All I can say is Wow! This book is written for the outlaw in everyone - for the space of its 515pp you are living the outlaw dream in a country that seems just on the brink of being North America, but cleverly skewed. Stone Junction? More like stoner junction. But if you can let yourself relax into it, you'll have a fabulous ride. For, didn't you know?, in the late 1960s AMO was formed - Anarchists, Magicians Outlaws. Dodge wisely leaves you with that notion and doesn't follow it up with much institutional description. It would, anyway, be largely redundant as the events of the central story begin. Annalee and her son Daniel are the main characters through whom we discover some of the other members of AMO. Daniel learns many disciplines from the members of AMO, how to meditate, how to fight, how to use all of his senses, how to gamble and win, and finally, how to do the impossible.
If you enjoy books that have a touch of the fantastic without entirely leaving human reality behind, you couldn't really do better than read this book. The nearest I can get to describing what kind of book this is might be to say it is in the same ballpark as a Thomas Pynchon novel, but it doesn't have quite that enormous, eclectic Pynchon magnificence of vision. It is funny, strange, and worth while, with only a slight tendency towards the end to sentimentalise, but anyway you look at it, It's a terrific read, only slipping off the boil towards the necessarily anti-climactic finish. Don't be surprised to find yourself thinking about this book days later.