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The Hike: A Novel by Drew Magary
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The Hike: A Novel

by Drew Magary

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** I won a copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. **

This was a fascinating, twisted and twisting tale. I loved the characters, loved the story and loved the uncertainty of where it was all going. A fun and though-provoking story guaranteed to make you consider where your own life is going! ( )
  J_Colson | Nov 30, 2017 |
DNF
  KiernanMaire | Oct 25, 2017 |
Ben is an average thirtysomething family man who embarks on what he believes will be a short hike in rural Pennsylvania. Ben quickly becomes lost when he is pursued by knife-wielding, Rottweiler-faced maniacs and falls deeper into the woods. With no choice but to move forward on the path he's found himself on, Ben soon finds himself farther away from home than he ever thought possible, encountering oversized insects, a crude-talking crab, a man-eating giant, skinless reanimated corpses and more.

Along the path, Ben must withstand various mental, physical and emotional trials, including hunger, thirst, homesickness, torture and abuse. Along the way, Ben learns that he is at the mercy of The Producer, a mysterious behind-the-scenes figure who selected him for this journey. Ben must stay the course and endure the obstacles of the path in hopes of someday returning to his loving wife and three children.

"The Hike" is a modern-day twisted grown-up fairy tale, parts "Alice in Wonderland," "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Odyssey," with a heavy dose of Chuck Palahniuk absurdism thrown in. Until now, I had never read a book quite like this one. One of the most appealing things about the novel was that I had no idea where the story was headed, much in the same way Ben has no idea where the path will take him next.


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  mcpl.wausau | Sep 25, 2017 |
A different kind of beach read—part fantasy, part horror, part self-help book. The plot is like nothing so much as one of those text-based adventure games from the dawn of the computer age: "You enter a large room. On your left is a large pile of bones. In front of you, you see a small crab. 'Watch your step,' says the crab." For better or worse, it seems that anything can happen at any time. The chapters are short and things move fast. It's strange, and you'll be surprised. By the end of the book, it becomes clear that the author wants to impart a lesson to his readers. That's a shame; lessons in fiction are always off-putting when they're put front and center. "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot," wrote Mark Twain at the beginning of Huckleberry Finn, one of the most morally didactic books in history. For the sake of his book, Magary should have hidden his moral a little deeper. ( )
  john.cooper | Jul 23, 2017 |
I didn't bother finishing it because it was just a bunch of random events and nothing happened. ( )
1 vote Gwendydd | Apr 17, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399563857, Hardcover)

From the author of The Postmortal, a fantasy saga unlike any you’ve read before, weaving elements of folk tales and video games into a riveting, unforgettable adventure of what a man will endure to return to his family
 
When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.
 
On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.
 
At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.

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When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.… (more)

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