Pharmacology San Francisco The digital and pharmaceutical industries are booming They re looking for the young the hip and those on the counterculture fringe to be both the face and consumer of their new wo

  • Title: Pharmacology
  • Author: Christopher Herz
  • ISBN: 9781612181387
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1993 San Francisco The digital and pharmaceutical industries are booming They re looking for the young, the hip, and those on the counterculture fringe to be both the face and consumer of their new world order Recruited by an advertising agency focused on targeting a new drug to her own age demographic, Sarah Striker is grateful for the steady income, but she begins to1993 San Francisco The digital and pharmaceutical industries are booming They re looking for the young, the hip, and those on the counterculture fringe to be both the face and consumer of their new world order Recruited by an advertising agency focused on targeting a new drug to her own age demographic, Sarah Striker is grateful for the steady income, but she begins to question the side effects of the products she s pushing.A kinetic, hyper stylized jolt of pure energy, Herz delivers a strong follow up to his debut novel, The Last Block in Harlem Full of vibrant characters and razor sharp dialogue, Pharmacology captures the voice of the Internet generation with style, heart, and soul.

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    1. Christopher Herz

      Christopher Herz is the author of The Last Block in Harlem, Pharmacology, and Hollywood Forever He has worked every kind of job imaginable, from washing dishes to selling chimney sweep services to writing interactive cartoons for the Pokemon Learning League He lives in Brooklyn with is wife and continues to write novels that invoke reactions and entertain on the edge of comfortability.


    1. I received a copy of this book from First Reads.This is another book where the description on the back is misleading. It sounds like a great story from the synopsis, when in reality is not great at all.The biggest flaw of Pharmacology is the main character Sarah. I understand giving a character a unique voice to help the story, it help a lot when a book is told in first person. Sarah's voice, however, was annoying. Nearly every sentence leaves out the leading pronoun. Here is a quote from the b [...]

    2. This book is so spot on. As a person who lived through the boom of the digital age, you see where the world went very wrong. I complain about high school students who can't communicate outside of a text message, and the answer why is in these pages. And in the coffee, and the medications, and the disconnect with reality. This is a book that will make you want to live off the grid. Pack up everything "analog" and go live a real life with real experiences. I hope Sarah Striker does the same with h [...]

    3. It is always with in-trepidation that you start the second novel from an author, when you loved their first. It was with this in mind that I started Pharmacology by Christopher Herz. Would the book be as good as the first? Was this author just a one hit wonder? Could he continue his writing form into another novel to be loved? Through this book we are taken into a world that we know exists, but may not be comfortable admitting exists. The world of pharmaceutical companies and the tactics that th [...]

    4. Continuing with the first-person style that drew readers to his debut novel, author Christopher Herz is back with another literary treat that takes you into a world where nothing is ever as it seems. Our narrator Sarah finds out firsthand that when life happens it can disrupt the most simple of plans. She is looking for a way to make a difference and support herself and help her family, but when she finds out that her father has cancer, life begins to be just about doing all she can to help thos [...]

    5. This is The Time Capsule you NEED to break open! Read this novel NOW!For those of you who lived life through trial and error in the 90's, Pharmacology offers you an opportunity to shake your head and remember all of those experiences that should have left you rocking in a fetal position in the corner.Christopher Herz takes you for a joy ride into the coming of age of twentysomethings in San Francisco circa 1993. The author exposes a very real sub culture of executives with a penchant for dominan [...]

    6. Finding what your are looking for never looks like you think it will" A perception of Sarah Striker and can be applied to most of the human race. Pharmacology is a interesting mix of cultures an worlds that intertwine in one womans path in life for a time Characters are colorful and unique all unto themselves. While you see thru Sarahs eyes the journey she embarks on trying to find herself,do the right thing and help her Pops (which is what I call my dad) you see the people she surrounds herself [...]

    7. This novel has caused me to open a new virtual shelf. The digital revolution is so recent, so immediater we are barely aware that the world has changed so irrevocably in such a short time. Sarah Striker ius a good soul who moves to San Francisco in order to make the most money possible to help her ailing father in Kansas City. Misssouri (she always stresses that distinction). Her McAllister Street housemates, a collection of x-gen "types," provide her access to the underworld of the City/ One of [...]

