Totally a great armchair read! I hate running, and frankly I'm not big on introspection either, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Ostman isTotally a great armchair read! I hate running, and frankly I'm not big on introspection either, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Ostman is introspective, but in a way that keeps coming back to some central themes rather than just running (haha) in circles. Her themes make sense for women of a certain age--like me.
And her adventures (She's running a marathon on every continent) are hysterical - from getting shafted by a tour company in the Arctic and coming up with a way to best them, to helping her naive but kindly husband figure out how to get a good night's sleep in unusual circumstances.
The fact that Ostman is what she calls a "back-of-the-packer," someone who doesn't run fast or well, helped me get into this. I don't care for Sports books, but this is about winning not by being the fastest, but by having a life, setting goals, and just getting on with things, come what may.
If I were to sum this book up in a sentence, it would be "Vive la tortoises in a world of hares."
It's history and human nature combined. I like the book in and of itself, and I like reading books about the context surrounding when this book was wrIt's history and human nature combined. I like the book in and of itself, and I like reading books about the context surrounding when this book was written. History really does repeat itself, more' the pity....more
Okay, so I WROTE a book that's coming out Oct. 2 with St. Martin's Press, and that has REALLLLLLLY slowed down my reviewing of others. So it's very niOkay, so I WROTE a book that's coming out Oct. 2 with St. Martin's Press, and that has REALLLLLLLY slowed down my reviewing of others. So it's very nice to get back in the saddle - or get down off the duck - with this book, because Bob Tarte and I connected in the social media author world and that's how I found out about his three books in the first place.
Which is basically the equivalent of: disclaimer - I know this guy and he's a nice bloke so of course I'm going to like his book just on the basis that he's a good, decent human being.
But it doesn't matter about the disclaimer because even if I didn't know him from an alley cat, Enslaved by Ducks is hysterical. Birds taking over their owners' lives; the disrupted dinners so familiar to pet parents everywhere; and the ludicrous moments when one asks, surveying the wreck that was the living room, "How did it come to this?"--what's not to like?
His writing style reminds me a little of Erma Bombeck on steroids. He uses adverbs so well that I think Stephen King would give him a pass (those of you who read ON WRITING know whereof I speak) and he's got a wicked sense of typed timing.
I liked Fowl Weather, his second book, but am really looking forward to reading Kitty Cornered (which is out, but also been borrowed at my library since its publication; I'm not the only one who thinks he's funny). Truth be told, although I like Bob Tarte's writing, birds give me the willies. I'm a cat-and-dog girl all the way. Can't even bond with bunnies.)
If you like animals, think sarcasm is funny, enjoy stories of misplaced suburbanites, or value common decency and humanity, you'll like this book. If you don't do any of those things..... well, God bless and be well, but I don't want to know you.
BTW Bob has this funny thing going on Twitter where on Fridays you can ask one of his six cats questions. The cats have a lot of personality. Hash tags still confuse me, but I think it's #ask6cats....more