The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance by Ed Ayres

This is not an easy book to read.  It is dense, intellectual, philosophical, and asks a reader to examine their own beliefs, biases, and prejudices rather than just going along for the ride while the author tells a story.  It is a subtle call to action painted against the backdrop of the JFK 50 ultra-marathon.  I had to read this small book (232) pages in measured doses as there was so much to take in.  I would definitely recommend if you are looking for a book that make you feel as well as think.

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August 24, 2013 · 10:54 am

The Missing Ink by Philip Hensher

Nerd alert.  Unless you are into handwriting, typography, and fountain pens you probably aren’t going to enjoy this book.  Fortunately for me I’m enamored of all three.  Like most people I hate my handwriting.  It’s crabbed, and even when I remark to myself that ah… that’s a nicely turned capital K…when I go back to read it later.  I can’t.

This book feels your pain and embarrassment in a soothing sort of way. While it was a little rambling and often went down odd little paths.  SHINY. If you can bear this (which I can) then you will enjoy Mr. Hensher’s book.

Shout out to Chapter 28 – My Italic Nightmare wherein the author goes on a search for a pen with an italic nib.  He searches all over the boroughs and ends up with the same type of pen, a Lamy, that he already owns…but the journey is filled with adventure.

Again you probably need to have “super geek” powers to enjoy this.  You know who you are…

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

So who do you hate the most.  In this twisty, sinuous, grippy novel you’ll get your chance to hate every character in varying degrees.  However under Ms. Flynn’s deft handling it’s a book you’ll love to read.

4 out of 5 hats rating!

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The Midwife’s Tale by Sam Thomas

Wonderful tale of a woman, because of her time, who had power only when she took it. Bridgett Thompson definitely claims her power through her inherent intelligence and willingness to take on the system in the only way she knows how.

Well crafted, strong characters, and a very satisfying story.

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Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

… if you believe your father may be a misunderstood Satan with daddy issues and your best friend is a chain-smoking head who is trying to betray you; all while you’re trying to save the world from the various rank and file of the undead and on top of all this an avenging angel is trying to kill you… Then you are sharing a typical day for James Stark aka Sandman Slim who escaped from Fight Club in hell in Richard Kadrey’s first book in this series titled after the character Sandman Slim.

Kadrey builds on his first book with humor, excellent character development, gratuitous violence, and oh yeah sex.

A sustainable and fun read for those who dote on urban fantasy.

Simultaneously published on Goodreads.

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Freedom is Blogging in Your Underwear – Author Hugh MacLeod

If you’ve seen gapingvoid.com you probably already love Hugh MacLeod. Unfortunately this book has some good basic advice but the cartoons just didn’t have the zing I was hoping for.  Highly recommend subscribing to his blog!

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein, is told from the point of view of Enzo, a dog of indeterminate heritage, who longs for opposable thumbs. It is his memoirs of auto racing, life and love with his human companion Denny. I’m not a big car racing fan and sometimes books with animals talking are too, too precious. Not this one. I alternately laughed out loud, blubbered so hard I couldn’t see the words on the page and the most ugly part was when I wanted to find a couple of “evil twins” to smack because I got so annoyed with the “villains” of the story. In short, I give it two paws up!

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December 26, 2012 · 6:34 pm