Reviews of Western Lands, the (1987)
Review by sonicforest (2005-05-17)
The last full-length novel Burroughs wrote before he died, this book chronicles William Seward Hall (aka Kim Carsons) and his attempt to "write himself out of death". The book is filled with Egyptian mythology (the title refers to the Egyptian afterlife), Burroughs' thoughts on politics and society, and the usual delirious romp through bizarre landscapes of drugs, weapons, magic, homoerotic sex, Hassan I Sabbah, and centipedes. Funny, touching, and inspiring, The Western Lands is required reading for any fan of Burroughs' writing.