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  1. Clayton Bye Clayton Bye says:

    The Contrary Canadian A Collectionby Clayton ByeRating 4.5 out of 5 starsReviewed by John L Hoh, Jr.BookIdeas.comThe author has written other books on sales and marketing and building a business.This book is a collection of essays paired with photographs If Mr Bye set out to exceed expectations, he did a masterful job The photographs are in full color, many of the scenery of Canada Quite a few are of the northern climes where, it appears, he served in the military.Personal anecdotes also The Contrary Canadian A Collectionby Clayton ByeRating 4.5 out of 5 starsReviewed by John L Hoh, Jr.BookIdeas.comThe author has written other books on sales and marketing and building a business.This book is a collection of essays paired with photographs If Mr Bye set out to exceed expectations, he did a masterful job The photographs are in full color, many of the scenery of Canada Quite a few are of the northern climes where, it appears, he served in the military.Personal anecdotes also abound Mr Bye tries to find and share meanings with a positive spin in all There was the lady who accompanied him to a cousin s wedding, then requested a ride to a friend s house in another city Once there the lady gathered her baggage and wished the author God speed He never saw her again But he seems to harbor no bitterness toward a woman who seems to have used him to garner a free ride.Mr Bye also touches on societal issues, such as the over reach of government in his case, the Canadian government in personal lives As an illustration he mentions a music festival he used to enjoy going to where the only cost was the burgers one would buy when hungry However, the last time he attended they passed the hat to collect funds to pay for insurance Why Because the provincial government felt there were so many people attending that the festival was mandated to get insurance Mr Bye, many of us in the States empathize with you perhaps you have heard of the T.E.A Parties.The memories Mr Bye shares are poignant Who can forget a cocktail made with glacial ice Or the rock dubbed Baba for the image of a woman s face on its face Or Mr Bye s father paying a quarter moose for a straight six truck Or the family immersion into First Nation culture with Mr Bye, merely in his 40 s, being treated like an elder The anecdotes can be read through straight or in a random pattern Each one stands alone At the end of each anecdote is a brief lesson the author seeks to share The Boogle Reviews The Contrary CanadianJune 3, 20094 out of 5 starsC.C Bye proves that even a man who has been stationed at a remote outpost near the Arctic Ocean can live life to the fullest The Contrary Canadian opens like an adventure novel that starts with two men who are searching for black crystals near the North Pole and decide to take the road less traveled Instead of climbing the scarred mountain renowned for its crystals, they opt for the pristine peak beside it They are rewarded with a soul touching view of Greenland and the Arctic Ocean and what the author calls, one of the perfect moments of my life After that opening I was expecting Bye s Canadian adventure self help book to be filled with inspiring anecdotes on contrarianism and how you can realize unexpected triumph by going against the norm but it ended up being a lotthan that This collection of articles, essays and thoughtful observations is potpourri for the soul Filled with insight on personal financial management to comments on the government, from hints on local trout fishing to reviews of his favorite restaurants in Canada this stuff is real It s pure It s from the author s heart and uncontaminated by corporate marketing.Bye s stories of the Arctic could be their own book and the story about sipping cocktails cooled by million year old ice is especially charming The strongest parts of the book by far are Bye s adventures As he recounts tales of the Far North and the obscure nooks and crannies of Canada, Bye takes us to places where we have never been His experiences in the Arctic read like an autobiography of an astronaut or a CIA agent who is letting us see a world only he has been lucky enough to see The color photographs serve to enhance our imagination and make us wonder what exists beyond the frame of the picture.Bye is a good writer and his prose is well executed Preachy at times, as most self help books are, his voice remains friendly and likable, never condescending and always speaking to you as a peer But his lessons make us wonder about his platform Who is this person and why would we listen to him He says he is successful and we believe him His lessons are thoughtful and they make sense but where is the tangible proof Throughout his surprisingly honest life story we are forced to take his word for it Bye is dealing with something major but the book feels like its needsof a bio, a subtitle perhaps The Contrary Canadian A Guide to Maximizing Every Aspect of Your Life Let me articulate this a different way if this book was sitting on the shelf next to Dr Phil, what would make us give Bye a second look It s a good book though and from the start you feel like the author is someone you know personally Not like a close friend but as someone you were sociable with while standing in line someone who was easy to talk to, who helped pass the time and shared a common purpose Though the book never conjures any truly contrarian advice the tips are quite conventional we don t mind because we are being constantly challenged The book reads like a diary of one man s constant pursuit of happiness It is sad, emotional and inspiring with must be Canadian phrases like, my dad paid a quarter of a moose for the truck and begs you to ensure that you don t die with the words What if lingering on your tongue.Strengths well written, one of kind anecdotes and adventures, honest writing from the heart, it has a few surprisesOpportunities repetitive, lacking strong author authorityWill appeal to casual travelers, casual readers, the self help audience, outdoorsmenThe Contrary Canadian is available on paperback.Reviewed by Mark McGinty, June 2009


