Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bones = Heroes

Thanks to @gregyaitanes for this validation of our hero status. on Twitpic

I can't read the first half, but the 2nd says "200 jobs created for Angelenos."

Source: @harthanson

The Bricklayer by Noah Boyd

The Bricklayer
by Noah Boyd

As I mentioned when I posted the recent contest, I was contacted and asked if I would review a new novel called The Bricklayer, by Noah Boyd. I've never officially reviewed a book before, but since the book promised an in-depth look at the workings of the FBI (and a couple of free copies to share around) I thought it would be a great way to fill in some of the hiatus time here on the blog.

I finished the novel in about 3 days as my son crawled around me exploring, gnawed toys on the couch next to me, or attempted (once successfully) to rip pages out of the book. Excuse me, page 53, but you did look rather tasty. If you have the time for one straight sitting you could easily finish the nearly 400 page book in one lazy afternoon.

When it comes to introducing characters, Noah Boyd reminds me of Mary Higgins Clark. Actually, the entire book reminds me of her style in some ways. Many characters are starkly introduced at the beginnings of chapters. You get his or her name and then you jump right into the action. The characters themselves are all very snappy in dialog and not given to emotional depth. It is a macho book, with macho interactions. That is actually one of my dislikes, to a point. It sometimes feels like every character, male or female, is being played by a guy.

But I don't want to be too hard on Mr. Boyd for that because characterization is not the point of the book. This is an action book, written by an FBI agent. Mooshy ewwy-gooey is not why you've picked it up. The only character that matters is the hero, Steve Vail, and I find he has plenty of depth and interesting layers. He is the solid American hero who's flaws are more admirable than detrimental. He's the smartest man, the biggest man, the most attractive man, the manliest man. He's not the most successful man, by societal standards, but he has good reasons for everything he does.

Vail is matched only by the main female of the book, Kate Bannon. She is as strong as Steve, even though she doesn't always believe the strength exists within herself. It is not surprising to see attraction spring up between them, though I find the dialog a bit too 'smart', to perfect, too masculine. I wonder, however, if that is the writing or the FBI/law enforcement culture. I honestly don't know.

When it comes to the main aspect of The Bricklayer I was interested in - the FBI insights - I was not at all disappointed! Mr. Boyd has taken his knowledge and crafted a story that lays countless procedures, patterns, protocols, and cultural norms within the FBI bare. He picks apart each, exposing weaknesses that cost the bureau, and individuals, dearly. You get to see the lingo and acronyms. You learn about the hierarchy and chain of command. You see how operations are conducted in the field. You get a bit of tech and a whole lot of muscle. You learn about the thinking of the organization vs. the reasoning of the individual. Every new plot point is not just an advancement of the story, it is a new opportunity to show you something you didn't know before. The book and the story within have a singular purpose: to make what is within the FBI known, to lay it bear, to show why (in some ways) it should be torn down and rebuilt.

It is a great ride. If you love non-stop action, love macho heroes, love a good who-dun-it puzzle... then you will love this book. Just don't expect a lot of emotional interludes. There are none. It's a straight forward action movie in 390 pages... with a bright orange and gray cover guaranteed to attract any baby in the room :)

The Writing of Bones: Agree or Disagree?

Do you agree with this poster's assessment of the Bones writing and the Booth/Brennan relationship?

This writer takes a more positive, though brief, look.

Battle of the Network Hotties: Needs Votes!

On both the Men and Women's sides of the "Battle of the Network Hotties" Bones needs some help! They are losing all 4 polls. (Why is T.J. not on the man side?!)

Men (Seeley)
Women (Cam, Angela, Temperance)

Edit: moving this back to the top because I know how much everyone wants the Bones cast to win!

Fans are heard: Bones DVD Commentaries

It does pay to speak out. Fans were not happy to hear that Bones DVD commentaries were on the out. Great news - they are back in for Bones Season 5!

Source: @harthanson

It takes a village...

Source: @harthanson

Goo Demonstration

Learning how to make goo. Do I see a new Bones featurette coming soon?

Learning how to make goo at the Bones body shop on Twitpic

T.J. and Michaela talk to Zap2It

Both T.J. Thyne and Michaela Conlin talk about the rest of Bones Season 5 with Zap2It.

T.J.'s video and interview
Michaela's video and interview

Spoilers in each.

Vote for David Boreanaz as best Actor-Director

Currently, David Boreanaz is winning by a huge margin but it never hurts to add your vote!

Poll: Who is TV's Best Actor-Director?

Need a little extra David Boreanaz to tide you over?

If you're in the US, you can watch one of David Boreanaz's movies, Mr Fix-It on Hulu. Found the mention on TheABY forums. It's a very cute, fun movie and worth the watch!

Bones Jibber Jabber Video

I got all happy about the Cocky Belt Buckle video and forgot to post this one.

Jibber Jabber on FB
Jibber Jabber on Youtube

Bones Nominated for Another Genesis Award

From the website nominee page:

Every year, The Genesis Awards pays tribute to the major news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness of animal issues. The 24th annual Genesis Awards will be Saturday, March 20, 2010 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
This year, Bones has been nominated for "The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken."


BONES The Tough Man in the Tender Chicken – Fox
THE CLOSER multiple episodes - TNT
Last year, Bones was nominated for "The Finger in the Nest." In 2007 the show won their category with "The Woman in Limbo."

I wouldn't be surprised to see them win this year. Tough Man was pretty hard to watch at times!

PS: Emily will be presenting.

Craig Ferguson gives Bones Free Love

Craig Ferguson will mention Bones even without a show guest star. Watch this video for some of his crazy style. He gets to the related bits around 1:30, and actually mentions Bones just after 2:30.

Favorite Fox Show

Fox stars are asked about their favorite Fox shows. Emily Deschanel and T.J. Thyne appear. Unfortunately, Bones isn't mentioned that much!

Is Bones the relative that everyone loves, yet no one remembers when it's time to take pictures or share important news?

What's your favorite Olympic sport?

Bones stars (and a few other celebs) share their favorite Olympic sports - Tamara, Emily, David included.

Emily Deschanel and others speak out against NASA

Emily Deschanel and other celebrities have banded together to protest NASA's monkey radiation experiments.

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