This review is from: Faster, They're Gaining (Paperback)
The man has a talent, there can be no doubt. For the first 30% or so of this book I was highly entertained, then the feeling began to change.
Every travel writer (of which I am one A Plethora Of Posts, albeit a lesser known one!) is aware that he or she is boasting to a degree about what he or she has experienced. There is, then, a great need to balance elitism with humility, otherwise you risk sounding like that bloke at the bar who's always been there, done it, got the t-shirt before you have. Sadly I arrived at the conclusion that I'd had enough of him telling me about just how many places he'd been. "What a sad, dreary life I must be living by comparison" was how he made me feel, or at least, would have had I succumbed to that way of thinking.
He also employs the same few witty "devices" a little too often, to the extent that it became predictable. I also felt that he spent too much time insulting places and people he'd been to or met, leaving an ever so slightly bad taste in the mouth.
On reflection I think that perhaps the problem is that this book is just too long and visits too many places. Had he made it much shorter and kept at least to a group of countries which had some relation to each other, like the Gulf states he comments on for example, it would have been more likely that I would have wanted to read another. Instead, I'm just left with the feeling that he wanted to impress me with just how much of the world he'd seen and judged.