HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Lost Echoes by Joe R. Lansdale
Loading...

Lost Echoes

by Joe R. Lansdale

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
258944,311 (3.72)4

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 4 mentions

English (8)  Italian (1)  All languages (9)
Showing 1-5 of 8 (next | show all)
So, I'm a little late to the Joe R. Lansdale train, but I'm sure glad I boarded. In Lost Echoes, Lansdale takes readers on a thrill ride in a Texas small town with just the right mix of supernatural flavoring and zen spices. The main character is Harry Wilkes, who as a boy became ill and lost hearing in one of his ears. One day there's an explosion of pus and suddenly Harry can hear again. But now he can also hear psychic visions, trapped in sounds at various places. This seems to occur mainly with violent acts like murder and domestic violence and when he experiences it for the first time, when he and childhood friends Kayla and Joey go to an abandoned honky tonk to see where a woman was murdered, it knocks him for a loop.

Flash forward to Harry in college. He's got all the "bad spots" in town mapped out, so he knows what places to avoid in order to keep from experiencing these visions, which for him, are terrifying not only because of what he sees, but because he also feels the emotions of those in the visions as well. For him, it is all too real.

Naturally, he turns to alcohol as a refuge.

One night, while at a bar, he follows a drunk and three men he believes are about to mug the drunk, into the back alley. He arrives in the alleyway just in time to see the drunk take out all three of his assailants with some type of martial arts. Harry makes a new friend in Tad, and soon enough, the two resolve to help each other stop drinking and find one another's center.

If things weren't getting interesting enough, Harry's childhood sweetheart, Kayla returns to town, joining the local police force. Unfortunately for Harry, he's dating one of the richest girls in town at the time. If this weren't conflict enough, Harry has a vision that details a murder, prior to a makeout session with his current girlfriend, Talia, and the police are called to the scene, one of whom is Kayla.

This leads to a series of events that put Harry and friends in danger from the person responsible for the murder Harry witnessed in the vision. Reading how they manage their way through it is a thrilling ride. I'll certainly be reading more of Lansdale's fiction. ( )
  Steve_Coate | Apr 2, 2016 |
hardcover

I really don't have a rating for this.
My rct is entirely personal and I simply couldn't wait for it to end.
It seemed to catch my attention when it started but that fizzled.
Some things jut struck me as ...who knows?...enough said
  pennsylady | Feb 11, 2016 |
Faticoso, all'inizio, e per un libro di Lansdale gia' questo stupisce. Abituato alla prosa scoppiettante di altri romanzi questo sembra quasi scritto da un suo cugino. Poi qualcosa riparte, vi sono dialoghi che sono una firma, inframmezzati ad alcuni sviluppi prevedibili. Rispetto ad altri è minore - anche se voluminoso come stesura - e rispetto ad altri autori va piu' che bene. Forse sarebbe il caso di riposarsi un pochetto e tornare a scrivere con qualcosa di piu' da dire. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
One of Lansdale's best. This shows just how good (and serious) a writer he can be when not tied down by his series characters. ( )
  datrappert | Nov 30, 2013 |
There is an ageless quality to the beginning of Joe R. Lansdale’s novel, Lost Echoes. The opening to the main narrative – which arrives only after a newspaper clipping and a brief retrospective thought from the novel’s lead character – has a quiet sense of timelessness that could lead a reader to believe that this story could be taking place at any time in the latter half of the 20th century. An ill child awakens from a fevered sleep and wanders through a quiet house in the dark, reveling in his innocence by watching drive-in cartoons through his living room windows, parents all the while unaware. The sweetness of this picturesque scene is soon stripped away, when this single incident leads to a new talent that will haunt this child, young Harry, for much of his life.

The idea is fairly simple: the story of a young man, who, as a result of this childhood illness, sees and hears what is not there. Or, rather, what once was there, but has long since lapsed into the forgotten memories of countless villains and their hapless victims. Where Lost Echoes differs from a bevy of other paranormal thrillers is that the focus is not on the hero learning to use his gift to save the day, but rather learning to cope and bear the weight of knowing, seeing and feeling what others have left behind.

