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My Ox Is Broken!: Roadblocks, Detours, Fast Forwards and Other Great Moments from Tv's 'the Amazing Race' Paperback – August 11, 2006

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Adult/High School–This is a guidebook to the popular TV series in which contestants race around the world engaging in grueling tests of fortitude and stamina, while demonstrating the ability to get along with their teammates, with the hope of winning one million dollars. The humor and snide asides by the author make the book most appropriate for teens. Good for fans who might have missed a season or two among the eight covered here, its also entertaining for anyone who wants to know what the show is like but doesnt want to watch it. Castros tendency to introduce a segment of each race by hinting at who will win or which team will not survive takes away some of the suspense. He also nicknames the teams (e.g., Team Doomed), and this removes some of them from contention for readers before the race has even begun. He dismisses an entire season of the race–the family edition–as weak and poorly conceived, and his sarcasm toward some of the participants here is even thicker than usual. There are entertaining interviews with some of the shows most memorable contestants. The chapters recounting the smartest tactics and dumbest mistakes are enjoyable, as is the chapter on the shows most enduring moments. An interesting twist on armchair adventuring.–Will Marston, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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About the Author

Adam-Troy Castro is the author of several Spider-Man novels, including Spider-Man: Secret of the Sinister Six and Tangled Strings. He has been nominated five times for the Nebula Award, twice for the Hugo Award, and once for the Stoker Award. He lives in Miami.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (August 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932100911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100914
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve TAR4 on September 24, 2006
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Even though the author decided to name our team "DOOMED", i enjoyed My Ox Is Broken. A good recap of the series, with good interviews. I think fans will like the book, and people just coming to the Amazing Race can benefit from the recaps.

PS. I guess we were doomed after all

Steve (of Steve And DebraTAR4)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary H. Smith on August 23, 2007
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We were participants in the Amazing Race 7, which we have heard was the favorite show among fans. We were the Energizer Bunnies mentioned in this book. We found the author's assesment of what actually happened fairly accurate, but there were many incidents that were reviewed that should have been explained in depth to get the impact of what actually happened. He did a good job basing his research mainly on the edited version shown on TV. There was so much more. Maye we'll write our own book someday. It was more than interesting!!!!
Gretchen and Meredith
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. H. Longstaff on October 7, 2006
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Well, it is! Seriously, despite not being authorized (and therefore lacking in certain aspects of information concerning behind the scenes production of the show), this is an excellent book as it is written from the viewpoint of both an avid viewer (as the author admits to being) and the contestants themselves.

There are some interesting interviews, and some "reality check" moments from the author, including a vomit chapter and a Dear John letter addressed to Jonathan (of Jonathan & Victoria infamy). The author doesn't take sides on anything, but acts as a devil's advocate in all cases, giving even the Guidos airport ploy from TAR1 a fair hearing as well as Jonathan's outbursts.

Team names the author comes up with are generally okay where particular teams are memorable, but fail where they are less so - but to be fair, the names some teams give themselves during the game in such cases are the same, and at least in the case of the book you can flick back a page or two to check which team is which. Better are the alternate titles Adam Troy-Castro gives to the races and the legs themselves.

All-in-all, its a fun book. And it serves CBS right for not bringing out a book themselves or more DVDs after the two initial DVD releases. ;P
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By phmanatee on September 26, 2006
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After finally finishing the book, I've got to say that I expected more. The author seems to have little more information about the show than I did. Why do people buy a book like this? They want information that they couldn't have gotten themselves!If the author had gotten some help from the producers and more teams, this could have been a great book. The lack of team pictures was a definite minus, and the author's renaming of the teams was confusing, causing me to continually leaf back to see which team he was talking about! My original rating was 4, but I would lower it to 2 or 3 now that I have finished the book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By quinnnchick on August 28, 2008
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I had read good reviews of this book all over but I generally dislike books without much dialogue so I put off buying it. I finally broke down and spent the cash and am glad that I did. Even though I haven't watched every season of the Amazing Race, I got quite a few chuckles about the racers and the races themselves.
It is written with a bit of generalization so it isn't nit picky and focuses more on the people and their personalities and interpersonal relations.
A nice quick read that makes you smile and laugh.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cooking Guy on March 27, 2007
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If you've watched the show there is virtually nothing new in this tome. It does serve as a great recap if you've forgotten anything, and a decent introduction if you're late to the party.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mediaman on December 22, 2012
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This is a good example of how not to write a book about a reality show: pick a title that makes no sense, have it be written by an overly opinionated fan "author" who sounds like he's blogging, fill most of the 450 pages with minutely detailed episode summaries taken straight off the screen that most people don't care about, and leave out important things like photos of the dozens of people you are mentioning! Namely, this is a mess.

The writer makes what he thinks are clever remarks throughout the book, including his opinions about players, made up corny phrases about certain aspects of the Race ("Airport Shuffle"??) and lots & lots of overblown lists ("Moments We See Again and Again--Part Two"). While he claims to be a fan of this program and of no other reality show, he clearly doesn't understand the genre and writes as if he has been on the race when he hasn't. It's frustrating to read his know-it-all comments and opinions that are often ill-informed or based on limited information.

The #1 problem with the book is the lack of pictures. If you're going to write a book that features details about close to 200 players in the first nine seasons, then you need photos to remind us who these people are. I have watched every episode of the show and had no idea who he was talking about most of the time.

The season-by-season summaries are too long and overly detailed. He decided to include his long-winded synopses and leaves out interviews with some of the participants that he conducted. Yet the three interviews he includes in the book are the best part about it--the actual players are much more interesting than the author, so why didn't he include more interviews, better research and get the cooperation of the producers of the program?
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