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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Luigi's Chinese Delicatessen by Jim Vines | Book Review

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book but it was an awesome read. I think I read it in only four sittings which is saying a lot because a) I'm really busy with two jobs and four kids, and b) it's over 300 pages long. 

I've never read a story about a screenwriter trying to make it in Hollywood, but it was a blast. Before reading the first word I was already interested. I'm a writer and I love movies. I've toyed with a script, getting up to like 13 pages, but I stick to fiction. That said I loved the parts of this story where the main character Trent got down to writing. There were tons of awesome scenes of him getting the writing done driven by inspiration, a deadline, or both. It's always cool to see how others write and even though Trent is a fictional character he sure feels real when you're reading the book. I loved seeing him struggle, and man did he struggle in this book. It made me root for him big time.

Jim Vines writes a great story. It was an easy read. The story moves at a great pace. It's not clogged up with unnecessary scenes or description. Just story. Even though the book is fairly long I sat down and before I knew it I had read like 74 pages. I think I read 5 pages for my first reading session, then knocked out the rest of the 300 or so pages in only three more reading sessions.

The crude language and sex scenes in this book weren't my cup of tea. I did appreciate, however, that the scene would always end before going into much detail. The characters acted like real people do and you get the good and bad with that. I guess when you're dealing with characters in Hollywood anything less than a bunch of jerks would be unrealistic.

I loved how the book was written in first person. It was like reading a memoir more than a fictional story which was pretty sweet. The story had a great flow and it was fun to go for a ride through Hollywood with Trent as he struggles to get his art onto the page and hopefully onto the big screen.

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