smartpopbooks (smartpopbooks) wrote in neptune_high,

Neptune Noir-- new Veronica Mars book

Hi all-- I work for a book publisher called BenBella Books, and I wanted to pop by and let you guys know about a book we've got out on Veronica Mars (if you haven’t already heard!) called Neptune Noir. It’s edited by Rob Thomas, and is an anthology of fun, funny and insightful essays on the show by people like TWoP’s Couch Baron,’s Heather Havrilesky, and many others.

From the official press release:

Murder, rape, and maneuvering the high school hallways: just an average day in the life of an average American girl. With a hardcore fan base that tunes in religiously every Tuesday night, Veronica Mars has offered TV fans a fix of deliciously dark plotlines, romantic entanglements, and hard realities about life in a town with “no middle class”—and no middle ground either.

Now in its third season, Veronica Mars is tightening its grip on television audiences. NEPTUNE NOIR delves into the gritty, shadowy world of the teen detective and resurfaces with insights on the show’s uncommon formula for success, Veronica and Logan’s unlikely love affair, the role of “daddy dearest” in a show oddly devoid of mother figures, and other elements that make the show so appealing and, in the words of Veronica Mars creator and NEPTUNE NOIR’s editor Rob Thomas, “a saving grace.”

NEPTUNE NOIR offers fans of the snarky, smart, and savvy show the intelligent analysis it deserves, putting doubters behind bars and enthusiastically throwing away the key.

    Investigations Include:

  • Have car, will travel: Lawrence Watt-Evans investigates the symbolism behind each character’s cleverly chosen preferred method of transportation

  • Deanna Carlyle speculates that the real appeal of Veronica Mars is that Neptune is actually a microcosm of the US of A

  • Evelyn Vaughn celebrates the use of voice-over in the show that harkens back to the Golden Age of the troubled gumshoe

  • Law professor Alafair Burke explores why viewers accept teenaged Veronica as Neptune’s front line of criminal justice

  • Comic strips and Chris McCubbin unearth conservative slants in a liberal medium

    You can preview a few of the essays (including Rob’s intro) and order on our site: Neptune Noir on . . .

    . . . or from Amazon: Neptune Noir on Amazon

    Thanks for letting me intrude! :)

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