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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (March 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595416195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595416196
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,537,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joe Redden Tigan has had poetry published in The High Plains Literary Review and other literary journals. This is his first novel. He once caddied in the Western Open, one of golf?s oldest and most prestigious tournaments.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don on March 8, 2009
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After reading a number of reviews of this book (apparently from the writers family), I decided to give it a try. As is my habit I read for an hour or so before retiring for the night. The first night that I opened the book, I thought that perhaps I was a bit overtired, and put it down to pick up the next evening. The second evenings reading proved no better, nor did the third. In fact I did something I rarely do, I put the book into the bookcase after reading only 30 very confusing pages. The premise of the book is a round of golf on a perfect weather day in a Chicago suburb with a foursome of odd characters who the author refers to with "cute" little nicknames and traits. I enjoy humor, but found none evident. What I saw was a weak attempt at copying the style of Rick Reilly. I did read on the back cover that the author was a poet, perhaps that might be a better way for him to spend his time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bernie G on May 24, 2008
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This could have been a good book. Really. It has a story that could have been really entertaining.

Unfortunately, the author has a quirky, sometimes ridiculous writing style. As long as he sticks to the golf, we're fine. He does a good job explaining things for the non-golfer without boring people who already know what he's talking about. Still, things get odd when he tries to get clever or funny.

You won't laugh when a golfer suggests that we should have spent money from the space program on teaching people to be like the Amish. If you're like me, you'll reread the section thinking you missed the joke somehow. It won't make sense the second time either.

Likewise, you'll be reaching for your dictionary trying to figure out words like 'aurae' and 'stamen' both misused over and over again throughout the book. To get an idea what I mean, use the Amazon search function to find 'aurae' in this book and check out the bizzaro sentences you get back. You can't even use contextual clues to figure out what word the author meant to use. Sentences with 'stamen' are downright indecipherable. Joe Redden Tigan needs a dictionary.

At one point, without any real connection to the story, the author writes, "Trees are not humid blue but are actually green and bright green." Huh? Get used to it.

This should have been a fun golf book but it is not. Use the couple of hours you'd have spent skimming this novel to work on your short game. You'll be happy you did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Molly Brown on April 13, 2007
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Waggle is a pure delight with several laugh out loud moments. The golfing foursome of men who grew up with Star Wars (both Lucas and Reagan) involve themselves in a review of life as they find it in paved over Chicagoland via a series of pacts on a blissful July morning of golf. Conny Bromenn provides his friends and golf buddies with extra challenges on the course--not the usual gambling stakes. When he finds himself caught between a desire to raise The Masters to its awesome potential while clearing the Earth of corruption, and a desire as strong not to lose the game, we may think we are involved in intergalactic struggles. Well, maybe, it just depends on how much power you give Hootie Johnson, chairman emeritus of the Augusta National, and the Illinois State Highway Toll Authority. Will any of the four feel that personal sacrifice is worth it? Waggle is a walk through the course with these four and a well-paced, engaging telling of a tale by a wonderful storyteller.
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Waggle is a novel written by golf lover Joe Redden Tigan, for fellow golf lovers and suburbanites everywhere. One ordinary day in the summer of 2003, real estate appraiser Conny Bromenn decides to inject some change and meaning into the self-absorbed life he shares with his community. He decides to motivate his Saturday morning golf foursome by replacing their usual wager per hole with certain "pacts" that the loser pledges to adhere to. Hole by hole, the group of 40-year-olds is forced to reexamine their place in the world, and what they need to do. An involving novel about an awakening sense of social responsibility, highly recommended.
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