Saturday, April 23, 2011
The Jaguar Hunter, by Lucius Shepard
South America isn't a common setting for SF, but it has had its moments. The Jaguar Hunter joins that thread of literature, and it was a fine addition. Nebula and World Fantasy Award nominated, it's a fine story of a jaguar hunt and a man's search inside himself for what is real. There's definite flavors of Hemingway and magical realism in the story. The writing is simple and direct, making the story the focus. I was very impressed, and fully enjoyed reading it. To describe it would be to take too much away from it--no plot summary is needed. Read it if you want to simply enjoy a fine, professional piece of work.