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Book review: The Road/Chasers/Bad Blood 
5th-Jul-2010 04:08 pm
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It's about halfway between the broadcast of Being Human series 2 & 3, and they're already filming the latter, so I thought it would be a good time to read the three official spin-off novels that I bought months ago. To be honest I mainly bought them to be supportive since someone obviously decided the show was popular enough for merchandise and I didn't want them proven wrong, but it makes for a way of coping with BH withdrawal. I read all three in one go because they're not really three separate novels - they're more like episodes of a mini-series, as they're each written by a different writer and have their own discreet storylines, but also follow on into each other with cliffhangers, and have an overall arc concerning a sinister new hospital administrator. They're set somewhere in Series 2, sometime after Nina left.

Overall they're not bad as a bit of filler between series, starting with Simon Guerrier's The Road, which deals with a ghost returning from the other side of The Door (and therefore means there's a lot of skirting around what's actually on the other side of it, since that's still the major mystery of the series.) Mark Michalowski's Chasers was in my opinion the weakest by far, what little plot there is was predictable, and the rest is filled out with the three leads explaining the show's basic premise to each other over and over again - they're pretty short books but I'm sure it took me longer to get through this one 'cause of trudging through all the times Mitchell moans about how they're three supernatural beings sharing a flat and that's actually really difficult. The best one's the final installment, James Goss' Bad Blood, where an old friend of Annie's turns up and, for convoluted reasons, gets her running a charity bingo night. As the finale of the mini-series it's more eventful, and has more of the show's humour - I loved a running joke where, having established that The Men With Sticks And Rope can communicate through books as well as the TV and radio, Goss has them interrupt the narrative with "We're coming to get you, Annie" messages every so often. The characterisation's not bad throughout, with George the one who doesn't quite come off right (somehow I'm not surprised, I would have pegged him as the one who's hardest to write) although I did wonder throughout why nobody involved with the show corrected the ongoing mistake about George and Mitchell's jobs: They're repeatedly described as "two hospital porters" or "two orderlies." George is a porter; Mitchell's a cleaner. It's one of the things I like about Toby Whithouse's setup, that the supernatural creature traditionally seen as the most glamorous, is in this version basically a cleaning lady.
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5th-Jul-2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
I'd probably just get too distracted when I was trying to describe him LOL.
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