Book Review | Pharmacology


Book: Pharmacology
Author: Christopher Herz
Format: Ebook
Length: 224 pgs
My Rating: 1/5
2013 Reading Challenges: 2013 EBook Challenge; New Authors Challenge 2013
I’d Recommend to: …

Goodreads Synopsis:
1993. San Francisco. The digital and pharmaceutical industries are booming. They’re looking for the young, the hip, and those on the counterculture fringe to be both the face and consumer of their new world order. Recruited by an advertising agency focused on targeting a new drug to her own age demographic, Sarah Striker is grateful for the steady income, but begins to question the side effects of the products she’s pushing.Sarah begins publishing an underground ‘Zine to expose the secrets behind the pharmaceutical industry’s aims. Fulfilled by her quest to spread the truth, her new life seems to be working out perfectly-until she realizes that she herself is perilously close to becoming a victim of this new corporate world.A kinetic, hyper-stylized jolt of pure energy, Herz delivers a strong follow up to his debut novel, The Last Block in Harlem. Full of vibrant characters and razor-sharp dialogue, Pharmacology captures the voice of the Internet generation with style, heart, and soul.

My Review:
Read the book. Didn’t like the book. Understood the book. I thought it was going to be really engaging – full of vibrant characters and razor-sharp dialogue. Characters are in grayscale. Dialogue needs a whetstone. Lots of inherent hypocrisy – on purpose? Pretty sure it was author’s choice to contrast Sarah’s problems with pharmacology industry with her own drug using and eventual dealing.

Did that paragraph drive you crazy? Then do not read this book. It is kind of written that way:

They all nodded. Remember looking around at them and realizing that we were in a house meeting talking about whether or not to start up a sex dungeon in the place where we lived. This was not talk about who should buy toilet paper or working out a schedule for washing dishes.

The Last Line:
You get it – you just might not like it.

3 thoughts on “Book Review | Pharmacology

    • Justice says:

      I was really disappointed since I’d heard good things. It just didn’t capture my attention or make me want to read more of his work. To each their own, though!


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