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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Infinitum (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937634019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937634018
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,211,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave O'Leary is a writer and musician living in Seattle. His second novel, The Music Book (Booktrope, November 2014), is a collection of the writings O'Leary has done about Seattle bands for both Northwest Music Scene (http://www.northwestmusicscene.com/author/davemusic/) and the now defunct Seattle Subsonic. It is a fictional narrative wrapped around and within the actual music, a story about live music in Seattle and, more broadly, about the power of music in our lives. A CD of the music experienced in the book will be released by Seattle indie label, Critical Sun Recordings.

His first book, Horse Bite (Infinitum), was published in 2011.

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I greatly look forward to his next book!
GregHumes
O'Leary has done a masterful job touching on a theme we can all relate to.
Stephen Tow
I rarely laugh out loud when reading a book.
ikare

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Tow on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Just finished reading Seattle author Dave O'Leary's new book: Horse Bite.

On its surface, Horse Bite appears to be about a lonely man looking for love, but the book delves into much deeper territory. O'Leary's novel touches on something we all need in this life: a fierce desire for permanence. As the reader follows the main character (Dave) from coffee shop to coffee shop, from bar to bar, we begin to understand his real passion. As a musician who has a way with women, Dave can get laid whenever he wants...but it's getting boring. Instead he wants to communicate with the cosmos through his music, his writing, and hopefully lasting love...he needs to connect and become a permanent fixture. So, yeah, Horse Bite is not just a love story.

I am normally not a fiction reader, but I found myself totally engrossed, page after page...wondering about the final conclusion, wondering if Dave will find what he's truly after. The writing is crisp, sophisticated, and clever. When I finished, I found my emotions had run the gamut: joy, pain, sadness, longing, wonder. O'Leary has done a masterful job touching on a theme we can all relate to.
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Horse Bite is an excellent first novel by up-and-coming author Dave O'Leary, who provides humorously insightful and candid looks into the life and mind of a reflective adult American male on his search for love and meaning.

There are many well done themes of contrasts for the main character, who is quickly approaching the transitioning landmark age of 40. He experiences the fast pace of work and relationships in the urban setting of Seattle's bars and coffee shops, along with the solitary tranquility of a remote retreat in the woods. There is also the dramatic immediacy of life as he attempts to reach his goals and dreams, while recalling those events of the past which have shaped him. The horse bite is not something that comes from a horse, but rather from a gorgeous red-headed woman that captures his attention in ways profoundly awkward, painful, and pleasurable!

I found the book very relate-able ... even shockingly so at times! Horse Bite combines well-written narrative with some honest, soul-bearing stream of consciousness - sometimes with some adult-themed content. While it may not be expressive of what's inside every man's mind, it's surely true for many. I award it 5-Stars, but expect the author has even better in store. I greatly look forward to his next book!
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By JD on February 8, 2012
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This is one of those books where you keep reading past your bedtime because you care about what happens to the character. I devoured this book in a couple of days despite having to work and having a house guest. I am female and one thing that strikes me is that the character Dave is a guy! Ladies, he's a total guy, through and through. If you ever wondered what guys are thinking just look to Dave. They're thinking about what you think they're thinking! :) That said, this guy Dave is also thinking about many other things as well and it is combined in this book into a fascinating meditation on life, music, love, sex, impermanence, oh, and of course, beer. The book opens on an interesting contemplation of the remains of the hominid Lucy and Dave applies the same anthropological inclination to his own experience as a guy, a philosopher, a musician, a man, a human being. It made me laugh and it made me tear up and best of all it made me think about how I interpret events in my own life. And it gave this gal an even deeper appreciation for "guys". A very enjoyable read!
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By kk on November 29, 2011
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This is a great book, full of brutal honesty and an openness rarely found. While on the surface about relationships and the fragile ticking of one's own heart, Horse Bite goes even deeper, plucking a chord that we can all relate to. I recommend this book heartily.
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Dave's search for "permanence" through bars and coffee shops and strummed chords his own carefully-sifted thoughts is compelling not just because we've all been there (in our own haunts and ways), but because O'Leary's voice is authentic and engaging. His fictional Dave is truly human; in turns witty and earnest, impulsive and pensive. He pulls no punches and doesn't ask for sympathy. He knows what he wants--what we all want--and, finally, in whom he wants to foster its growth. We discover that as he does, and it's a laugh-inducing, nail-biting journey--one soaked in alcohol, caffeine, bodily fluids, and hope.
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