I've been reading a slim little book by Larry McMurtrey, the author of Lonesome Dove and many other books. Are all of us familiar with Lonesome Dove? It actually the first book in a tetrology concerning the adventures of Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae two old Texas Rangers. MacMurtrey says that says after he finished the last book in the series he realized that four novels was a lot to devote to two characters especially since he lost interest in Woodrow and Gus about halfway through. I sort of sensed that when I read the last two books in the series. I thought at once of Patrick O'Brian and his 19 or so novels about Aubrey and Maturin. O'Brian never seemed to me to lose interest in these two men. That's not to say that some of the novels in the Aubrey/Maturin series are not better than others. I'd sure like to ask Larry MacMurtrey his thoughts about this and maybe I'll get the chance. My wife has agreed to take me down to Archer City to visit his gigantic antiquarian bookstores next weekend. Word is that MacMurtrey spends a good deal of time there wrangling the 400,000 books he has collected. Perhaps I'll run into him.