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A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one epis ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Amazon Encore (first published February 10th 2009)
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Beth Have you read House Rules by Jodi Picoult? It's is still a male with the diagnosis - a son. The book talks a lot about how his mom deals with his…moreHave you read House Rules by Jodi Picoult? It's is still a male with the diagnosis - a son. The book talks a lot about how his mom deals with his disability though. I guess more books are written about boys/men on the Autism spectrum since it is more common for males to be affected than females. But still, there are girls out there with the disability. I agree that there ought to be a book from that standpoint.(less)
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Robert
For the first time in my life, I actually felt like a hypochondriac. And for a day I thought I had Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, my every movement tracked and accounted for, as my social skills dropped off a precipitous edge, only to return to normal the next day.

Edward Stanton rocked 600 HOURS OF EDWARD like Mick Jagger in his prime. His head (and mine) filled with numbers, as we tracked weather patterns, wrote letters of discontent, and consumed spaghetti and Diet Dr.
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Zoe

Fact : On October 26,2012 @ 8:00 P.M I finished reading "600 hours of Edward" my day is complete,but I won't file the book away , I will want to reread it.

Dear Author, I have no complaint,in contrary, I want to thank you for this extraordinary (I love this word) book , for creating a wonderful and unforgettable character such as Edward.





Holly
5+++ stars.

A beautifully written story about a 39 yr old man suffering from both OCD and Aspergers syndrome. I have so many emotions about this book, and I really need a few days to process them all before writing a proper review. I will say right now that this was one of the best books I have ever read, and that Edward is by far one of the most endearing characters I have ever been introduced to.

*ETA*

I am going to keep this short and sweet, since it has been a few weeks since i finished this b
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Noeleen
What an absolute little gem of a book! Great characters, great story and so very well written. Loved it! Edward is such an adorable character that you absolutely cannot help falling in love with him. There are many laugh out loud moments nicely counterbalanced with many heartbreaking moments, most especially his turbulent relationship with his father. We could all learn lessons from Edward through his thoughts and perspectives on life. I adored his 'letters of complaints' and I want to watch Dra ...more
Julie
This was a great book! I found myself smiling broadly and even laughing out loud while I read it. The premise of the story was no laughing matter, however. Mental illness is always a tough subject for an author to tackle in a fictional setting. I can't imagine the difficulty they encounter trying to capture and illustrate the issues a mentally ill subject must deal with while at the same time ensuring that the character doesn't come across as "too crazy". Mr. Lancaster has done a superb job work ...more
Sharon
I'm not sure what I can possibly say about "600 Hours of Edward" that would do it justice.

The author (Craig Lancaster) gives us a clear picture of all the participating characters in such a way, we get to enjoy feeling lost in the story as it happens. There are no paper cut-out characters here, this is fiction you forget is fiction. It's novels like these that make me swoon with awe that someone was able to *create* this. How? How is this possible?

"600 Hours of Edward" is a beautiful journey ev
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Kathy
600 Hours of Edward

To put it succinctly, I was blown away by "600 Hours of Edward."

Edward Stanton is 39 years old, unemployed, lives alone in a house purchased by his very wealthy politician father, and has Asperger's Syndrome and OCD. Because of his disability, Edward finds comfort in routine, order and repetition bring calm. His obsessions with the time he wakes up each morning and the low/high temps each day give him a sense of peace. He is comfortable with his isolation. These are things ab
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Beth Sniffs Books
The book blurb says it all: “Edward Stanton likes facts. He likes order. He loves his rituals.” I seriously ♥ a book with a neurotic main character. It’s probably because [cough, cough] I have some issues of my own and find characters like this highly relatable and admittedly, comforting in an odd kind of way.

It would be easy for me share many examples of Edward’s habits, rituals, thoughts, and observations – especially since Edward and I have some in common – but I will show restraint and will
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Heidi Thomas
I have to admit I began reading 600 Hours of Edward with a bit of trepidation. This is fellow Montanan, journalist and friend, Craig Lancaster's first novel and I wanted to like it. But, I wondered, 278 pages about a man with Asperger's syndrome who obsessively-compulsively records the exact minute he awakes each morning? Someone who eats the same thing for lunch every day, drives to the grocery store every Tuesday, and makes only right-hand turns?

Well, I fell in love with Edward.

