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What I'm Reading, and it's too bad

I've got most of Tony Hillerman's Navajo Tribal Police mystery novels.  I like mysteries after a fashion: I don't care of police procedurals, or Jason Bourne kind of stuff, but I like mysteries set in other cultures.  Tony Hillerman wrote a series of novels based on the Navajo Tribal Police, and much of the plot of each arises from the different world-views of the white men and the Dineh.  I've learned a small amount about Southwest Indian culture, and have enjoyed the process.  In the latest book, it looks like Jim Chee finally marries a traditional Navajo girl, after pining for The Wrong Girl in one form or another for about ten novels.  Whew.

The problem is that the latest book is also the Last Book.  Tony Hillerman died Oct. 26.  I will miss Joe Leaphorn, and Jim Chee, and Old Man McGiniss, and all the rest of the people of Dinetah.

Oh, and the new icon is from The Stick Figures Dragons, and it's nice to see The Feychild posting again.

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ccdesan
Nov. 2nd, 2008 07:28 pm (UTC)
I was saddened by Hillerman's passing - there was a large article on him in the Salt Lake Tribune, since Utah has a small part of the larger Diné community in the four corners area. Now I must - on your recommendation - find these novels, and the time to read them.
sleepyjohn00
Nov. 2nd, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
IMO the two best are Dance Hall of the Dead and A Thief of Time. The others are good to very good, those two are my favorites.
deckardcanine
Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:21 am (UTC)
Oh good, my dad has the latter; I can borrow it. Glad if it's more of a mystery than The First Eagle.

Also: YOU ARE IRON PENGUIN! That's a new one on me.
sleepyjohn00
Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
You'll probably recognize several other friends there:

http://www.feychild.com/stickfigure/index.html
deckardcanine
Nov. 3rd, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Would you mind identifying the people as well as the costumes? I recognize only so many of each.
sleepyjohn00
Nov. 4th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Earl picked up most of them:

http://www.talkaboutcomics.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=408642 (fourth posting)
deckardcanine
Nov. 4th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
The wolf with one manacle is probably the lupine version of Link from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
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