This book sounds awesome; I’ve already preordered a copy. A thriller about a time travelling serial killer? If it’s even competently written I’m probably going to like it, and the way Maslin describes it, it has a shot at being better than that. Don’t expect a National Book Award contender, but this seems like a solid candidate to fill a spot in your summer backpack.
Almost anything in the tradition of Borges is worth a look. I’m a big fan of the fantastical and the fabulous, and this compendium of legend and folk lores looks to scratch that itch nicely. “Unlike Borges, who focused on mythical and fictional beasts in his collection, Largo wanders all over the map, including living animals both rare and common, microscopic creatures (such as the fascinating and essentially immortal “water bears”), mythological creatures, extinct animals and local folk tales.” Could be a nice back up book to pick away at in between other reads.
The important takeaway from this review is that Carolyn Kellogg, my favorite puff piece reviewer to rag on, learned the word “moot” from Springfield’s song, “Jessie’s Girl.” To be fair, the book–about a real 1-800 number to God–is a year away: this isn’t a review, and she warns of red flags of wackiness. That’s Kellogg being too nice as usual, this book has babytown frolics written all over it. He should just write a novelization of “Jessie’s Girl.”