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Currently 30% through Blood Meridian by Cormac McCartney. He's one cheerful ****
Blood Meridian probably features one of the most bad arse baddies , Judge Holden, in literary history.
It's a helluva book, IMO better than The Road, No Country for Old Men or the Trilogy (All the Pretty Horses etc). The imagery in it stays in your mind forever.
Yeah he's just squashed a guys head with his bare hands. People talk about "grimdark" in fantasy... Nothing in the grimdark I've read comes close to Blood Meridian for violence, and not even 2/3rds through it yet.
The story told by one of the posse about The Judge harvesting salt petre from bat guana, grounding up charcoal then leading the group into a caldera to harvest sulphur was awesome.
"and there’s men in this company besides myself seen little cloven hoof-prints in the stone clever as a little doe in her going but what little doe ever trod melted rock? I’d not go behind scripture but it may be that there has been sinners so notorious evil that the fires coughed em up again and I could see well in the long ago how it was little devils with their pitchforks had traversed that fiery vomit to salvage back those souls"
He's a strange writer. He goes from quite simplistic story telling of the form "this then this then this then this" and then all of a sudden will come out with something like the above.