their parents die in a smallpox epidemic, their grandfather is murdered by a gang of bank robbers who kidnap Lula The only help that Jack can find is a grave digging black man named Eustace and the tiny bounty hunter Shorty Along with a giant hog, they set out to rescue Lula Jack tries to hold to his Christian beliefs that [...]

    5. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum My buddies have been trying to get me to read The Thicket since before it even came out because an ARC was available for request , but I resisted because Well, partially Also because I really am not a fan of westerns Even though Ron 2.0 assured me this wasn t a real westerny western and Shelby had 5 Starred it, I didn t end up requesting this one until I became addicted to the library s Read to Reel Challenge and discovered this fine gentlemen has been ca [...]

    6. The fact that this is written by Joe R Lansdale pretty much guarantees a good time The fact that the first sentence contains the words gun shooting dwarf at s just icing on the cake.Jack Parker is a fine, upstanding teenager who dislikes violence, yet soon he will be hiring two brutal men to find the villains who ve killed his grandfather and stolen his sister.Morally upright kids in a sudden quest for vengeance may seem a familiar theme Yeah, yeah, I read True Grit, too , but believe me you ve [...]

    7. Around the turn of the 20th century much of America may be on the cusp of civilization, but East Texas is still a wild, feral, and ever dangerous place which Jack Parker s about to learn the hard way Our story opens to a smallpox epidemic sweeping through town, leaving sixteen year old Jack and his sister, Lula, orphaned After burying the bodies, and torching the house, their grandpa packs em into the wagon, and they all head north to their aunt s farm up in Kansas It s not long in their travels [...]

    8. 4.5 stars This book was wonderful Granted, it had some very nasty language and racial epithets, but these rang true for the time period Other than that and what I felt was a slightly predictable ending, this book was just fantastic and I m sad that it s over.You can get a description of the story from every other review and the book description, so that s all you ll hear from me about that On to the good stuff the characters This book is populated with such a colorful cast, all of whom I can see [...]

    9. By turns violent and hilarious, The Thicket is Joe R Lansdale in peak form.The book is set in East Texas, early in the Twentieth century, just as the oil boom is reaching that area Sadly, a smallpox epidemic has swept through the region, and sixteen year old Jack Parker and his fourteen year old sister, Lula have lost their parents to the disease In the company of their grandfather, the children are leaving Texas to live with a relative in Kansas But the journey has barely begun when a group of [...]

    10. Joe R Lansdale s latest novels seem to all feature recently orphaned kids being chased by, or chasing, someone It seems like the last few novels may have been rough drafts for this almost perfect turn of the century tale that bears than a little resemblance to True Grit Having left their pox plague East Texas town with their grandfather, brother and sister Jack and Lulu Parker come across baddie CutThrioat Pete and company who kill their grandfather and kidnap Lulu Jack is left to rescue his si [...]

    11. Joe Lansdale is not an old man and yet he has published at least 45 novels and 30 short story collections, sometimes two or three books a year , as in 2012, according to Some of these may be reprints of old favorites because it is difficult to imagine someone publishing quality fiction at that rate But quality fiction is what I would call this 2013 novel A young boy, his sister, and his grandad traveling north to Kansas from East Texas in the early part of the twentieth century find themselves a [...]

    12. This was an entertaining, escapist story about a teenage Jack Parker who gathers a motley crew of unlikely heroes to help track down a gang of rough outlaws and save his kidnapped little sister This is the first book I ve read by the prolific Joe R Lansdale, and in the vein of the classic True Grit, it s both a very enjoyable Western adventure and a great coming of age story Is most of Lansdale s work like this If so, I ve got some reading to do There are many other stories similar to the one y [...]

    13. Life isn t just black or white, here or there it s got some mud in it, and we re some of the mud Jack Parker is having a bad run lately His parents died of the pox, Grandpa was shot by a roving gang of nasties and his little sister Lula was taken captive Now he has joined up with a posse of his own to get her back Shorty, a temperamental gun toting midget, Eustace Cox a self proclaimed tracker, and Hog the 600 pound well hog They are sure to meet some classic Lansdale characters on their quest [...]

    14. With his parents falling victim to the plague, his grandfather murdered, and his 14yr old sister kidnapped by a ruthless gang of cutthroats, teenager Jack Parker faces adversity from all angles yet doesn t succumb to it Rather, he turns his pain and sufferance into determination, embarking of a quest for vengeance and to return his sister to safety Set in the early 1900 s, THE THICKET is near perfect contemporary fiction The sense of time and place is enveloping, the characters and their manneri [...]

    15. I have been wrestling with a number of disappointing book choices of late and I used to think the gold standard for western novels was McMurtry s Lonesome Dove until now The Thicket by Joe R Lansdale is now the best western I ve ever read and I d go so far as call it a classic I ve read most of Lansdale s other books and liked them very much I finally got around to reading this extraordinary example of Texas Noir to my great enjoyment in an otherwise long and depressing New England winter Joe R [...]

    16. I have been to No Enterprise on many occasions myself, and know that for such a small place it is quite lively and deadly, which is another reason he chose it It does not cater to the less than bold, and it is not a town full of idle talkers, even if they suspect you have killed a pack of women and diddled a sheep on the steps of the Baptist church They pretty much keep it to themselves and consider it your business, as long as the women are not theirs Or the sheep ShortyI really enjoyed The Bot [...]

