Burroughs is a favorite of mine, that’s why this book was a bit of a disappointment. Here is a review on Amazon which crystallizes my thoughts exactly: "Possible Side Effects" is more dry than magical, and shows the author at a crossroads. Though consistently amusing, many pieces in this new collection seem forced and find the author overreaching for a laugh, while still others feel derivative of those previously published, or rather they seem as though they may have been leftovers - stories that didn't quite make the "Magical" cut.” That review is so spot-on. Last year’s “Magical Thinking
” WAS magical. This book is “every-day”. I hope Burroughs does not get bogged down by his fame. I’ve seen it before…I’ll just keep my fingers crossed. Book #34 of my 2006 Book List, finished reading it on 6-28-06.