Day 43: World Serious by Paul Kocak
Summary From Amazon:
Part memoir, part history, and part travelogue, World Serious is all love and devotion for the San Francisco Giants and their 2012 World Series championship. Take a journey with Paul Kocak as he goes from Syracuse to San Francisco searching for fan love in all the right places.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
I know what you are thinking, two Hobbit-Sized Reviews in a row, he must be getting lazy! Not so! I just have been feeling the baseball spirit and so I thought I’d try out a couple random novellas and see how they were to soothe my obsessive desire for anything baseball related.
World Serious is a short little piece about the 2012 Giants and Paul Kocak’s spontaneous journey to San Francisco to go be at the stadium (if not necessarily inside of it) of his favorite team. As a lifelong Giants fan he felt only right to make the trip down there, and though there were other reasons for doing so, the Giants were the primary one.
While the preview on Amazon seemed like it would be an enjoyable tale I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. Though I knew it was a personal story so there would potentially be conversations or the inner workings of what Kocak was doing, I didn’t realize to what degree. Kocak loves Kocak. What I mean by that is he constantly was talking to random people about himself, his previous book as well as this one that he was working on, and the Giants. He finds himself to be more humorous than he actually is and possibly his story a bit more interesting than the reality is as well.
The story essentially boils down to this: Big Giants fan decides to go on “spontaneous” trip to San Francisco to be near his favorite team during the World Series and happens upon some luck to get to watch Game 1 despite not having a ticket. That’s it. Maybe there would be a fun way to portray something like this, but it comes across as boastful and the author as full of himself which was unfortunate given that the premise could have worked. I can’t say that I’d recommend this piece, even to Giants fans. Oh well, that’s novellas for you, especially self-published ones, they can’t all be winners folks. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 44!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #43/365