600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

600 Hours of Edward

A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).But when a sing...

Details 600 Hours of Edward

Title600 Hours of Edward
Release DateAug 14th, 2012
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Audiobook

Reviews 600 Hours of Edward

  • Jules
    As per usual, I’m sat here contemplating my review. I’m agog at how fortuitous it is that I came to read this book. I’m considering whether any of the characters were flamboyant, austere, tenacious, ostentatious, apoplectic, or exceptional. Through this book, I have discovered that I love the words rambunctiousness, discombobulated, and onomatopoeia, notwithstanding the fact that I struggle to spell the latter, however, that’s no great sh...
  • Zoe
    Fact : On October 26,2012 @ 8:00 P.M I finished reading "600 hours of Edward" my day is complete,but I won't file the book away , I will want to reread it. Dear Author, I have no complaint,in contrary, I want to thank you for this extraordinary (I love this word) book , for creating a wonderful and unforgettable character such as Edward.
  • ❀Julie
    A new favorite, 600 Hours of Edward was an absolutely delightful read that hooked me from the first page.  The main character, Edward, is 39 years old and happens to have Asperger’s Syndrome and OCD.    In this touching story, we get a glimpse into a 25-day period (600 hours), of Edward’s life.  It is the story of a challenging father/son relationship, but it is also a coming of age story in a sense, of how change affects Edward's life. ...
  • Robert
    For the first time in my life, I actually felt like a hypochondriac. And for a day I thought I had Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, my every movement tracked and accounted for, as my social skills dropped off a precipitous edge, only to return to normal the next day.Edward Stanton rocked 600 HOURS OF EDWARD like Mick Jagger in his prime. His head (and mine) filled with numbers, as we tracked weather patterns, wrote letters...
  • ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
    This book was just wonderful. It is a book that makes you feel good; a book that makes you think about life, yourself and others; a book that makes you reflect.The thing that makes me love the books where the MC suffers from a mental illness, is the absence of filters. They are the realest people. They don't refrain their thoughts or their words, they're always direct and they don't BS you. Never! There are no misunderstandings and no dramas.Edwa...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I liked this one. This book was a bit different from what I would normally pick up. I heard a few good things about it so I took a closer look once I noticed that it was available to borrow from Amazon through Prime Reading. I loved the idea of a main character who is living with Asperger's syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, so I decided to give it a try and I am really glad ...
  • Ron
    600 hours divided by 24 = 25. Yep, that’s about the span of days spent in Edward’s life during this story that is sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and all the time likeable. I’m not a fan of the e-reader, but I realized something soon after downloading and beginning 600 Hours of Edward. I looked forward to picking up that Kindle each day, with a book about a man who’s just a little bit different hidden somewhere inside its memory bank...
  • TL
    “I tried eHarmony, because I liked the white hair and glasses of that guy on the commercials, and his manner was gentle, but eHarmony told me that the system and it's twenty nine levels of compatibility couldn't find anyone for me.That hurt my feelings.” “I prefer facts, but sometimes sense is all you have to go on.” “I have not seen a man over there, and so I wonder whether my neighbor has a husband or her boy has a father. I would be ...
  • Holly
    5+++ stars.A beautifully written story about a 39 yr old man suffering from both OCD and Aspergers syndrome. I have so many emotions about this book, and I really need a few days to process them all before writing a proper review. I will say right now that this was one of the best books I have ever read, and that Edward is by far one of the most endearing characters I have ever been introduced to. *ETA*I am going to keep this short and sweet, sin...
  • Paul O'Neill
    I finished this 5-star read at 22:02. I have recorded it on Goodreads and my data is complete. It is my 112th book of the year and it is one of my favourites. I don't cry at books much at all. This book is one of two books that have made me cry this year. (The other is Boy's Life, which is probably my book of the year). I went into this not knowing what to expect really. It started off slowly, getting to know the main character, Edward and all hi...
  • Sofia
    The Triumph of Connection - Connecting any which way possible.Loved reading this. I've made an Edward shaped place in my heart for him to stay in.Great writing Mr Lancaster, I even came to expect the necessary data we have to complete every day, quite necessary, it shows where we are. I call the letters of complaint - letters of connection, they are the communication that Edward is unable to have face to face.I feel quite bereft now that I finish...
  • Laura
    Wow. Who'd have thought it'd be better the second time through? If you enjoy books that can make you laugh one minute while being introspective and meaningful the next, you owe it to yourself to try this one (books like Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine come to mind).The first time I read this, I switched between the library book and the Audible, which I'd purchased. I needed to break out of a reading block and a friend reminded me that sometim...
  • Noeleen
    What an absolute little gem of a book! Great characters, great story and so very well written. Loved it! Edward is such an adorable character that you absolutely cannot help falling in love with him. There are many laugh out loud moments nicely counterbalanced with many heartbreaking moments, most especially his turbulent relationship with his father. We could all learn lessons from Edward through his thoughts and perspectives on life. I adored h...
  • Trudy
    4.5 STARS! I just spent 600 delightful, intense, happy, annoying, enlightening, frustrating, hopeful hours , in the life of Edward Staton, a 39 year old man with a developmental disability. Although, people on this spectrum can vary quite a bit, many of Edward's "hours" reminded me of my precious son, Kevin. I'm very thankful for this book, and others, which give people insight into the world of this ever growing, segment of our population. My ho...
  • Linda
