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Michael Tolliver Lives - Armisted Maupin

Having finished Harry Potter super quickly so as to avoid spoilers, and having gotten the reading bug back while re-reading the complete Harry Potter series in preparation for the final book, I've now finally finished another book...

This one, Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin is sort of the unofficial 7th book in the Tales of the City series (of which the first three have been adapted as miniseries for television by PBS/BBC (the first book) and Showtime (the second two)). It's unofficial since while it's the first book to feature these characters in 18 years, it's the first to be written in a first person narrative (this time from Michael "Mouse" Tolliver's viewpoint). The change in narrative style didn't change the feel of the book and all my favorite characters are present in one way or another (some walk ons, some cameos, some just mentioned in passing in nostalgic conversation amongst the other characters).

Michael is now in his mid-fifties, reflecting where Mr. Maupin himself is in his life. Mrs. Anna Madrigal, my favorite character from the series, is still VERY much present in Michael's life (for which I'm thankful for the time I got to "visit" with her).

This book was very good, though I wouldn't suggest it to Tales newbies. Read the others (Tales of the City is the first) first! For devotees of the denizens of 28 Barbary Lane, though, I would highly recommend it. My only caveat is that it is so short compared to the other ones. The only way I could make it last was by limiting myself to three (short) chapters a day...else I could easily have devoured this in one sitting and it would have just left me gasping for more!!

So, what is everyone else reading post-HP?


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Aug. 2nd, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
The first thing I thought while I was reading your entry was:

I still haven't read Half-Blood Prince and I've seen not one word of any spoilers from this last book. I have no idea what happens in Deathly Hallows. That's kind of amazing.

The second thought was: zOMG! There's another 28 barbary lane book? MUST GET IT!

The third and final thought was, if I may make a further suggestion to Tales newbies - do NOT see the Showtime series. They completely butchered it. They butchered it so badly I wondered if I was viewing the DVDs (I had gotten them through netflix years ago) out of order. (The PBS shows are awesome though)
Aug. 2nd, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)

Though I must admit I saw the original PBS series before ever cracking the books...

...and I can only ever see Olympia Dukakis and Laura Linney in their respective roles (and totally hear their voices when I read).
Aug. 2nd, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'm currently waiting for the second book in The Looking Glass Wars {Frank Beddor} trilogy to come out... in the mean time, i'm ignoreing intelligent habits like reading and instead playing mario on the Wii.
Aug. 2nd, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting to get this ever since I read about it in the Advocate. I loved that they put him on the cover too. I can't wait!
Aug. 3rd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
this is the first i've heard of this. i MUST have it. thanks for the heads up.
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