A timeless, heartfelt collection of stories, Moon Deluxe is both entertaining for warm hearts and hopeful for cold. The stories end so fast that you don't have time to draw judgement, but you can only imagine what happens next, if you please. Every page has the ability to make you wonder about the reccesses of society, emotions, experience, hardships, and evenn the most casual of circumstances. It also carries with it a very introverted aspect of the human psyche as well, exploring the level of carelessness we profess about our own lives, and above all, the mortal coil and what lies beyond that linear perspective. Do we just birth and die, or, is there more to life? You never know what you're going to happen upon the next page -- that's the monument that Frederick Barthelme has built up upon the pages of the New Yorker, the point of reference for Moon Deluxe. It's a fascinating group of tales that will haunt you until you sleep, carry on with you until you die in your subconscious. You would be wise to not ever let go of such a treasurable book. If your shtick is the bright lights burning on a cool day or night, the urban getaway of a faux-liberal landscape of most of these stories, you'll fit right in with the etherealistic feel of every environment of each story, whether you're forced into a person's view or watching from the sidelines, the workings of a travelling mythos.