I have to admit that I read Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice (2010) mostly because I was looking forward to seeing Paul Thomas Anderson's film version. Also, a friend said it was one of Pynchon's best recent novels. I have to admit I am a fan of detective novels, and I could appreciate this on some levels, but I found the whole hippie gumshoe thing a bit "too on the nose." It was as if Pynchon was trying too hard to give the story that 60s feel. One of the joys of the novel was the Pynchon-esque naming of characters: Larry "Doc" Sportello, Mickey Wolfmann, Shasta Fay Hepworth, Tariq Khalil, Glen Charlock, Detective Christian "Bigfoot" Bjornsen, Japonica Fenway, etc. The labyrinthine plot was also a bit of a drag. That being said I am very much looking forward to what Anderson will do with this material. I think it should be be pretty groovy.