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Bullets and Fire (edition 2011)

by Joe R. Lansdale

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Title:Bullets and Fire
Authors:Joe R. Lansdale
Info:Gere Donovan Press (2011), Edition: 1.0, Kindle Edition, 36 pages
Collections:Fiction, Your library
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, crime, 2012read, Kindle, eBook, short story

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This full-on noir-vella is a perfect introduction to the brutally authentic, bitterly bloody writing of Joe R Lansdale. Apparently, he was asked to contribute something seriously hard-boiled to an anthology, and he came up with this fast paced tale of gangland revenge. You know exactly where it’s going within a couple of pages, the pitch-perfect banger banter making it absolutely clear that the opening act of senseless violence is only the start. And it’ll lead to an inevitable end.

Where some authors would take ten chapters to describe the past history of each character and every rock they ever kicked along life’s rough roads, JRL creates living, breathing, bleeding and stinking people with a few deft sentences. This is an edge-of-your-seat story. It’s only going in one direction but every page pulls you along to the inevitable conflict: a moment of vengeance which is almost as senseless as the event which first inspired it. And finally, a possibility of redemption. Or perhaps nothing more than silence…

Some whole novels manage to achieve less than this in 400 or more pages. In three or four scenes, Bullets and Fire vividly brings to life a young man; his brother, their aspirations, their family. Then it rips these ordinary people apart in an entirely credible fashion. If you’re dithering about whether to read any of LJR’s full-length fiction, then this will help you make up your mind about spending a few dollars. (I did.)
9/10 ( )
  RowenaHoseason | Jun 22, 2016 |
Revenge is best served...hard and fast! And that's exactly how Lansdale dishes it up. A short story about a guy looking to do whatever it takes to join a gang. We quickly learn that his motivation is to get inside the gang to enact revenge on the very thugs that are responsible for his brother's murder and led to their grief-stricken father to commit suicide. While the story may be predictable, it's a fast-paced and enjoyable adrenaline ride with Lansdale's writing style being it's strength. ( )
  buckeyematrat | Oct 12, 2014 |
It's amazing to think of all the different categories of fiction that Lansdale writes and it's even more amazing to realize that he could be considered a master of all of then. His Hap and Leonard books are quite different from his weird western stories (or just plain weird stories and I'm looking at you "Bubba Ho-Tep") which in turn is quite different from his thoughtful or coming-of-age stories. And then there is his crime noir stories into which "Bullets and Fire" falls. Maybe more appropriately this story might be contained in a sub-category for dark noir stories. The story is about how much one person will do for revenge and for family. Is compromising oneself in order to achieve closure right? How much is too much when getting revenge? They are questions that Lansdale addresses head-on at 80 mph with no helmet. You have no choice but to watch. ( )
  dagon12 | Aug 30, 2014 |
Violent and gritty are massive understatements when describing this short story of revenge from the master of mojo Joe R. Lansdale. "Bullets and Fire" is one of four short stories from by Lansdale and Gere Donovan Press presently offered as free e-book downloads. The tale revolves around Tray, who punches a random little girl in the face, smashing her nose. The act is part of an initiation rite to gain Tray entry into a local gang of drugs, arms and violence dealing street thugs. The reason Tray is so desperate to join the gang and get into their inner sanctum soon becomes clear in a bloody tale of vengeance and revenge. The plot of "Bullets and Fire" is paper thin and it's fairly obvious where the tale is heading from early on. Lansdale, however, does it with so much hyper-violent style and noir panache to make it absolutely breathless and highly intriguing. He effortlessly evokes characters and locations and his dialogue is smooth, hard-boiled and hugely entertaining. The story is incredibly bloody and violent, so it won't be to everyone's taste, but the confident style and direct narrative makes this a short, sharp powerful tale of gory revenge and the incredibly costly vengeance. ( )
  calum-iain | May 25, 2014 |
Overview.....

"Dad told me once, that if people don't care about where they live, the way they act, people they associate with, they get lost in the dark, can't find their way back cause there's no light left. I had taken a pretty good step into the shadows tonight." It's payback time, in this short story by Joe R. Lansdale.
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Another freebie short story/novella/chap book picked up for free on Amazon website. As with the two others I’ve read recently from Lansdale, I didn’t turn cartwheels after reading this. I just don’t think these shorts in any way measure up to the full length Hap and Leonard novels he’s churned out on and off through the years.

Churlish to complain about something you got for nothing, so I won’t. As Lansdale says in his intro, it’s a tale of revenge and it worked well enough.

Another upside – I can cheat a bit on my reading figures, add 1 to the total!

3 from 5

Read back in November, 2012

http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11... ( )
  col2910 | Apr 17, 2014 |
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