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Slate by [Rowe, Brian]
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Length: 317 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Brian Rowe graduated from Loyola Marymount University, where he studied English & Film. His fiction has appeared in The Absent Willow Review, Mobius Magazine, and Wilde Oats Magazine. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

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  • File Size: 715 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004S30XZC
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By Tiffany A. Harkleroad VINE VOICE on June 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Vivien is a successful Hollywood casting director. With a son starting to dabble in acting, and a successful dentist for a husband, it would seem her life is picture perfect. However, when she finds out her husband is cheating on her, revenge is the only thing on her mind. She must find a way to get back at him, and regain her confidence, no matter who she steps on in the process.

This book was a bit confusing to me. For the majority of the time, it was a mostly sex, not even enough romance to justify calling it a romance novel, just sex. Then, toward the end the romance creeps in, and you start feeling the vibe, and them WHAM you are sideswiped by overt violence. It is was so, in a word, Hollywood.

I liked the character of Vivien a lot, most of the time, but there were times, usually when the writing became sexually graphic, that I felt she seemed, well, out of character. It made for a very bipolar effect for me. I loved the idea of her casting men of various ages to scope out the goods. The whole "cougar" phenomenon is still pretty hot right now, so the fact that she was checking out younger men was actually pretty believable.

I was certainly more interested in what happened in Vivien's office than in her personal life. I loved the various characters around the office, and in some ways I saw them as more her family than her real family was, something many working professionals experience. The twist at the end made me see how important that office family really was to her.

I am not one for sexually gratuitous novels, so in a lot of ways, this book was not a good fit for me, but for those readers who just cannot get enough heat, this book is sure to singe your fingertips.

I received a review copy of this book courtesy of the author.
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Vivien is a Hollywood casting director who catches her husband cheating on her. After she leave him, she decides to get revenge and move on by finding her own leading man. She starts casting for a fake movie to find that perfect guy, but at what cost?

I found this book to be very in your face and Hollywood-y, which I think was the purpose. Vivien was an over-the-top woman on a mission. I found her reaction to her husband's betrayal a little sad and pathetic. Instead of moving on with her life in a productive and mature manner, she turns to revenge and sleaze. But it was quite humourous to read.

The character of Gavin, Vivien's son, was a bit confusing to me. I couldn't really get a grasp on what age he was. Apparently he was 13, but at various times in the book, he seemed much older, or much younger. It seemed that has the story progressed, he went from acting 16 or 17 backwards to 10 or 11. But I don't have much experience with teenaged boys, so maybe his behaviour makes sense. I'm sure growing up in Hollywood makes a big difference as well.

Overall, I found the book entertaining, albeit a tad too direct for me. I have reached an age where I prefer my romance novels sweet and subtle. But that it just a personal opinion. I know plenty of readers would appreciate the "bodice ripper" qualities.
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The story was written okay although I would have liked a bit more detailed ending. I took off stars because most of the characters had no morals, the business ethics were bad and the sex scenes were too many.
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Rowe has written an extremely dark and funny look into the insanity of the Hollywood casting industry, and as somebody who once worked at Los Angeles-based talent management boutiques -- the other side of the casting process discussed in "Slate" -- this reviewer can tell you that he has gotten the details down perfectly. People tend to overlook this very important step in filmmaking, and it's a world ripe with overblown emotions, fragile personalities, often pointless backroom deals and out-of-control egos. Rowe tears into this nutty universe with aplomb, and the novel is at its best when it's at its most biting and satirical.

The ins and outs of Vivien Slate's work life are the best things about the novel, followed closely by the amount of effort Rowe puts into making Vivien a very complicated but ultimately redeemable character. Unlike the two-dimensional cardboard cutouts one often finds in many mainstream, female-led narratives, Vivien is a mess of true-to-life neuroses and contradictions, and Rowe allows her many instances in which she makes some very bad decisions. You know, like a *real person.* Some readers may hate her, but even at her worst, I found her relatable. That's a tough trick to pull off.

I appreciate the novel's resistance to settling into any one particular genre, going from dark satire to relationship drama to ensemble piece to sex comedy etc. etc. etc., but every so often, the tone threatens to jump off the rails. It never quite does that, and the balancing act has a very unique style to it, but some of the emotions get lost in the process, especially for many of the side characters who get lost in the shuffle.

But Vivien, at the center, is a great keystone that holds together some of the novel's lesser elements. Paired with Rowe's extremely knowledgeable insight into the film industry, the novel works.
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