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Series: Veronica Mars

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Audio Review: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Audio Review: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas and Jennifer GrahamThe Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Jennifer Graham, Rob Thomas
Narrator: Kristen Bell
Series: Veronica Mars,
Also in this series: Veronica Mars
Published by Random House Audio on 25 March 2014
Genres: Abduction, Adult, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Espionage, Friendship, Girls & Women, Mystery & Detective, Suspense
Length: 8 hours 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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Place(s) Traveled To: Neptune, California // Bakersfield, California // Stanford, California

First Line(s): The buses began to roll into Neptune, California, late Friday afternoon and didn’t slow up until Monday.

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas is the start of a new series featuring our favorite sleuth Veronica Mars. Tan Line picks up just a few weeks after the events of the Veronica Mars movie end and in some ways I think that does the book a little bit of an injustice. With the movie you could watch it without being a fan of the show and still enjoy it. Albeit, not as much as the fans as all the inside jokes from the show were missed. But for me, Thousand Dollar Tan Line seems more dependent on the movie and doesn’t really stand on its own as well. Ability to stand on its own aside, Thousand Dollar Tan Line, reads a bit like an episode of the show only instead of a first person narration the book is a weird third person narration that distances the reader from the story. Part of what worked on Veronica Mars was the voice over narration from Veronica and that was something that was missing from the book.

I did like that Kristen Bell was the one who narrated the book but because of the third person narration it just seemed weird and there were certain phrases that would take me out of the story. It was jarring to hear Veronica call herself Veronica and other characters in a clinical, out of body way was just so very odd and while I loved hearing Kristen voice the book there were times when I wish I read read it in print form instead.

As for the mystery, well, its a typical mystery in the land of Neptune only the stakes are a bit higher than back when Veronica was in high school and college. The stakes are a little higher and the clues are a little murkier and as such this one comes across as a bit muddled at times. There were also times when the story dragged a bit for me and and it took a bit long to connect the dots. But there were a few surprises tossed into the story that kept things interesting although there was a distinct lack of Logan in the story. Overall, Thousand Dollar Tan Line was a decent read but it wasn’t a great one. I did enjoy returning to Neptune and I do look forward to more books in this series as I hope that things will smooth out as Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham hit their stride in transitioning Veronica Mars from visual media into print. If you are a fan of the show and movie then this book is worth the read but if you haven’t watched either then this might not be the right book for you.





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Friday, March 14, 2014

Movie Thoughts: Veronica Mars

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Movie Thoughts, Rated PG-13, Review3 Comments

Veronica MarsTitle: Veronica Mars (Official Site)
Tag Line: She thought she was out
Release Date: 14 March 2014
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 107 min
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Crime
Series or Standalone: Standalone (potential for more)
Where Seen: Theater
Production Company:  Rob Thomas ProductionsWarner Bros. Digital Distribution
Distributed By:  Warner Bros.
Director(s): Writer(s): Rob Thomas (screenplay & story), Diane Ruggiero (screenplay)
Stars:  (Veronica Mars),  (Logan Echolls),  (Cindy “Mac” Mackenzie),  (Wallace Fennel),  (Dick Casablancas),  (Gia Goodman),  (Lou “Cobb” Cobbler),  (Stosh “Piz” Piznarski),  (Leo D’Amato),  (Sheriff Don Lamb),  (Eli “Weevil” Navarro),  (Keith Mars),  (Deputy Sacks)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


There aren’t enough words available for me to describe all the feelings that I had while watching the Veronica Mars movie. It made me laugh, it made me gasp, and it almost made me cry. Its a VERONICA MARSbeautiful love letter from Rob Thomas and the gang to all the fans of the tv show and I just couldn’t get enough of it. I was lucky enough to see the movie last night at a special fan event which began with some clips from NYC red carpet interviews with the cast followed by a message from Kristen Bell. Then the movie started and it was almost as if the show never ended. I loved the opening intro which gives people new to the world of Veronica Mars a history of the highlights in the show. And Rob Thomas does a great job of introducing background info on various events and characters as they are introduced in the movie via the voice over technique that we all know and love from the show. It was also fun to see Rob Thomas work in old gags form the show, info from the failed 4th season pitch, well timed use of the the old theme song, and just seeing how well all these characters fit together even after 10 years apart.

The best part of this movie was seeing it in a theatre packed full with Veronica Mars fans. The VM2whole audience would gasp and laugh and clap at different moments in the film and it was all one big happy. All the reactions were real and genuine and walking out of the movie you could only hear people talking about all the moments that they loved about it. And there was so much to love about this movie. All the old favorites from the show were there and there was angst and tension and so many laugh out loud moments. It was great seeing where all the former Neptune High students ended up…and let me tell you one in particular came as a big surprise!

The story line flows like one long episode of Veronica Mars and as such it does follow the standard pattern of the show. The viewers know that Veronica will save the day but its all about the journey and getting her back to Neptune where she belongs. My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough. VM5I wanted more. I didn’t want this movie to end so I was glad when the ending was a bit open-ended. Oh the main mystery of the movie is solved but there are enough threads so that Rob Thomas and the gang could return for another Veronica Mars movie and I really really hope that they will. But even if this is all we get I can say with certainty that this marshmallow was very happy with the results.

Also, there are two little clips that occur in and around the end credits so be sure to hang around for them. Although they aren’t as entertaining as a Marvel movie end scene but VERONICA MARSthey do help to keep the magic of the Veronica Mars movie alive for a few moments more. Now I’m going to go and stalk my inbox as I await for my digital download code for the movie so that I can watch it again and again and again!

Go Pirates!!


My Recommendation: No matter how you watching this – in the theater or via digital download (legally of course!) – this movie is a must see and will appeal fans of the show and those that love a snarky heroine.