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Government Beers Paperback – July 2, 2012
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"... I enjoyed it! I hope that those who read it realize it is not only fun, but an excellent and very important lesson, too." --Dr. John Switzer, The Liberty Professor
"Honestly, as a beer snob, I was already inclined to like this book, and it did not disappoint One thing that is clear throughout is that the author had a blast writing, and the enthusiasm is contagious. So grab a cold one (preferably your favorite micro-brew) and enjoy!" --Masha K., Moderator, Goodreads Small Government Book Fan Club Group
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Government Beers is a book about accidental heroes caught up in a complex cosmos of unintended consequences. It's about people who care about becoming part of something bigger than themselves, and through their caring, they discover that life is hilarious and heartwarming. It's about geeks with wacky interests, not distracted by appearances. It's Big Bang Theory meets Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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The story line wanders through a NASA climate change project (in a LOT more detail than I cared to read about) to a government-funded brewery by way of dirt-track racing, a relationship and a half, a sick kid, and a large brewing corporation. At times it seemed like the whole thing was dreamed up to showcase the author's love of haiku. Maybe that works for some people, but it certainly didn't do anything for me.
It might have been easier to take all that if there weren't so many grammatical and editing errors (in the Kindle version).
Miller becomes incredibly active. He runs the program for his boss, dealing with the government officials and crazy bureaucracy, has a microbrewery, starts a racing club, helps out with softball, all the while starting a non-profit organization to help families dealing with childhood cancer. While I enjoyed the quirkiness of the characters, I felt that Miller was a little hard to relate to.
I enjoyed learning about how our government actually works, from someone who has experienced it firsthand. Talk about frustrating and completely ridiculous. However, I did feel at times that Beaver was almost force-feeding me his viewpoint on government and how he believes it should be run.
Overall the novel was heartwarming, educational, and believable. It would be very easy to see something like this happening in real life. The science was a bit much for anyone who isn't in the field; there were pages that seemed to almost be written in a different language. Having said that I do believe the science added credibility to the novel. I wish it had been toned down just a little though.
For those interested in how our government works, or those who just want a heartwarming novel involving quirky scientists, beer, NASA, and Nascar this is the book for you.
I do have to say, the ending was pretty fantastic.
I received this book through Goodreads First Reads. This in no way influenced my review. I was not compensated for, nor required to, write a review.