**spoiler alert** This was a fun, quick read. Mystery novels are not my thing, but I adore the TV show "CASTLE" and this book reads exactly like a sho...more**spoiler alert** This was a fun, quick read. Mystery novels are not my thing, but I adore the TV show "CASTLE" and this book reads exactly like a show episode. In fact, bits and pieces of scenes from the first season where playboy novelist Richard Castle is riding-along with Det. Kate Beckett make their way into the story. Castle's counterpart is Jameson Rook, a magazine journalist shadowing Det. Nikki Heat (based on Beckett) to get an on the job perspective for an article about NYPD homicide detectives. Captain Montgomery, Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, and Detectives Esposito and Ryan also have doppelgangers in the novel: Captain Montrose, M.E. Lauren Perry, Det. Ochoa, and Det. Raley, respectively.
If you've seen this Monday's episode (Season 2, Ep 2) of "CASTLE", then you also know that there is a sex scene in the novel between Rook and Nikki Heat, which does not occur between the TV series' characters. I love how they handled that aspect on the show -- very funny.
Congrats to "Richard Castle" for Heat Wave's #26 entry on the NY Times Best Sellers (Hardcover Fiction) List!(less)
**SPOILERS** - But only for Changes (The Dresden Files #12)
Although I guessed correctly as to who killed Dresden from the events that occurred while r...more**SPOILERS** - But only for Changes (The Dresden Files #12)
Although I guessed correctly as to who killed Dresden from the events that occurred while reading Changes, Ghost Story did make me wonder a few times if perhaps I was wrong ... AND I certainly didn't expect the other bits revealed at the conclusion of this novel.
I'm especially pleased that Butcher committed to continuing Harry's adventures in spirit form rather than having him miraculously find a way back to life within a few chapters (which was actually a worry for me). Unfortunately for Harry, but fortunately for the reader, Harry reluctantly accepts his fate, stays true to his nature to help his friends by putting himself in harm's way, and gets wack-a-moled as the story progresses.
Urban Fantasy authors take note, making your characters human (fallible and true to their nature despite whatever you throw at them - even death) and requiring them and the events they face to react as real as possible within the context of the rules of your world, is the difference between great characters and good characters. That's not to say that they can't act irrational when faced with a challenge outside of their norm, but at some point they need to realize this themselves. Additionally, your characters need to continue developing beyond book number three or five. Even though Harry (and The Dresden Files' supporting characters) has (have) grown bit by bit over the course of this series, it is so refreshing that the game changer thrown at them in the perfectly titled Changes, forces them to mature in surprising, and yet realistic, ways. Because Butcher did just that, I'm still excited to follow Harry and friends to Cold Days and the eventual conclusion of this series.(less)
I really loved this book! Since I'm a fan of the TV show Castle and read the first Nikki Heat novel Heat Wave, I was prepared for the "meta" aspect of...moreI really loved this book! Since I'm a fan of the TV show Castle and read the first Nikki Heat novel Heat Wave, I was prepared for the "meta" aspect of reading it:
- the author photo is of actor Nathan Fillion as "Richard Castle"; - the bio, dedication, and acknowledgment refer to the characters and cast members on the show; and - the storyline flows like an episode of the show.
That aside, Naked Heat is an all around better written mystery than Heat Wave. This time the characters felt more like they "live" in their book world and sounded less like TV characters speaking Castle dialog. (This makes me wonder if #1 was mostly written by Andrew Marlow and for this one he only outlined and let the ghostwriter take control.) The plot was more complex, too -- more like a real mystery novel than a gimicky TV show tie-in -- and much more complex than a typical episode.
So, in short, it takes all the great things about the TV show and 1st novel and improved upon them exponentially. At this rate, next year's novel might debut at #1 on the NYT Best-Sellers List and be even better than Naked Heat.(less)
Meh. I'll continue reading this series since I already have The Trust, but so far the whining of privileged boarding school kids inducted into a Secre...moreMeh. I'll continue reading this series since I already have The Trust, but so far the whining of privileged boarding school kids inducted into a Secret Society holds little interest. I'm not expecting to read further than book #2, but one never knows ...(less)
An improvement over Secret Society as I'm starting to care about the characters and the plot was tighter (so really = 2.5 Stars), but still not a seri...moreAn improvement over Secret Society as I'm starting to care about the characters and the plot was tighter (so really = 2.5 Stars), but still not a series that I find to be that engrossing given the wealth of options out there. Still, if a third book is ever released, I would likely read it just to find out what happens.(less)