Douglas, February 27, 2007
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This was a delight as a magic realist political screed mystery thriller comedy tragedy. Subcomandante Marcos, writing every other chapter, a character in his own fiction, is charming, heartbreaking, preachy (but it's okay), and very funny. Who knew revolutionaries were funny? I do, now. The other writer, Mexican academic and mystery writer Paco Taibo II, already a favorite, brings his legendary hard-boiled detective, Hector Belascoaran Shayne, to the mix. I only give this four out of five because, being a good American liberal, the preachiness bugged me a little. Yeah, yeah, my problem, right? Anyway, read this book! And read the other Taibo mysteries! I'm going to check out Subcomandante Marcos' kid's book now. Go, Zapatistas!