So much has changed in Chinook since readers last spent time with Thumps. The new café, for instance: Mirrors (named for Eduardo Galeano’s work, complete with references to Memory of Fire, Upside Down and The Book of Embraces). And, get this: Thumps is involved in the production of a reality television program.
Okay, that’s about it for new things. Which is just as it should be. Neither Thumps, nor the series’ readers who have already enjoyed the previous three volumes, are looking for a whole lot of different. (Thoughts on the earlier books in the series are here.)
Readers return to Chinook, like Thumps to the diner with the best breakfast (and you KNOW it’s not Mirrors), because we know it’s going to be good, just as it is.
We want to return to Archie’s bookstore in the old Carnegie library that he rescued from the developers to house “the best bookstore in the real west”.
We want to know what’s on Thumps’ to-do list before he reviews it in his mind. “If Thumps had bothered making a to-do list, it would not have included working for a reality television program.” And: “He ran through his to-do list once again. Car, cat, Claire.”