The Bookshelf, The Parlor, The Young Texas Reader, and the Monthly

The Texas Bookshelf is different from the The Texas Parlor, . The Texas Parlor carries "general" bookish information and non-book information and even different Texana news and notes of use to the bibliographically challenged and other nosey folks intersted in historical, literary, and cultural observations. Will's Texana Monthly may carry material from either blog, but extends itself beyond those, especially for longer compilations or treatments. The Monthly, the Bookshelf and the Parlor are all companions. So, is the Young Texas Reader which specialized on books and such things for the youngest to the teenagers.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Leather Maiden - Joe Lansdale

 'Leather Maiden' by Joe R. Lansdale: Iraq war vet comes home to a missing person's case
Sunday, August 17, 2008  Review By TOM DODGE / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News - NPR commentator Tom Dodge, www.tomdodge, lives in Midlothian.
[The review begins] "Joe R. Lansdale's books can be hard-boiled, but this one is cracked at the shell. It's entertaining enough, being a naturalistic snapshot of small-town America. We can thank its narrator for that. It's always entertaining to hear the views of an alcoholic, sex-addicted, obsessive-compulsive misfit."  [Another extract is] "Booger is maniacally happy, amoral but ethical. When he kills people he cleans up afterward. But despite his ethics and neatness he's a psychopath, and Cason, being only neurotic and unstable, still believes in the Land of the Happy Neighborhoods. In fact, driving down the highway, he sees his East Texas hometown of Camp Rapture appearing in the mist as the Emerald City."   READ MORE from the Moaning News at

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