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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Authority Publishing (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935953494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935953494
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,024,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TommCold on 21 April 2013
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What a fantstic and inspirartional read! After Schriever's first book, 'Pushups in the Prayer Room', I was eager to get my hands on this beauty.... and now it's finaly here, and it is awesome! Check out my video review!!!
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I downloaded this book on a whim & it sat in my kindle for a while before I started it. I'd rate this book as a slow burner, in that it took a few chapters to get into, but once in it was difficult to put down. I enjoyed the way the story built the picture & whilst sad in places it, it also managed to be uplifting too.
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By BEEBEE on 24 Mar. 2014
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I tried my best to get in to this book,it was too drawn out.But if you fancy long chapters full of boring stories give it a go.
I didn't find this book gripping at all.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
My Vicarious Adventure! 29 May 2013
By Tamara Dorris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
At first, I thought this might be a travel book, but then, from the first page, I knew I was in for an adventure and a half! However, I definitely consider this more of a literary memoir--that just happens to be filled with a whole lot of kick-ass, edge-of-your-seat scenes. Additionally, the author has a very strong voice that pulls you in even further, so half the fun is hearing what his reaction to the situations will be. At times I imagine him as Bruce Willis, and at other times, Adam Sandler with a surf board. Lots of wit and hilarious passages. Also, if read a bit deeper, the author has some important messages and ideas to share. The perfect by-the-beach-book for this summer. Highly recommend it and will be eager to read his next book.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Too Much Misinformation 3 Nov. 2013
By Orlando E. Arzola - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to read this book and give it 5 stars, but the shoddy editing made it difficult to digest. I tried my best to enjoy Norm's adventures in Costa Rica. I am from the neighboring country of Nicaragua and I like reading about other people's experiences in our part of the world. But I was quickly disillusioned by the plethora of mistakes the author and editors allowed into print. The Spanish throughout the book is full of misspelled words and grammatical errors. Place names and even the names of acquaintances are often misspelled or spelled differently from one page to the next (for example: Repollito is often spelled "Repellito")The name of the city of Rivas, Nicaragua is spelled incorrectly, even though Norm supposedly lived in 25 minutes away in San Juan del Sur at one time. He states, incorrectly, that 80% of Nicaraguans live on a little over $300 a YEAR (Nicas are poor, but not THAT poor, hermano!). It was difficult for me to put much stock in what Norm writes about Costa Rica after catching so many errors about Nicaragua. All of these mistakes could have been avoided with a little research on Google.
Apart from that, the book is stilted, too wordy, and definitely meant for a the frat boy type. I would have enjoyed the book a lot more if there wouldn't have been such an intense focus on the drinking, drugs, and the "critters." There is more to our countries than con artists and drug dealers, after all. It appears that Norm deliberately avoids anyone who can't assist him in cultivating his bad boy image. Trying so hard to be a local isn't always such a good thing.
The book could have been a lot better if the editor would have worked a little harder for his or her money. As it is, though, I can only give it 2 stars.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Funny, Heartwarming, & Insightful 28 May 2013
By stacey gilbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Now that I have finished 'South of Normal', I must say how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Norm's experiences and misadventures in Tamarindo. Awesome read; I absolutely laughed out loud throughout, it warmed my heart, and inspired me to explore life and all its possibilities beyond my comfort zone. Look forward to receiving my copy of Pushups in the Prayer Room soon, as well as any future projects he has forthcoming #puravida
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is an amazing, funny, and well written adventure of life outside the U.S. by a former American. 23 May 2013
By Kristy Marie - Published on Amazon.com
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In a world where people you don’t know are eager to point out your mistakes, yet reluctant to celebrate your success and at times even question it, it is refreshing to read about the transformation and enlightenment of a regular guy. Norm lived the normal life that so many struggle to achieve, but this normal life lacked fulfillment. Rather than continuing in the wrong direction (for him) he chose to follow his dream of becoming a writer and did so in another culture embedded in a third world country lacking many of the things we take for granted. Like a hospital and, for a period of time, law enforcement. Um, no thank you. Ha! Somehow he not only survived but adapted and thrived in this totally unfamiliar environment.
One of the many things that stood out in his book aside from the excellent writing and humorous stories is the number of people calling him crazy for refusing to conform to society’s standard of living and following his dream. He questions his sanity at times too. I personally feel it’s crazy NOT to follow your dreams. I'm glad he did follow his dreams and hope it encourages others to do so as well.
This is a great book I highly recommend. We need more people like this in the world!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Trying a little too hard to be cool 12 Jan. 2014
By P. Minchew - Published on Amazon.com
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As another reviewer implied, this book is written from a frat boy perspective. Throughout the book, his cruel little jokes on tourists are juvenile and churlish, although he seems to think they make him more "local". I also found it interesting that he had been in Costa Rica six months prior to moving there and had stayed high the entire time. Six months later, he's contemplating turning 40, doesn't want to get high, and sees himself as a father figure to girls he would gladly have had sex with a few months ago. Sorry, dude, not buyin' it. I think his earlier experiences in the drug world have stunted his intellectual growth, and, possibly, deluded him into believing he is a writer.
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