16) Neptune Noir: Unauthorized Investigations into Veronica Mars

Edited By: Rob Thomas

Date Finished: 12.04.12

Edited By Rob Thomas

“Annoy, tiny blonde one, annoy like the wind.”
(Veronica Mars, S.1Ep.10, “An Echoll’s Family Christmas”)

And, yes, I realize this leaps far over the line of nerdiness again, but I couldn’t resist.  Neptune Noir is a collection of essays about the show Veronica Mars edited by the show’s creator, Rob Thomas.  I only recently discovered the show and was am completely hooked.  This is quality television, only most people I talk to have seen pieces of it and that was years ago.   Now, I’m the type of person who likes to discuss what I read/watch and I thought this book might give me the conversation I craved.  Also, I was intrigued by the concept of a pop culture essayist because it seemed paradoxical, and still does a bit.

The essays were hit or miss — which is to be expected, of course — but there were more misses than I had hoped.  A few were incredibly thoughtful and I was glad for the perspective, but several fell flat.  What made the book worthwhile were the introductions by Rob Thomas.  He wrote an intro for the book as a whole and then a couple paragraphs before each essay which were wonderfully revealing.  How I would love if he had written the entire book!

A glaring oddity is that Neptune Noir came out between Season 2 and Season 3, which was a somewhat surreal experience.  For one thing, it saddened me to hear the eassayists predict a long life for the show when it only survived one more season.  Also, some pretty big character changes happened in Season 3 which were (generally) for the good of the show, but several essays would have been a great deal more complicated to write had they needed to factor in the third season.  It worked for what the writers knew at that time, but I felt a bit omniscient reading it from the future.

Needless to say, this is not a book to read unless you’ve seen the show.  And honestly, even if you love the show, this is a book to check out from the library and read just the Rob Thomas parts.

At the end of the day: Not for me

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