Sunday, November 16, 2014

Review: Inherent Vice

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Admission: I only read this novel because I saw it was being made into a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, who(m?) I think is just a truly wonderful actor and so interesting to watch.

And I think it's possible this book will make an entertaining movie. But I really didn't like the book.

Reasons why:

- There were so many characters, I couldn't keep them straight. This may be a mommy brain issue, though.

- It feels like a slight ripoff of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and, I mean, seriously, there's another lawyer character being played by Benicio del Toro? Was Johnny Depp not available for the lead? The difference in the lead characters is that in FALILV the lead is a reporter and in IV he's a private detective.

- I can tolerate lines and lines of song lyrics in novels when they serve a purpose or are legitimately song lyrics, but all the songs in this novel -- not so much.

- I honestly was not sure what the hell was going on. There seemed to be at least five mysteries happening simultaneously, and it wasn't clear to me what precisely the parameters of any of those mysteries were.

So for that reason, I'm not even sure I can adequately explain the plot. The lead character, Doc, has this ex-girlfriend whose boyfriend goes missing, but then she goes missing, too. And then there's this other guy who's gonna be played by Owen Wilson and he, like, faked his death or something. And there's a cop guy who's gonna be played by Josh Brolin. And there's like a bunch of things called the Golden Fang and I just don't know, you guys. I don't think any of this paragraph even made sense.

The thing is, I know there are people who legitimately enjoyed this book and I want to know who they are and where I went wrong. Help?

Also, what are you reading now and should I be reading it, too?

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