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A Most Fantastic Tragedy

The year was 1997. For Brian “Legs” Hamilton and his friends, it was the summer that followed graduation from college, the summer before life as an adult actually began—back when they were still invincible. It became the summer when anything that might have remained innocent in their lives came to an abrupt end.

Legs and his friends embark upon one
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Published September 3rd 2019 by Greenleaf Book Group Press (first published October 29th 2010)
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Pat
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This was a difficult book to read - I didn't find the characters sympathetic or likeable at all. They honestly were the type of young men I would loathe. Foul mouthed and irresponsible. I would have abandoned the book after the first couple of chapters, but I continued because of the description on goodreads - I kept thinking something was going to happen to redeem these young men. The story of the rafting trip down the river itself was interesting, but I can't say it was suspenseful, because it ...more
Patrick
Aug 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don’t bother with this self indulgent Gen X bullshit.
Hiba Arrame
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
ARC provided by the publisher

I don't think that this is a story everyone would appreciate, some, like myself, would find it provoking in the heavy presence of drugs in the story. I personally did not find it funny in the least, it was rather very dark humor.
We have here five friends, newly graduated from college and going on what would be their last trip together before officially becoming adults who provide for themselves. The trip, sadly, ends in a very unfortunate way.
Funnily enough, I was
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Elizabeth Ehlen
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One last huzzah after cramming four years of college into five, Brian Hamilton and his friends ride off together on a rafting trip in an effort to thwart the real world for just a little while longer. The story evolves with a few flashbacks, a lot of stoner humor and man-child antics, but goes from darkly comedic to darkly life-altering just as fast as the rapids.

In general I have really enjoyed all the Matthew Hiley books I have read, and while this was no different it was a bit of a departure
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Grant Leishman
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

It’s the end of College and five friends have graduated, albeit only just but before they head out into the “real world” and their futures, there is time for one last “hurrah!”, one last road trip. They pack their gear and head for a five-day rafting trip down the Rio Grande, on the Mexican Border. In Hubris Falls by Matthew S. Hiley, we tag along with this unlikely bunch of friends who are linked mainly by one thing – their love of alcohol and
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Proforma
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
About thirty pages in, a bell went off in my head and it sounded like 'Salinger'. Turns out Mr HILEY was indeed inspired by Salinger.

So if you enjoyed Mr Salinger, chances are excellent that you'll enjoy HUBRIS FALLS. The book explores and examines many themes such as politics, the naive immortality of youth, race and drug and alcohol use.

Which sounds a bit much but it's a five day rafting trip, so there is enough time to get through all of these issues, returning to them several times
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Daniel Cuthbert
I received an e-ARC of this upcoming publisher re-release of this title and appreciate the opportunity to review the title.

Many love to acknowledge that transitionary point between the loose-structured freedoms of college life with the sudden rigidity of adulthood with a last gasp of fun and frivolity. Such is the case with Jim, Williams, JB, Brian and Devero, who decide a five day trip down the the Rio Grande would be the perfect way to cap off graduation. And indeed, the drugs, beer, hijinks
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Leigh
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Memoirs of a Bookwyrm:

http://www.memoirsofabookwyrm.com/202...

Every page of this book reads like the most fascinating diatribe of an impassioned philosopher under the influence of many drugs. It was, to say the least, a chaotic and emotional ride.



Legs is a character of great depth, concealed beneath the facade of a partying miscreant. As I read, I was reminded over and over of the way a river will shimmer and bounce over both shallow stones and quite deep holes. A way river-walker knows to sound
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Lex Allen
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hubris Falls is a fast-paced, darkly comic tale of a group of men on their final, drug-fueled bender before adulthood who are trying to find their way but are finding only the harshness and tragedy of life instead. The gamut of dramatic emotions is fully displayed with comedic/sarcastic/ironic manner in this coming of age story by Matthew S. Hiley. Narrated by the character Brian "Legs" Hamilton, "Hubris Falls" is the story of a small group of young men on a white water rafting trip following ...more
Peg
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Here is my honest review:

Full disclosure, the lenses through which I read this book are as an adult human being, mom of teenagers, HS librarian, and person of faith.

