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Top Customer Reviews
When I speak about it to people who haven't watched it and they ask me what it's about, I struggle with how to answer. When I read what it was about myself I was left wondering, 'Okay, is that it?'. A high school teacher learns he has cancer and so starts cooking meth with an ex-pupil to leave money behind for his family. It doesn't sound like much on paper or said out loud but after just 60 seconds of the Pilot episode and I was hooked. Vince Gilligan is just a genius and the cast of this show is second to none. There isn't a single bad character, okay some of them are annoying at times but overall the acting from each and every character is fantastic.
I was bereft when I reached the final episode. I wanted to watch it so much but I didn't at the same time as I knew it signified the end. I've got the blu-ray box set which is full of extras and of course I can watch it again from the start but nothing beats watching it for the very first time and I am beyond envious at the people that are yet to do it. If you are one of those people that avoids something because it's popular or because everybody else can't shut up about it then don't, just watch it!
Upon reaching the end I searched for books about it and didn't really find anything that took my fancy.Read more ›
The writing is funny and really informative, every episode is broken down and explained without giving away and spoilers. The fact that it doesn't give spoilers is handy if you're someone who thinks they might want to watch breaking bad; you'll know what's happening but there will still be plenty of surprises.
It has surprised me how little I actually knew about breaking bad; I've gone from thinking I'd missed nothing to seeing that I'd managed to miss everything that wasn't plainly pointed out in the episodes! Wanna Cook explains the characters changes and behavior which highlights how much they change over the series, and it shows some motivations that I had missed! The book also really helpfully explains certain sayings and the science behind Breaking bad, it was difficult to understand some of the phrases and things that seemed like in jokes in Breaking Bad and since I didn't want to google 'How to make Meth' the book was helpful as it has probably kept me off the government watch list for googling such things!
I had no idea how poetic Breaking Bad was until I read Wanna Cook and I would recommend it to anyone who is either interested in or a devoted fan of Breaking Bad!
The episode studies are in easily digested chunks: a brief discussion of the episode itself, followed by “lab notes,” which are further broken down into: a highlight (one line); a “did you notice?” bullet-pointed list; a fascinating study of special filming techniques (quirkily named “shooting up.”); a quick study of the title, and how it fits the episode; and then a short section entitled: “special ingredients.” This usually gives deeper information about one of the episode’s key plot-points, for example: Walter’s culpability in Jane’s death; was it – legally or morally—actually murder?
A wonderful segment around the middle of the book contains an in-depth interview with Michael Slovis, director of photography for 44 episodes. There are also little sections called “What’s Cooking?” where a couple of pages are dedicated to one particular aspect of the show, such as the way fans view certain characters, and a little more about the wonderful (?!) Saul and his advertising.
Each series round-up ends with a body count, and a “beatdown” count; who killed how many, and who was beaten up by whom.
Overall then, this book is something every fan of Breaking Bad is going to want to read. It’s neatly presented, not full of potentially overwhelming blocks of text, has a friendly tone, and imparts information in a way that doesn’t sound condescending.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read and companion to the show. A must for any Breaking Bad devotee. I would recommend this book, I really enjoyed itPublished 15 months ago by Andrew Kennerley
Was disappointed when this arrived. I expected such a book to be in colour, but the content (including pictures) is all black and white. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
It really is the complete companion guide! Gives a step by step guide on each episode and points out all the little facts and things you might have missed. Read morePublished 19 months ago by What the lump
This is an outstanding book, I've just finished reading it and it leaves no stone unturned, and frequently reveals details you never even considered whilst watching the show. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2015 by the_bossman222
This seems like a sensible book about an iconic series. I'm looking forward to reading more.Published on 31 Jan. 2015 by ELLENBYS