I finished this book today during my lunch break, after having read it feverishly into the wee hours the last few nights. I am unexpectedly sad that it’s over. This book was, against my expectations, absolutely wonderful.
Just for posterity, I am a big fan of Nick Cole’s ( @nickcole ) writing. His insights and page-turner style are very appealing to my tastes as a reader and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of his books that I’ve read. But, I had a hard time getting started with this book.
This is not a usual “Nick Cole” book. No robots, no gamers, no dystopian madness, no zombies. Heck, for a good 25% of the book, I don’t think any of the characters even had proper names! Instead, it was about a whole different kind of desperate madness: Hollywood.
10% in I was going to lay it down, but other reviews were coming in about how great it was, and, like I said, I’m a big Nick Cole fan, so I was willing to keep pushing through.
I’m very glad I did. Around the 25% mark things started to turn around and by 40% I was absolutely hooked and, literally, driven to keep turning pages well past midnight to see what happened to these characters.
The story centers around “The Great Director”, a Spielberg-esque figure who is having serious scares about his mortality and has become convinced that he needs to escape Hollywood in order to save his life. But, being who he is, the only way to truly escape, to make it so no one will ever call him to make another movie, he has to utterly destroy the blockbuster he is currently working on.
As we follow along while he tries over and over to slay this dragon of a film, the reader gets a front row seat into the abject absurdity of the movie business from a skilled writer who has lived it.
This is not a typical Nick Cole book, but it may, incredibly, be his best so far. Very highly recommended.