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I love the show Castle, but this book is abysmal. I quit after two chapters.
Good lord, the author is embarrassingly enamoured of his protagonist. Like the name weren't cheesecake enough, she is poised, beautiful, a crack-shot, skilled at self-defense, universally respected, honest, compassionate.. etc. etc. And in order to play her up even more, she is surrounded by lack-wits. Including a TWO-time (because I guess winning one isn't impactful enough) Pulitzer winner that apparently has to learn research and relationships from her. It's ludicrous.
If you're looking for mindless time-pass, this is great if you can grit your teeth and get past the condescension Ms Heat displays to all.
I loved the show and thought I'd give one of the books a try. I could not put this book down! It was a great mystery, but it was also a great, funny and romantic story!
If you're looking for a Castle episode in book format, this book is for you. If, like me, you were hoping for a unique story, a great mystery, and something that isn't a cutesy re-hashing of a TV show, skip this one.
I had to find a way to entertain myself since my beloved castle as gone off the air for the season and by lord this was the perfect way!! If your a castle fan you will enjoy the books. The writing isn't the best and there are spelling errors at points but overall a good read. I'd give the book 3 stars out of 5 and the tv show 5 out of 5!!!
This book was pretty good. It wasn't the best thing I've ever read, by far, but it was interesting and kept me guessing to the end. It was interesting how close to the reality of the TV show the characters were, but it bugs me not to know who really wrote the book.
I'm a big fan of the Castle TV show, and I wanted to like this for the tie-in value. But it's not very well written, and the banter between Heat (Kate Beckett) and Rook (Rick Castle) isn't nearly as good as the TV show. Almost any script would have been better than this disappointment. For die-hard Castle fans, it's interesting, but for a die-hard mystery fan, it's not something I'd recommend. The only reason it's a NY Times bestseller is because of the Castle fans, not because the book is good in itself.
I have to say, for a promotional fictional tie-in novel to a tv show. Not bad. Essentially reads like an episode of Castle (but for me that's a good thing). I'll probably pick up the next in the series, I know I've deifnately read worse procedurals. The only thing is I'm glad I was able to get it from the library since, even though it's all good fun, it's not worth the $25 price tag.
A nice novel! I like watching the T.V. show Castle, so I thought I would try out the spinoff book. I did not have high expectations, but I really enjoyed it! Good intrigue, and lots of action.
i loved this book! great read for Castle lovers! Looking forward to the next one!
I love watching the TV series Castle and I wanted to LOVE this... but I didn't. I couldn't even get through it. Maybe its my fault. I had such a concrete idea of the characters - the way they looked, spoke, interacted - that any deviation from that was very distracting for me. Still love the show though!
Learning that "Richard Castle" had actually written Heat Wave was very surprising; for a moment reality and the television world blurred together. Therefore, when you read Heat Wave - given that you're reading it because you're a fan of the show - you're instantly thinking of Kate Beckett.
While this isn't the best written work around, it is certainly entertaining. In the real world, I can picture this on the shelves with other New York Times Bestsellers.
The TV Series follows Richard Castle, an author having a dry period. To gain ideas for a new book, his poker buddy the Mayor of N.Y.C. embeds Castle with Detective Kate Beckett's team. It doesn’t take long till he decides to write a fiction novel about his following Detective Beckett. The book "HEAT WAVE" and its main character DETECTIVE NIKKI HEAT parallels Kate's life accept for the fact that Nikki is more aggressive in her relationships. Something Kate is not. The TV series mentions the book and certain scenes from it. Who ever thought of the great marketing idea to have the fictional book in the TV series become a real book was fantastic. It works on many levels. Just as Castle on TV portrays a writer who produces enjoyable but not literary classics, and this book is also that same class. HEAT WAVE quick and simple
You definately have to be a fan of the TV show Castle in order to enjoy this book. The mystery plot is a decent one, but the writing isn't that great. I believe it was done on purpose because it is "written" by a fictional character. My guess is that it was actually written by the Poker gang.
While I really enjoy the television series, I found the book to be a bit of a disappointment. If Nathan Filion had written it himself, then I might have been more impressed, but I was under the impression a big name author was doing the ghostwriting. As such, I found myself a bit disappointed. The plot could just as easily have been one of the episodes of the show. I had been hoping for something a bit more from the book than what I got.
Once my fandom shaped heart imploded from delight in reading this book I realized something. Non-Castle fans probably wouldn't enjoy this as much as I did.I loved the characters because I both love the show and know the history of how and why this book came to fruition. If you don't watch ABC's "Castle" my gut tells me that you wouldn't be giving this book such a high rating. Not because the book itself wasn't readable or enjoyable but because unless you're a fan it wouldn't be memorable. This book is different than most tv tie-ins. The general tie-in takes the actual characters and works a plot around them. For example in Keith DeCandido's "Nevermore" (a Supernatural tie-in) you've got the Winchester brothers on a hunt. You probably wouldn't pick it up unless you are a "Supernatural" fan. Whereas "Heat Wave" is about fictional-fictional (head hurt yet?) characters. Theoretically you wouldn't have to watch the show to read this book, though to truly enjoy this read it'd probably be a good idea.
My favorite part of this book is that we got "Rook" and "Nikki" finally together, which isn't a spoiler if you've watched the show and specifically the scene with Stana Katic's Kate hiding in a bathroom stall trying to find the smut in said book. The pairing is something I really hope in another season or two we do finally get. I loved the way they played off each other and their characters are very tangible in book form. I'd be quite happy if we got more of these as the seasons continue.
If you've watched even one or two episodes of "Castle" or if you are simply a fan of Nathan Fillion you'll probably enjoy this book. However, if you are addicted to Nathan Fillion and "Castle" you be bouncing about deliriously happy while reading this.
Despite the mediocre reviews I'd read, I love the show enough that I went out and got a copy of the
hard cover, not willing to wait for the paper back as I normally would. It's slim, not quite two
hundred pages, which is rather small for the style of book, and based on the mock ups you see in the show. I was not expecting seriousness, but fun, which is a good way to go into it. Not the strongest opening. Dialogue works well but there is enough unnecessary description that it's amazing the book wasn't longer. Having the show behind it is a double edged blade. It's easy to
visualize everything that's happening, but it has a lot to live up to. In the end, while not what I would have expected from Richard Castle (if he actually existed) it was an interesting mystery, complex and straightforward enough,
and the characters were, for the most part, solidly portrayed. And it was nice too see 'Rook' floundering with the theories, and 'Heat's' detective work paying off.