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House, M.D.: The Official Guide to the Hit Medical Drama

House, M.D.: The Official Guide to the Hit Medical Drama [Kindle Edition]

Ian Jackman , Hugh Laurie
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The first authorized companion to the Emmy Award-winning medical drama House, M.D., starring Hugh Laurie, House M.D: The Official Guide to the Hit Medical Drama features full backstage access to the cast and crew of the popular television series, with an Introduction by Hugh Laurie.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1947 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061876615
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Original edition (17 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TO583I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights 23 Nov 2010
By Fermat
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Many 'companion' guides, especially authorized ones, disappoint. This one contains many amusing and informative anecdotes about the cast and the production of the show. For example, the legend that Hugh Laurie was immediately first choice for the title role is laid to rest. The series continues to deliver high quality drama. This book covers series 1 to 6. It is NOT an episode guide, although many episodes are referenced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its kind. 1 Feb 2011
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I don't usually like these sorts of books but these one is exceptionally good. It's a fascinating insight into how a TV series is made with lots of entertaining detail. Loads of info on the characters, cast, writers and production crew, all intelligently written. If you are a fan of 'House', I don't think you can fail to enjoy this. Usually I would read and sell on but this one is staying on my bookshelf to be read again!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, a must have for all House (and film/TV) fans 18 Aug 2010
By HouseFan101 - Published on
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This is an amazing book, with detailed inside description of the process behind making House.

There is inside information on how the show started, how David Shore came up with the character and Katie Jacobs / Paul Attanasio's involvement in that. There is casting info, talks with all behind the scenes working crews, major talks with writers and how House is written and the process behind it, details on the process of filming the show and how things are done and shot, talks with directors, key talks with Greg Yaitanes - House's amazing Director-Producer, the flow of a typical day on House, talks with ADs and, major talks and interviews with the actors. On chapter dedicated to each character - with actors, directors and producers discussing each one.

And, then, there is the awesome Foreword by Hugh Laurie - who's cleaver and funny, the man has wit to spare.

Do not hesitate to buy this book, you won't regret it if you like House and/or the process of "making of" as much as I do.

Must have!!!! Buy it now!!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a House Book Worth Reading 21 Aug 2010
By Sadie - Published on
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I highly recommend this book of the behind-the-scenes House. Hugh Laurie introduces the book with a wonderful forward, befitting his unlimited talents. The book is full of quotes from everyone I could think of related to the show, including more from Mr. Laurie. Ian Jackman obviously spent countless hours in research and interviews doing detailed preparation to give us fans an entertaining and refreshing look at what it takes to put House on the air. The book is visually easy to read with many new pictures, varying fonts, entertaining quotes, quips and stories that are making it most difficult to stop reading! Not a retread of information at all, as I had anticipated.
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2.0 out of 5 stars So loaded with printing errors it was distracting ... 28 Aug 2010
By Mary E. Fisher - Published on
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Hugh Laurie's "Foreward" was the best part about this book. That and the section on Robert Sean Leonard.

The rest ... ehh ... too much information on stuff I'm not interested in. I found the comments by David Shore and Katie Jacobs to be thought-provoking, however. These two stumbled onto a pile of serendipity a mile high.

This book is filled with grammatical errors and printing glitches that are distracting to anyone who is not necessarily an expert in grammar and spelling, but who understands what "sloppy" is.

Ian Jackman, the author, seems to have done his homework; no complaints there.
But the printer made him look bad. (Although there is a glaring misquote ... something attributed to Dr. Foreman which should have been attributed to Dr. House. If you are a "HOUSE" fan, you will know it when you see it.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know House 20 Oct 2010
By kip - Published on
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I am a big fan of the House MD TV show, and was very thrilled to see this book had been published. It is full of interviews with the stars and creators of the show, plus a few pictures. I've really enjoyed reading it. I do wish there were more photos, though. And an episode guide would have been nice, too. But its still a good book for all House fans!
3.0 out of 5 stars Using House to spawn young physicians 16 July 2014
By Jeffrey A Newman - Published on
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I purchased this book during an obsessive daily dose of three House episodes on Netflix absent commercials. The writing for this show was obviously above par, as was the acting. I wanted to know more about the reality of daily schedules and the inner life of the actors as well as the back stories and foundations for the show concept. For these needs, the book delivered well. There were some real insights included like how the show's primary actor at one point felt locked in a vortex having to arrive daily early morning and be on set into early evening with few breaks. He felt trapped and thought that if he got into a car accident he would get a badly needed respite. I didn't like the way the book was organized and there was a lot of filler with descriptions of the filing difficulties. It was a mishmash compendium without good integration to really get at the soul of the whole organization. That being said, House as a show was a phenomenon in that it conveyed some excellent strategies in diagnosing difficult cases and toyed with issues faced by most physicians such as whether patient contact is really helpful when trying to decipher complex and arcane disorders. So to that end the book did background the conceptors and their purposes and the doctors in real life who were the basis of the idea. Not much was said about why the show ended, except that ratings went down. Perhaps it was just a lifespan issue but I would have wanted more here and I also wanted to know more about what the key actors thought of their experience in retrospect. I have now drafted my to nieces into watching the show. They are ages 7 and 12 and they are hooked. I believe it could draw them towards medicine, which would be a good thing. They are now fluent in the lexicon of House which uses the terms plasmaferesis and sarcoidosis in almost every episode. I test them on new words we hear and what they mean in the context of the show using Siri on my I-Phone. This has now become a contest. House is a good teacher to start them off, although they will need to develop a different bedside manner. Jeff Newman
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