The novel is broken into three basic components, all centered around the story’s major player, Harry: a battle against the self, a battle against alcoholism and a twisted little mystery that draws both together. These major components of the story arc are oddly segregated, with the mystery crime-drama aspect relegated to the last and least important position. While the mystery of an accidental suicide that could be a murder, wrapped in the perfumed cloud of a returned childhood crush, is intriguing, it plays only a supporting role to the real drama of the traffic hero Harry’s battle with his alcoholism and the terrifying visions – the title lost echoes – that come to him carried on waves of seemingly harmless sound.

This is in itself an intriguing idea, bring realism to the idea of a human being plagued by haunting visions of the past. Visionaries, psychics and mediums are a dime a dozen in fiction of a paranormal bend, but rarely do they possess such depth and reality. Lansdale presents Harry as sympathetic figure, plagued by visions he does not want and cannot stop. He is no sage mystic, using his supposed sight when and if he feels it necessary; he is just a tired, overwrought kid, attacked daily by a barrage of horrible images, vestiges of the inhumanity man wreaks upon himself and others. The evil med do, the author seems to subtly remind, can never truly die away, and while most can forget it with the passing of time, there are some, like Harry, who can never ignore it. He must deal with everything the rest of us leave behind; all of our fears, our horrors and our hates, invading the life and mind of the young man.

Unable to escape his gift – or, rather, curse, as Harry himself seems to see it – he draws himself into an obsessive compulsive cocoon of padded walls, planned ‘sage routes’ and avoidance. Anything he cannot control, Harry drowns in a flood of liquor, numbing his senses and halting the flow of the echoes that torment him. It is only after meeting a fellow barroom regular – an older man, perhaps representing the only future Harry will have if he continues on his self-destructive ‘safe’ path – and an unscheduled deviation from his normal routine that Harry begins to believe that there must be a better way. Enter Tad, a middle-aged martial arts master gone to seed, who drinks a nightly tribute to his own sad memories, a startling contrast to young Harry, who instead uses the alcohol to blot out and numb away everyone else’s lingering echoes. Together, the two embark on a quest to regain their control – find their centers – over their own lives.

Lansdale creates the world through Harry’s eyes – or, better, his ears; readers find the idyllic quiet of what seems to be modern day small town perfection shattered by the silent reverberating screams left only for Harry to see. Hidden here, and perhaps everywhere, are the dirty little secrets and softly spoken lies that are the underbelly of even the happiest of settings. ( )
  literatec | Mar 31, 2011 |
Showing 1-5 of 8 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307275442, Paperback)

Since a mysterious childhood illness, Harry Wilkes has experienced horrific visions. Gruesome scenes emerge to replay themselves before his eyes. Triggered by simple sounds, these visions occur anywhere a tragic event has happened. Now in college, Harry feels haunted and turns to alcohol to dull his visionary senses. One night, he sees a fellow drunk easily best three muggers. In this man, Harry finds not only a friend that will help him kick the booze, but also a sensei who will teach him to master his unusual gift. Soon Harry’s childhood crush, Kayla, comes and asks for help solving her father’s murder. Unsure of how it will affect him, Harry finds the strength to confront the dark secrets of the past, only to unveil the horrors of the present.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:13 -0400)

(see all 2 descriptions)

"Since a mysterious childhood illness, Harry Wilkes has experienced horrific visions. Gruesome scenes emerge to replay themselves before his eyes. Triggered by simple sounds, these visions occur anywhere a tragic event has happened. Now in college, Harry feels haunted and turns to alcohol to dull his visionary senses. One night, he sees a fellow drunk easily best three muggers. In this man, Harry finds not only a friend who will help him kick the booze, but also a sensei who will teach him to master his unusual gift. Soon Harry's childhood crush, Kayla, comes and asks for help solving her father's murder. Unsure of how it will affect him, Harry finds the strength to confront the dark secrets of the past, only to unveil the horrors of the present."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
20 wanted3 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.72)
0.5
1
1.5
2 4
2.5 1
3 15
3.5 4
4 32
4.5 1
5 8

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 105,829,158 books! | Top bar: Always visible