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review 2018-05-11 14:20
Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

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When I was a kid, I had this thing about not reading books that everyone around me was reading. Sometimes I regret this choice. This is one of those times.

I'm not sure if I would like this book better as a kid (or if I could have even finished it), but it probably would have been easier to get into Brian's head at the time. Reading this as an adult was frustrating. While I am not a survivalist and would probably die within days of being stranded in the wilderness, there are things you just pick up as an adult that a 13-year-old kid in 1987 might not know (signs of a heart attack, not to eat berries you can't identify, what tracks leading to a pile of sand by a lake could possibly indicate). While listening to this audiobook, I found myself screaming in the car about multiple idiotic things Brian did ("Don't eat those freaking berries! Slow your roll, bub! You're going to get diarrhea! "). Beyond frustrating. But as a 13-year-old, I probably wouldn't have known those things either.

The thing that redeemed this book for me was that, while Brian started out as an annoyingly sheltered city kid in the beginning (whose biggest problem is his parents' divorce and "The Secret"- neither of which seem like that big of a deal nowadays), he does learn and mature and becomes bearable by the end. 

Overall, the book was pretty slow and repetitive, much like being abandoned in the wilderness, I suppose. Even though the audiobook was only 3.5 hours, it felt much longer. The narration was sort of stream-of-consciousness in third person, which got really repetitive because everything is just connected with "and" and Brian never stops thinking about "The Secret". 

But after a while, you get caught up in the story and want to know what happens next. Again, sometimes Brian drives you crazy ("What are you doing? Build a freaking signal fire! Stop messing around with arrows!"). When talking with my husband about it, he said he loved the "survival" books as a kid, because it felt like a game, and often that's how Brian's adventure reads. He's just messing around half the time spending hours making a pretty spear that doesn't even work. Trial and error, you idiot. Even the ending was kind of annoying.




Brian's eventual rescue was a bit of a let down. He just kind of accidentally gets rescue because he's too busy messing around making the perfect spear and taking forever to figure out there is probably something useful in the darn plane. Even in the hard times, it just felt like a little kid messing around in the woods. 




But overall, interesting story. 

Also, quick note on the audiobook itself: it is read by Peter Coyote, who reads it well, but his voice is very low. This made it difficult to hear at times and I had to crank the volume up. This would be fine except the book is enhanced with music so all of a sudden you have this suspenseful music blaring and covering up the words. (And I almost went deaf when I started playing a different audiobook and forgot to turn the volume back down to a normal level.) So the reading was good, but the low voice was very hard for me to hear.

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review 2017-12-12 15:27
Monday Mini – Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet by Adam Howe @Adam_G_Howe
Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet - Adam Howe

Oh man, I don’t know what to say about Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet by Adam Howe.

From Adam Howe, winner of Stephen King’s On Writing contest, come three original novellas of hardboiled crime, graphic horror and pitch-black gallows humor.


Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet


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Adam Howe’s writing kept me laughing through the horrific twists and turns that is so ‘sick’. A weird and wacky horror story had me laughing in disgust. The mix of humor, horror and horniness shared some despicable characters and I loved to hate them. They hunt and fight their way through blackmail, kidnap and violence.



My Review for Die Dog or Eat The Hatchet


A psychopath reveling in the memories of the brutal and grotesque murders he committed. When is the death penalty appropriate. When you meet Hingle and delve into his perverted and twisted mind. The horror and savagery is impossible for me to imagine on my own, so Adam Howe brings it to life for me. Wickedly good ending.


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OMG! The ending blew me away and I couldn’t help but laugh. I never could have seen ALL that coming and I love it. The best laid plans often go awry and boy, oh boy, do they.


I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet by Adam Howe.


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text 2017-08-03 14:38
Stranger than Fiction

So a dude with a hatchet killed a guy in a bar here.  I'm so glad I never go there.  

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text 2017-04-20 14:18
Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

shreya khubber(9th)

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A spectacular amalgamation of of imagination and literature. A truly tremendous story that describes the urge of survival of a boy against all odds, his only companion being his hatchet. It conveys a message that we humans are too a part of nature and should never forget this fact. i read this book and i was spellbound. Gary Paulsen has justified the our very existence in nature through this book.

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review 2017-04-04 07:04
Hatchet - Gary Paulsen

Brian is a 13 year old boy with divorced parents. One summer he decides to visit his father in northern Canada. Before he leaves, his mother gives him a hatchet as a parting gift. Brian boards a bush plane and takes off to go see his father. During the middle of the flight, the pilot suffers a medical emergency and passes away. Brian tries to take control of the plane and land it but it ends up crashing into a lake in the middle of a forest. He survives the crash and holds out hope that he will be rescued soon, but after awhile he realizes he is going to have to learn how to survive on his own. For most of the summer, all he has is his hatchet and the clothes on his back. He learns how to start a fire and find food and deal with different threats. Then one day there is a tornado that shifts the plane from the bottom of the lake more towards the bank of the lake. He decides to swim under the water to get into the plane for supplies. Once he is inside, he finds a survival pack that contains an emergency transmitter. He tries to activate it but does not know how to use it so he throws it away because he thinks the water ruined it. However it is working and his distress call is heard by a passing plane that comes to rescue him. I would use this book to test students for comprehension considering it is full an incredible story. Also would be a great book for advanced readers.


Lexile Measure: 1020L

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