Tuesday, February 1, 2011

AWOL on the Appalachian Trail by David Miller

On January 17, I got a new iPhone because my ever faithful and trusted companion Samsung went missing. Around January 20 I downloaded the Kindle app and on January 21 I found AWOL. On Jan 24 I started planning a hike. Now, there is no way I can bail right now and go hike for 6 months but that doesn't mean I can take a weekend and go.... I am stoked. I finished the book up tonight while waiting between processes I had to run for the job, from the house, and I am as pleased with this book as I have been with any in a very long time.

AWOL (David Miller) does a fantastic job of taking you through the trail and more importantly, he covers the touchy feely parts like hiker etiquette and the joy of hiking in the evening air. It's an inspirational book. It put me at ease with the idea of hiking and made it clear that while obstacles exist, I am the thing most likely to get in my way. :-) Maybe that wasn't supposed to be the message, but that's what I got from it.

  • Readability - 5 of 5: This book is well written and subtle in the use of language. I am impressed with the conveyance of the ideas and the way it is accomplished. It's a testament to the mind behind the book.
  • Editing - 5 of 5: It was well done enough that what I disliked most was that it was not longer. Simple enough to rate...
  • Subject Matter - 5 of 5: For a long time, I have had an interest in the process of hiking the trail and this book only enforces the feeling.
  • Did I like it - 5 of 5: Yes.

I have to say, this book is worth a read. Given the review numbers I have seen on Amazon and other places, it is clear to me that I am late to the game but so what. It's a great book. Read it. :-)


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