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The Road (Being Human #1)

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  134 ratings  ·  25 reviews
In a story set during Season Two of the hit BBC America show, the roommates find their hands full with a ghost to help and mysterious deaths to solve

Annie has learned quite a bit about her new friend Gemma: she’s from Bristol, she used to work in a pharmacy, and she’s never forgiven herself for the suicide of her teenage son. She also died 10years ago and doesn’t know wh
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by BBC Books (first published February 4th 2010)
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Mark Gibbs
This is one for the fans of the series I think! - It is a bit difficult to place within the events of the series - but I should guess at some point early on in Season 2 of the British version of the series.

The three protagonists are captured perfectly for me here - Annie in particular being very well observed. However , on occasions, the plotline did become obscure and dragged a little - perhaps it was a little thin , in places for the length of a novel to sustain. The mystery being a little eas
I read all three of the Being Human tie-in novels over the course of five days in February, 2013. At the time, I wasn't aware that audiobooks had been produced narrated by three of the cast or else I would have probably opted for them over the Kindle editions. Having recently learnt of their existence, I decided to give them a go in the audio form.

For those that don't know, Being Human was a BBC3 television series that revolved around the premise of a vampire (Mitchell), a werewolf (George) and
I am a big fan of the series, so I enjoyed this book and getting to read a bit more about the characters.
Sian Wadey
Being Human: The Road by Simon Guerrier

I'm a massive fan of the Being Human series, and I was a bit sceptical about the accompanying book, but my aunt, also a big fan of the series, recommended it to me. I've read other books from TV shows, such as CSI and Dr Who, but my main problem was that Being Human is a series and has an ongoing storyline every week where as the other books (from TV Shows) I've read are distinct and you can read them (or watch them) without knowing the back story. You can'
I love the BBC version of BEING HUMAN, so when I saw there were several media tie-in books, I just had to had to check them out. For those of you who aren't familiar with the premise of the series, it's like a supernatural Three's Company—Annie (a ghost), George (a werewolf), and Mitchell (a vampire) share a London flat and try to pass themselves off as human. For the most part, it works, but there are those who aren't happy with the lives the roommates have chosen to lead and are doing their be ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]It's tricky to write novels set during the fairly tight continuity of a TV show, though one format that works well here is the Being Human version of the Doctor Who / Torchwood monster-of-the-week, in this case a ghostly woman called Gemma, whose presence in our heroes' lives provokes them to help her find her own closure after the her son's death. The truth turns out to be pretty tough to uncover and also rather unpleasant in detail, wit ...more
Aug 16, 2010 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of "Being Human"
The first of a three part series, companions to the second series of "Being Human". ("Being Human" is my current TV obsession--delightfully dark and absurdly funny.) While all three stand alone, they also connect to a larger arc. The books also have different authors, so the reader gets a slightly different take on the characters.

"The Road" starts off badly by getting basic character details wrong--George is not the tallest; Mitchell doesn't raid the hospital blood supplies. Turns out that last
Probably my least favourite of the Being Human tie-in novels. It really lacked the danger and suspense that the other two novels had – I never really felt as though the threat to the trio was real enough. I felt a number of plot points were left unresolved (which I could put down to The Road being the first in a trilogy, except I've read the other books and they're still unresolved). The characters didn't really come alive for me either, but I did enjoy getting a glimpse of George and Mitchell's ...more
Feb 23, 2015 Jimmy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: I'm a fan of the TV series
2 1/2 STARS It Was Okay/So-So/I Liked It

*(Time-placing: George has broken up with Nina, but not yet met Sam; he is also still working at the hospital, therefore placing this story between episode 2.3 and 2.4)
H Lynnea
Quick review: If you enjoy the BBC show Being Human, this is on par with most of the episodes. This takes place after the end of Season 1 of the television show, and does assume familiarity with the characters and setting.

I must admit, I did get occasionally frustrated with Annie (but I get frustrated with her on the show as well, so this is unsurprising), because she seemed to miss things that I felt were obvious clues surrounding the plot.

The book does have humourous moments, generally around
I am a huge fan of the Being Human TV show on BBCAmerica, so I wasn't surprised when I really enjoyed this book. It was a really quick read. Takes place right after the end of the first season and reads like a mystery. Mitchell becomes quite the investigator when a ghost named Gemma shows up at their place. She walks through a door that Annie thinks is meant for her. Things about Gemma don't quite add up, so Mitchell & George are looking for info while dealing with their own dilemmas at work ...more
A surprisingly well executed tie in novel.
Definitely recommend it for the fans of the show.
April Cole
As a fan of the series I was really hoping the book would be as good. But it drags on in parts and with Annie being on the cover and it is a story about ghost you would think she would step it up and be important. Instead she is sidelined and the book focuses more on Mitchell. The ending did take on a dark tone which follows the darker tone of season two of the show. But over all not that interesting of a story.
The other Sandy
The plot was kind of thin, but the characters were surprisingly in character for a tie-in novel.
I've read my share of mediocre media tie-in paperbacks, but this book was far from the norm, and I was pleasantly surprised. It felt like I'd discovered a long-lost episode of Being Human (which I'm in withdrawal from, particularly missing Mitchell and George!). It was witty and fun, and I can't wait to read the next book, Chasers, which continues a plot line started in this novel.
Well despite not being sure where in the time line this book relates to the series it was a decent yet quick read. The humor still ever present and plenty of of surprises.
Feb 05, 2010 Nickie marked it as binned
Recommended to Nickie by: Rob Francis
I can't seem to read anything more complex than the Metro (on way to work) and Evening STandard (on way home), so am reading this. It's not very good...
It was written as if it was an episode. I could see it all played out in my head. I love the subplot with Mitchell and George.
This book is for the fans of being human (duh!), and it's quite good by the way. better than i expected anyway.
Laura Gomes
Story was like watching the ghost whisperer without a story? Make sense? No well that's because it didn't stupid!
Quick read based on the TV series, and very true to the feel of the characters. Very funny in places especially George.
pretty plodding in places - only for committed fans of the show
Enjoyed it but love the characters from the T.V series.
Fun, true(ish) to the show, but not a very good book.
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Simon Guerrier is a British science fiction author and dramatist, closely associated with the fictional universe of Doctor Who and its spinoffs. Although he has written three Doctor Who novels, for the BBC Books range, his work has mostly been for Big Finish Productions' audio drama and book ranges.

Guerrier's earliest published fiction appeared in Zodiac, the first of Big Finish's Short Trips rang
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