Help, My Horse is Drowning – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Ray Hamill

In Help, My Horse is Drowning!, Ray Hamill explores the unique relationship between sports and their overzealous fans—himself included. Through personal stories of his own, colorful facts and history, and some satirical portraits of sports fans, Hamill delves into what exactly it is that makes people go nuts over sports.

There are some areas within Help, My Horse is Drowning! that seem a bit disorganized or jumbled; many times, Ray Hamill seems to get sidetracked with long-winded stories before returning to his original point. It’s still quite entertaining to read, but might benefit from some more diligent organization. Also, perhaps it should be noted that readers who are not already sports fans may occasionally find themselves having no idea what or whom Hamill is referring to in his tales. It’s not devastating to the book by any means, since it carries itself quite well regardless, but that’s just something to be aware of.

Regardless of whether readers are sports fans or not, though, Help, My Horse is Drowning! is undeniably a hilariously entertaining read. Ray Hamill writes in a casual, infectiously funny style that immediately captivates from the first page and actively keeps the reader engaged right on through to the end. Equally thoughtful and down-to-earth, Help, My Horse is Drowning! is a unique, memoir-style book that is sure to leave a memorable impression on its readers. At the very least, readers will finish Help, My Horse is Drowning! and find themselves still chuckling aloud at the thought of a flying NASCAR race or the image of Ray Hamill “splashiming.”

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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