Being Human: Bad Blood Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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"Kinda Buffy meets This Life...it's sharp, dead funny and sexy" (Guardian)
"This is dead good" (Sunday Times)
"BBC3's best-ever drama... Required viewing" (Heat)
The first in a brand new list of tie-in novels for the hit BBC series Being HumanSee all Product description
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I finished the book in a day, it's an easy read and comes across like your very own episode of the exploits and trials of Mitchell, George and Annie. There are enough facts which tie in with where we are in Season 2 (the writer has worked with the script writers and the cast and so has all the right references; Nina has left George, comments on the real Hustle)but slots the story in as though it could happen between the business with CENSSA that we're now watching. As a result of this someone unfamiliar with the TV show could read the book and enjoy it.
The characters 'sound' right and it's fun to imagine them doing all the things we see them do every week. There's a bit where Mitchell leans against a bookshelf nursing his tea mug and it was just right for how Aidan Turner plays the character.
I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to starting the next one today!
The characterisation is so good that you are actually transported into your own little episode, you can hear the characters, see their mannerisms and get caught up in the story. The book is so good in fact that when I watched the last episode I wondered if this had actually been a script that wasnt used but was turned into a book instead.
If you love Being Human you will love this book, if you dont know the tv series you will want to watch it by the time you've finished it. Someone who has never watched the series should find it easy to understand the characters, but those that know and love the series should get the book.
This has changed my view of tv tie-in fiction...so much so I'm going to buy the other two titles.
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!
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