Bryan F. Irrera (bfirrera) wrote,
Bryan F. Irrera

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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