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Naked Heat By Richard Castle
November 3, 2014
12:53 am
oznute
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infinitytoinfinity said

I just got this book and couldn't put it down.  It is much better than Heat Wave, and it is somewhat better than the series has been recently.  There are a number of incidents in the book that also occur in the series.  It seems that most happened in the book before they did in the series.  But, I could be  wrong.

It is fascinating how Rook actually makes a good living.  From my experience, it is difficult to make a good living as a magazine writer.  His better-than-normal lifestyle had to be supported somehow.  It is hilarious how that occurs.

I found that this had enough plot twists to think that all of NYC was in on the crime by the time they solved it.  It did draw on a lot of resources.  But, it is far superior to any one episode or story line in the series.

If you recall, Rook writes 'bodice rippers' under a nom de plume that escapes me at the moment. It probably brings in a bit more! And I agree about the quality of the books getting better and better.

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November 3, 2014
5:39 am
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oznute said

infinitytoinfinity said

I just got this book and couldn't put it down.  It is much better than Heat Wave, and it is somewhat better than the series has been recently.  There are a number of incidents in the book that also occur in the series.  It seems that most happened in the book before they did in the series.  But, I could be  wrong.

It is fascinating how Rook actually makes a good living.  From my experience, it is difficult to make a good living as a magazine writer.  His better-than-normal lifestyle had to be supported somehow.  It is hilarious how that occurs.

I found that this had enough plot twists to think that all of NYC was in on the crime by the time they solved it.  It did draw on a lot of resources.  But, it is far superior to any one episode or story line in the series.

If you recall, Rook writes 'bodice rippers' under a nom de plume that escapes me at the moment. It probably brings in a bit more! And I agree about the quality of the books getting better and better.

That's what I thought was hilarious.  I think it is:

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November 3, 2014
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infinitytoinfinity said
I just got this book and couldn't put it down.  It is much better than Heat Wave,

They continue to get better with each book. I highly recommend the other 3 novels as well.  And the Derrick Storm  books are also quite enjoyable.  I have read them all several times.readthumbsup

 

There are a number of incidents in the book that also occur in the series.  It seems that most happened in the book before they did in the series.  But, I could be  wrong.

That is the beautiful things about all of the novels (even the Derrick Storm books). They are excellent, fun reads on their own, but if you are familiar with the show, you will see lots of little "easter eggs" -- lines that Castle heard the characters say, various characters based on characters in the show, events that parallel events from the show, etc...

However, nothing written in the novels appeared before it happened in the series.  Sometimes an event will have occured a few years before  (ie: there is something that occurs in Deadly Heat that Castle saw back in season 3) -- but nothing from the future is mentioned from book to book.  (But just having read the season 3 novel and the show is on season 7, I could understand how one can get confused).

 

It is fascinating how Rook actually makes a good living.  From my experience, it is difficult to make a good living as a magazine writer.  His better-than-normal lifestyle had to be supported somehow.  It is hilarious how that occurs.

And Kate manages to buy all of those really expensive designer coats on a Detective's salary and live in a multi-million dollar apartment in the heart of Tribeca -- but we let that slide... grin 

 

I found that this had enough plot twists to think that all of NYC was in on the crime by the time they solved it.  It did draw on a lot of resources.  But, it is far superior to any one episode or story line in the series.

I'm not sure if you intended it to sound so dissonant, but I feel that's a bit harsh to say considering they are two completely different story-telling mediums.

With TV, they are limited by time (42 minutes to tell what the novel does in 300 pages), production budget, actors, camera coverage, wardrobe, special effects, etc...

However, with a novel, the author does not have these limitations. Furthermore, a novel written in 3rd-person omniscient (as these novels are) allows the author to share what the characters are thinking, feeling, etc... without the dialogue.  But in television, they are limited to revealing the emotion with a second of a facial expression -- whereas a novel might have been able to explore that emotion in depth for several pages.

Also, if an author wishes to write several exciting action scenes which involves extensive chases crashes, perhaps explosions, etc...  he needs only write them.  Whatever is in his imagination, he can create.  Anything. And it does not matter how many pages it requires. But television limits this astronomically.

I consider the Heat books as a wonderful extension of the Castle universe -- one that has story lines that parallel and compliment those on television. Ones that allow us to see a bit more of the author and his muse than what is shown on television due to the aforementioned limitations.

Personally, I feel that saying the books are far superior to the storylines of the series is like comparing a still camera with a video camera as ways of capturing the memory of a moment.  They both have completely different requirements and methods of telling their stories that do not transfer well between mediums.

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November 11, 2014
12:55 am
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I have read all the Nikki Heat books and the Derrick Storm books several times as well. They are all fun and I agree they get better as they go along. As far as Rook's lifestyle, he has won 2 Pulitzer Prizes, I'm not sure if those have a monetary award that comes with it like a Nobel Prize or not. In one of the Nikki Heat novels Rook is working on a 5000 word article. I would imagine Rook can turn out 5000 words without breaking a sweat. Probably edits out that much or more for the finished product. My point is, his writing obviously sells lots of magazines, his article on Nikki garnered her photo on the cover, so his compensation is probably pretty good. And then there are those bodice rippers, which are 'very well written' to supplement his income.

In the books, Nikki lives in Gramercy Park. Still a high rent neighborhood. It is the same apartment where her mother was murdered. I still have the impression from all the info in the various novels her mother and father were well off financially. So maybe some of that helps explain why she lives in a high rent neighborhood?

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