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- Print Length: 362 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008YCE50C
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,065,418 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book starts out with an excerpt of Harry's novel, based in London in 1606. This sets up the plot really well and suited the side of me that loves historical fiction. It then moves on to current day LA and sees Harry fall victim to the same scam. I shared Harry's girlfriend's concerns about how far he would take his revenge and was hoping to see him discover a legal redress rather than relying on slightly dubious means of disrupting filming. What unfolds is a clever cocktail of juvenile pranks and well-orchestrated sabotage.
Harry and his friends and allies represent the little people with big hopes, likeable and determined to right and wrong, while those complicit in using his idea for personal gain were suitably sleazy and disreputable. The way Harry pursues his campaign against the wrongdoers made for a really good, at times amusing read. It was a good easy read, largely driven by the clever plot with some interesting insights into the film business, and the ending certainly wasn't what I was expecting. Another good showing by Paul Collis!
The first chapter is the novel-within-the-novel -- the story of young actor Henry whose idea for a play about a murderous usurper gets pilfered by Shakespeare. I will confess that this was my favorite chapter. The well researched historical novel that begins the book was superb. (If Collis decided to write the rest of The Scottish Play novel-within, I'd be happy to read it.) Instead we jump to the present and get life-imitating-art when young actor Harry's novel is stolen by a slimy producer in present-day Hollywood.
The concept could get tricky here and be a bit too cute and contrived, but Collis pulls it off which takes considerable skill.
While the premise goes back to the superstitions around Macbeth, you don't have to have prior knowledge of the play or legends surrounding it. Collis manages to tell the story in a way that makes it enjoyable to those already familiar with some of the history, and accessible to those who aren't. He also offers a very entertaining "insider" view of the less glamorous side of Hollywood -- working and struggling actors, set designers, directors, etc. While some are "types," none are stereotypes. The pacing is good and there's even a bit of suspense, and just enough sense of danger (Could Harry's plans go horribly wrong?) to keep you turning the page.
Possibly another reason for the story's appeal is that while it reminds us that plagiarism has always been an issue, it also deals with the contemporary fear that putting your ideas, writing, photos, pets' names or anything else out in the digital world is a risky endeavor.
To be clear, this is an entertainment, not literary fiction. While some readers might have hoped for more play between the 16th century and the 21st, this is not John Fowles. However, it is the type of book that if you are reading it on a plane and the flight attendant comes around to remind you to turn off your electronic reading device because you're about to land, you might just hide the Kindle between the covers of a magazine (much to chagrin of your better-half) and keep reading.
On the critical side, while the writer has an excellent ear for American English, there were a few spots where his British roots came through in dialogue or the internal ruminations of American characters. (I wrote the author about this and understand that revisions have already been made.)
The author is a very illustrative writer making it easy to picture the studio. I've never been to Hollywood or wanted to be an actor and after reading The Scottish Movie I definitely don't want to. Everyone was so nasty and there was so much back-biting that reading about it was enough for me. The pranks Harry pulled would be funny for a teenager but I didn't find them funny. Because I didn't like Harry going after revenge, I didn't like him. There are numerous characters I really liked. Too many to mention individually. Harry had some good friends.
I didn't love this book as much as some of the other reviewers but did find it an interesting story. The good thing about opinions though is that not everyone has the same ones, so this book will really catch the attention of many readers. All that being said, it was a good book.
Please note I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
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