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Richard Castle’s DEADLY STORM: A Derrick Storm Mystery

Deadly StormThe immortal Oscar Wilde said that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life.” It’s all I can think about when I read a Castle book.

Castle is a show on ABC about a mystery writer, Richard Castle, who is on a perpetual ride-along with NYPD detective Kate Beckett.  Being a fan of the mystery genre and writers in general, this show appeals to me quite a bit.  It’s generally a good mix of drama, comedy, and good old-fashioned sleuthing (though I could do with a bit less drama at times).  It doesn’t hurt that Nathan Fillion (of Joss Whedon’s short-lived but much beloved Firefly) plays the title character.

But what made me really fall in love with the show is that they have been publishing the books that Castle is supposedly working on each season.  And they have become bestsellers, these books written by a fictional author.  (I always wonder if real, live mystery authors get upset about that.)  With so many shows and movies ripping their stories from books, or series of books, it’s a fun change to see the show itself producing an original series of books as a tie-in.

That series is the Nikki Heat series.  Book 3, Heat Rises, was released in September and is on my “currently reading” stack.  This year they went even further, however, and released two books.  Deadly Storm is a graphic novel interpretation of Richard Castle’s novel of the same title – the first in a series that supposedly shot him to fame and fortune.  Except the original novels don’t exist, making this “adaptation” yet another layer of fabrication.  Have we gotten stuck in a metacognitive loop yet?

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Posted by on November 1, 2011 in Book Reviews, Graphic Novels

 

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Five Minutes with Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey

Marcus Sakey is the award-winning author of five crime novels, three of which have been optioned as films.  That leaves two titles still available, if you act quickly and outbid the hordes of Hollywood people who are surely planning to snap them up.  His newest book, The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes, is set to be released on June 9th.  (Our review will be posted early next week.)  Sakey lives in Chicago, where he will be celebrating his book release at Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday, June 4th, and at The Hidden Shamrock on Sunday, June 12th.  He was kind enough to spend some time with us to talk about his new book, his forthcoming TV show, and more.

[Booksellers Without Borders]: Why should anybody buy your book?

[Marcus Sakey]: Because my mother will publicly shame you otherwise?

Although that’s true, I owe you a better reason, or at least one that doesn’t require Mom to travel so much.  To me, a good book manages to do two things — first, entertain, and second, leave you thinking.  Now, I’m not sure I accomplished those things, but they were at least my goal.

Also, the novel has no f@#&ing vampires in it.  In this day that should be worth something, right?

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