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A. William from Minnesota is reading Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon October 4, 2011 - 5:56pm

I saw the movie last weekend, and I was immensely satisfied with it. It was an absolutely beautiful film and I noticed it said "based on the novel by James Sallis" has anyone read this book? Is it good? I'm very very curious about it but I had no idea it existed until now! 

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Craig Clevenger from Joshua Tree, CA October 4, 2011 - 6:47pm

Haven't read Drive, but Sallis is an immensely talented writer. Death Will Have Your Eyes is one of my all-time favorites.

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Mike Mckay is reading God's Ashtray October 4, 2011 - 11:18pm

Im yet to find a copy my Barnes and noble doesnt have any. Strange as some people liked the film better than the novel, thats unusual to me. I found the film to be unique excluding itself from the predictable happily ever after category that were all used to watching, recommend everyone watch it.

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A. William from Minnesota is reading Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon October 5, 2011 - 8:21am

Maybe I'll give my local Half Price Book store a try, I've also been hearing (er...reading) that people seem to prefer the film adaption. I'd still like to check it out though if the two are somewhat similar. The film just proves that great and powerful adaptions just need a little more synthpop! Last resort, I guess I'll half to order it on Amazon...

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Robert Rosenwald from Scottsdale, AZ is reading Moy Dick December 7, 2011 - 12:25pm

I have a slight bias here since I published Drive, but I think it is truly one of the great works of noir fiction. I understand those who have criticized the book as disjointed - it is Jim's writing style. But if you want to read a great writer who thouroughly understands his craft. The opening paragraph might give you a sense:

Much later, as he sat with his back against an inside wall of a Motel 6 just north of Phoenix, watching the pool of blood lap toward him, Driver would wonder whether he had made a terrible mistake. Later still, of course, there’d be no doubt. But for now Driver is, as they say, in the moment. And the moment includes this blood lapping toward him, the pressure of dawn’s late light at windows and door, traffic sounds from the interstate nearby, the sound of someone weeping in the next room.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest December 7, 2011 - 12:42pm

I am in the middle of it now. I'll let you know how it is when I finish. So far, so fucking good.