I don't know it was me or not. It probably was me. But sadly this book made me feel terribly underwhelmed. I have no problem with the violence, I am actually slightly amused that so many were jarred and shocked by the violence presented in this book. While personally I felt it was appropriate and accurate based on the time period. It is kind of like being shocked at the conditions the slaves endured on the slave ships. Spoiler alert, that was also horrific, but not unexpected.I know that the lack of punctuation didn't really bother me since I recently read and enjoyed Blindness by Jose Saramago. So I didn't have to much trouble figuring out who was speaking to whom.My favorite part of this book was definitely Judge Holden. He is an amazing character and is definitely deserving of Harold Bloom's praise. It is for Holden that I will give this book another go in the future.But for now, I am kind of glad it is over. Other than times spent with Holden, I feel underwhelmed, bored, with a bunch of others characters I felt no real attachment to, in a plot-less narrative following a band of violent thugs in the Texas-Mexico borderlands.And again, I am totally fine with plot-less narratives, but only if there are rich characters that can carry the weight of a narrative without form, which didn't happen in this book, since Holden was the only character of real interest to me, but he didn't appear nearly enough in the book for my tastes.