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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2003
This is a great Queer As Folk "coffee table" book.
In addition to some great photographs of the entire cast (not just our favorite main characters, but everyone including Jennifer and Daphne!) this book contains a brief description of all episodes from Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (season 4 begins in 2004).
The episode recaps are a handy reference to the DVD collections, if you have those, or just as a reminder of plot sequence, and the information is accompanied by photos from the episodes explained.
Each individual character is profiled as well as the actor/actress who portrays them, again with accompanying pictures and stills. Some of the photographs are familiar, the same posted on the QAF Showtime site, but others are new.
Color photography is used throughout and the quality of the paper and the book itself is outstanding.
The Bonus DVD at the end of the book (attached at the back page) contains some fun stuff and some is brand-new, not featured on the Season 1 or Season 2 DVD collections.
I would highly recommend this Queer As Folk book to any fan of this outstanding series.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
I was really angry when I got my copy of this book. I mean, it's QAF, right? It's got to be good. Well, that depends on your point of view. It's a must have for Hal Sparks fans, and it really did him justice. Hal is a great guy and deserves all the attention he gets. I love him to pieces, but while his character narrates the show, it focuses primarily on Brian Kinney.

If you're a Gale Harold fan, you might want to think twice about buying this book. I have no knowledge of the guy who put this book together, but I swear, my impression is that he didn't like Gale. There are certain shots of Brian Kinney ("are you coming or...") that are emblematic of the show that should have been included. They aren't. Closeups of Gale have his eyes hidden behind sunglasses; other shots seem chosen to show awkward poses, or just don't give a fair representation of him. The man is stunningly good looking, but you only get hints of it here.

If I had seen the book before I bought it, I wouldn't have wasted the money. To top that off, the story in the fan world is that he won't even autograph it - not that I blame him - but I did spend money on the stupid thing.

This book could have been as glorious as the show - too bad Ruditis wasted the opportunity.

On the plus side, the DVD has some fun stuff on it. Not enough to make up for the book, though.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2003
The book is great, as it's great the serie. The pics are also awesome, would have loved more of my fave QAF couple: Brian and Justin.. Not everyone knows that, at least the hardcover edition of the book (which is the one I own, I don't know about the softback..) comes with a DVD, with exclusive behind the scenes material, which makes a cute addition to this already not-to miss-item for a true QAF fan! RECOMMENDED!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2003
I have to say the best part of this book are the casts insights into their characters! After all, no one really knows the characters as well as the people who bring them to life.
The pictures are all wonderful, though I would have liked more of my favorite couple, Brian and Michael! They are the heart of the show for me.
The accompanying DVD in the hard cover book is excellant though way to short!
Ann Marie
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2003
I bought the book the first day it came out and once it was sent to me, I couldn't stop flipping through the pages. The episode synopsis', pictures, quotes, cast, etc. were absolutely great for a QaF fan. Although some stuff in the book could have been more in depth, it is a great addition the Queer as Folk collection. Highly, highly recommend that all of the QaF fans out there go buy this book immediately and enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2003
I think that this book is a great addition to any other QAF books, calendars, etc. on the market. It has a lot of great stories about the cast and "the making of." The only thing I wish was that there were more interviews and behind-the scenes pictures. It has a lot of recaps of the episodes. However, I highly recommend it to anyone.
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on August 1, 2013
If you're a fan of the show, this books is worth it - provided you can find a good, used copy at a good sale price, since it's definitely not worth the original price. Personally, I bought it for the text rather than the photos, since the latter are somewhat lacking in originality.

This book covers almost everything about the show - from its initial conceptual formation by the producers, to chapters dealing with background info on the show and the characters, stories from the actors about how they were cast and how they perceive their characters, as well as interesting quotes from the the producers, and background info from the set and costume designers. Personally, I really love those extra tidbits!

The bonus DVD included with the hardcover edition is a nice touch; it contains a short documentary titled "Queer as Folk: Behind The Camera With Cast and Crew", narrated by Peter Paige (although I should point out that the exact same short doc can also be found as a bonus feature on the Season 3 DVD set, so if you already have that, then you won't be seeing anything new).

My one regret is that this book only covers seasons 1-3, and that they never published another book for season 4 & 5.

Overall, I'd say that this book was worth it for what I paid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2006
IF YOU LOVED TEH SHOW AS MUCH AS I DID THIS BOOK WILLL OFFER YOU MUCH INSIGHT INTO THE CHARACTERS AND MOTIVATION BEHIND THE CAMERA.
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on October 8, 2010
As a person who loved the series I was surprised there WAS a book... somehow (maybe because I don't live in the city anymore) missed there was one. I saw it here and OMFG couldn't click "send it to me right this minute" button fast enough. There are soooo many things not even on the DVD extras that are in it. It's with my coffee table books and always everyone wantsmine, but since they can't I send them here. If you can't find one here do yoourself a favor and try and find it anywhere you possibly can. I believe it's out of print. All I DO KNOW is it has AMAZING photos and all the stories and the little...and big..things we missed in the series. Im happy they included so much that wasnt on the bonus parts of the DVDs because it was like getting another last QAF "gift" ENJOY!!
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on August 20, 2014
But it helps! If you loved the series, you'll love this stylish book of 180 pages, jam packed with of photos, episode guide, actor biographies, isolated scene analysis and lots of gossip. The ultimate fan book but also a well put together intelligent keepsake of this memorable breakthrough television series. Each episode is listed with a photo, credits, a synopsis plus comments from a relevant participant of the show. A thorough interpretation of the main characters is also included but it's the photographic side of a very visual show that will win you over. Whatever you think of the series this is what a companion book to a television show should resemble.
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