Sunday, August 3, 2008

I'm on the Kathy Reichs Bandwagon Now

I came to this show later than many, but I'll proudly proclaim:

I'm a Writer's Strike Bones Fan.

What I'll say a little less proudly: Kathy Rei-who?

I'd never heard of Kathy Reichs until I'd already watched a lot of Bones. I'm an avid reader but I refused to read the books; they might mess up my show info-set! But, alas, a week ago I gave in. I picked up Deja Dead at the local used bookstore and dug in. I started slowly last Monday during my lunch break but then picked up the pace as the week drug on. Thursday night I stayed up late to finish it.

By Friday morning I was cursing that I didn't have Death Du Jour. So, Friday after work I trekked back to the bookstore and managed to find all of the rest of her books, with the exception of Grave Secrets and Bare Bones. I dug into Death Du Jour as soon as I got home.

I finished it Saturday. And then I opened Deadly Decisions. I finished it about an hour ago. You could rightly say I'm hooked. I'm already eying Fatal Voyage but two things, a script final draft I need to finish and knowledge that Grave Secrets, the next installment, won't arrive for at least a week from, keep me in check.

I feel I should point out that my worry of mixing plot lines and characterizations was unfounded. While book and show Brennan share some obvious characteristics and traits, they are very divergent women. I've picked up on a few shared plot lines but overall it's very easy to view them as very different characters.

So, my question is: How many of you are fans of both Bones and Kathy Reichs' books?

The Times Online has a great article, profiling both Kathy Reichs and her newly published novelist daughter, Kerry Reichs. It's a great read!


Anonymous said...

hi, I love bones and i really think I want to read the Kathy Reichs books, but i'm not sure if they are too mature for me. I am a mature 14 year old and I was wondering if you think that I would be able to read and understand the Kathy Reichs books.

Wendy said...

I really don't feel qualified to answer that question directly, but I can tell you what I know.

The books are very heavy on language and not too bad on sexual content. Scientifically they are more in-depth but she deconstructs all the scientific knowledge down to very manageable and understandable ideas and terms.

That said, they are crime novels told by a forensic anthropologist. By the nature of her profession alone she sees the most decomposed corpses of people who, typically ,died very violent deaths. They are graphic and gritty at times and they hold nothing back in description of injuries, decomposition, or the disturbed criminal mind.

If you know an adult who's an avid reader, ask them to check out the first book for you. When I was 14 (which was 14 years ago, ack) I would have read this. That doesn't mean it's age appropriate though. Ask an adult that knows you face to face =)

Anonymous said...

ok thanks so much :] i'm really into bones and these novels look interesting....i'm not the queasy type so i'll check it out and i think i'll be fine, thanks again for answering so promptly.

lizzyshoe said...

I found it hard at first to not get the book Tempe mixed up with TV Temperance, so I listened to all (yes, all) of Reich's books on tape (well, on iPod) at work. It probably took me about a month, but some of the readers really captured Tempe's voice for me, and helped me distinguish the two universes. I'm lucky to have a job where I can listen to 20 hours of audiobook a week.

Shep said...

I love Bones and I found out about Kathy Reichs around the same time I started watching the show.

I haven't got round to reading her books yet but I was dissapointed to find out that Booth was not a character in the books (albeit there being a character that resembles him) but was mostly created by the writers/producers of Bones. However I don't think people anticipated him turning out like he did - David Boreanaz has made his character entirely his own.

I quite like the Squints' scientific explanations despite not understanding a word they're saying half the time! Hopefully I'll get round to reading the books soon and I'm sure they'll make excellent reads.

Trish said...

