Autobuy author is a term I had never heard before joining the Bookstagram community. It was something I obviously knew about, intuitively. Insomuch as there have always been a handful of authors where I would never hesitate to buy any of their books. This is definitely a Book Collector Problem, as my list of autobuy authors continues to grow. It’s especially challenging when it comes to two authors in particular: Seanan McGuire & Joe R. Lansdale.
Not only do both authors have an extensive back catalogue of books to buy, but they are both frequently published by Subterranean Press. I’m hit or miss with some of the more limited edition Subterranean Press releases…like, occasionally I will really adore the artwork for a cover, but it’s for a book I already have and I’m not looking to collect multiple editions of (something I try to be cautious about in general). Sometimes it’s a book I really want to read, but the cover art doesn’t appeal to me nearly enough to justify the cost. I just have some complicated feelings overall, mostly circling back to the cost (I mean, their novellas are frequently $40, which is a lot for a book that’s less than 200 pages). That said, when you actually have one of their books in your hand, the quality of the thing is…incredible. The binding, the quality of the pages, it’s all completely gorgeous.
Anyway, that nonsensical preamble aside, if there’s a brand new Lansdale book coming from Subterranean Press, I am helpless to resist. Such was the case with Jane Goes North, a delightfully bonkers story that only the Champion Mojo Storyteller could write.
This is a road-trip-through-hell kind of novel, with the titular Jane catching a ride with her new friend Henry. Jane’s been invited to one of her sister’s wedding “up north,” and Henry has an appointment of her own to keep. So they join forces to make the trip more affordable & enjoyable. They’re both a bit down on their luck, Jane, in particular. She knows she’s not expected at the wedding, all of her sisters having cruelly written her off as the unsuccessful one. So she’s making this trip basically to spite them.
From there, it’s one calamity after another. This is Lansdale at his funniest & crudest, as Jane and Henry navigate their way out of Texas and up the east coast, into a world that doesn’t feel entirely their own, and not at all welcoming.
I’m a pretty big believer that every Joe R. Lansdale book is incredible in one way or another, and Jane Goes North was no exception. This is a fun, madcap, screwball kind of book…so, not something that packs the emotional punch of say, The Bottoms or Paradise Sky, but certainly a ton of fun to read. And Jane and Henry are great, no-bullshit characters, for sure!
Another awesome Lansdale book for the collection!!