Friday, May 19, 2006

I can pull on a rope

Amazon has a preview of likely-to-be-popular summer novels. The only one that really caught my eye was Bangkok Tattoo, by the author of Bangkok 8. I liked but did not love that one. The best part was having a Buddhist as the main character. He was always seeing auras and the like. Not your typical mystery.

Much more exciting is this new John McPhee book. In it, he hitches a ride on some cross country freight trucks to let you know what it is like. McPhee has the magic power of making any subject fascinating. Which is another of way saying that he quickly finds what is interesting in a subject and presents it perfectly. Steve recently gave me Irons in the Fire, the titular story of which concerns the Nevada cow brand inspectors and it is riveting.

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