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5.0 out of 5 stars Fissate Fiestas Satisfy Fascist, July 18, 2001
This review is from: Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players (Hardcover)
The title is all the 7-letter words that can be formed from Fatsis and a blank. Okay, I'm a little biased. .... But seriously, having spent a fair amount of time with the author for the last four years, I can say I was tremendously impressed by the breadth of his research, the depth of his devotion to the subject as well as his own personal quest, and the honesty of his characterizations not only of many people I know well but also of himself. I learned things from this book that I never new about the history of Scrabble despite having been involved for nearly half of the life of the competitive association and having read as many publications as I could that have been generated within its community. I learned things about my fellow players that endeared me even more to some of them. I learned things about Stefan that made me feel we must be somehow related even tho I know we don't share any genes. And wouldn't you know it, on top of it all, I also found out the sonofagun can really write!
I have to warn casual players (and readers) that parts of this book may appear to bog down in detailed explanations of how players study word lists and other apparent trivia. But when you reach one of those passages, please remember this is a work of non-fiction, and as such it has a duty to be informative at least part of the time. So skim past the slow passage, and you'll find more rewarding characterizations, beautifully chosen metaphors for the game and the author's struggle to master it, and narration that runs the gamut from poignant to weird to downright hilarious. The great majority of the book is as entertaining as it is informative, so don't stop til you reach the end -- I didn't, and I hadn't finished a book in years.
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Initial post: Apr 8, 2007, 10:15:43 PM PDT
Brian Kodi says:
Mr. Sherman,

Although "knew" and "new" are both words that can be used in Scrabble, the latter version you used in your review is out of context. I'd expect more from a former world champion in Scrabble ;)

Posted on Mar 26, 2008, 6:50:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 26, 2008, 6:53:12 PM PDT
S. Sala says:
Hey Joel I just watched "Word Wars," and I must say you were awesome. I was rooting for you the whole time and I couldn't believe it when you won! Keep up the solid playing.

p.s. your suspenders rock.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2009, 10:54:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2009, 10:56:06 AM PDT
Joel: Great that you posted a comment...enjoyed "meeting" you through the book and movie.

Brian Kodi: I sure hope you're just having a little lighthearted fun.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012, 2:24:22 PM PDT
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Sonechka says:
Brian Kodi: very snotty & picayune remark.
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