[at-l] A Walk for Sunshine

Mark Mathis trails66 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 12 10:07:41 CST 2010

Interesting on the review response...  I read the book some time ago - iirc
it didn't stand out as being a great book, but I don't recall disliking it
too much, either.  Been awhile since I read it, to be honest.  I did,
however also purchase his Sierra Hike book (unread as of yet), and recently
the Sunshine DVD (so must not have disliked the original too much :)  Have
not looked at the DVD yet, maybe I will get a chance over the weekend and
can report back.

On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 10:12 AM, Jim Bullard <jim.bullard at gmail.com> wrote:

> I read the book and wrote a review he didn't like. I thought the book was
> okay but not one of the better thru-hike accounts. I think I rated it about
> 3 stars on both my website (now gone) and Amazon. He wanted only 5 star
> reviews because he was using proceeds from the book to fund the charity that
> he did the hike for so that it would sell a lot of copies. While that was an
> admirable thing to do, it did not alter my opinion of the book relative to
> much better written AT books. He sent me several emails trying to convince
> me to retract or rewrite my review praising it. He even wanted my phone
> number so that he could "talk this over". I declined to give him my phone
> number. It was also noted by some on the list that early 2, 3 and 4 star
> reviews on Amazon disappeared and/or were replaced by 5 star reviews. From
> that I assume he also pressed others for favorable reviews. I see on Amazon
> it is now in a 3rd edition and my 1st edition Amazon review has disappeared.
> This is by no way meant to denigrate the film. As anyone who has read a
> book before seeing the film made from it, they are two different animals. In
> the hands of a capable film maker it might well be an excellent movie but
> that would be mostly due to the film maker IMO and I would not judge the
> film based on the book or its pushy author whose tactics I did not
> appreciate.
> Jim Bullard
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> On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 9:54 AM, Carla & Dave Hicks <
> carla_dave_hicks at verizon.net> wrote:
>> Anyone seen an advance on this movie -- or read his book?
>> Opinion?
>> http://www.roanoke.com/extra/wb/267091
>> **
>> If you'd like to see a firsthand account of what it's like to hike the
>> entire
>> 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail, author Jeff Alt has assembled a movie about
>> exactly that.
>> His documentary "A Walk for Sunshine" premieres at 3 p.m. Saturday at the
>> Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg.
>> **
>> I tend to not like books about walks for causes, other than for the
>> experience, itself -- e..g., 'cause I want to.
>> However, thought I'd ask.
>> Chainsaw
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