Enter Goodreads Giveaway for Baseball Fiction

5 Nov

Go to Goodreads to enter book giveaway.  https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/262375?utm_medium=api&utm_source=giveaway_widget

Pitching for Sanity

by Mike Reuther (Goodreads Author)
really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  Rating  ·  Review
Bill Barrister is riddled with almost crippling anxiety, the kind of nervous condition that prevents him from having any kind of normal life. Once a teenage pitching phenom, he finds temporary calm and comfort from throwing a baseball every day in the backyard of his boyhood home where he lives after spending twenty years in the military. When a free-spirited boyhood friend lures him on a cross-country road trip, Bill is sprung from the malaise of his small town existence and off on a reluctant journey of self-discovery and of his past.
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Review of Baseball Dreams, Fishing Magic

29 Oct
on April 24, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Have you ever come across one of those “fly fishing is life” stories? How about a “baseball is an analogy for personal existence” tale? Mike Reuther’s novel (perhaps novella would be more appropriate, given its length – it straddles what I consider the border of the two) “Baseball Dreams, Fishing Magic” has overtures of both niche genres – but it also stands out in how it distances itself from them.

This short (approximately 125 pages) novel – or is it a long novella? – provides a look at the formative years of high school pitching phenom Nick “The Blaze” Grimes. And by that, I mean his life from high school graduation into his 40s – THAT is the period when Nick experienced his personal growth, not high school / college. Like the movie “Little Big Man”, various individuals make an appearance in Nick’s life to provide a life lesson, by words or example, in positive or negative form – then show up again later to enforce, remind, or simply check up on the earlier experience.

An aside – the formatting on this book leaves something to be desired. Some formatters do not insert a page break between chapters, but they at least allow a new chapter to get a running start on an existing page. The heading of Chapter 12, for example, falls at the bottom of one page, and you must then turn that page in order to read the first sentence of the chapter. (What page? I don’t know, they didn’t use page #s, which is another beef of mine.) I bring this up because as an Indie author and self-publisher, the formatting is entirely within the control of the author AND as it was distracting, it had an effect on my enjoyment of the product.

The packaging issues are a shame, because they detract from what I was surprised to realize was a very enjoyable and memorable read. Take a bow, Mr. Reuther, then get back to your preferred word processing package and give us another wonder!

 

 

 

The Art of Fielding

29 Oct

This book is not typical of the kind of novel I usually choose but I enjoyed it. It’s the story of the intertwined lives of six people at a fictional college in Wisconsin. What’s unusual is that all six people are given unique personalities and I found that I liked all of them, which doesn’t […]

via The Art of Fielding — Baseball, Books, Gardening, Politics and Beer.

Inspirational baseball story

28 Oct

Oh for a day World Series game

28 Oct

I say bring back day World Series games. Schedule just one or two games for say, late afternoon. I know it’s not going to happen, because less people will tune in, and television ratings and revenues drop off the table like a Clayton Kershaw curve ball. I’m old enough to recall the good ol’ days when you came home from school to catch the last innings of games. Now, the games go on too late for the youngsters to see them, robbing kids who just might get interested in the greatest sport ever invented by human beings.

What is your favorite baseball book?

7 Jul

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What is your favorite baseball book? Over the years, there have been a flood of baseball-related books that I’ve enjoyed. It would be hard to choose my all-time favorite, although, a rather obscure memoir from Pat Jordan called “A False Spring” certainly ranks right up there among the most engaging baseball books I’ve ever read.

The book covers Jordan’s angst-ridden years as a young pitching phenom toiling away in the low minor leagues. That Jordan was destined to be a big star, only to find mostly failure gave the story universal appeal, probably because most of us fail more than we win.

Sure, the author was a self-centered young ballplayer with his eyes set on making it to the Major Leagues. He battles with teammates as well as opponents, but the big battle is mostly with himself.

Jordan wrote the story many years after his professional baseball career ended and…

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What is your favorite baseball book?

7 Jul

What is your favorite baseball book? Over the years, there have been a flood of baseball-related books that I’ve enjoyed. It would be hard to choose my all-time favorite, although, a rather obscure memoir from Pat Jordan called “A False Spring” certainly ranks right up there among the most engaging baseball books I’ve ever read.

The book covers Jordan’s angst-ridden years as a young pitching phenom toiling away in the low minor leagues. That Jordan was destined to be a big star, only to find mostly failure gave the story universal appeal, probably because most of us fail more than we win.

Sure, the author was a self-centered young ballplayer with his eyes set on making it to the Major Leagues. He battles with teammates as well as opponents, but the big battle is mostly with himself.

Jordan wrote the story many years after his professional baseball career ended and in hindsight is able with an older man’s perspective to understand how it all went wrong.

Jordan, an author of a number of sports-related books, later came out with a sequel to “A False Spring.” The book, “A Nice Tuesday”, follows up on Jordan’s later assessment of his failed professional baseball career and his decision to make a kind of comeback by throwing a single inning of a minor league game.

“A False Spring” is available through Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/False-Spring-Memoir-Pat-Jordan-ebook/dp/B01COHD5SA/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499439521&sr=8-1&keywords=Pat+Jordan

 

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