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"Vertical" is an often over-the-top, sometimes poignant, always entertaining story peppered throughout with impenetrably obscure but colorfully descriptive and eminently accurate adjectives... . What happens on the trip north through California accounts for much of the hilarious, ludicrous and outrageous action..Rex Pickett has not let us down. --Kark Klooster, Oregon Wine Press
"Sideways," ....is arguably the most influential wine-themed book that became a film in American history. The film Sideways grossed $250 million... and people are still debating whether it alone caused Pinot Noir sales to spike, or was merely a factor in the variety's astonishing success. Now we have the follow up story in Vertical..." --Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast
Rex Pickett shows that his gift for creating wildly funny scenes is quite intact... The book is laugh-out-loud funny. --Paul Jameson, New York Journal of Books
Rex Pickett is a screenwriter and novelist living in Santa Monica, CA. His novel "Sideways" was made into the movie of the same title, directed and co-adapted by "Election" and "About Schmidt" filmmaker Alexander Payne. "Sideways" garnered over 350 prestigious awards from various critics and awards organizations, including, most notably, the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. It recently was voted as one of 101 Greatest Screenplays of All Time by the Writers Guild of America. Rex's script "My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York" was the basis for the Barbara Schock-directed AFI film which won the 2000 Oscar for Best Live Action Short. He is currently writing a comedy series for HBO entitled "The Nose." "Vertical" is his second novel.
Read it if you want to be very depressed. The Miles Raymond character got on my nerves. For such a looser he sure gets laid a lot!Published 8 days ago by Thaddeus W. Smith
An unnecessary sequel. Unlike Sideways where characters are independent actors, this one casts Miles as dictator, pulling the strings for 1-dimensional puppets of supporting... Read morePublished 2 months ago by typo_kign
What always touched me about Sideways was the way Rex Pickett wrote this character, Miles, whose flaws were real and common, but also presented elements of hope in his otherwise... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeffrey Newman
It seemed slow at first but then picked up. A little too much sex for me, but I'm getting older, darn-it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by CarolynB
After reading Sideways and watching the movie (probably many times), its easy to expect an eventful journey with the sad notes supporting the comic drama of life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rajesh Ashtaputre
Having been in the fine wine business for the past 31 years and with Pinot Noir being the most important part of my business, I appreciated the temporary boost that THE MOVIE,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carl
Rex Pickett is a gifted author, and he takes us (in the person of Miles) on still yet another wine-fueled, logic-challenged wine adventure. Read morePublished 6 months ago by I. King
I get that the main theme is author Pickett's struggle with post-Sideways movie fame. I'm just not clear where the real-life person Rex Pickett ends and the fictional Miles Raymond... Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Barrett
the ending was a bit much...not as much humor from Jack as in SidewaysPublished 9 months ago by Diana Marie