The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson seemed to truly understand each other.   Depp starred as Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the movie based on Thompson’s 1971 book of the same name.  Depp is back in The Rum Diary, based on a novel by Thompson about a freelance journalist in Puerto Rico in the late 50s.

BookPeople loves the work of Hunter S. Thompson, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting this new film.  To get you excited about BOTH the book and the movie, we’ve got some great prize packs to give away!

Simply comment on this post about your favorite Hunter S. Thompson book and/or Johnny Depp movie, and you’ll be entered to win a Rum Diary prize pack, which includes a movie poster, reporter’s notebook, copy of The Rum Diary book, and a pass for 2 to see the film!**  Wow!

We’ll randomly choose the winners on Wed., 11/9 at 4PM.  Comment away, and good luck!

 

**Winners must be able to pick up the prize pack from BookPeople. We cannot mail them out – sorry!**

17 thoughts on “The Rum Diary

  1. Having read all of HST’s books at least twice (except for the volumes of letters), “The Great Shark Hunt” is still my go to book if I’m in the mood to read some HST without committing myself to “Hell’s Angels” or one of the full length “Fear & Loathing” books. It would also be the one I’d recommend to a newcomer after the obligatory “F&L”

    1. Congratulations Jeremy! Via random.org, you’ve been chosen as one of the winners! Stop by BookPeople any time through 11/20 to pick up your prize pack – it will be held behind the registers under your name.

  2. I love Hunter S. Thompson’s collections of letters. They’re mostly edited by Douglas Brinkley – a professor at Rice, Austin resident, and all-around badass historian. They really showcase how confident Thompson was about his career and his life in general (he kept carbon copies of all of his personal letters, convinced early on that they’d be published one day). My favorite collection is _The Proud Highway_

    1. Congratulations! Via random.org, you’ve been chosen as one of the winners! Stop by BookPeople any time through 11/20 to pick up your prize pack – it will be held behind the registers under your name.

  3. “The Great Shark Hunt” was my introduction to Hunter S. Thompson, so it will always be my favorite. I agree that it’s an excellent entry point for new readers because of the varied subjects and styles. Hilarious, terrifying stuff.

  4. The Brave is one of my favorite Depp movies. The same independence of spirit as HST, but more contemplative and measured.

  5. It’s hard to just pick one Hunter S. Thompson book but if I had to pick one it would probably have to be “Hell’s Angels”. Hunter’s books are all so good and each one filled with amazing, wild stories.

    1. Congratulations Alexander! Via random.org, you’ve been chosen as one of the winners! Stop by BookPeople any time through 11/20 to pick up your prize pack – it will be held behind the registers under your name.

  6. I read “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” for the first time a month ago and it had me mesmerized. I haven’t read any of his other works yet, but I’m excited to start soon.

    1. Congratulations Nathan! Via random.org, you’ve been chosen as one of the winners! Stop by BookPeople any time through 11/20 to pick up your prize pack – it will be held behind the registers under your name.

  7. Favourite JDepp movies: Chocolat; Ed Wood; Alice in Wonderland.
    One favourite tribute portrayal inspiration by Hunter S. Thompson: “Uncle Duke”, Doonesbury.

  8. In the last year I’ve spent way more time than is healthy rummaging around in HST’s head. The Great Shark Hunt, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72, Hell’s Angels, Generation of Swine, Kingdom of Fear, and of course Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, reading the book and watching the movie to compare and contrast…. Something about the modern political climate makes Thompson more relevant than ever.

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