Hilarious, dry, and strange...my favorite read of 2017!
I don't know how to describe this book. I don't know how I feel as I read and went on this journey. It was so strange and so... silly. But it was sooooooo very good.
And that twist ending!
I just consumed this novel. Great pace, well written -
This is very much a Drew Magary book, with the attendant heady mix of grim humour and feisty humanity for me it lacked the verve and originality of The Postmortal , which I enjoyed a lot more.
Best book I've read in awhile. I stumbled across it unexpectedly and was pleasantly surprised. The story is engaging and entertaining. I can't remember the last time I laughed aloud so many times while reading a book. Don't get the idea that it is all comedy though, it's creepy too. Great characters. Not supremely eloquent, but that's not what this is about. It's a great ride! And strangely enough parts of it are a study in philosophy.
This tale of a lost hiker who finds himself on a peculiar magical trail is totally strange and completely unpredictable. It kept me guessing and racing to the finish line- What a ride!
I don't think I've ever felt more compelled to leave a review for a book. I read The Hike in three sittings over a couple of days because I was engaged, surprised, curious, frustrated, or a mix of those things at any given point.
The descent Ben experiences is gut-rending and near unbearable. The introduction of Crab was one of the best parts of the story because it brought humor to a dark beginning and then served to set up the climax of the entire story (which caught me completely off guard, which was nice). Seeing Ben struggle with the desire to get home and the desire to give up was exhausting for me as a reader and I think it helped me connect more to the plight.
It's a weird, weird story with lots of twists. Admittedly, the second third felt long and, for me, didn't contribute a whole lot to the arc of the story other than add a ton of time to Ben's trip, which was disappointing.
Other people have mentioned the ending, and I have to agree, it's perfect. I had doubts about how Magary would wrap it up and it was done perfectly. I'm sure I'll be revisiting this book sometime in the future to read more closely and see what else I can pick up on a second time through.
One of the best books I have read all year.
Ben thought he would take a quick walk in the woods near the hotel before his business dinner, but this walk is going to last...FOREVER.
One of the strangest stories you will ever read, and when you get to the end, while you are still wondering what just happened, you will get hit with a jaw-dropping (but so fitting) ending.
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