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Morgan Beale is a pop icon and hates every second of it. He begins adapting the latest bestseller, The Chihuahua in the Blue Prada Bag, into a blockbuster movie just before his celebutante wife starts remodeling their Hollywood home, driving Beale to a hotel. Dodging the paparazzi one morning on his way to Starbucks, he spots his writing partner, Luke, who has been dead fo ...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published May 15th 2008 by Arcade Publishing
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Incoherent score-settling book posing as a "satire." The author is a former screenwriter who, judging from this book, thinks he's too clever for the "chimps" in Hollywood, though judging by his IMDB credits I doubt it. So he opts to settle scores by calling everyone who's ever had power over him names and just shooing pot shots at him. You can't do this in a conventional novel narrative, so he invents this hallucinogenic journey that's something like Lewis Carroll on speed, in order to line up h ...more
Hilarious, laugh-out-loud book about a guy who falls into a whole and gets his arm stuck in a starbucks vending machine (that's inside the hole) becuase he's checking to see if his dead best friend (who is now a talking chihuahua)'s typewriter is plugged in. He calls OnStar (because they now have a deal with Starbucks vending machines) and tells them that his hand is stuck. The OnStar guy comes, but then out of a hole within the hole comes the writer of the novel that the guy is trying to adapt ...more
I don't usually read book jackets (maybe I should), and I must have confused this with Starbucked when I picked this up, but the words "A Novel" should have been my red flag. When I started reading Starbucks Nation, I was not expecting the satire, and it took me quite a long while to resign myself to the sarcasm. Midway through the book, I finally was able to accept what the author was trying to accomplish, and there are even some nuggets of humor scattered throughout, but I do find myself racin ...more