The Hike

The Hike

Book - 2016
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" The Hike  just works. It's like early, good Chuck Palahniuk. . . . Magary underhands a twist in at the end that hits you like a sharp jab at the bell. . . . It's just that good."

"A page-turner. . . . Inventive, funny. . . . Quietly profound and touching."-- BoingBoing

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.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399563850
Branch Call Number: MAGARY D
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 24 cm


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Nov 20, 2018

Very strange plot but it was original and refreshing to read. I did end up skimming the last 1/3 of the book as I had to return it and it dragged on for a bit but the ending was killer.

Nov 06, 2018

One of the best and most bizarre books I've read in a long time.

sit_walk Mar 04, 2018

Quite a wonderful book. It starts out feeling a little like Deliverance and then gets stranger and more weirdly wonderful as it goes along. Touching, funny, and very inventive. Loved it.

Jan 17, 2018

Hilarious, dry, and favorite read of 2017!

Dec 11, 2017

I don't know how to describe this book. I don't know how I feel as I read and went on this journey. It was so strange and so... silly. But it was sooooooo very good.

And that twist ending!

Sep 07, 2017

I just consumed this novel. Great pace, well written -

Jun 16, 2017

This is very much a Drew Magary book, with the attendant heady mix of grim humour and feisty humanity for me it lacked the verve and originality of The Postmortal , which I enjoyed a lot more.

Jun 13, 2017

Best book I've read in awhile. I stumbled across it unexpectedly and was pleasantly surprised. The story is engaging and entertaining. I can't remember the last time I laughed aloud so many times while reading a book. Don't get the idea that it is all comedy though, it's creepy too. Great characters. Not supremely eloquent, but that's not what this is about. It's a great ride! And strangely enough parts of it are a study in philosophy.

KCLSRacheal Mar 27, 2017

This tale of a lost hiker who finds himself on a peculiar magical trail is totally strange and completely unpredictable. It kept me guessing and racing to the finish line- What a ride!

Brian E. Bennett
Oct 01, 2016

I don't think I've ever felt more compelled to leave a review for a book. I read The Hike in three sittings over a couple of days because I was engaged, surprised, curious, frustrated, or a mix of those things at any given point.

The descent Ben experiences is gut-rending and near unbearable. The introduction of Crab was one of the best parts of the story because it brought humor to a dark beginning and then served to set up the climax of the entire story (which caught me completely off guard, which was nice). Seeing Ben struggle with the desire to get home and the desire to give up was exhausting for me as a reader and I think it helped me connect more to the plight.

It's a weird, weird story with lots of twists. Admittedly, the second third felt long and, for me, didn't contribute a whole lot to the arc of the story other than add a ton of time to Ben's trip, which was disappointing.

Other people have mentioned the ending, and I have to agree, it's perfect. I had doubts about how Magary would wrap it up and it was done perfectly. I'm sure I'll be revisiting this book sometime in the future to read more closely and see what else I can pick up on a second time through.

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