3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bad Blood but great Being Human novel,
This review is from: Being Human: Bad Blood (Paperback)
Okay, first admission, I'm a big 'Being Human' fan. The second key bit of information you need to know is that this is the third in a series of three 'Being Human' novels, with the earlier books being 'The Road', and 'Chasers'. 'The Road' isn't bad, though does rather feel like an average filler episode of the TV series. 'Chasers' is better still and is on a par with some of the better episodes of the series, though it's not perfect. It's worth noting that there's an ongoing story that develops throughout the first two books, concluding here with 'Bad Blood'. The story is not so major that you have to read the first two books before you read this one, but it will help.
And onto 'Bad Blood' itself - it's easily the best of the three books and the only reason I didn't give it five stars is because it slightly backs itself into a corner towards the end and the eventual resolution of the story is therefore a little disappointing and anti-climatic.
Nevertheless, if you like the 'Being Human' TV series you should still love this, partly because James Goss is clearly a fan of the show too. He has a great ear for the style of dialogue and comedy that makes the show work so well and he does an excellent job of capturing the personalities and mannerisms of Mitchell, George and Annie. In addition Goss creates an interesting new character in the form of Denise, one of Annie's old friends, a party girl with a mystery illness and a strange effect on the three housemates. There's good continuity with the rest of the series, but it's not essential to know the whole show inside out (though you will pick up on a few running jokes the more familiar you are with it).
But the best thing is that Goss is a witty writer with a smart and original story to tell. He takes the world of 'Being Human' but does something a little different with it, taking a few more risks than his predecessors did with the earlier two books in the series. In fact I detected a little of Douglas Adams' irreverent style and imaginative twist on very ordinary things in Goss' writing. If you like the idea of Douglas Adams writing for 'Being Human', well this may be as close as you're ever going to get to that. But my main point is that Goss is an exceptional writer and has a great future ahead of him, certainly if this novel is anything to go by. He's good at comedy, drama, horror, plotting and action. It's just a shame that after a brilliant first three-quarters the final quarter of the novel falls a little flat. That aside though, if you like 'Being Human' the series you should love this - it should help to fend off those cravings whilst you're waiting for the fourth series!