Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal [NOOK Book]

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Cross-pollinating famous 19th-century fictional characters and historical figures from disparate sources, this wild, steampunk fantasy presents two consecutive tales of madcap adventure. Hilarious and unpredictable, the first section follows Wild Bill Hickock, Annie Oakley, George Custer, Sitting Bull, and Buffalo Bill Cody's head-which is affixed to the top of a mechanical body-as they take the Wild West Show to Japan by zeppelin. Further exploits involve Frankenstein as an aphrodisiac for a local shogun, ...
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Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal

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Overview

Cross-pollinating famous 19th-century fictional characters and historical figures from disparate sources, this wild, steampunk fantasy presents two consecutive tales of madcap adventure. Hilarious and unpredictable, the first section follows Wild Bill Hickock, Annie Oakley, George Custer, Sitting Bull, and Buffalo Bill Cody's head-which is affixed to the top of a mechanical body-as they take the Wild West Show to Japan by zeppelin. Further exploits involve Frankenstein as an aphrodisiac for a local shogun, encounters with Captain "Bemo" and his submersible, and a trip to the "island of Dr. Momo." The second phase of this nonstop romp-partly inscribed by a courageous young seal on his trusty notepad-accompanies Mark Twain and Jules Verne against the backdrop of a Martian invasion. Escaping the carnage on a speedboat converted into a touring balloon, the boisterous group encounters more perilous experiences in the form of an island of pirates, a steam-powered robot, a Kong-sized ape, and multiple tears in the space-time continuum. Raucous and inventive, this dime-store pulp parody is rife with absurdist comedy while maintaining a literary scope.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Only one of the wildest alternate-worlds, rip-in-space-time, sf-pastiche romps this side of 50s B movies.
New York Times Book Review
A folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace.
Los Angeles Times
One of the more versatile writers in America.
People Magazine
Like 10-alarm chili, Lansdale is pretty strong stuff-He has become a cult figure.
Houston Chronicle
Lansdale is a storyteller in the Texas tradition of outrageousness . . . but amped up to about 100,000 watts.
Washington Post Book Review
A terrifically gifted storyteller.
Dallas News
He may be violent, gruesome and shocking, but Lansdale is also one of the greatest yarn spinners of his generation: fearless, earthy, original, manic and dreadfully funny. Laugh-out-loud funny, acquainted with the night and often acutely profound.
From the Publisher

"Like 10-alarm chili, Lansdale is pretty strong stuff . . . He has become a cult figure."
People Magazine

“A madcap excursion.”
Shelf Awareness

“The comparison to Alan Moore’s great comic series is probably the most apt, both in the form of a collection of historic and literary characters and in the tone of Moore’s delight in the obscene. Lansdale ramps both up to hilarious excess.”
Voyages Extraordinaires

“Lansdale reminds me somewhat of Terry Pratchett, if Pratchett was an irascible cuss with an affection for scatological humour.... If you want your steampunk serious, sombre, or squeaky-clean, stay far away from Lansdale. For myself, he’s a breath of flatulent air in the midst of steampunk taking itself far too seriously.”
Steampunk Scholar

Praise for Zeppelins West

“Irrepressible, irreverent and unpredictable.... Legends of the Old West, plus characters both real and fictional, enliven the shenanigans.... [T]his novel is one big joyride from start to finish.”
Publishers Weekly

Praise for Flaming London

“Wait a minute! What’s going on here? Only one of the wildest-alternate-worlds, rip-in-space-time, SF-pastiche romps this side of fifties B-movies.”
Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616960407
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 10/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 517,150
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than thirty novels, including the Edgar Award–winning Hap and Leonard mystery series (Mucho Mojo, Two Bear Mambo) and the New York Times Notable Book The Bottoms. More than two hundred of his stories have appeared in such outlets as Tales From the Crypt and Pulphouse, and his work has been adapted for The Twilight Zone and Masters of Horror. Lansdale has written several graphic novels, including Batman and Fantastic Four. He is a tenth-degree black belt and the founder of the Shen Chuan martial art.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2010

    Classic Lansdale but a word of caution

    Only Joe R. Lansdale could dream up a seal as the hero of his books. This is Lansdale at his wild , imaginative, grotesque and vulgar best. One word of caution: this is NOT a new Ned adventure as I discovered to my disappointment but "Zeppelins West" and "Flaming London" in a single book. For those who haven't read the first two, this book is a great deal. Those of us who have read the first books will just have to wait for another.

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