Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S ThompsonAfter enjoying the Rum Diary so much I figured lets go crazy and read the more well known Hunter classic – Fear and Loathing. Again this has been made into a film which I have seen a bunch of times, again starring Jonny Depp. This film is pretty cool, but is is kinda hard to follow without paying a lot of attention. This is a story that is fast paced and intense. Hunter’s writing makes it like that and sometimes it helps to re read a paragraph or two. The book is much better than the film. Details and descriptions are more vivid in words than on screen in the Hollywood adaptation. It is a pretty short book (read in a couple of days) so well worth a read.

It was nice to be reading on the Kindle again too – it really does improve the experience.

The Rum Diary by Hunter S Thompson

The Rum Diary by Hunter S ThompsonMost people will know the general gist of the story seeing as it has just been on in the cinema and had trailers blasted all over the interwebs. The film stars Johnny Depp (who I generally like) in another Hunter S Thompson book to film adaptation. The first one (feat and loathing in las vegas) went pretty well so I figured this one cant be too bad either. The reviews I have heard so far do not agree however and I have yet to verify that myself.

On recommendation though I bought the kindle edition (under a fiver) for a little pre Xmas reading. I did not have a whole lot of time but luckily its a pretty short book. Knowing what to expect from Hunter S Thompson books (debauchery) and the title, I was pretty into this within a few paragraphs. The writing is descriptive, fast paced and funny. I couldnt put it down and ended up finishing it in a couple of days.

I am actually looking forward to watching the film, though I know it will inevitably be disappointing as there is no way it can live up to the book. This would be a cool holiday read.