Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal

Flaming Zeppelins The Adventures of Ned the Seal What do the disembodied head of Buffalo Bill Cody Annie Oakley Frankenstein the Tin Man Captain Nemo the Flying Dutchman and the inestimable Ned the Seal have in common Find out as they embark u

  • Title: Flaming Zeppelins: The Adventures of Ned the Seal
  • Author: Joe R. Lansdale
  • ISBN: 9781616960025
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • What do the disembodied head of Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, Frankenstein, the Tin Man, Captain Nemo, the Flying Dutchman, and the inestimable Ned the Seal have in common Find out as they embark upon a spectacular set of nonstop steampunk adventures For the first time, two epic chronicles, Zeppelins West and Flaming London, inscribed by a courageous young seal on hisWhat do the disembodied head of Buffalo Bill Cody, Annie Oakley, Frankenstein, the Tin Man, Captain Nemo, the Flying Dutchman, and the inestimable Ned the Seal have in common Find out as they embark upon a spectacular set of nonstop steampunk adventures For the first time, two epic chronicles, Zeppelins West and Flaming London, inscribed by a courageous young seal on his trusty notepad, are collected together in one volume.Leap from a flaming zeppelin with the stars of the Wild West Show in a desperate escape from an imperial Japanese enclave Wash up upon the island of Doctor Moreau, in mortal danger from his unnatural experiments and ignorant that Dracula approaches by sea Unite with Jules Verne, Passpartout, and Mark Twain on a desperate voyage to the burning streets of London, which are infested with killer squid from outer space courtesy of H G Wells s time machine It s a raucous steam powered locomotive of shoot em up Westerns, dime novels, comic books, and pulp fiction, as only Lansdale, the high priest of Texan weirdness, could tell.

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    1. Ever have a six year old tell you a story? ("We got in my fire engine, which was a space ship, and went to the moon and a gorilla fought a dragon and then we had cookies!") Well, these two related novellas seem to have been written with the same general principle in mind. In the first one, "Zeppelins West", Buffalo Bill (or rather his disembodied head -- long story) takes his Wild West show to Japan as part of an undercover mission to rescue Frankenstein's monster and ends up on the Island of Do [...]

    2. This was a real hoot! Lansdale pulled out all the stops in this irreverent blend of fantasy and science fiction featuring some of the most beloved characters (both real and fictional) of the 19th century including Buffalo Bill Cody (at least his head), Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, the Frankenstein monster, Dracula, the Tin Man, Dr. Moreau (Momo), Captain Nemo (Bemo), and a giant talking ape from Mars reminiscent of King Kong! This was actuall [...]

    3. This is a combination of two related novellas which could superficially be described as League of Extraordinary Western Gentlemen. It's Joe R. Lansdale going full gonzo toying with history and alternate universes and fake realities. While Joe freed from such base concerns like narrative cohesion and realism sounds like it would be a damn near perfect book (or pair of novellas collected) I found that these aren't really that great.

    4. Two thrilling (and amusing) tales of adventure, featuring larger-than-life legends from the American West, literary heroes and villains, and an intelligence enhanced seal named Ned.Zeppelins West:There is more than one reason for The Wild West Show, run by the disembodied head of Buffalo Bill Cody and featuring Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, and Sitting Bull, to have crossed the Pacific Ocean, via zeppelin, and visit Japan.The "Excuse Reason" is for Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok to coo [...]

    5. Zeppelins are in everything these days, it seems, except our real-life skies. Alas. But not every steampunk novel (well, actually, two short novels crammed together) features Buffalo Bill Cody's preserved head in an electrified jar, right there on Page 1.Drug-addled, sex-crazed and excrement-obsessed, this is not your ordinary steampunk. Joe R. Lansdale, whose other credits include the novel from which the film Bubba Ho-Tep was made, is unafraid to Go There, wherever and whenever There might be [...]

    6. Joe Lansdale is a fine Texan smart ass raconteur, telling fine stories and keeping it just a little (well, more than a little) weird; I rather enjoyed the Hap & Leonard 'mysteries' – the genre is pretty fuzzy. In this double story he take on The Island of Dr Moreau and War of the Worlds, through the eyes, note pad and journal of a surgically enhanced (it was Dr Moreau, after all) seal – the Ned of the title. We find ourselves in a vaguely steampunk land-of-Momo (Moreau) with Bill Cody (w [...]

    7. from Ryan:Buffalo Bill Cody's disembodied head, kept alive inside a mason jar filled with a scientific concoction (mostly pig urine) atop a steam powered robot body operated by a midget. Yes, this is the Wild West like you've never imagined! They even travel by zeppelin! Little miss sure shot Annie Oakley, Wild Bill Hickock, Sitting Bull The whole Wild West crew make an appearance in the first book.Zeppelin's West and Flaming London were later combined into a single volume called Flaming Zeppeli [...]

    8. This volume contains two short novels, "Zeppelins West" and "Flaming London"; in the first, Buffalo Bill Cody's travelling Wild West Show winds up in Imperial Japan on a secret mission, where Cody (who, by the way, is just a head in a Mason jar), Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, and Sitting Bull rescue the Frankenstein Monster from an evil shogun. Then, with the Japanese in pursuit, they crash in the ocean, are rescued by Captain Bemo (standing in for Captain Nemo), and taken to the Island of Dr. [...]

