L. C. Hayden’s Picks
Castle: The Books on My Nightstand
by L. C. Hayden
Richard Castle. The TV personality. The author. Who hasn’t heard of him?
As an author, his books sell well, and he’s got a large following. But he doesn’t exist. Yet he writes and sells. Totally amazing. I’m alive and I write, but my sales don’t match an imaginary author’s. Geesh!
I’m one of those who got caught in the Richard Castle phenomena. I watch the TV series. I’ve read the books. In fact, I’m almost finished with Heat Rises. Did I enjoy it?
Well, yes, sort of.
Castle knows how to tell a good story. He keeps the reader involved in the plot and the character’s lives.
What’s the problem, then?
The fact that as I read the book, I feel like I’m watching television. Or maybe subconsciously I’m trying to compare the book to the Monday night TV show, Castle. With the exception of Castle himself, the characters and their relationship to each other are basically the same—with one exception. The relationship between Beckett’s/Nikki’s detectives is better developed in the book than in the TV series.
But for the rest of the book, the similarities between the books and the series are overwhelmingly alike. That’s probably the reason why reading the book takes me back to the TV show. Maybe that’s just me. I hope so because, as I said before, the story line is basically good.
One thing I enjoy about both the book and the TV series is the references that Castle/Rook (Rook is Castle in the book series) makes to Firefly. The actor who now plays Castle was also in Firefly, a science fiction series with a cult following.
I know Castle has a new series about an ex-CIA agent. I think I’m going to give that one a try. Definitely a future read.
As for the other books on my night shelf, I normally have the next book I plan to read. But in this case, I have two books from which to choose. One is Patricia Cornwell’s From Potter’s Field and the other one is Michael Newton’s Journey of Souls. Haven’t decided which I’ll do next. Any suggestions?
L. C. Hayden is the creator of the award winning Harry Bronson Mystery Series. Critics are hailing her latest release When the Past Haunts You as one of the best mysteries of 2012. Hayden has hit the Kindle Best Seller List for her children’s book, What Am I? What Am I? as well as for her inspirational Angels Around Us and When Angels Touch You. When the Past Haunts You hit Number 2 Kindle Police Procedural Best Seller List.
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