"Nix overreaches, but, still, this is an ambitious entertainment for popular-fiction fans."
A feature writer for the San Francisco Chronicle debuts with a multigenerational Texas-set saga—partly realistic, partly fablelike—that centers on the energy and recklessness of Hiram, a wildcatter and larger-than-life figure. ``Texans are strange animals—huge as giants and angry as children.'' This sort of comment and others like it are delivered so flatly throughout that it's never quite clear how seriously Nix means for us to take them.
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