    8. There is no way to sum up the literary complexity of Herz’s book Pharmacology. It is amazing, there is so much going on. Herz’s characters break new grounds. He takes you farther into the dark truths of every one of his character’s lives. I thought I knew or understood Herz’s writing, I was so wrong. Just when I thought I might have figured it out I’d get slapped with a new twist. I loved it. My head is still spinning from all the lessons that could be taken from it. You will not be di [...]

    9. That had to be the craziest, coolest story I've ever read! I love people who try to stand up to the government for things like this. Sarah Striker did a fantastic job with it to with the help of her friend, Alberto. I was so glad I finally got around to reading this book because I've been staring at it on my shelf for the longest time, it feels like. I loved all of the relationships that Sarah got into because they added another layer to the story. The characters were very believable, like they [...]

    10. Ehhhh. I was not enamored by this book. The concept and the style were really interesting at first, so I pressed on, and by the time I was bored (give or take 60% through) I wanted to know how this awful depressing tale was resolved. (For the record: the ending made me cry and was more or less what I expected, but satisfying to a degree.) I'm kind of relieved it's over. I know Herz was trying to write something that would make me uncomfortable, and he succeeded. Good for him, I guess, but defini [...]

    11. Christopher Herz has done it again-greating a moving, surprising plot that will keep you hooked until the end in his second novel "Pharmacology"! Herz creates vivid characters that jump off the page. Their true to life struggles and experiences pull readers in and keep them invested in the story until the last page. The plot and storyline are unique and captivating, leaving readers thinking about how modern technologies and medications have an effect on their own lives. You won't want to miss ou [...]

    12. This is the second time in my whole life that I did not finish a book. I got to page 35 and I could not read anymore. This book is awful! It is about a girl who moves the city and shares a house with other young kids. There is a young couple who is addicted to drugs and makes a living by being prostitutes. The book might turn into a inspiring story in the end but I could not even get though the beginning.

    13. I received the book as part of the First Reads program. About the 3 Star Rating:Pharmacology is written in what you might call a semi-hardboiled or semi-noir style. But I’m not a person that is a fan of even true noir. Had I known the book had that “gritty pulp fiction” tone I would not have entered the First Reads contest and let someone who appreciates this style more win. (Side note: maybe should let us preview the books in the contest?) But that’s not what happened, so for the sake [...]

    14. (Review originally posted on my blog, misprintedpages.wordpress)Pharmacology is an interesting breed of book. In one big pot it melts together music, gay and lesbianism, joblessness, and biggest of all, drugs and the world we live in—how it’s changed and continues to change, carried as we are on the currents of life.The novel follows Sarah Striker, a girl who’s anything but brittle and knows the value of money and will do anything she can to get her hands on it. Her cause isn’t a selfish [...]

    15. I bought this book for only one reason- the title. Pharmacology has been a subject that I originally intended to study in college, and seeing a novel with this word as its title drew me in. I enjoyed reading the book, although it is a lot more "hipster" than most of the books I read. I feel that the back cover summary does not adequately describe what actually happens in this book, though. I felt misled by it. What follows is my nitpicking at details in the summary. "Recruited by an advertising [...]

    16. I have never ever heard of this book and found it when I did a search for audiobooks narrated by Kate Rudd. You know Kate! She narrated The Fault In Our Stars! I loved her work with that book so much it made me purchase this one solely based on her work (and the price of course). This story centers around Sarah Striker, a young high school graduate who moves to San Francisco to make some money to help pay for her father's cancer treatment. At the time of her leaving Kansas City, Mo. San Francisc [...]

    17. Poorly written, poorly edited books like this infuriate me. I don't care how "indie" you or your book may be, if it's not well-written and barely even edited, then why is it even published? It's insulting to me, as an avid reader, bibliophile and writer myself, that someone would consider this a finished work. It reads like the outline for a screenplay someone dashed off on the back of a napkin coming down from a meth binge.The concept (damn the man/overmedication of society) is interesting. The [...]

    18. Storyline was interesting but it dragged a bit. Towards the end, story felt like it could be a film which I would like to watch :)Novel was about a teenager whose dad was suffering from an illness and he has been taking drugs doctors have been prescribing him but he suffers from the side effects of the medications and treatments. Sarah, the protagonist moves to San Francisco to find work to support her fathers medical bills. She goes through a series of relationship problems (would like her more [...]

