I'se still sputterin' an' ain't 100% shook off this bronchitis, but I did finish Mr. Homer Hickam's book, The Dinosaur Hunter.
Y'all may recall Aunty cavalierly poked fun at the name, dubbin' Homer Hickam a spoof name. Well, it ain't. Mr. Hickam very kindly came callin' to declare hisself as hisself. ( he's from Alabammy so that explains the name-I can say that, as a Cracker, so doan think it unmannerly) Aunty got her deserved comeuppance, though gently delivered, I must say.
As fer the book, Aunty wondered how a spoof-named author planned to hold together a plot built on a detective/cowboy, dinosaurs diggin' an' murder. Add in the Russian mob, an' ya' have quite a story.
Originally I'd picked up The Dinosaur Hunter thinkin' Uncle would find it entertainin'. Mah own predilection is spare gloom, like Alan Furst, Le Carre, an the champion spare, Cormac McCarthy. But, I often pre-read books fer Uncle on account of he has jes' now, in the last two, years been willin' to read fiction--ever. Yep, Uncle wuz finished wif' fiction soon as he became an upperclassman somethin'-somethin' years ago at GatorU. His taste runs to history or adventure or memoirs.
Y'all know I ain't gonna spoil the fun wif'a tell all review. Lemme say that fer Aunty the best part were the Acknowledgements. I wuz charmed to learn how the author --whose book, Rocket Boys, became the movie October Sky--got hooked on dinosaur huntin' up in Montana. Along wif' Jurassic Park folk, Mr. Hickam spent some 10 summers pursuin' Jurassic and Cretaceous monsters. An' all that knowledge adds a level of reality to his story that otherwise would be tough to come by.
Oh, wait--one other happy report is that Mr. Hickam seems have his philosophy goin' the right direction--but y'all have to read the book to see if ya' agree on that point.
An' did y'all know--I sure din't --ya' can go out to Montana to see real dinosaurs at the Museum of the Rockies? No kiddin'--dinosaurs in Montana ain't fiction, but one of the world's best sites? I'se stunned. We could have ourselves a blogger conference in Bozeman an' check it out!
Posted by Aunty Belle at 5:33 AM