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The Method Paperback – December 9, 2016
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KJ Adan lives in Los Angeles with her fancy rescue cat. All her actor friends are truly lovely people who in no way whatsoever inspired any of this story, except maybe how they order food and drinks.
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Normally, when someone I know writes a book (and I have met the author on occasion), I start to read it but—due to my own personal failings—the editor's red pencil comes out. Where other people are nice to their friends, I (a jerk) tend to be brutal about a book's flaws, and (because I'm not THAT much of a jerk) the book tends to get put on the shelf and I never speak of it again.
The miracle of this book for me, then, is that the pencil went away, for the most part. There is a minor technical issue with the paragraph indents. There are two or three places where a word was used inappropriately (like "peruse" and "effect"). But overall, this is an enjoyable (but nasty, I did mention nasty, didn't I?) bit of pulp with some magnificent satire which I especially enjoyed as a native of the region.
One thing I really appreciated was that (unlike some bestselling novels I've read lately) the characters are genuinely different. Even when seen through the eyes of the main character, who sees everything in utilitarian terms, it seems, the reader gets the sense of different people with different speaking patterns, different priorities and different views of the world—even when that view of the world is ruthlessly homogenized (as Hollywood's is).
Because this is one of the book's greatest strengths—along with creating a parallel Hollywood with fabulous sci-fi/action franchises like "Shrapnel" and "Void of Valiphex" as well as quirky comedies like "Katy Kaplan: Sys Admin"—it's fair to say that there were a couple of places in the book where I wasn't sold on the main character. We get such a great picture of him early on, certain things jangle to the ear later on. Like, he says "like" in, like, that way, at one point.
Oh, and the ending could have been sharper. I liked how you really didn't know until the last moment how it was going to play out. On the other hand, I liked less that I'm not 100% sure still how it was going to play out.
But if I'm down to critiquing stuff like that, you know it's solid.
1. I read this via Kindle Unlimited, so I don't show as a verified purchaser. I really wish that Amazon would link our KU histories to reviews the way they do purchases.
2. I have known, and liked, the author online for several years. She's one of those friends that you've never met in person that the online world creates.
How does an actor get inside the head of a character to bring him to life onscreen? An action hero-style actor facing his first "serious" role faces just this problem. How he finds his way into the mind of a serial killer is a tale of suspense liberally leavened with humor and spiced with sex, and lovingly spread across Southern California with a touch that made this California exile miss the madness that is Southern California. I took this long to get around to reviewing it because when I get near the end of a book I'm really enjoying and know that there is no sequel (yet) I have a bad habit of rationing the last quarter of the book because I don't want to be over. If leaving the reader wanting more is the measure of success then KJ succeeded.