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I mention the No Pain conversation because Skywalker has a great talent for capturing the human side of the trail. The PCT is so much more than 2600+ miles from Mexico to Canada. It has a lot of protagonists and antagonists, depending on your perspective. It's not just about getting up and over Forester Pass or taking the side trip to the top of Mt. Whitney. It's also about the decision-making process. Do I have the time? Do I have the resources? Will this add to the trip or contribute to the difficulty of making it to Canada before winter? Those are the conflicts that jumped out at me as I read Skywalker's book.
I recently took a cross-country flight and read the entire book from start to finish in the air because I just couldn't put it down.Read more ›
I first read his AT story, and as it progressed, I thought I detected the telltale signs of self-publishing -- chaotic commas and hyphens, stories, instead of their audience, described as "incredulous," etc. No great stigma attached; it's just a fact that most people do not write in perfect prose. Publishers know this, and they hire editors and proofreaders to run interference so neither they nor the author will be embarrassed by the finished product.
So I was more than a little surprised to read at the end of the AT book that Bill actually had a publisher; now that's embarrassing. Did the publisher have either an editor or a proofreader?
But I enjoyed the story enough to continue on to the PCT. Wow. This book is a genuine festival of editorial error, and not just of the low-grade, misplaced comma variety. There are rampant, random italics, there are typos, there are missing words, and so many hyphens are missing it's almost like reading a foreign language at times. It took me nearly a minute to tease out what "heightrelated" meant -- kind of like seeing the bird in the Escher painting. Then there are the endless misused words and phrases: "wit" for "whit," "shear" for "sheer," "delicatessens" for "delicacies," "flee" for "flea," "tortuous" for "torturous," a hiker who "bought (rather than bit) the dust," and my personal favorite, a windstorm that was so bad the author had to "take umbrage" in his tent. Maybe he was deeply offended, and maybe he did appreciate the shade, but I'm guessing his intended meaning was "take shelter.Read more ›
Despite this, it was a very personal account of life on the trail and I felt connected enough to the writer to want to read about his next adventure; "Skywalker: Highs and Lows of the Pacific Crest Trail."
Bill Walker did an absolutely tremendous job on this book. For one, the writing is much better! I had read complaints about errors in earlier releases. This latest release I downloaded to my kindle seemed to be cleaned up. Some occasional errors still exist, but as a hole, the writing was VERY improved.
The book goes back and forth between Skywalker's experience on the trail and the history / personal observations about the different regions he hiked through. In his first book (Skywalker - Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail), Walker's efforts to intertwine historical facts and observations with his day to day hiking felt forced. It just didn't seem to flow. In this book however, Walker was masterful.
Skywalker is very open and honest about himself and his own thoughts and feelings. He writes with no Ego, and gives a fair assessment of his own abilities and shortcomings. He does a wonderful job contrasting the many hardships of life on the trail (From his foot issues in the desert to freezing in Washington State) w/ the great beauty and personal accomplishments that accompany such a journey.
I found the book to be entertaining, educational, and interesting. The historical commentary appears to be well researched and the book itself flowed along nicely. Overall, it was very well done!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book. I was distracted many times by the errors in grammar, but enjoyed the book despite them. I love reading people's accounts of their hiking adventures.Published 1 month ago by sunshinypetal
Pretty much a duplicate of the author's experiences on the Appalachian Trail, but it certainly was entertaining. A long haul over various terrain. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bob Valdez
I read both of Walker's AT and PCT books back to back. I enjoyed the style change between the two books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Knowlton
I read this immediately after reading Bill's book about the Appalachian Trail, and enjoyed it, but felt it wasn't quite as neatly stitched together as the first book, hence 4 out... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jan Butterfield
I thru-hiked the AT a few years ago and I've contemplated doing the PCT from time to time. After reading this book I'm not so sure I could do it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Theodopolis Maximus