Friday, April 11, 2014

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*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"We have outsmarted ourselves, like greedy monkeys, and now we are full of dread . . ."
                                                                                --Peter Matthiessen


B. Traven Jr. here.  You may remember me as the host of the History Channels' B. Traven Jr. Presents X-treme Ancient Astronaut Conspiracy Mysteries and as a frequent guest on Alien Hunters.  However, today I speak to you with a very heavy heart.  My fellow traveling companion and good friend Peter Matthiessen passed away over the weekend.  Ironically, Peter, who is one of six authors to win multiple National Book Awards had his title In Paradise (9781594633171) 27.95 released yesterday.  As is his nature, this last book has no easy answers.  Set in Auchswitz in 1996, it concerns a collection of pilgrims who have arrived at the infamous concentration camp to try to understand the nature of evil, and to see if it is possible to wring some good from the deaths of so many human beings.  Both lyrical and profound, this is a book destined to raise as many questions as it does answers.  I am sure that Peter, no matter what his religious proclivities are, is now 'In Paradise' himself.  Klaatu barada nikto, my friend . . .

 Back in the early 60s, Peter and I travelled to New Guinea in the search for Michael Rockefeller.  Michael, grandson of John D. Rockefeller, had disappeared when his outrigger capsized on some god-forsaken river which abutted the lands of the cannibalistic Asmat tribe.  I, of course, was convinced he had been abducted by aliens, whereas Peter felt that Michael may have become the Asmat tribe's main course, ala oysters Rockefeller, instead.  Carl Hoffman reopens this case in his latest title, Savage Harvest (9780062116154) 26.99.  Mr. Hoffman claims to have solved this mystery, but unfortunately, like most of my alien abduction theories, most of his evidence seems to be circumstantial at best.  And that's today's Final Word.  We'll right back after these important messages.  Ha, ha!

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Odds & Sods

Our good friend Nevada Barr stopped in Friday to sign our copies of her new Anna Pigeon title, Destroyer Angel (9780312614584) 26.99.  I cannot say anything bad about Nevada; she was a joy to have here.  She exuded intelligence, friendlinest, and she was just plain fun to be around.  Her husband Don was great, too.  I can't wait for her next book tour.  As usual, it is first come, first served for our autographed copies . . .

Speaking of fun authors, Nicholas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs (9781250039811) 25.99 was a blast when we had dinner with him a couple of months ago.  Set in Little Wing, Wis., his first novel is getting the kind of reviews that seasoned veterans wish they were getting.  It's pretty good . . . 

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