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5.0 out of 5 starsRead These Essays to See What Hillerman was like as a Non-Fiction Writer BEFORE Chee and Leaphorn
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2015
All these essays were written by Hillerman when he was a graduate student at the University of New Mexico. He himself states in his autobiography, "Seldom Disappointed" that he would have liked to have rewritten or edited some of them using the knowledge and skill he learned from writing LATER books. However, these are all good reading and cover real life topics, some of which persons familiar with New Mexico may remember, such as Reis Lopez Tiferina's takeover of the Tierra Amarilla courthouse back in the 60's. The fact that Hillerman is writing non-fiction here makes these interesting reading. The essays are all long enough to be interesting but short enough not to be boring.
5.0 out of 5 starsNot his usual murder mystery genre, but quite entertaining
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2011
Whether the story was funny or serious, these short stories were slices of New Mexican life that otherwise might have been lost. Hillerman includes science, history, politics, geography and other slices of the state. My favorite was, oh I didn't have a favorite, they were all good. Included are 8 small 2 page articles at the end of each short story that, for the most part, don't have anything to do with the short story they are paired with. They are named: 1 The Navaho who had so many friends he couldn't get any wire strung. 2 The mountain on the guardrail at MP 164B. 3 The messenger birds. 4 The Apache who wouldn't be missed. 5 How Quemado got Quemado. 6 Black Jack Ketchum and the sixteen faithful bartenders. 7 The committee and the mule deer. 8 Keeping secrets from the Russians.
5.0 out of 5 starsCulture, places and people focus rather then 'suspense'
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2017
Recommended as great overall backdrop into New Mexico culture, places and people by Road Scholar for pre-trip reading. It did that! More people and culture focused than other Hillerman short stories which I found to be more 'suspense' focused.
im a fan of all hillerman's books, i have read the chee-leaphorn series 3 times now and expect a 4th, but i am biased as i was formerly from new mexico, so this one is more interesting to me i'm sure especially being non-fiction tales.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the best stories I have ever read!
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2013
This is, of course, a collection of short stories so they didn't all appeal to me as much as the title story. Even so, I would have bought it just for that one alone. I first heard this story on books on tape and have never forgotten it so I was pleased to find it again in print. It's funny, clueless, and charming. I've never found it's equal.