    19. This book wasn't exactly what I was expecting or really hoping for. I really thought it'd be a story discussing the evils of the pharma industry. While it does get into that bit, it only happens during the last quarter of the book. Quick summary: Sarah is a Midwesterner who has settled in San Francisco hoping to turn her life around. Unfortunately, her parents needs money so she must get a real-life job, and here comes a well-paying job in the pharma industry. Sarah works as a double agent of so [...]

    20. Hmm - this book missed the mark for me. I enjoyed the PREMISE and the look into life on the cusp of computers and technology, but it spoke more to me as someone who is longing for a time before computers who also has a personal vendetta against the health care industry. The part where Sarah's artist friend Colin quit the high paying job because he couldn't stand to look at a computer screen anymore really seemed irresponsible but I guess things were simpler and life was cheaper and easier to liv [...]

    21. I can't even remember how I came across this book. It might have been a Kindle recommendation baded on other downloads . . . anyway, I'm glad I read it! Solid 4 stars!I don't typically give a synopsis of the story when I do my reviews, you can do that work for yourself. I'll just give ya what I liked.This book had a little of a lot of things. It had some intrigue, some romance, some drugs, some modern day urban vampire wierdness. Most of all it had a good solid story. AND it made you THINK!! How [...]

    22. Basically what everyone else is saying: interesting premise that falls a bit flat, and an obnoxious main character that ruins it all. The main character seemed to slingshot back and forth between annoying cynicism and even more annoying naivety. I can see what qualifies as tough in Missouri being chewed up in San Francisco, but it didn't read that way. It was just a bad patchwork of traits. The sans-pronoun sentences didn't bother me, as I assumed they were meant to show how her attention span h [...]

    23. Couldn't hate this book more. It was free, and the fact that I continued reading it is a mystery to me. As a pharmacist, I was intrigued by the sub-plot of Sarah going “undercover” for a marketing firm that “creates” disease so the drug companies can make millions “treating” said disease. The concept of that part of the book was great. But it got bogged down with the people in Sarah’s life. It seemed to be more of a story of drug-abuse, sex dungeons, and the fringe people of San Fr [...]

    24. I was worried about this book when I started it. The voice of the narrator, Sarah, is jaded and 1990s-hipster. Much of the book is written in phrases that leave out the subject pronouns, and she also seems to report on what is happening rather than react to it. She seems detached, and the book floats along without much of a clear sense of how much time has passed. Events happen to her and she just keeps swimmingI wanted to feel more than I did.However, I just kept reading. At some point, I knew [...]

    25. I confess I did not get more than about 50 pages into this book, so I am not going to rate it; however, I will explain why I am putting it down and marking it as a 'lost-interest'The writing style just grated my nerves. I couldn't get past all the broken sentences and the profanity in it. That and I don't particularly like stories about drug addicts and drug abuse I'm sure I will get people saying 'well, why the hell did you pick up a book called 'Pharmacology' with a pill - a drug- on it anyway [...]

    26. Ugh. The description should have been, "I am going to use a lot of catch phrases from the San Francisco sub-culture so you'll know I was really there." The description was completely misleading. The sub-culture could have been summed up in a few paragraphs. That era has been described so many times, and in a much better way that the book brings nothing new to the table. The obscure slang words "can" to refer to spray can of the graffiti artist or "zine" to refer to a underground magazine are tot [...]

    27. I'm not sure what to say about this book, exactly. It's half expose of some oddball San Fran residents and half expose of the drug marketing industry; half internal conflicts blended with love, feeling, and disappointment, and half views of how to survive in reality. Drugs, booze, the law, women and men and relationships, real life and a career, living with yourself, scary half-truths of drugs and disease. I dunno. The review here is as scattered as the book sometimes, but ultimately I liked it. [...]

    28. Sarah Striker is a creative Midwesterner who follows the California dream and lands in San Francisco just in time for the digital boom. She dives into the underground scene, before going undercover to expose the bad practices of the pharmaceutical industry. Along the way she learns she's not alone in being on the fringe, just how easy it to lose yourself, and how far people will go to make money.Overall a good read. It took me a while to get into/over the writing style (the missing I in sentence [...]

    29. The synopsis of the book sounds great. The writing seems hip. I got maybe 1/3 through the book and I kept waiting for a Plot. I read books for plot and storyline. If you do too, don't bother reading this book.The main character wonders around: new roommates, new city, new drugs, maybe new guy, new zine. ZERO plot. Maybe the plot is at the end of the book? she hasn't started working for a drug company. No idea what her zine is about after she's talked about it a few times. I just stopped reading [...]

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