Rather than a c
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Banner
This a delightful and insightful book about mental illness and family and relationships.

There is a reality to mental illness that is not humorous, but the story is told in a way that allows us to laugh and see the funny side of things. So while this could be a depressing book, it is not. The book tells a story of hope and healing. There is some heartache because the story could not be based in reality otherwise.

You will fall in love with Edward very soon in the book and I didn't realize until I
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Grace
I was given this book as a present as someone very close to me has Aspergers syndrome.

What amazed me were some of the parallels between the book and my close one, especially the family interaction. Edwards' father distanced himself from his son because he did not take the time to understand him, thus Edwards' mother followed her husbands lead. Only after his father dies does Edwards' relationship with his mother mend, without the interference of his father and the detested attorney Jay Lamb.

As
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Amy
Eh...this book was and interesting read. I liked Edward, and he was relatable, which I really liked given his mental health issues. I was unsure how real his experiences would be compared to someone who actually struggles with Asperger's; I would be interested in reading a non-fiction book about this. I found myself skipping over the parts about Dragnet and the Dallas Cowboys just to get through the story. This book was just ok for me, so I won't be reading the next book about Edward.
Stephanie Marshall Ward
Thirty-nine-year old Edward Stanton has obsessive compulsive disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. His illness — the OCD — is treated with medication and therapy, and the Asperger’s is just part of who he is: a bright, funny, methodical man who likes concrete facts and predictable routines. Edward has many abilities, but his rigidity and difficulty communicating with others have kept him from holding down a job. He is supported by his father, a wealthy developer and county commissioner.

Edward is oft
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Peg
I just found out I won a copy of this book! I can't wait to read it. I work with an individual diagnosed with Asperger's and the reviews of this book thus far suggest it is enlightening and respectful in dealing with this illness.

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This is a wonderful read! 600 Hours of Edward is the story of a middle aged man with Asperger's syndrome. While it's true the symptoms and severity of Asperger's syndrome vary making diagnosis difficult, I found this was a credible account of someone with a dual
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

As I've said here before, although I'm a big fan and champion of small-press, basement-press and self-published books, after reviewing hundreds of them now I've discovered that such designations are largely a self-regulating system, and that 95 percent of these titles were published under the circumstance
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Tamara Crowley
Edward - he prefers facts; has extreme OCD; writes letters of complaints that never get sent and watches DRAGNET at 10:00p.m. every night as if it is his religion. The story is written from Edward's perspective (which also means the story is influenced by Edward's "afflictions") and I realized half way through the book that I was also using Edward's compulsive habits of counting and recording data as benchmarks that kept me grounded and opened my eyes to the challenges society lays out for those ...more
Ann
I listened to "Edward" on audible. Couldn't wait to get in the car and hear how Edward's day was going. I was sorry to see it end. I hope he's doing well.
Laura
4.5 stars. Impressive debut. I'll be continuing with the series and reading the author's other books as well.

This book reminds me of The Silver Linings Playbook and other titles by Matthew Quick. It seems light on the surface, but there's a lot of depth underneath. I loved all of the characters, and enjoyed the fact that this book made me laugh out loud several times. It's hard to get used to the main character's voice at the beginning, as he suffers from Asperger's and OCD. But stick with it,
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Cyndy Aleo
I picked up Craig Lancaster's 600 HOURS OF EDWARD a while ago at the recommendation of my friend Lynn. In the time between buying this book and reading it, however, I read several other books with similar themes: Matthew Quick's The Good Luck of Right Now, Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, and Lydia Netzer's How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, all with varying results.

Here again, we have a white male protagonist on the autism spectrum -- although at least this time, it's named. Edward is we
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 ■©atherine■
3.5 STARS

I wanted to read more book with main characters who are Aspergers or have OCD after Rosie Project. While RP is attempted to be a Romance Comedy, 600 Days of Edward is more about the difficulties and real life issues of a developmentally disabled 39 years old guy.

I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried reading this. The unhealthy relationship between parents and children is a sensitive topic for me. I don't like the tension and misunderstanding between parents and children. It makes me sad
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Amber
This book is written in the same vein as the newer, more popular novel, “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion. The main character, Edward Stanton, is 39 with OCD and Asperger’s syndrome. Edward’s personality comes through by way of his routines and the facts that matter to him, like recording the weather, watching re-runs of Dragnet everyday, painting his garage and being a Dallas Cowboy fan. After about 4 hours of this, I have to admit I was kind of bored. Things happen to Edward in this 600 ho ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
I love this book! Someone compared it to Flowers for Algernon and I agree completely. I've already marked it as a “comfort read” and looking forward to reading it again. It is hard to believe that a book narrated by a 39 year old man with Asperger's Syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder would be remotely interesting, but I found it hard to put down.

