James Herriot. I knew he wrote about being a veterinarian, but I always got the impression his books (with their All Things Bright and Beautiful titles) had a religious bent as well. They just didn't sound like much fun. Then a few weeks ago, a "Best Of" compilation crossed my desk. I paged through it and decided to give it a try. Well, who'd've guessed--it wasn't religious at all, and it was pretty funny! Now, that said, I'm not in a rush to proceed to the other six or so James Herriot books on the shelf at my library, but it was a pleasant diversion.