Rarely do I say a movie is better than the book, but rarer still do I read a book and say "it's not very different from the movie." The story is about the druggy journalist author and a trip (sorry) he took to Vegas, under the guise of writing articles for magazines, and the insanity he engages in. The book is like a speeding bullet and it is hard to even slow down never mind stop reading, and I really enjoyed it, but, honestly, in terms of a story, does it have character development, strong writing? no. You're probably just as well off seeing the film.