  2. Clayton Bye Clayton Bye says:

    The Contrary Canadian A Collectionby Clayton ByeRating 4.5 out of 5 starsReviewed by John L Hoh, Jr.Bookideas.comThe author has written other books on sales and marketing and building a business.This book is a collection of essays paired with photographs If Mr Bye set out to exceed expectations, he did a masterful job The photographs are in full color, many of the scenery of Canada Quite a few are of the northern climes where, it appears, he served in the military.Personal anecdotes al The Contrary Canadian A Collectionby Clayton ByeRating 4.5 out of 5 starsReviewed by John L Hoh, Jr.Bookideas.comThe author has written other books on sales and marketing and building a business.This book is a collection of essays paired with photographs If Mr Bye set out to exceed expectations, he did a masterful job The photographs are in full color, many of the scenery of Canada Quite a few are of the northern climes where, it appears, he served in the military.Personal anecdotes also abound Mr Bye tries to find and share meanings with a positive spin in all There was the lady who accompanied him to a cousin s wedding, then requested a ride to a friend s house in another city Once there the lady gathered her baggage and wished the author God speed He never saw her again But he seems to harbor no bitterness toward a woman who seems to have used him to garner a free ride.Mr Bye also touches on societal issues, such as the over reach of government in his case, the Canadian government in personal lives As an illustration he mentions a music festival he used to enjoy going to where the only cost was the burgers one would buy when hungry However, the last time he attended they passed the hat to collect funds to pay for insurance Why Because the provincial government felt there were so many people attending that the festival was mandated to get insurance Mr Bye, many of us in the States empathize with you perhaps you have heard of the T.E.A Parties.The memories Mr Bye shares are poignant Who can forget a cocktail made with glacial ice Or the rock dubbed Baba for the image of a woman s face on its face Or Mr Bye s father paying a quarter moose for a straight six truck Or the family immersion into First Nation culture with Mr Bye, merely in his 40 s, being treated like an elder The anecdotes can be read through straight or in a random pattern Each one stands alone At the end of each anecdote is a brief lesson the author seeks to share The Boogle Reviews The Contrary CanadianJune 3, 20094 out of 5 starsC.C Bye proves that even a man who has been stationed at a remote outpost near the Arctic Ocean can live life to the fullest The Contrary Canadian opens like an adventure novel that starts with two men who are searching for black crystals near the North Pole and decide to take the road less traveled Instead of climbing the scarred mountain renowned for its crystals, they opt for the pristine peak beside it They are rewarded with a soul touching view of Greenland and the Arctic Ocean and what the author calls, one of the perfect moments of my life After that opening I was expecting Bye s Canadian adventure self help book to be filled with inspiring anecdotes on contrarianism and how you can realize unexpected triumph by going against the norm but it ended up being a lotthan that This collection of articles, essays and thoughtful observations is potpourri for the soul Filled with insight on personal financial management to comments on the government, from hints on local trout fishing to reviews of his favorite restaurants in Canada this stuff is real It s pure It s from the author s heart and uncontaminated by corporate marketing.Bye s stories of the Arctic could be their own book and the story about sipping cocktails cooled by million year old ice is especially charming The strongest parts of the book by far are Bye s adventures As he recounts tales of the Far North and the obscure nooks and crannies of Canada, Bye takes us to places where we have never been His experiences in the Arctic read like an autobiography of an astronaut or a CIA agent who is letting us see a world only he has been lucky enough to see The color photographs serve to enhance our imagination and make us wonder what exists beyond the frame of the picture.Bye is a good writer and his prose is well executed Preachy at times, as most self help books are, his voice remains friendly and likable, never condescending and always speaking to you as a peer But his lessons make us wonder about his platform Who is this person and why would we listen to him He says he is successful and we believe him His lessons are thoughtful and they make sense but where is the tangible proof Throughout his surprisingly honest life story we are forced to take his word for it Bye is dealing with something major but the book feels like its needsof a bio, a subtitle perhaps The Contrary Canadian A Guide to Maximizing Every Aspect of Your Life Let me articulate this a different way if this book was sitting on the shelf next to Dr Phil, what would make us give Bye a second look It s a good book though and from the start you feel like the author is someone you know personally Not like a close friend but as someone you were sociable with while standing in line someone who was easy to talk to, who helped pass the time and shared a common purpose Though the book never conjures any truly contrarian advice the tips are quite conventional we don t mind because we are being constantly challenged The book reads like a diary of one man s constant pursuit of happiness It is sad, emotional and inspiring with must be Canadian phrases like, my dad paid a quarter of a moose for the truck and begs you to ensure that you don t die with the words What if lingering on your tongue.Strengths well written, one of kind anecdotes and adventures, honest writing from the heart, it has a few surprisesOpportunities repetitive, lacking strong author authorityWill appeal to casual travelers, casual readers, the self help audience, outdoorsmenThe Contrary Canadian is available on paperback.Reviewed by Mark McGinty, June 2009