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There’s no escape quite like what you can find in the pages of a good book. A good book makes everything around you melt away. A good book overtakes you and replaces the events of your life with those found in its pages, if only for a brief, intense time.

This is something Bobby Bunting knows full well. He’s a 35-year-old man trapped in a life so mundane and unhappy that seeking escape becomes his primary concern. He finds it in odd ways, including the kind of absorption in books that crosses the line from simple enjoyment to disturbing and unnatural levels of immersion.

You’ll find yourself sucked into Bunting’s story as you read Peter Straub’s novella The Buffalo Hunter. Not, one hopes, to the level that Bunting gets sucked into books like Raymond Chandler’s The Lady in the Lake, or Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. »

- Blu Gilliand

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