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review 2017-02-02 00:00
Déjà Dead
Déjà Dead - Kathy Reichs Crystal's 4 Star Review
This is my first foray into the book series by the author who inspired ‘Bones’. I was slightly disappointed, I was expecting Temperance Brennan to be just like the tv character. She is so not. Once I let go of my preconceived notions, I was able to fully get into the story. No, I didn’t start with the first book in the series, I didn’t realize that it was a series when I found the book. I feel that I don’t necessarily have to read the prior ones to be ready for this book. There were a couple of lingering questions, but because I have them, I will now make a point to get the prior books and read them. Ms. Reichs has definitely made a fan out of me. The characters are well fleshed out, the writing fast paced, and keeps the readers attention.
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review 2016-09-18 00:00
Déjà Dead
Déjà Dead - Kathy Reichs A rare "re-read" for me - still loved it.
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review 2015-12-24 00:00
Déjà Dead
Déjà Dead - Kathy Reichs Firstly, I *LOVE* the televisions series 'Bones': the left-brain dominant Dr. Temperance Brennan, her pull-forensic-magic-out-of-thin-air team, and the formidable Agent Seeley Booth. I knew that it was inspired by Kathy Reichs' book series, and of her own experience as a forensic anthropologist, and so I had been wanting to start on this for a while now.

So! The book is nothing like the television program. To be fair, it is only the first book, but here, Dr. Brennan is divorced, has a college-going daughter, and is nothing like how she is portrayed on TV. Personally, it took a while for me to warm up to the book, because for starters, the laying out the hierarchy of the many police and investigative departments, and the introduction of the various personnel was bordering on tedium. But after that was out of the way, the story did start to pick up, and the true colors of the characters started to shine through. I will continue with the rest of the books in the series, and look forward to the character- and relationship development as I progress along.
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review 2015-11-21 02:06
An Enjoyable Thrill Ride
Déjà Dead - Kathy Reichs

I can see why a lot of fans of the television series featuring Temperance Brennan would not like this series. While I do love Bones, I definitely find the book series to be good on its own as well.

 

First, don't go in thinking it will be a carbon copy of the TV series. In the books, Tempe is older, divorced, and a recovering alcoholic. To me, this makes the story more believable than the TV series.

 

Second, the science mentioned has been complained to be cloying. First off, remember this is a series written by a forensic anthropologist, so naturally there will be nuances, scientific data, and technical jargon galore. Personally, I think of this as thrillers for anthropologists.

 

The realism of the story was also highly appreciated. I've always hated mystery novels because I can generally predict how they will end. Like Dr. Brennan in this book, I had no idea what what going to happen until she did. I consider that a pretty big success as far as Kathy Reichs' writing ability goes.

 

I can definitely see myself reading the rest of the series. Once the second book goes on sale on the Nook, it will be the next book I read on there.

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text 2015-11-06 21:16
Question about this series and Bones
Déjà Dead - Kathy Reichs
Death du Jour - Kathy Reichs

I'm watching Bones on Netflix.   Never got into it, but I've watched an episode or two from later seasons. 

 

I'm really getting into it now, and one of the things I like is the Booth/Bones thing where they snark at each other.   I also like how she's kind of an outsider who doesn't get social interaction, and I like how super smart she  is. So questions for anyone who's read the series - or at least part of it - and who's seen Bones.  Is this far removed from how she is in the books?   Does she have a Booth to work off of in the books?   I don't normally read this kind of thing, so not sure if it's worth it for me. 

 

And as a side note, all those montages with long song clips is driving me nuts.   Why?   Ugh.   

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