Blood and Lemonade

Hap and Leonard

"Blood and Lemonade" is a Hap and Leonard book. It's about friends reminiscing about their experiences before and after they found each other. Hap and Leonard are the main characters in the book. They were complicated and seemed to always be changing, not in character but in what they did. They spent most of their time seeing dead bodies on fishing trips and trying to live their young lives as they continued their controversial friendship into adulthood.

I could relate in a way to Leonard because of sexuality and color. I could relate with his understanding and how being black and gay, or in my case bisexual is often a double whammy. And despised by both races for their own reason. I could not relate to any other characters in this story and found many parts of this book boring and over complicated.

I did not really like this book and was hesitant to read the whole book. I suppose my favorite part was towards the end when Hap told the story of when he was a young boy and his favorite teacher killed her abusing husband and his father helped her cover up the murder.

I wish that "Blood and Lemonade" had been more structured and not all over the place. I think it would be better off in a television series format than a regular book.

My recommendation to the author is to write scripts. This is probably better off as a movie or play. It didn't really work as a novel unless you like manga or sagas.

I would recommend this book to someone else because I believe that there is a book for everyone.

This book is good for a person who likes complex novels where it is hard to follow because it is episodic in nature.


Book Blurb for Blood and Lemonade

The iconic Texan crime-fighting, bigot-bashing duo meet in this companion to the breakout Hap and Leonard TV series

As a liberal young man in East Texas, Hap Collins is discovering his passion for two-fisted justice in a redneck world. Leonard Pine—black, gay, and the ultimate outsider—is already fighting his own battles against racists and bullies. So when Hap sees Leonard demolishing an angry mob with his fists (and taunts), it’s immediately clear that these two young men have a lot in common.

Discover Joe R. Lansdale's compelling coming-of-age manifesto alongside the second season of the Sundance TV Hap and Leonard series starring Michael K. Williams (The Wire), and James Purefoy (The Following).


Night Owl Reviews Oct, 2017 3.00