As you may have noticed I have been reading the lastest book by Armistead Maupin. I have been pleasantly surprised, it is all I anticipated and more. You have everything you expect, the beautiful characters the 'shocking' lifestyles, all the sorts of things you would expect to come out of San Francisco. Add to that it is the end of a series and I haven't been able to read any of the others as yet but as normal I tend to read series backwards. For about 10 years I have been trying to read 'Tales of the City' but couldn't really get used to it.
Of course, the stories are a bit too neat, too crafted, skilfully crafted but too unnatural for me, I prefer a bit of chilled out non-directional story telling with loose ends and random surreallity but the story is really addictive and the characters are wonderful. He excels at adding pop culture - the snuggies, the politics, skype and facebook mentions. I might actually start reading backwards seriously, perhaps the first book just isn't hitting me at his peak. Actually there are some wonderful moments in this book, even if you are a bit freaked out by the characters, he has caught the spirit of the moment perfectly. Thoroughly recommended as a book of note!