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by Hal Ackerman

  • ISBN: 1935562142
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Hal Ackerman
  • Subcategory: United States
  • Other formats: mbr mobi azw lrf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books; First Printing edition (August 1, 2010)
  • Pages: 300 pages
  • FB2 size: 1127 kb
  • EPUB size: 1134 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 307
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HAL ACKERMAN has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for the past twenty-four years and is currently co-chair of the . Hal Ackerman, Stein, Stoned. Thank you for reading books on LiTube.

HAL ACKERMAN has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for the past twenty-four years and is currently co-chair of the screenwriting program. The Ackerman Way, is in its third printing, and is the text of choice in a growing number of screenwriting programs around the country.

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Hal Ackerman has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for the past twenty-four years. His book Write Screenplays That Sell. The Ackerman Way, is in its third printing. Used availability for Hal Ackerman's Stein, Stoned. July 2010 : USA Hardback.

A soft-boiled detective story where The Big Lebowski meets Fletch. A soft-boiled detective story where "The Big Lebowski" meets "Fletch. In the sixties, Harry Stein was the foremost authority on cannabis, writing a book on indoor cultivation and inventing thirteen different hybrids. Nowadays, he stays straight to keep joint custody of his daughter. But when a crop of "orchids" goes missing, Stein must re-enter the haze he thought he'd left behind.

A soft-boiled detective story where The Big Lebowski meets Fletch.

In the sixties, Harry Stein was the foremost authority on cannabis, writing a book on indoor cultivation and inventing thirteen different hybrids. Nowadays, he stays straight to keep joint custody of his daughter. But when a crop of "orchids" goes missing, Stein must re-enter the haze he thought he'd left behind.

Hal Ackerman has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television for the past twenty-four years. His book Write Screenplays That Sell . . . The Ackerman Way, is in its third printing.


Reviews about Stein, Stoned (7):
Love Me
I had this book floating around my Kindle for a couple of years, lost in the chaos of too many downloads. I was intrigued by the plot, so my lack of attention had nothing to do with disinterest. I mention this only because my copy shows as being published in 2010, whereas this Amazon copy (same cover) claims the publishing year as 2013. I noticed this because it's not showing up as a verified purchase. So it's possible the book has been edited since the first release, though I have to assume the major content remains the same.

The book started with promise. I liked Stein's character. He's an aging hippie, once the epitome of "pothead", who is now trying to raise his daughter responsibly. While I liked the premise and his character, the story quickly fell apart me for. One major problem area came with characterization. All the women in this book are spineless and/or crazy, acting like lunatics and willing to do anything for Stein, despite receiving little to nothing in return. Well, aside from his domineering and controlling ex-wife, who is the complete opposite of all the other women. Then we have the gay men, who are part of the major plot. Their characters are completely stereotypical. Rather than comical, as I think they are meant to be, it feels like a bad sitcom.

This brings us to the plot - or plots. There are really two storylines here. The major plot is about the theft of shampoo bottles. Having spent many years in the hair business, I know all about the importance of labels and name brands. But, even with that knowledge, this plot was over-the-top, bordering on silly. Also, the suspense and intended twists wind up an overly complicated mess. There is a murder, with graphic content that feels out of place in this otherwise kind of comic relief story. Without offering spoilers, I'll just say that Stein's part in this feels forced and his emotional investment unrealistic.

The secondary plot is about the missing pot, and that was initially far more interesting. Sadly, that storyline took a turn into the absurd. In both cases, Stein appears to be the only person able to solve the problems for these complete strangers.

While the story has moments that shine, and parts did make me laugh, overall it lacked depth and was too ridiculous to take seriously.
Der Bat
I read the second book in the series, first. Stein, Stung was such a hoot that I had to go back and buy "Stein, Stoned", the first book starring the frequently hapless Harry Stein.

It's somewhere around the year 2000 and Harry is still adjusting to the demise of the 60's. Back then, he was the go-to man on marijuana, friend to the stars and author of a famous, or is it infamous, book on how to cultivate cannabis indoors. Now, nearing 50, he gamely works on his respectability. The alternative is to lose joint custody of Angie, his teenage daughter. He even sold his ancient parti-colored and much-graffitied VW bus.

Harry's main source of income is investigating claims for a reinsurance company. They send him to ferret out the facts of the missing shampoo bottles. No joke, Espe' is the lastest hit in upmarket hair products, and the owner is apoplectic that someone could be selling fake Espe' with the stolen bottles.

In the meantime, though, Stein gets a commission based on his former reputation. Brian Goodpasture cultivates premium hash for a medical marijuana doctor. Someone just stole his whole warehouse of drying weed.

How these two thefts come together for Harry is hilarious. I'll leave you with some quotes that made me smile.

Goodpasture is trying to hire Stein, and tell him what the case is about. He uses a round about reference to agricultural products, and "Stein felt a nostalgic glow for those elliptical conversations you had when you were worried about being bugged by the FBI."

Here's Stein parking on a hill. This is ME! "Stein parked facing uphill and turned his wheels out from the curb; then turned them the other way. He knew that one of them was right, and briefly pondered whether it was of greater virtue to be partially uninformed or completely."

Then there's a part that made me laugh out loud. Stein, totally paranoid about being followed, spies a man hovering near Stein's car. Stein rushes towards the man, who in his panic gets his legs tangled in each other and falls to the ground in front of Harry. Then Stein hits a pothole and wrenches his own ankle. "Both men lay writhing on the ground five feet apart from each other. Stein's adversary made another wild attempt to flee. Stein pulled himself onto one leg and hopped fiercely after him...."

I can just see him hopping fiercely!

Fun book and fun mystery series!

Happy Reader
Mavegelv
Move over Chaucer, because UCLA's "Ab fab", Hal Ackerman, has written his own "Cannabis tales" and with STEIN, STONED, you take a journey that even Chaucer would have enjoyed. Stein is a character that I identified with immediately as his 1960's era was my own, and to bring him into the LA world of today, made the book such a great read. All the characters who take this "cannabis" journey are remarkable in their personalities and their own set of issues.
I loved the relationship with his teen age daughter and the problems he had with the ex wife and attempting to raise her his way. What really got the book going for me was when he discovers the beautiful model in her home-I kept picturing way up in Laurel canyon-and the trip he takes from there and how "cannabis" propels the story forward from Los Angeles to Amsterdam. The variety of characters in STEIN, STONED, is so very "LA", and yet at the same time, they could be anywhere where a middle aged man is attempting to overcome his past for the sake of his daughter whom he truly loves.
As Hal taught me in the UCLA Professional Screenwriting program, I kept thinking of what Hal would say, "WHAT DOES STEIN WANT?"; what are his WANTS? and for me, it is Stein's love for his daughter, his wanting to separate himself from his "cannabis past" for the love of his daughter. Coming from a divorced family, that theme was so real to me. Then there is the murder element thrown into the story which includes a cast of characters that even West Hollywood would run away from. An amazing ending..
However, the most emotional and powerful scenes are in the last chapter of the book, where a man becomes a real hero in saving his family. That last scene will stay with me forever.
So Hal, I say, as your fan and a student of writing, thank you for STEIN STONED, and always, "GO BRUINS"!

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