The Hike

The Hike

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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"Drew Magary's new novel, The Hike, follows Ben, a dad trying to get home after wandering into a parallel universe on a business trip. . . . Buy it for all your friends—everyone loves a good dad odyssey." —GQ "A page-turner. . . . Inventive, funny. . . . Quietly profound and touching."—BoingBoing "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." —NPR.org"The Hike is Cormac McCarthy's Alice in Wonderland—gritty and terrifying but with deliriously surreal twists and turns." —Jeffrey Cranor, New York Times bestselling cowriter of Welcome to Night Vale"It's kind of a more cynical version of The Phantom Tollbooth mixed with a game of Dungeons & Dragons." —Wired, chosen as one of "This Summer's 14 Must-Read Books"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.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2016.
ISBN: 9780399563867
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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sat7
Sep 07, 2017

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

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mexicanadiense
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.

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christyt69
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!

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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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tylerkells
Aug 25, 2016

One of the best books I have read all year.

vmccreedy Aug 13, 2016

Ben thought he would take a quick walk in the woods near the hotel before his business dinner, but this walk is going to last...FOREVER.
One of the strangest stories you will ever read, and when you get to the end, while you are still wondering what just happened, you will get hit with a jaw-dropping (but so fitting) ending.

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