Tuesday, October 18, 2011
(My cheesy photoshop pic of Josh)
I just finished reading "Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter" by Josh Gates. Wahoo!!! Yahoo!!! Yippee!!!
Short and brief: If you love his show-you love his book.
I loved how it had the feel of kind of a well-traveled journal.
Josh opens with the scene on the way to the Romanian forest when the roof comes off the plane and then takes us back in time to explain how he got in such a predicament.
Yes, it's very easy to read. Yes, it has the author's voice completely--you can hear him saying it in your head. Yes, you learn much about how he got the show, what goes on behind the show, and how he feels about certain monsters and the probability of their existence.
Yes, I do have a big monster redheaded crush on the fella, but I equally admire the fact that he clicks. How does he click? When a person takes his life experiences, his knowledge, his wisdom, his propensities, and makes it into something that later on you look at and say "of course he was going to end up doing that," then you find someone who is very happy with his lot in life, but successful, as well.
The book was the perfect timing, given how many adventures Josh has had and how comfortable he is in his own experience, globe trotting and especially monster hunting (since that was not something he was originally exposed to). I felt like he was better able to assess the probability of monsters, given that he's now purposefully gone in search of them and interviewed countless citizen witnesses.
I don't usually advocate a TV show personality's books, but if you love Josh's wit and his comfortableness in his own skin like I do, two things I strive to do myself, then you are going to keep this book and may not be willing to let friends borrow it. Just tell them to get their own copy to wear down and dog ear.
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