Hog Wild

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Pub Date 26 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 15 Aug 2022

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“Jihadist feral pigs, a nymphomaniac ranch heiress and an ex-military sniper converge on a South Texas cattle ranch. What could possibly go wrong? Hog Wild is a surreal, Tarantino-esque feast.”—Eric Freeze, author of Dominant Traits, Invisible Men and French Dive 


Animal Farm meets Animal House: A wildly clever, gonzo pulp noir, gothic western


Ray Puzo, ex-Special Forces sniper, is hired to rid the vast Cross cattle ranch in South Texas of its feral hog problem. Unbeknownst to Ray when he takes the job, because of radiation, and other pollution, the hogs have become super-brainy. Faced with extinction, the hogs organize and fight back. Humans and feral hogs face off in an epic battle between good and evil—but who is good and who is evil is an open question. 

Besides leading the charge against the hog uprising, Ray must navigate the Byzantine politics of the ranch’s eccentric aristocracy and peasantry, including: 

-Mrs. Amanda Cross, reptilian ranch matriarch;  

-Ned Cross, her queer son;  

-Loretta Cross, her crackpot nympho daughter; 

-Old man Cross, paralyzed by a bullet through his spine; 

-And a supporting cast of cowpokes, vaqueros, schemers, ne’er-do-wells and slimeballs.


Part pulp noir, part dystopian gothic western, part satiric magic realism antiwar sex farce, Hog Wild is the illegitimate offspring of a ménage à trois among Orwell’s Animal Farm, George Miller’s The Road Warrior and Verna Bloom of Animal House and High Plains Drifter fame.


“Jihadist feral pigs, a nymphomaniac ranch heiress and an ex-military sniper converge on a South Texas cattle ranch. What could possibly go wrong? Hog Wild is a surreal, Tarantino-esque feast.”—Eric...


Advance Praise

 “Jonathan Woods’ Hog Wild is a deliciously bawdy frolic, drunk on its own exuberant language, and fearless to tread anywhere and everywhere.”

—Madison Smartt Bell, English and Creative Writing Professor at Gaucher College and National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist author of All Souls’ Rising, Straight Cut and Doctor Sleep

 

Hog Wild is a wild glorious ride and a fantastic feast of storytelling…Mixing the gothic with the surreal, the western with pulp, it all comes together to make a wondrous read. Imagine William Golding through Orwell filtered by Elmore Leonard, you'd have this terrific book.”

—Ken Bruen, award-winning author of London Boulevard, Blitz and the Jack Taylor crime novels, including most recently A Belfast Epiphany 

 

“Men are pigs and pigs are men in Jonathan Woods’ rambunctiously clever romp of a novel, Hog Wild. This is dystopian pulp-noir to smack your lips over.”

—Vicki Hendricks, Edgar Award-finalist and author of Cruel Poetry, Miami Purity, Iguana Love and Voluntary Madness 

  

“Jonathan Woods’ Hog Wild is dark, feral fun. A ribald epic, an acid western, a knife-thrust noir, a farce... It's many things but chiefly, it's a flat out good time.”

—William Boyle, author of A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself and Shoot the Moonlight Out 


“Jonathan Woods's imagination must be a loud, inspiring, and wonderful place. The evidence: Hog Wild, a startling book that defies classification as it brilliantly skews and skewers crime genre convention. You won't be disappointed and you'll be more than a little surprised.” 

—Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women and Wonder Valley 


“I’ve been reading Jonathan Woods’ noir crime stories since we met at Bread Loaf in 2005 and was glad to plunge into the insane world of his newest, Hog Wild. It’s a romp of a novel, extremely funny, bizarre, unpredictable, and obviously the product of a deranged imagination, which is a very good thing in this case!” 

—Jay Parini, author of Borges and Me, The Last Station and Robert Frost, a Life 


“If George Orwell had taken to drinking mezcal with William Burroughs from dusk to dawn while hunkered down in a Texas roadside motel, he might have written something like Jonathan Woods’ Hog Wild. A brilliant combination of neo-noir tropes with something far more imaginative and bizarre.”

—Jon Bassoff, author of Captain Clive’s Dreamworld, Factory Town and The Drive-Thru Crematorium 


“Wild, fast moving and funny!”

—Jon Marc Smith, coauthor of the Mexican cartel thriller, Make Them Cry and English and Creative Writing Professor at Texas State University 

 


 



 “Jonathan Woods’ Hog Wild is a deliciously bawdy frolic, drunk on its own exuberant language, and fearless to tread anywhere and everywhere.”

—Madison Smartt Bell, English and Creative Writing...


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With a very unique and memorable cast, this is a wild ride. The quotes in the description are a clue that this is going to be something different. This should find a niche audience. The writing is strong, and will make those seeking something different happy.

I really appreciate the free ARC for review!!

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Hog Wild is rude, crude, offensive, outrageous, and hilarious - I loved every word of it! Satire, parody, social commentary and slapstick sex comedy all in one. A very readable adventure that doesn't waste a lot of time questioning how something like this could happen - it happened - just go with it and enjoy.

I can not comment on any similarities to Animal Farm since I've never actually read that book (I have seen the movie Animal House and while that comparison is not completely out of bounds it's not all that close either). This is something like Planet of the Apes (but, you know, with feral hogs) meets Carl Hiaasen by way of Donald E. Westlake.

*Not for the easily offended or those of delicate sensibilities. It's grown up stuff.

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