As I began this book, the frat boy language (including cursing, rampant drug usage, bodily functions, etc.) really had me not liking this story. I could see the adults in his life being completely frustrated by him, wishing he would grow up and knowing that if he
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Terrie Case
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a coming of age story about a group of boys who are graduating college. As one last hurrah, they are going white water rafting before they have to grow up. Being incredibly immature, the boys have lived carefree, pulling pranks some of which are mean. They have bullied others and done things they are no longer proud of.

During the trip, there are many debates about politics and religion. The boys reveal feelings regarding racial beliefs. Tragedy brings the positive and negatives of their
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Edi McNinch
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lot going on in this book. Much discussion of politics, race and religion going on along with the characters ' frequent drug and alcohol use. Very much tongue in cheek as to the current state of affairs of our country, family dynamics and opinions of the why's and whats of the afore mentioned topics. I would have thought more the 60's setting instead of the 90's because of their choice and frequency of their drug and alcohol use/abuse. The story is a cathartic retelling of events that led to ...more
Carol
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Senior year in college is about to end so 5 young men decide on one last rafting trip to bond and enjoy before they have to become grownups in a business world they have no interest in joining. The amount of drugs & alcohol used is astounding. The raft trip without the booze, etc would be dangerous enough, but with minds totally fogged, it is beyond dangerous, beyond stupid.

"Legs" is the one we hear the most from and the story of his graduation alone is enough to make a parent
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Cristina Trowbridge
Five young men go on a camping trip after college graduation – one last hurrah before setting down with full time jobs and their final transition to adulthood. But in the midst of all of the drinking, pot smoking, and shrooming (not to mention the endless debates on various socioeconomic topics—wordy, whew!), one of them dies, impacting each of them in ways they never could’ve imagined. I wanted to like this book, yet all of the sarcastic, over-the-top commentary, along with such an excess of ...more
Cristina Trowbridge
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Five young men go on a camping trip after college graduation – one last hurrah before setting down with full time jobs and their final transition to adulthood. But in the midst of all of the drinking, pot smoking, and shrooming (not to mention the endless debates on various socioeconomic topics—wordy, whew!), one of them dies, impacting each of them in ways they never could’ve imagined. I wanted to like this book, yet all of the sarcastic, over-the-top commentary, along with such an excess of ...more
Jodi
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Legs Hamilton and his four friends have just graduated from college and take a rafting trip in Texas as a last hurrah before settling into the real world.

When I first started this book, I was kinda bored by the frat boy drinking and drugs use. It was getting to the point of irritation. The guys talked about religion and racism and the conversations got quite intense. Throw in a few rafting adventures when they
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Thomas Lennek
Drugs, beer, float trip, what could possibly go wrong? I won this book on Good Reads. When "Legs" Hamilton and his four fellow college graduate buddies embark on a last trip before entering the world of work, they are trying to recover from the rigors of college educational life, circa 1997. Starting with Hamilton's graduation adventure, things go downhill from there. The Rio Grande River provides the backdrop as the young men confront realities they hadn't experienced previously. Read this book ...more
Maryann
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
College is over and the last great trip among friends is about to take place. It is a strange gathering. Outcasts or losers ? Odd group. I can't believe they actually graduated. The drugs and alcohol abuse is astounding. Still the trip sounds like an interesting one. The route sounds so beautiful. I could picture the river from the description. Calm one minute. Scary another. The one person I felt who was actually a good person didn't make it. I was pulling for him. I liked this book. The writer ...more
Sharon S
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Believable, conversational, goofy, shocking.

The cover is intriguing and matches the plot perfectly. I want to say there is some aspects of this story some people could find offensive. The story is blunt in many ways describing the relationship between a group of young boys. Difficult topics of racism, death, alcoholism, religion are discussed in detail.

