The author is a very capable writer! His descriptions of the various seasons throughout the book are almost magical. The story and the characters are unforgettable and the little corner of Wales in which they inhabit is brought to life. Most of the story takes place at a remote farmhouse with the regular forays to the local pub. As the plot unfolds, the globe enters the stage as do extraterrestrials, spirit beings and something right out of the X-Files. Alcohol and all manner of illicit pharmaceuticals lubricate the story. This was an unexpected delight and well worth adding to your reading Queue.