Edward Stanton lives in a house his wealthy father bought him when the symptoms of his condition caused too much interruption in his parent’s
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All I can say is Wow, what a wonderful book! While a number of books lately have emerged me in a fantasy world, this one grips you into today’s world. It was a great change of pace. Edward could be anybody, and I think that’s one thing that makes this story so fascinating. From the first page, you get a very intense view of what life is like for Edward. You feel slightly sorry for him, but you begin to understand why it is this way. And then those small little problems that so often happen in li ...more
Connie
What can I say about this book? It was just simply charming. Edward is someone I would love to have in my life. He is a 39 year old man who some would say suffers with OCD and a mild case of Aspergers Syndrome. I would vehemently disagree. He does not suffer at all. We could all learn a lot from Edward. Oh man, how much I loved this guy.... What could we possible learn from a 39 year old man that suffers from these "mental illnesses"? Let me just name a few....we could all learn that not everyth ...more
Jim Thomsen
At the intersection of Rainman Road and Bartleby Boulevard lives Edward Stanton of Billings, Montana, who is "mentally ill but not stupid," who meticulously records the weather, who makes nightly rituals out of watching "Dragnet" reruns ... and who manages to keep the disorderly world at an orderly distance.

But the world has other plans for Edward, and Edward surprises himself — and us — by finding that he just might be OK with that.

Craig Lancaster, in a stunning debut novel, shares Edward's lo
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Jenny - Book Sojourner
I don't know exactly how to express how wonderful this book is. Truly, this story is a gift and Edward, our protagonist, is a character you will quickly love. I'd heard about this book from an author whom I respect, so I knew this was a book I wanted to read. What I didn't expect was such an amazing, unique, heartfelt, funny, and touching story.

As the book blurb states, Edward is a 39 year old man who lives with Asperger's Syndrome and OCD. He lives a life of routine that you quickly understand.
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P.A.Baines
I found this to be an engaging and enjoyable read. I have heard people complain about the repetition but I think they are missing the point. The repetition worked well for me (indeed, I felt it was necessary) and made Edward's condition feel all the more real. His fascination with Dragnet offers a glimpse into how his mind works and also reveals his search for a father-figure. I enjoy character-driven literary work and 600 Hours kept me thoroughly engaged. I found Edward irritating at first, but ...more
Ryan Madland
I received this book via Goodreads.com First Reads Program. I did not receive any sort of financial reimbursement for this review. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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600 Hours of Edward is the debut novel by author Craig Lancaster and after reading it, it won't be his last.

The story itself revolves around Edward Stanton, who has Asperger's Syndrome, which makes for interesting moments throughout the book. Edward is
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Melinda Worfolk
I was entertained by this book--it was a really quick, enjoyable read. I liked the narrator, Edward: he's a 39 year old man with Asperger's and obsessive-compulsive disorder who finds it difficult to make connections with people but suddenly (and slightly unwillingly) finds hiself interacting with the mother and son who have moved in across the street. Edward comes across as intelligent and relatively self-aware, but also awkward, fearful, and very frustrated. It's satisfying to watch his progre ...more
Jennifer
Apr 12, 2010 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
Shelves: general-fiction
Fictional portrayals of people suffering from mental illness are usually extreme, enough to make us take notice of just how "crazy" the person is. In 600 Hours of Edward, we see life through the eyes of a man suffering from OCD and Asperger's Syndrome. What we see is realistic and shows how the life of someone mentally ill can be both very different and surprisingly the same as the lives of so-called "normal" people. This book really sucked me in and I just had to know where this story was going ...more
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When Craig Lancaster moved to Montana in 2006, at the age of 36, it was the realization of a dream he’d harbored since childhood, one that he figured had been overtaken by events, as so many dreams are.

“I have these incredibly vivid memories of visiting Montana with my folks on family vacations, and following my dad, an itinerant laborer who worked in the oil and gas fields of the West when I was
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