    17. A brother, sister, and grandpa try to make a safe journey away from a deadly insidious smallpox.Scenes of fighting and shooting within this tale, men on horses, set in a time of the horse and cart, bandits, gunfighters and kidnappers.There be some dust to dust,bullet and lust,and devilry along the way,in delivery of vengeance and salvation.Bad guys have in the wings, on the road, in pursuit of them, a motley crew in search of some good old justice and material gain.The Parkers are made of tuff s [...]

    18. The Thicket served as my introduction to author Joe R Lansdale, and while it wasn t among the best western books I ve read, it was enticing enough to further explore his other novels When Jack Parker witnesses his grandfather die and his sister taken at the hands of a vicious gang of outlaws, he assembles an eccentric cast of roughnecks to give chase to rescue his sister and avenge his grandpa While Jack isn t the most extraordinary of protagonists, he suits the novel fair enough as the inexperi [...]

    19. Pretty much anything I say will fall short If I call this historical fiction you might mistake it for some dry retelling of early nineteenth century America If I say it s a coming of age story you could walk away, under the assumption I m comparing it to a Judy Blume teeny bopper tale I can t call it a western either, despite the fact that it has shoot outs, bank robbers and long horse chases through difficult terrain There s a lynching All of the categories listed have elements in this story, b [...]

    20. Oh yeah, I loved this book It seemed to have a lot of the pleasures of reading from when I was a kid Does it have a slightly Boys Own Adventure feel about it An old fashioned adventure yarn Maybe not But it does shoot ahead like a train, and it has a gallery of cool mistreated misfits as heroes, and snickering sadistic villains as baddies It s fun, fun, fun The storytelling is what you ve got to really admire If you define good storytelling as the ability to completely hold someone s attention f [...]

    21. While reading Joe Lansdale s novel, The Thicket, this reader experienced an enormous range of emotions Pardon the singsong here but, I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I sighed, and then I cried againe it was all over I haven t been this weepy finishing a book since well, never.Lansdale has an extraordinary talent for creating lovable characters This talent is elevated by the fact that most of the time these highly identifiable characters are in completely, over the top, scenarios that for some reaso [...]

    22. A cow She got run over by a goddamn cow I ain t never heard of that Now, that is some shit, that is A fucking cow The Thicket was my last book of 2016 I am so glad I ended with it It was the perfect length, the subject matter was obviously quite grim but there were delightfully twisted hilarious moments it kept me incredibly engrossed the whole time There legitimately was not a moment where I found the story boring IT WAS THAT GOOD From the first paragraph, I was hooked When I had only gotten ab [...]

    23. If you don t read Westerns and want to stretch out of your norm, I highly recommend this one I don t read many Westerns at all, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one It had everything I like in it The characters were so vivid and wonderful A young boy, tries to avenge the murder of his Grandfather and rescue his kidnapped sister In that process, he finds a guy with a pet pig and a well educated dwarf to help him It was really kind of funny Then they are joined by a whore and a sheriff They were all [...]

    24. Senza Hap LeoAlquanto divertente questo La Foresta , almeno per i palati poco schizzinosi e avvezzi anche alla narrativa d evasione, un romanzo dove Violenza e Ironia sembrano impegnate a sopraffarsi a vicenda fino all ultima pagina.Lo si potrebbe definire un ben riuscito racconto nello stile della premiata serie Hap Leo, bench privo dei suoi due consueti protagonisti Ma questo possibile handicap si rivela alla prova dei fatti un vantaggio, perch gli ultimi episodi incentrati sui due simpatici m [...]

    25. It didn t take long for Joe Lansdale to become one of my favorite writers, after first reading his work just a few years ago And while I haven t read all his books yet, by gawd I m trying From what I have read, I ve noticed the man has a way of turning Texas into a near mythical place Heck, maybe Texas is mythical and Lansdale is just passing word along Whatever the case, his latest novel, The Thicket, presents an early 1900s East Texas as a land burgeoning into the modern age, with vestiges of [...]

    26. Lansdale has always been a great storyteller and The Thicket showcases his unique style and characterization beautifully True to the dark and brutal past of turn of the century Texas it offers a very rich and original story to readers If you enjoy westerns, Lansdale, tales from the dark old days of history or even just great characterization this book will be well worth your time The Thicket is the story of Jack Parker a hard on his luck teen who, with his Grandfather and sister, have had to lea [...]

    27. Some writers these days, seem to write for the literary judging panels so than the readers With The Thicket , Joe Lansdale abandons such notions on page 1, if he ever harboured them in the first place, and sets out to thoroughly entertain the reader for 350 or so pages, and boy does he achieve that goal.Through the first person narrative of the naive young idealist Jack Parker, whose grandfather has been murdered and sister kidnapped, he assembles the motliest of motley crews to launch an unlik [...]

    28. The Thicket by Joe Lansdale is a terrific novel about ruthless violence, desperate survival struggles, the loyalty and trust of friends, the coming of age of a teenage boy, and much During the early 1900s in East Texas, Jack and his sister lose their parents to smallpox and are forced to leave their home with their grandfather However they encounter a group of ruthless bank robbers who kill their grandfather and abduct Jack s sister Jack seeks help from a dwarf named Shorty and an ex slave name [...]

    29. I must confess that when it comes to Lansdale I am criminally under read especially since his short story, Santa at the Cafe, moved me to write crime noir THE THICKET is brilliant, just brilliant Truly, I could sit and read endless pages of banter between Shorty, Eustace, Jack and Jimmie Sue Oh, and hog, of course E THICKET follows a party made up of the son of a slave, a dwarf, a former prostitute, a giant hog, a former bounty hunter turned lawman, a janitor, and the narrator, Jack, whose siste [...]

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