    9. Anytime I was beginning to enjoy this book, Lansdale felt it necessary (or humorous) to throw in a random reference to male sexual organs, self-pleasuring, defecation, farting, rectums, and other crudities. It killed the pace and light-hardheartedness of the two stories. These insertions added nothing, and just seemed like he was trying to get cheap laughs from adolescent teens. "Flaming London" actually includes several references to the Lansdale's short story "The Steam Man of the Prairie and [...]

    10. So this is Lansdale at his most crazyWild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, Frankenstein's Monster (who goes by the name Bert), The Tin Man (who is in a loving relationship with Bert), Dorothy (who meets her end at the hands of the Lion and the Scarecrow - well perhaps she shouldn't have teased them so with her pigtails and all), Dracula, Captain Nemo, HG Wells, Ned the Talking Seal, Cat (a creation of Dr Memo - as in the island of Doctor), Custer, Squid-like martians, talking animals (no [...]

    11. Joe R Lansdale goes off the reservation with this affectionate but irreverent homage to dime-store westerns and early science fiction. Buffalo Bill's Western Show in zeppelins! Kidnapping Frankenstein's monster from a Japanese shogun! Get stranded on the island of Dr Moreau - or 'Momo.' Dracula comes for a visit! Things explode! Later, Martians invade and Mark Twain, Jules Verne and a talking seal, amongst others, fight them off while a rips in the fabric of reality threaten to tear the world ap [...]

    12. This is an irreverent sci-fi/time travel/historical/pop culture/snicker all the way through book. The book opens with the head of Buffalo Bill Cody (still functioning and stored in a jar), Wild Bill Hickock, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, and others riding the Wild West Show zeppelins to Japan. One of their objectives is to kidnap the body of Frankenstein's monster. After this, things start to get weird.The characters are typical Joe R. Lansdale funny, even if the ones based on historical people ar [...]

    13. Sophomoric (in the best way), fun, and occasionally irreverent, but perhaps more enjoyable to read the two novellas separately with some time in between than as one long volume. For me, tedium set in somewhere in the middle of the second story, making the balance an effort to finish. Still, it's hard to go totally wrong with an abundance of fun references, some trippy multiverse action, and a literate seal with a healthy appetite.

    14. Two books in oneWhich requires two separate votes and comments. To Zeppelin East, I give a full five stars because it never loses that crazy rhythm and genial scenes that managed to make me laugh at every single bloody page. To Flaming London I can't give more than two stars. It only feels like a dull sequel, and although there certainly are moments of brilliance, the characters soon grow boring, and even Ned's jokes and humour scenes become repetitive.

    15. Woo hoo! Crazy Lansdale. I like Crazy Lansdale. I think serious Lansdale is a better writer, but I love it when he goes nuts. And this book (a pair of them, actually) is bug nuts crazy - a mash up of westerns, alternate history, classic science fiction (Verne and Welles), death, sex, genetic experimentation, the wizard of oz, and a talking seal. Really impossible to describe but if that description piques your interest this is worth a look.

    16. Actually the blurb at the top pretty much nails it. Some people won't like this because the author doesn't hesitate to use gory violence, sex and excrement -- but believe it or not they mostly make sense in context. You'll never think of Sitting Bull the same way after this. Great fun.

    17. Did you ever watch teen-aged boys trying to out-do each other in "what a bad boy I am" idiocy? These stories are a lot like that. In fact, there are some truly funny, lunatic moments and one or two genuinely cool ideas. However, there's also an awful lot of [goo] thrown at the wall to see what sticks. For me, the balance winds up more tedious than exhilarating, but YMMV.

    18. What a wonderful world. All of the great classic cowboys meeting steampunk, Tentacled aliens form mars, Captain Bemo who made and runs the Naughty Lass (inspiration for 2000 leagues under the sea), and of course how could never forget Ned the Seal with opposable thumbs and a nice large head machine that allows him to think. Ohh he does like his fish and hates sharks.

    19. Lansdale has created a slightly twisted dedication to some of the influential stories we grew up with.Read the rest of my review at:doctorfantastiques/2011/12

    20. I actually didn't make it all the way through this book. The poor dialogue was too much to bear. Sitting Bull repeatedly talking about his "tobaccy" was just one of the details I hoped would get betterd never did.

    21. I really liked it. Its quite insane and I think my enjoyment stemmed from knowing most of the historical and fictional characters that the author dragged into the book. I will be definitely looking at more of his books.

    22. A fun Lansdale book, but when is the man not loads of fun? My full review of this can be found here: horrorworld/hw/2011/01/fla

    23. Stumbled on this at City Lights while on vacation. Have since read some more Lansdale, enough to know this isn't necessarily representative. But it's a fun read, sort of James P. Blaylock on acid.

    24. It reads just like the dime-store books it pays tribute to. A fun, light read (good for airplane trips).

    25. Wouldn't really recomend this book to kids If you were 18+ you would find this Intersting. I only read about 14 or 17 pages It's a very dirty book This star rate for me is 0!

    26. Beyond the junior high fascination with bodily bits and functions, there lies a fun, charming story with great heart.

    27. Extremely silly. This would have made an amusing comic book, but as a prose novel I found myself resenting the amount of time it took to read.

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