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Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line Paperback – March 25, 2014
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Praise for the television series Veronica Mars
A Time, Entertainment Weekly, and Salon Best Show of the Year
“Nancy Drew meets Philip Marlowe, and the result is pure nitro.” —Stephen King
"Best. Show. Ever. Seriously, I've never gotten more wrapped up in a show I wasn't making, and maybe even more than those. . . . These guys know what they're doing on a level that intimidates me. It's the Harry Potter of shows." —Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy and writer/director of Marvel's The Avengers
"Classic California film noir. . . . Raymond Chandler in its writing." —The Seattle Times
“Sharp wits, steely nerves, and a wicked sense of humor. . . . This is one TV case we don’t want to see closed.”—USA Today
“It’s what lies deeper that not only makes the show remarkable but what defines it. Mysteries are its central metaphor; Veronica solves little puzzles because she, like all of us, cannot unravel the bigger ones. . . . Filled with deft, glorious wit.” —Entertainment Weekly
About the Author
Rob Thomas is the creator of the television series Veronica Mars and the cocreator of the television series Party Down. He lives in Austin with his wife and two children. He hasn’t fully recovered from Ray Allen’s three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals.
Jennifer Graham graduated from Reed College and received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her short stories have appeared in The Seattle Review and Zahir. She currently lives in Austin with her husband.
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It isn't that the book is bad. I think that perhaps the problem, for me, is that it just reads so much like the script .pdf for the movie. The voices I hear, as I read this are those of the characters--but there is a certain hollowness. There is so much potential for these books, I just think it was a miss (mostly). This is a chance to pick up readers who will go back and experience the show for the first time...but unlike the novels I normally read I don't see it standing alone or being engaging to those who don't already "know" these characters.
The plot is decent, it reads like a normal episode, and the writing for the show as always brilliant--with perhaps a lot less snark than used to be normal--but with the usual complexity, while staying true to the character's tone and personality. I just find it missing something I can't place my finger on.
It is entirely possible that it is the lack of Logan's presence that is part of my perception that this is a miss...or a big part of the "why". The dynamic between the two has always been a big part of what works for the show.
I pre-ordered this novel, and I will do so with the next one. I still think was worth the money to read. I just have much higher hopes for the next one. I still find it to be a gift that this lives on, and I hope for more real life installments of the show/movie. It is not a bad book, I just know that Rob has a better book in him. I've already seen how amazing he can be...these books can be just as good.
Keith is still recovering from the serious car crash and there are nothing but crickets for Mac and Veronica at Mars Investigations. But then the Chamber of Commerce hires them to investigate the spring break disappearance of a college girl, since it's become a national cause celèbre, bad for Neptune's businesses, and Sheriff Lamb is clearly not competent to do the job.
Just as in the series and the movie, Veronica dives in, calling on her cadre of friends, like Mac and Wallace, to help out with legwork and the high-level technical stuff. The mystery is on a par with what we're used to, with the added benefit of a major plot twist that Veronica runs into during the investigation and that rocks her back on her heels.
As a book, of course this was somewhat less heavy on the dialog than a film/TV script. That makes sense, but it did mean there wasn't quite as much of that snarky patter that we all love. It's there, definitely, just less of it. The big thing for LoVe 'shippers is that since Logan is deployed, he's not as big a factor as you'd like. But his absence gives Veronica a chance to think hard about all the changes in her life and their implications, and for Veronica and Keith to deal with them.
Although I'd preordered the book, when I found out that the audiobook was read by Kristen Bell, I had to have it. It was like all those nights watching the show, to have Kristen Bell's voice in my ear, reading the story. Of course she's great as herself, but she's surprisingly good at giving voices to all the other characters.
The verdict: It's not a pony, but it's a good gift.