A tall tale of the American West told with a very modern, humanistic writing style. The brutality of everyday existence in the old West is highlighted with great craft and beauty. The tall tale (less realistic) elements are all the more creepy because they are shared with the same no-nonsense prose as descriptions of logging. I felt that the structure of the story made it very predictable- the author foreshadowed the upcoming plot points quite heavily. Although my personal preference is to preserve a little more mystery, the foreshadowing may well be in keeping with the tall tale style. There were a few sentences, especially toward the opening of the story, that were so well written that I could viscerally sense what they described.