Fatsis gives us all the facts about Scrabble--from the story of the down-on-his-luck architect who invented the game in the 1930s to the intricacies of individual international competitions and the corporate wars to control the world's favorite word game. He keeps the reader turning the pages as we get involved in the lives of the Scrabble obsessives: men and women who have a point to prove against the world and have chosen Scrabble as their playground and their pulpit. As Fatsis goes on his own quest to attain the coveted 1600 rating, we actually get obsessed with him as he lies awake at night pondering moves and memorizing lists of words. For anybody who is interested in words, Word Freak provides an entertaining and absorbing read. --Dwight Longenecker, Amazon.co.uk
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Stefan Fatsis does an excellent job of describing the characters he meets.
His own Scrabble games are less interesting. Read more
Now a documentary film, this book will make most casual hobbyists who consider themselves pretty good at Scrabble reevaluate their definition of "good. Read morePublished on June 16 2004
"For a moment I wonder, like Roz, what my obsession is proving. Maybe nothing. Maybe more than I care to admit. Read morePublished on April 25 2004 by Dallas B. Koehn
The acquaintance who recommended this book told me it would renew my interest in and excitement about playing Scrabble. Wrong! Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Amazon Customer
It's amazing to think that something like Scrabble could lead to an all-consuming obsession. I'd always been an avid amateur player and enjoyed the game, but I'd certainly never... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2003
I'm 25, and I can count the number of books I've read since High School on one hand. And this is one of them. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2003 by "zenenigma"
I haven't played Scrabble in years (& then only as a hobbyist) but you don't have to play Scrabble to like this book. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by frumiousb
I enjoyed Word Freak tremendously. It is not the kind of book that you have trouble putting down or can't wait to pick up again, but, nonetheless, informative and entertaining. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2003
This was about scrabble, but it could just have easily been about chess or horseracing or even golf. The portraits of personalities are fascinating. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by Richard L. Pangburn