    I was on a bus for about 3 hours, today, so I was glad that I paid $1.99 for the audible add-on. I have never regretted an audible-add on, yet. You can’t beat the kindle-sync feature. The narrator was excellent. I wanted to wait and finish book on my commute over the next few days, but curiosity got the better of me, and I finished it when I got home.This book is very easy reading. Edward, the main character, is endearing. I’m pretty sure th...
  • Bill Lynas
    Craig Lancaster tells a tale of Edward Stanton, a man with OCD & Asperger's syndrome & how he records his life changing during an important 600 hours. Stanton is a marvellous character & the author brings him to life so well you can almost believe you are reading the diary of a real person.There are endless moments to make you smile throughout this story & Edward's interactions with other people are wonderfully told. Some readers may find his rep...
  • Gail
    It does seem there is rather a trend for novels with autistic narrators written by non-autistic authors, and they seem to go along something like this:'I woke up at precisely 7:23am - I knew this from turning my head a 90 degree angle and seeing the digital clock on my bedside table. This is two minutes later than the average time I have woken up so far this year (there have been 233 days so far because it's a leap year). I keep a chart of it, al...
  • Sonja Arlow
    3 1/2 starsEdward has OCD and Asperger’s. One is treated with medication and therapy while the other just form parts of who he is. Edward also struggles to let grudges go, to let injustice and the perceived bad behaviour of others go unchecked. To help with this letting go, his therapist suggests that he write letters of grievance to the other parties but with strict instructions NEVER to actually send them. But rather to use this as a way to c...
  • Julie
    This was a great book! I found myself smiling broadly and even laughing out loud while I read it. The premise of the story was no laughing matter, however. Mental illness is always a tough subject for an author to tackle in a fictional setting. I can't imagine the difficulty they encounter trying to capture and illustrate the issues a mentally ill subject must deal with while at the same time ensuring that the character doesn't come across as "to...
  • Joel Hames-clarke
    I expect this will be the best book I will read in 2016, although (obviously) I have, as yet, no data on that. A wonderful, warm, utterly compelling portrait of a man at odds with the world he lives in, and tantalisingly close to understanding what it has to offer. The subtle shift in the narrative style, the gradual uncoupling of the prose from its formula as its central character is estranged from the routines that drive his day-to-day existenc...
  • Sharon
    I'm not sure what I can possibly say about "600 Hours of Edward" that would do it justice. The author (Craig Lancaster) gives us a clear picture of all the participating characters in such a way, we get to enjoy feeling lost in the story as it happens. There are no paper cut-out characters here, this is fiction you forget is fiction. It's novels like these that make me swoon with awe that someone was able to *create* this. How? How is this possib...
  • Jason Pettus
    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)As I've said here before, although I'm a big fan and champion of small-press, basement-press and self-published books, after reviewing hundreds of them now I've discovered that such designations are largely a self-regulating system, and that 95 percent of ...
  • Heidi Thomas
    I have to admit I began reading 600 Hours of Edward with a bit of trepidation. This is fellow Montanan, journalist and friend, Craig Lancaster's first novel and I wanted to like it. But, I wondered, 278 pages about a man with Asperger's syndrome who obsessively-compulsively records the exact minute he awakes each morning? Someone who eats the same thing for lunch every day, drives to the grocery store every Tuesday, and makes only right-hand turn...
  • Tulay
    Must read story.While reading/listening this book, in some parts I teared up, at the same time I was smiling. Thoughtfully written story that will make you think, he just doesn't have problem with his father, he has problems with both parents. Because of his OCD and Aspergers syndrome, lots of things repeated again and again, to make us understand Edward character. At the end not only he made peace with his parents and looks like he will have a b...
  • Amy
    Eh...this book was and interesting read. I liked Edward, and he was relatable, which I really liked given his mental health issues. I was unsure how real his experiences would be compared to someone who actually struggles with Asperger's; I would be interested in reading a non-fiction book about this. I found myself skipping over the parts about Dragnet and the Dallas Cowboys just to get through the story. This book was just ok for me, so I won't...
  • Sophia
  • Mmars
    Sometimes the nicest surprises come in the most unexpected packages. Such was this book for me. If not for its selection in a GR group read I would never have discovered it. According to the author page this was written “in less than 600 hours during National Novel Writing Month in 2008” by a newspaper journalist. I just think that’s cool. It’s also kind of offbeat, being published by Amazon Encore, something I’ve never really given not...
  • Sarah
    Wow. I've heard a lot of things about this book and I'm ashamed it has taken me so long to get round to reading it. Edward is such a fantastic character, you would need to have a heart of stone to not take him. I was actually quite jealous of Donna and her son Kyle as i really wanted to be friend him. This is such a great book and it's one I really didn't want to end so was over joyed when I saw there is a follow up to it and I will certainly be ...
  • TS Chan
    It is 7:38 a.m. I have been awake at this time for the past three days, and for eighteen out of the past twenty. Because I go to bed promptly at midnight, I am accustomed to stirring at 7:38, but occasionally, I will wake up a little earlier or a little later. The range isn’t large—sometimes it’s 7:37, and sometimes it’s 7:40, and it has been 7:39 (twenty-two times this year, in fact), but 7:38 is the time I expect. It has happened 221 ti...
  • Kiwi Begs2Differ ✎
    The protagonist is a 39 year old Asperger’s and OCD sufferer who dislikes assumptions and conjectures but prefers facts. Every night Edward writes a letter of complaints but instead of sending these letters, on advice from his therapist (who is a very logical woman), he just files them in green folders for safekeeping.The story is bittersweet, initially I was annoyed at Edward idiosyncrasies, but his behaviour is exactly what the character requ...