To be honest, the only reason I started watching Bones was because I had discovered Kathy Reichs. Being a huge fan of Patricia Cornwell, I was always looking for something to read while I anxiously awaited her next novel. Someone suggested I check out this author who seemed to pair my love for forensics/mystery novels with my other love of archeology. (Apparently, this person didn't realize the difference between anthropology and archeology; well, forensic anthropology anyway.) So, much like you, I got her first book, started it on a Friday night and by Sunday evening it was finished and I was clamoring for the next. I read all eight of her novels, which were out at the time, in the course of three months and couldn't wait for the next novel. That's when the network announced they had picked up this show called Bones, and then I was in a lot of trouble - waiting for the series and waiting for a novel. I know patience is a virtue but mine got a workout... and still does as I have a deep affection for both.

It also wasn't hard for me to adjust to the different Temperances. Maybe because I never expected the show to mirror the books. It just seemed if it did it would be bad for the novels because of the inevitable comparisons and comments like "Couldn't she come up with anything on her own, did she have to get her ideas from a television show." And, it would be bad for the series, because let's face it movies and television adaptations of books are very rarely as good as the written product.

So, I'm with you on that bandwagon and highly recommend her books to anyone who hasn't read them yet.

By the way, your advice about having an adult audit a book before a younger reader tries it out was great! ... and I concur whole heartedly. Anyone under the age of 16 should follow this advice. Though in today's popular movies, etc., many young people have probably seen and heard much worse than what is described in these novels, they still can be a little disturbing and it's always better to play it safe.

Mom2ABnTB said...

I've not read any of her books for the same reason you didn't for so long. But now that you've read them, makes me think I can too without it affected my perception of the show :)

Ladychdye13 said...

I started reading the books just a few weeks ago. I normally don't read mystery but after watching the show I had to pick them up. I've ordered the new on and I'm working my way through them.

Cordy said...

I read, I think 3 of her books, before I heard about the series to come. And as I heard DB would be on it there was no doubt I would be addicted very soon. Yeah so now I'm obsessed with Bones and the Kathy Reichs books.
At first I was a bit sceptic that our Bones and the Tempe from the books are very different persons in so many aspects. But I guess by now I rather appreciate that.

Shep said...

I don't think it'd be too hard to adjust to the differences between the books and the show. It probably would affect how people percieve the show if they mirrored each other.

Temperance from Bones is based more on Kathy Reichs herself and it seems the show is more character-driven. I find its nicer to see the banter and interaction between the characters. Also, TV or movie adaptatations often tend to ruin the stories by omitting important or favourite parts even if they do try and keep true to the books, so I think its better that they are different.

As for the graphic description, I don't think I'd mind too much. Despite being 15, I think I might have seen a lot worse on TV. However it would be good to get an adult's opinion first.

Wendy said...

Go for it, Mom2!

I'm a visual person. I need a picture for book faces. Book Brennan has Kathy Reichs' face to me and it works well to keep the characters separate. But once you get well into the book line you really won't have a problem with the separation. They are not really that similar after all.

Tracie said...

Just wait until you get to read her latest book, "Bones to Ashes". I've read all her books and this one is absolutely my favorite so far.

Anonymous said...

You can add me to the list of fans
TV wise and bookwise. I've read about
seven of her books(library doesn't
have all of them) and am eagerly
awaiting the new one out in September. I think I will buy this
one. So eager to see if she reunites
with Detective Ryan romantically.
Not a coincidence that the book
and the Televison show come out at
the same time. So happy, love them
both. Keep up the good work Kathy!!
Peggy, Montreal

Milk Mama said...

Oh my gosh! I'm a huge Bones fan! Every one knows that!

In the past week and a half I've read the first two books, Deja Dead and Death Du Jour! They were EXCELLENT! And my MIL was reading them as I finished them, so now she's hooked, too. I'm counting the minutes as we speak to go to the library and pick up Deadly Decisions and Fatal Voyage. I'm psyched!!!!! :D

Amanda said...

I haven't gotten into the books YET, only because with working so many hours with my new job I just don't have the time to read like I used to.

That said, I just found them on, so once I get caught up on my other audio books (I drive a LOT for work, so the books get me through my day), I'll start into those.

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