An enjoyable read. Hiking books differ in their approach and so far I enjoyed them all. Some approach it as a journal with some level of dramatization...moreAn enjoyable read. Hiking books differ in their approach and so far I enjoyed them all. Some approach it as a journal with some level of dramatization (not to be confused with fictionalization), some as a how-to guide or a mixture of these and others.
This book has one-third dedicated to practical tips which I have only browsed but they seem good. The rest is the hike. The author keeps on the right side of the line you can cross where it becomes too personal. I enjoy insights into the thinking and emotions of the hiker but too deep can be disconnecting because you would need personal insights that only friends and family can have.
My first Gotrek and Felix, bought on a whim of sorts after ending a day of hiking in very warm weather. That has nothing to do with the story itself.
G...moreMy first Gotrek and Felix, bought on a whim of sorts after ending a day of hiking in very warm weather. That has nothing to do with the story itself.
Gotrek is a dwarf. He also is slayer, which means he made an oopsie (broke and oath, shamed his clan etc) and to atone for it seeks to die gloriously in battle. He once saved the life of a human, Felix, who in return is now oathsworn to him as a Remembrancer, writing down Gotrek's deeds so that after his death Felix may write an account of how the dwarf made good for his past.
They are a duo in the tradition of can't-live-with-each-other-can't-live-without. The story is written in the Warhammer Fantasy universe and is somewhere along their journey but you need no knowledge of either while having it enhanced the story.
The story itself is action and adventure with enough fleshed-out characters to give it proper depth. Even characters with not as deep characters are interesting. One of them, Antar, initially had me expecting to irritate me. Every sentence had him addressing himself in third person and start with at least two honorific titles (Great Prince of, Exalted Defender of, along those lines). That can easily work against it but I actually found myself eager to hear Antar have another go at it.
The only thing that slightly bugged me was that Felix, for an accomplished swordfighter, once too often kept having his sword wrested from him in and was always one step behind however he was fighting. It seemed everyone had to come to his rescue all the time. By the end of the story this got better.
So, good story, fun read and two main characters in a setup we see over and over again (dissimilair characters hooked up through fate and finding some common ground despite it all) done rather well. Grade A entertainment.(less)
.I love this book. The most amazing book about the AT ever? No, but I tend not to find "the most amazing book" on anything particularly interesting. It...more.I love this book. The most amazing book about the AT ever? No, but I tend not to find "the most amazing book" on anything particularly interesting. It gives you some good advice on gear. There are better and more complete books, yet here it is part of the story and you can tweak your own needs. Most importantly it makes part of the background of the book and gives you a better idea how the writer went about it and what it meant on the trail. That is just one example of what's great about the book and what it comes down to that all the parts (being a hiker, being a female hiker, being a young hiker, being a post-hike hiker) never so much take the center stage at any point but create the story. It is a manifesto by virtue of not trying hard to be one. It doens't tell you, it makes you realize.
Also: just a great hiker book, one that needed to be written.(less)
A nice listen. Or: good, not great. Still, a good book is a good book. It was my second Dungeon and Dragons novel, a third one being a short stories c...moreA nice listen. Or: good, not great. Still, a good book is a good book. It was my second Dungeon and Dragons novel, a third one being a short stories collection from a while ago.
I like my fantasy epic. Lord of the Rings, Elric, maybe even Conan. This book is not that. It being based on Dungeons and Dragons means it comes with its own background which is too fragmented for my taste. To be sure, there is nothing wrong with that, it is one of the ways to approach a background and I can imagine that there are people who love just that. In a way it resembles the real world more than the Lord of the Rings approach which presents a more coherent background and a better canvas to paint a metaphorical story on.
The story itself, former companions of Drizzt being reborn through divine intervention, having to survive childhood while having the knowledge of their former live and trying to find their way to Drizzt, is well-written and entertaining, even for someone like me who, as I said above, likes a different approach.
My main conclusion is that an avid book reader with certain preferences should now and then seek out a book in another style with good ratings. It is like learning a second language which makes you more proficient in your own. As for ratings, I would read a lesser written book from my beloved Warhammer because I like that whole thing, so to speak. It's like a bad character (the "bad guy", not to be confused with badly written or acted) in a movie doesn't spoil the movie, it is part of the story. Still when you venture out of your preference zone you should seek the advice of fans.(less)
A book I finished some time ago and my first hiker book.
I started it as an audio book and eventually also bought the Kindle version. Hiker books diffe...moreA book I finished some time ago and my first hiker book.
I started it as an audio book and eventually also bought the Kindle version. Hiker books differ and style (and quality - but as long as it's reasonable I don't care too much about that). As most of these books do, this follows the timeline, not much in the way of jumping back and forth. It feels like a day-to-day recount but it is not, it would be impossible and unreadable anyway.
The author throws in a few of his own ideas about how the world and the people in it works but it doesn't detract much. From later books I found that hikers tend to find that their worldview is largely confirmed but somehow feel like they had discovered something that altered that view. Nothing new, it happens to you and me and everyone when you go on a big undertaking.
So: pleasant writing style and if you like character being fleshed out a bit, this is your book. If you want a list of things to take with you, it's not. If you plan to hike for any amount of distance anywhere you will want to read all kinds of hiker books. This you can mput on that list.(less)