Have you had a chance to read 'Dances With Marmots'? If not, it is very enjoyable!
Picked up Cactus Eaters from the library and I am about 3/4 through. the guy is an arrogant self centered jerk. I am glad that I did not purchase the book. Dances with Marmots is much more enjoyable. The author is a member of this group and posts from time to time. IMO being a polished writer is not much of a plus on that type of book. Being someone I can relate to is much more of a plus and George is someone I can relate to.