The book was as expected, entertaining, lite, funny, relatively smart, it is basically a riff on the show.
Intriguing piece of meta-fiction, to ..Show More »think about that the book is based on the fictional characters of "Castle" the TV series, yet the characters are not the exact same as they re on TV, because these are the fictionalized version of them.
Very well read, in a kind of Maltese Falcon, film noir tone. All in all a great book.
I thought this was a well paced, wittily written mystery, as was the first book.
For people who are looking for an episode of the the TV series ..Show More »in which the supposed author is a character, you have missed the point. This is a story with it's own characters. Yes, you can see similarities, but they aren't supposed to be the same!
A fun read, a fun listen. If you like the show, you will find a few in jokes as well.
I liked this book - a lot. It is intended to be much like the TV series, and it is. If you like the TV series, you will probably like the books. A ..Show More »previous reviewer said it is ???fast-paced, cute, and cliched.??? He is correct; it is. He meant it in a bad way, but I mean it in a good way. I don???t think that being fast-paced or cute needs to be apologized for. If you don???t like fast-paced and cute, fine. I realize that tastes differ.
But let???s talk about his last criticism: cliched. That is always meant negatively, but the reviewer fails to acknowledge that the vast majority of genre fiction is cliched. The romance and crime fiction genres have the strictist plot constraints and therefore most frequently fall into cliche, but even the science fiction, fantasy, and literary genres have their cliches. It is true that the very best books in any genre transcend cliche, but the vast majority do not. Generally, it is not a question of whether a book is cliched but whether it does a good job within it???s genre or sub-genre. I think this book does a good job within its sub-genre.
I think that the reviewer who complained that this book was too cute and cliched perfers the sub-genre of crime fiction which is darker and meaner. He was looking for Noir and this wasn???t it.
I wish I knew who was really writing these books, because if I knew, I would go out and buy his other stuff.
First let me talk about the narrator. I think Johnny Heller sounds so much like Nathan Fillion that it is as if Castle himself is telling us this sto..Show More »ry. Really great.
Second, the plot. Very complex. Very nice. I've read all too many series crime novels that concentrate on the relationships between the regular characters because the author hasn't thought up much of a plot. That is not the case here. I like the ongoing relationship between Nikki and Rook, but it takes its proper position in second place behind the unfolding of the plot.
Third, the ongoing characters. I like the way the regular characters are portrayed. I like Nikki's relationships with her squad. I like the fact that most of them are competent. It is not Nikki Heat alone against the world. It is Nikki Heat and a cast of smart, hard-working, honest cops working together. I also like the relationship between Nikki and Rook. It seems mature and intelligent to me. When one of them needs support, the other is there. However, they don't have to be together every second. They give one another space when needed. Also, they don't go off in a huff over trivialities. There is a fight and an incident in this book which would have resulted in 150 pages of drama in a romance novel. But these two intelligent, mature people worked it out pretty quickly. I was pleased.
So, if you like the TV show Castle, and you liked the earlier Castle books, I think you will like this one too. A good entry into the series.
Another book by Richard Castle, YES. Another story by Robert Petkoff ..Probably not. I was eagerly awaiting this book. Very disappointed in ..Show More »the narrator. There is no voice difference between characters. It all just sounds like him "reading". Thank goodness I read the previous book and can still picture the different voices, so I still feel like I know the side characters as they are speaking.