Friday, February 12, 2010

Heat Wave by "Richard Castle"/ 52 Books in 52 Weeks Review

As a fan of both mysteries and Nathan Fillion, I was excited when the TV show Castle premiered.  On this show, Fillion portrays an author shadowing a real life detective in order to realistically portray his fictional homicide detective, Nikki Heat.  It quickly became one of my favorite TV shows.  When I discovered they had actually published a book, Heat Wave, by the fictional Richard Castle, I had to read it.

The hardcover book gives no indication that it's listed author is a fictional character, other than the "Watch Castle on ABC" on the cover.  The back features a photo of Nathan Fillion (enough of a reason to buy the book if you are a Firefly fan!) and the author bio is that of the character he portrays in Castle.  The book reads like an episode of the show, with the detective being shadowed by a journalist rather than an author.  The character of Nikki Heat is more crass and more cynical than the character she is based on, and there is a bit more language (as well as one steamy scene I skimmed over) than is found on the television show.  I tend to be more interested in the characters than the case, in the book it was the opposite.  The case was interesting.  The characters, not-so-much.

If you're already a fan of the show, it could be a fun read.  If not, I'd recommend the TV show over the book.

6/52
*Disclosure: I bought this book with my Borders Bucks and cold, hard cash for the purpose of reading it.  GRIN.* 

3 comments:

Berry Patch said...

LOVE Castle and Nathan Fillion. HUGE Firefly fan here. Thank you for posting this. Now I have to go buy a new book! ;-)

Lori said...

Yay! Another Firefly fan! I love meeting other Browncoats. :-D And a fellow Crew member too. Woot! So are you a Whedon fan as well or just the Firefly? My I <3 Joss Whedon button on my personal blog will give away my answer to that question. ;-)

Kristenph said...

I am totally clueless :) I like the concept though.

But I love your disclosure statement. It gave me a chuckle.

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