The book is easy to read and covers deep emotional topics. I recommend it as to read, but with caution because of the emotionally blunt topics
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Tracy
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m grateful to have received an eARC from NetGalley. I enjoyed the storyline of this book immensely. It follows Brian “Legs” Hamilton and his closest friends through an adventure following their college graduation. I struggled to really love Brain. His crassness and indelicate manner of relating his story were difficult at times to read, though I do believe in this lies the true beauty of the book. I believe this accurately captures the personality of an early 20’s post-college male out with ...more
Denice Langley
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Hiley has given us a cast of characters that most of us would recognize as someone we know. These characters have followed their planned lives and will soon graduate college and move on to LIFE. At this point in their lives, they are considered adults, but their behavior during the story's events will leave readers questioning their maturity. The story line borrows from a few others I've read but the characters are unique while the consequences they will face are too often repeated. An ...more
Cori
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#HubrisFalls #Netgalley #bookstagram #bookreview #matthewshiley this book was a phenomenal read. It's a group of four friends. The main character tells us the story thru his eyes. The friends talk of politics, race, friendship. After graduating college they decide to go on a rafting trip what happens during this trip is something no one could have predicted. It's definitely a must read. Even though it's set on 1997 I feel as if these issues could be set on present time.
Cindy
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. I laughed, I cried. I understood the anguish.
This is a great coming of age story not to be missed.
A cadre of young men leave college and take a rafting trip that involves copious amounts of alcohol and drugs and yet that is not the big story...the big story is how they all gain insight into their lives, and unfortunately share in a tragedy as well.
I will read more from this author.
Highly recommend.
Ives Phillips
Nov 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
This read like something a fan of Eric Andre would've written as a parody of Beat generation literature: an attempt has been made to be humorously offensive and thought-provoking, but it wasn't achieved. It was so dull that I wished that someone in this story would be killed off, and after 29 chapters that could have been easily combined into 5, I gave up.
Leah
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS BOOK! The slightly offbeat adventure/thriller had a slight twang of Fear and Loathing coupled with the a river adventure that culminates in a deadly finale. A fast paced ride with a bit of drug induced existentialism thrown in to boot this novel grabs you by the ‘figurative ‘balls’ and doesn’t let go till the very end. Do yourself a favour and read it.
Tracy
Nov 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
Young friends going on a last hurrah trip and an unfortunate accident happens. This book is not for the faint at heart or easily offended. The language and drug use is harsh and the characters do not hold back their feelings. Quite a few emotions were had with reading this book. A very easy to read and follow book.
Ashley
Oct 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: give-aways
This book was awful. The only reason I finished it was to see if any of the characters had any redeemable qualities or growth. Nope. This book is about a bunch of pretentious frat boy assholes, nothing else. It’s marketed about bullying, ya... I’d bully these assholes too. Race is also center of this story but it’s only addresses the issue at a surface level ... the effort is not genuine.
Fran
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Please tell me this guy isn’t about to start preaching.” This line from the book was the funniest because the entire book was one long lecture/sermon....with the occasional bit of action, coarse language and gross locker-room humor sprinkled in. Some may find this moving. I found it it pompous.
Fran
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
“Please tell me this guy isn’t about to start preaching.” This line from the book was the funniest because the entire book was one long lecture/sermon....with the occasional bit of action, coarse language and gross locker-room humor sprinkled in. Some may find this moving. I found it it pompous.
Aisha-Kimberly Hashmi
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story I did not at all expect! This book was written well, and I loved the storyline and characters. Very detailed and I really cannot recommend it enough! The twist and turns kept me engrossed, and I will be looking for more from this author.
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Matthew S. Hiley was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended Texas Christian University, and then Northwood University, where he met his wife. They have four children together, along with five dogs, six cats, and two lizards (he’s into the animal rescue thing).

After finding success for several years in the business world, Hiley decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a writer.
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