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Bumper Crop

By: Joe R. Lansdale
Narrated by: Wyntner Woody
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Summary

This collection of 26 stories contains some of Joe R Lansdale's favourite and most violent dark horror tales. 'God of the Razor' introduces the dark god behind serial killers. A martial arts fight to the death between a reluctant champion and a sadistic alpha male, is featured in 'Master of Misery'. Human sacrifice, to ensure prosperity or as a coming-of-age ritual, are themes of 'On a Dark October' and 'Duck Hunt'. In 'The Fat Man', young boys learn the hard way that some mysteries should not be investigated. Many of the tales are truly weird, such as 'Chompers', the story of the false teeth with an appetite. All stories are individually introduced by Lansdale, who explains the humorous, weird, and sometimes sad genesis for each.

©2004 Joe R. Lansdale (P)2012 David N. Wilson

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Couldn’t finish, sorry.

I chose this audiobook as I had liked the short stories I had read from this author in various anthologies. However, I was very disappointed with this book and could not finish it. There were three reasons for this – the stories themselves, the narrator, and the author’s foreword to each tale.

Unlike the author’s short fiction I had read before, the stories I managed to get through in this book were unoriginal, predictable and, worst of all, not at all frightening or disturbing. ‘God Of The Razor’ offered nothing new, the twist in ‘The Dunp’ was unsurprising, ‘Chompers’ was neither horrific nor funny, and ‘The Fat Man’ seemed weird for weird’s sake.

My enjoyment of the audiobook could have been elevated by a different narrator. With this narrator there were often sudden and inappropriate changes of speed, sometimes within the same sentence. In fact, listening to this book I was very much reminded of the Jeremy Vine impersonation on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Dead Ringers’. I tried to persevere, but the last straw was the character voices in ‘The Fat Man’ which were over-indulgent and unlistenable.

Also, I usually like it when authors peel back the curtain and allow readers an insight into how a story came about and how it was written. However, here the author’s forward to each story often mentioned the money he received for that tale, and often talked down or belittled the upcoming story. I found this very off-putting.

In conclusion, I’m afraid I cannot recommend this audiobook right now, but this may change - maybe I wasn’t in the best frame of mind to listen to it at this particular time, and maybe I will return to it in the future and the stories I didn’t listen to will actually be amazing. Maybe.

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fantastic

such a great collection. made me laugh often. some heavy stuff too. extremely enjoyable. give it a listen!

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