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Taylor Ball has commented on (2) products.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Let the Great World Spin

Taylor Ball, January 13, 2013

It wasn't until two or three days after I finished this book that I realized how much I had enjoyed it. I missed reading about the characters; I missed the details of their lives; I missed getting entangled in their emotions. Even now, months after finishing the last page, I find myself daydreaming about this book, wondering what the characters might be up to now, forgetting that it was fiction.
I think the book stays with you like this because of its powerful writing. Simple as that. McCann has some truly beautiful sentences here. His words tap into a subconscious part of you and stay there.
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Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball League by Sam Walker
Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball League

Taylor Ball, January 1, 2012

If "The Art of Fielding" is a baseball book that is not actually about baseball, "Fantasyland" is the rotisserie equivalent. Using humor and a reporter's insight, Sam Walker skillfully humanizes the otherwise geeky and obsessive culture of fantasy sports. Walker's stated purpose in deciding to "field" a fantasy team is to pit statistical analysis against human intuition. Thankfully for us, Walker trusts his gut and his writing, and the colorful cast of characters he incorporates into his story, prove that when you cut through the math (and money), baseball is still a uniquely human game in both the real world and the fantasyland of rotisserie sports.
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