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Product Details

  • Series: Supernatural
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Original edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062103377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062103376
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Reed wrote the stories for two Supernatural episodes, Hammer of the Gods and You Can't Handle the Truth, as well as co-writing the Supernatural novel War of the Sons. He's also written several TV movies, including Lake Placid 3 and Legend of the Boogeyman, along with the comic book miniseries Battlestar Galactica: Final Five.

Customer Reviews

Very interesting story line.
Khristine Butler
Love the Bobby Singer character and this book gave an interesting insight from his point of view.
kathy Hollick
I highly recommend this book for die-hard Supernatural fans!
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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Kelex on September 6, 2011
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I pre-ordered this book with somewhat low(er) expectations than most; I have the Supernatural encyclopedia of demons and monsters, and while that was very lore-informative, the voices weren't quite right, and there were a few little quibbles I had with the layout and such.

I don't have those with this. David Reed gets the Bobby Singer voice. If not perfectly (because there are a few places where I go "uh... okay, not Bobby") then pretty close, because it's comfortable to read it. The sections on Bobby's wife Karen are excellent, not only because they match what was said on the show, but expound on it in a logical manner. The book also deals with Bobby and Rufus, Bobby and the Winchesters, and all the kinds of things that Bobby goes through on a relatively "normal" day in addition to all that he knows about hunting. There's also background on the Colt, the Knife, Dean's amulet, and most of the creepy things they've come up against.

Casual watchers of the show might be a little lost; Bobby makes many references to the things that have happened up through the sixth (at the time of this review, most current) season as well as a couple of cases that Sam and Dean have covered but we haven't seen. It's a book that's deeply rooted in the mythology of the show while making it interesting; you follow Bobby on his mental decline, and while I won't say a word about content of the ending or what goes on, I will say that it is definitely satisfying. It's sort of like an episode unto itself, not unlike "Weekend at Bobby's," where the action focuses not on the Winchesters, but on Bobby Singer. As the title says, it's Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting. I almost expected "Ya Idjit" to be part of the formal title.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kendall on September 19, 2011
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I was soooo excited when I saw that Bobby was going to have his own journal! Was a great read, and I feel like I know tons more about Bobby than the show ever put out. You learn

how he became a hunter,
what happened in Omaha,
his thoughts on the Winchesters
life with Rufus
new monster lore

I thought I wasn't going to like the storyline of him losing his memory, but the author pulled it off. Made me feel like I was watching an episode of Supernatural because they got his character spot on.
This book is worth it!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Khristine Butler on September 12, 2011
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I was very excited to get to read this book in the Supernatural series because so often Bobby Singer gets left out in this series. His is a character that is taken for granted a lot.I think the author gave voice to the character very well and stayed true to Jim Beaver's portrayal of the character. Very interesting story line. I am wondering why though that it was not put into the timeline of the series like the other books were . They usually tell us between what episodes things in the books occurred. That would have been a nice reference point. Over all very enjoyable.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ficwriter1966 on September 30, 2011
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I was told by a friend whose opinion I trust that I *had* to buy this book - and I'm so glad I did!

I've read all the Supernatural tie-in works and have had mixed opinions about them; they've ranged from outright horrible to good, solid fun. This one is the first tie-in that actually moved me to tears. (And yes, in a good way.)

Mr. Reed has Bobby's voice nailed - you can truly hear Jim Beaver speaking as you read. The book's premise is, something that happened during a case is causing Bobby to lose his memory, so he's writing everything down "just in case." Some of the material we're familiar with from having seen it happen on the show, or mentioned in passing; there's also fresh, new backstory, including a couple of Bobby's early cases, told in a way that keeps the reader urgently turning pages to find out what happens next. All the important relationships in Bobby's life are explored: his late wife, Rufus, the Winchesters, and it all feels very *real*. As a bonus, the last couple of chapters are narrated by Dean, and Mr. Reed has his voice down pat as well.

The only fault I can find with the book (if you can call it a fault) is that it's short, and a very fast read. I devoured it in a couple of hours, and I wish it had gone on much longer. If you're looking for a Supernatural book that's well worth the price, it's this one. A definite two thumbs up!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sharron Albert on December 31, 2012
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Reed is a writer/script coordinator for Supernatural, and it shows. This is a journal written in Bobby's voice, when he's back from a hunt and is losing his memories. He's writing everything he can remember that he wants left behind (except for his library lore), while he's trying to use his swiss-cheese memory to figure out what has happened.
As a result we get some hunting tips, some old stories (more on how he and Rufus met, and how after his wife died, he became a hunter -- after running away to Japan -- and becomes Rufus' partner, and just a bit more on how he screwed that up). Of course, he figures out how the hunt went wrong and saves himself and the boys, and their memories, by book's end.
But it's deliciously in Bobby's voice with crude illustration and papers taped to pages, which often had me smiling and laughing out loud. He's an irascible, loveable, non-idjit, and his personality shines through this. I'd not recommend this to a nonfan, but it's good fare for the fan. This is one that stays in my library (G).
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