Winner - The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
The cops wanted to shoot me, my bosses thought I was a Bolshevik, and a local lawyer warned me that some people I was writing about might try to test the strength of my skull with a steel pipe. What more could any young reporter hope for from his first real job? The night Mark Leiren-Young drove into Williams Lake, British Columbia, in 1985 to work as a reporter for the venerable Williams Lake Tribune, he arrived on the scene of an armed robbery. And that was before things got weird. For a 22-year-old from Vancouver, a stint in the legendary Cariboo town was a trip to another world and another era. From the explosive opening, where Mark finds himself in a courtroom just a few feet away from a defendant with a bomb strapped to his chest, to the case of a plane that crashed without its pilot on board, Never Shoot a Stampede Queen is an unforgettable comic memoir of a city boy learning about—and learning to love—life in a cowboy town.
This book, read by the author, has some laugh out loud parts, and some parts that really make you think about humanity.
The author does a great job narrating his own book.
At first, the book felt like it stumbled a little, but within a few chapters the book hit a good stride and had me laughing or smiling or pondering. There were some stories that really made me think about how people treat each other, and I learned a little bit of history too.
The book starts in a courtroom, and flashes back through various experiences before coming back to the courtroom and picking up from there with a few more stories. That worked very well, so I'm not certain where I felt a bit of a stumble in the beginning where I wondered if I had picked a good book, but that was pretty short and the book got really good pretty fast.
The author's clean and folksy style kind of reminds me of Patrick McManus's humorous tales, and I hope he'll be as prolific a writer of humorous books as Mr McManus has been.
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