Saturday, November 11, 2006


We're still planning to move, but there's less urgency about it now. I'm packing the remaining uncrated half of my library more slowly. This is one of the books I found about which I'd forgotten: one of many 'advanced readers copies' leftover from the bookstore management days. Starting it, I fell so deeply into the first story that I wondered why I hadn't read it long ago. But, as one of Baxter's characters says: "It's funny how books find us when they want us to read them."

An extremely impressive collection of short fiction, capped off by a novella that stands with the absolute best of the form (Barn Burning, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, The Jolly Corner). I can't say enough about Baxter's work, so I'll say little--except that I'll be reading much more of his stuff, and sooner rather than later.

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