August 2, 2010

Stein, Stoned by Hal Ackerman - Marijuana Books

"Pot smokers, past and present, will best appreciate the fiction debut of UCLA theater professor Ackerman..."
Publishers Weekly

If you learned to read on time, or better yet, learned to love reading on time, you probably went through a "mystery" phase. Don't you remember Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys, and better yet, those times when they teamed up! Or perhaps you are more familiar with novelizations of "Scooby Doo" episodes. Now take the power of mystery fiction, throw in a Dective/Insurance agent who is a Woodstock descendant and weed connoiseiur, and you've got part of the recipe for Stein, Stoned.

The book follows the story of a retired weed legend who spends his days getting the life sucked out of him as an "re-insurance" agent. He went straight in order to keep custody of his daughter after his divorce. Then like the gunslinger turned priest in a old Clint Eastwood film, he becomes reacquainted with his old trade. It's all uphill from there.

The weed references in the book are down right educational. I feel like I could pull off an intellectual debate on cannabis genetics just from reading the first 4 chapters. Ackerman weaves a wonderful weedy web. From the detail in the every description to the delicate unfolding of the layers of mystery.

Unfortunately all of Ackerman's book signings are now over (which is too bad because I would have liked to get my "promotional" copy signed), but you can still keep up with him on his website.



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