The Hike

The Hike

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


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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.

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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