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The Hike ➭ [Ebook] ➨ The Hike By Drew Magary ➹ – From the author of The Postmortal a fantasy saga unlike any you’ve read before weaving elements of folk tale and video game into a riveting unforgettable adventure of what a man will endure to retur From the author of The Postmortal a fantasy saga unlike any you’ve read before weaving elements of folk tale and video game 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 uickly 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 uest 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 uniue 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.

10 thoughts on “The Hike

  1. Jessica Woodbury Jessica Woodbury says:

    I heard a few rumblings about The Hike from people I trust so I ignored the blurb that made it sound like not really my thing A man who'll do anything to return to his family? Snooze No offense to the marketing team of this book but you should avoid reading the summary Completely Here is what you need to know about this book you never know what will happen next It is very hard to pull off any kind of story where the entire plot is built on doing things the reader does not expect Because eventually you're going to find a rhythm and start anticipating the surprises right? But somehow Magary manages to gradually explain the structure of his book to you and still catch you off guard on a regular basis Within 10 minutes of reading I cursed aloud which is not a thing I do I do not talk while I read But I was shocked And I am not easily shocked And the shocks kept coming It's also worth saying this book has the best ending I've read all year Honestly it's the best one in recent memory An ending that is both incredibly satisfying and a total gut punch Highly recommended You don't have to be a fantasy reader to enjoy this book because it does not follow the rules or tropes of the genre It is its own thing all you need is some curiosity and a willingness to hold on and go for a ride

  2. Philip Philip says:

    4ish stars More than a week later and I'm still trying to figure what exactly I read here Here's what I know 1 It was pretty funny Laugh out loud in a couple spots and I'm not a laugh out louder laugher out loud? 2 It was pretty weird Talking crabs and sexy giantesses are among the best supporting characters and I still don't know why they had to be crabs and giantesses Kind of felt like Magary was just making up weird random stuff as he was going along Hmm let's throw in a talking crab cuz why notNow that I think about it those are the only two things I really know Maybe there's a meaning to everything in it and there's a deep allegorical message Definitely some people have found one I can kind of understand where they're coming from that everyone goes through their own personal hike that represents the trials and joys of life and accepting and understanding them all And there is that ending But at the same time it felt pretty random to me And a deep allegorical message doesn't seem consistent with the tone of the book as a whole I kind of prefer thinking there was never actually any point or message intended and we can all just take from it what we want to Wouldn't that be hilarious?

  3. J.L. Sutton J.L. Sutton says:

    Drew Magary's The Hike was sometimes interesting and uirky often in the beginning a bit nightmarish That said nothing really felt connected to me Clearly The Hike is meant to be episodic a protagonist struggling against the strange circumstances he's been tossed into in his attempt to find his way back home I guess though I couldn't find myself rooting for him With that gone everything until the very end seemed random

  4. Justin Tate Justin Tate says:

    Twists and surprises on every page Deserves shelf space next to Alice in Wonderland The Odyssey and other epic adventures The outlandish plot will turn off realists but the story is not without literary merit The absurdity takes on symbolic significance and reveals itself as profound than it seems Popcorn entertainment at the surface level but philosophical and wise on the deep endOne of my memorable reading experiences and a title I recommend often Check it out

  5. Lala BooksandLala Lala BooksandLala says:

    This was uite possibly the weirdest shit I've ever read

  6. Bradley Bradley says:

    Amazing If any of you are looking for a pure adventure of unrivaled creativity and depth transformed from utter normality to strangeness and then topped off with a great ethical and moral conclusion topped off at the end delivered with a really strong emotional punch to the gut then look no furtherThe hike feels at first like a silly and sometimes rather funny adventure starting off with a hike during a business trip But then it soon becomes a fantasy land and terror strewn nightmare and then we're treated to a wonderful reversal filled surprise after surpriseWhat this isn't even though it's written light and fast and funny is a strictly light and fast and funny adventure It's dark and it's soulful and it not only touches upon the idea of what Home is but it also explores Determinism and its converse transforming a crazy hike into a nearly spiritual exploration of The Path whatever the path is Our personal journey? Perhaps Journey? Regardless it's so much and it's a true delight to have read thisI honestly didn't expect it to turn out this good or this deep Bravo My faith in humanity is restored My faith that wildly imaginative literature continues to be written and written fearlessly and all the while a great Tale is told as wellGo BenAnyone want crabcakes?I totally recommend this for EVERYONE It's just that good The man who sailed around his soulFrom East to West from pole to poleWith ego as his drunken captainGreed the mutineer had trapped all reason in the holdThe man who walked across his heartWho took no compass guide or chartTo rope and tar his blood congealedWhen he found his self revealed ugly and cold Andy Partridge XTC The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul

  7. Laci Laci says:

    What on earth did I just read? This book was awesome in it's sheer weirdness Highly recommended for getting someone out of a book rut or if you're up for something a little different A mind altering bildungsroman for adults And you really can't go wrong with a foul mouthed crab as a side kick At first I was like But the end was like

  8. Lata Lata says:

    15 stars since I did read the whole thing instead of abandoning it which I strongly considered several times That was a long under 300 pages story I was bored by page 60 or so but kept reading hoping I'd be entertained Nope The best paragraph in the book is on the last page which reminds the reader of something Teresa said to Ben a while before the whole path nonsense

  9. Ryan Odom Ryan Odom says:

    Imagine asking a three year old to tell you a story The beginning makes since when the kid starts with Once upon a time and the ending is logically tied to the beginning They lived happily ever after but everything in between in nonsense and has no rhyme or reason That's what reading The Hike by Drew Magary is like It starts with Ben taking a hike in the woods behind his hotel while away on a business trip Then all kinds of weird things begin happening to him with scenes transitioning from one to the next with no reason behind them One minute he is in the woods Suddenly he falls in a hole and lands on the beach Finally when the end finally comes we get a little treatand I mean littlethat ties it to the beginning This could have been a 75 100 page book and everyone could have gotten the whole premise but it feels like the author andor publisher wanted to push it to close to 300 for no good reason other than to sell a book Just fill the middle with weird crap It doesn't matter what it is or if it makes sense Ok I can do that I say avoid the book and find something else

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