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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.
I know what Pickett and therefore Miles wants to try to "say" or "write" but he just didn't do a good job of it.
Vertical, Rex Pickett's follow up to his acclaimed debut novel Sideways, is a rewarding read for anyone who loved the Sideways novel or the film adaptation.
Author Rex Pickett has a propensity for creating strong characters, and his command of the English language is admirable.
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 days ago by J. Barrett
the ending was a bit much...not as much humor from Jack as in SidewaysPublished 1 month ago by Diana Marie
If you want to give Rex more money then buy this book. It serves no purpose beyond that - I neither laughed nor cried and in no way found it worth reading.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely loved Sideways (the book and the movie). Couldn't make it through Vertical, just doesn't have the magic and I couldn't stay interested.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unfortunately Vertical seems like a weak story overall. It doesn't have the same effortless and intriguing prose as Sideways, but the author does try to carry the same tone. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jack
Too many three and four syllable words. Could have saved time by euthanizing his mother in the first third of the book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by deepdvr_ca
I was really looking forward to this book, but what a disappointment! As many readers noted I discovered Rex Pickett trough the movie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sergey Muradyan