this is my 2nd time with this novel and i enjoyed it again.
if you can follow this train of thought you'll have an idea what you're in for: think Ray Bradbury's Death is a Lonely Business (noir) crossed with his Something Wicked This Way Comes (carnival) filtered through P.K. Dick (surrealist reality) written by Douglas Adams (quirky humor) with a touch of Marquez (magical realism) with a heavy dose of Inception (dreams) and maybe a touch of Dark City.
a friend was correct and i had forgotten or listened to this pre-Inception, but there are enough elements in common to make you wonder if Nolan had read this.
this would make a very interesting visually stunning film if done by someone like Nolan or the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director.
a very modern noir-ish tale about a stunt driver who also drives getaway. but be warned, you need to pay attention because it is told non-linearly and you can get lost easily if you're distracted, but it will be worth it if you stick it out. different, and for me much better than it's sequel.
i agree. this is one of his best, maybe the best. Killer Inside Me is near the top too.