"The Paintball invasion of Normandy"
I was interviewed by McSweeney's writer Suzanne Yeagley for her awesome podcast about people with fascinating stories from often times strange, offbeat jobs. We chatted for an hour about my work as a full time, globe-trotting paintball journalist, author, and magazine editor, sharing a lot of laughs and dropping some knowledge. Take a listen! (Hear the interview...)
"Author Dave Norman Goes on the Road Again"
Nothing keeps Dave Norman from traveling—not a collapsed lung, or irate police in Belarus, or nomads in Mongolia, or even marriage. His latest book, Following Josh, chronicled his final bachelor fling, a trip following the Trans-Siberian Railway from China to Poland. Then he got married and settled in Portland, Maine—to plan more trips. (Read More)
Ramsey Allen, in his 5-star review on Amazon, wrote: "As a traveler who has done much of the route in this novel, I find Norman's account deeply reflective of the fabric that makes us who we are and accurately observant of the curiosities an American would question while travelling in the Far East. His muses produce a scene that properly portrays the emotions that come with confronting a culture completely foreign to one's own and the struggles one faces when accounting for the unconscious presumptions that drive our normal interactions at home. I recommend this memoir to anyone wondering what it might be like to step so completely out of one's comfort zone..." (Read more...)
Irene, in her 5-star review on goodreads.com, said: "As an avid armchair traveler, the unexpected advantages and additional benefits of reading a book such as Following Josh is its exceptional ability to provide a captivating cerebral journey. Dave Norman's impressive facility to turn ordinary words into sharply visual and spontaneously engrossing experiences eminently surpasses most travel memoirs..." (Read more...)
Saratoga99 wrote, in their 5-star review on LibraryThing.com, that "As an avid armchair traveler, the unexpected advantages and additional benefits of reading a book such as Following Josh is its exceptional ability to provide a captivating cerebral journey. Dave Norman's impressive facility to turn ordinary words into sharply visual and spontaneously engrossing experiences eminently surpasses most travel memoirs..." (Read more...)
White River Junctions
Dulcinea wrote in their 5-star review on Amazon, that "This is a very special book. As I was reading it, I found myself thinking that if a book were written about the place or person in the world that is closest to my heart, this is the way I would hope for it to be written. The author, Dave Norman, is an appreciator of the American scene in the tradition of the late, much-missed Charles Kuralt..." (Read more...)
501 Paintball Tips
Of this book, Writer's Digest wrote, "The author's love for the game comes through in force."
Luke T. wrote in his 5-star review on Amazon, "Let me start with this, Dave Norman knows how to write a book! It is detailed so that the people who are new to paintball aren't lost but so the veterans aren't bored with old tips. It provides stunningly amazing tips and hints to improve..." (Read more...)