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Bones: Buried Deep Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2006

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Kathy Reichs is the author of eighteen New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the FOX network.

Max Allan Collins is a New York Times bestselling author of original mysteries, a Shamus award winner and an experienced author of movie adaptions and tie-in novels. His graphic novel Road to Perdition has been made into a major motion picture by Tom Hank’s production company. He is also the author of the tie-in novel series based on the original CSI.
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Product Details

  • Series: Bones (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Star (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416524614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416524618
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Todd V. Leone on July 25, 2006
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The best I can say about this novel, which was "reverse engineered" from the TV series "Bones," is that I read it straight through. It held my interest sufficiently to keep me reading. That really is the best I can say about it. Did I like it? Well, not exactly. I didn't hate it, but, in the end, I wasn't much satisfied with having read it.

My complaints about it apply, pretty much, to nearly every novel I've read that has been written by a hired author engaged to produce a novel based on characters from a TV show. It's formulaic. It's lightweight. The characters aren't well developed at all. With the slightly oversized type and extra spacing between lines and the number of pages (compared to any novel by Kathy Reichs herself), it was more like reading a lengthy short story - kind of like the many Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys novelettes I read in my youth. There wasn't that much to the plot. To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, clearly this is a novel to be tossed aside lightly, because even if you threw it with great force, there's so little substance to it the air resistance would keep it from going very far.

"Bones: Buried Deep" is written by one Max Allan Collins, an author hired to produce a novel from the characters seen on TV, and he did that. (He seems to do a lot of that sort of thing -- run a search on his novels and you'll find a large number of them that are based on the three "CSI" TV series. There are a smaller number based on "Dark Angel.") He's an adequate writer, but I suspect he had no real enthusiasm for this project. None of the characters is his brainchild.
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I am such a fan of the TV show, "Bones," and was thrilled when I found out there was a novel based on the series. I was so disappointed in the book, that if it had not been based on "Bones," I would have thrown it in the trash after the first 20 pages. The author, Max Collins, has nothing to do with the TV show, and it is so very obvious that he has none of the education and sophistication of the show's writers. The witty and snappy dialogue is not there. He has no feel for the characters: they are shallow and one-dimensional. There is very, very little description of the forensic techniques used in the show.

And the novel was just badly written. For some bizarre reason, Collins felt it necessary to describe the clothes of each character (even characters who only appeared in one paragraph) in three choppy phrases. In a scene in a restaurant, Collins described the clothing of the hostess, the barmaid, and the waiter--and they were all wearing the same clothes.

I was so disappointed that Kathy Reichs did not write this novel and sincerely hope that when the next novel comes out, they find someone else to write it.
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I like that the novel Tempe and TV Tempe are distinctively different characters.

I enjoy reading Kathy Reichs Novels with Tempe, the former alcoholic forensic scientist. I enjoy her relationships with her ex-husband Pete, Canadian Officer Andrew Ryan, her daughter Katy, I even love Birdie her beloved cat. She's believable.

I also enjoy watching Bones and glad it doesn't follow the novels. A movie always falls short of the novel. I like Tempe on TV as much as I like on the page. I enjoy her relationship with her staff and Agent Booth. I enjoy the fact that she has no people skills and has no knowledge of pop culture. However, not knowing who Scully is kind of blew my mind. Who doesn't know of Scully and Mulder? Temperance Brennan I guess. She's not as believable as novel Brennan but enjoyable non the less.

Anyway, I guess my point is Max Allen Collins writing is forces and nothing like either novel Brennan or TV Brennan. I was pretty disappointed. He seemed to dumb her down which is probably becuase he doesn't have the same background as Kathy Reichs. She makes the science understandable for the average layman as well as beleivable.

Sad to say Max Allen collins falls amazingly short is all areas even the pop culture references.
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At the beginning I thought this book might be able to somehow tie the novels by Kathy Reichs and the TV series, Bones, together. While some superficial attempt is made to do this, it's lacking and illogical!

In the TV series Temperance Brennen is not married, has no children and no pets, is a martial arts or at least self-defense expert and seems to enjoy violence. Oh, and her parents were mysteriously killed in a car accident which then introduced the idea that Tempe along with her family were placed in the Witness Protection scheme?! In the original books this character is divorced, has a daughter, a cat and sometimes dog-sits her ex-husbands dog. She abhors violence and is not even remotely able to do spinning kicks! She also has a sister who is a little off-kilter, a nephew who was involved in biker gangs and is in an on-going relationship with Andrew Ryan (an SQ officer from Quebec).

This book by Max Allen Collins tries to assimilate these two characters by saying that the TV Tempe is divorced, which is illogical in the series as she has mentioned in at least one episode that she's never been married. The phrase "I don't understand what that means" is used not only by Temperance, but also by Seeley Booth, Angela and Zach, which just gets annoying after the third or fourth time.

All in all, this book wastes time describing what characters are wearing rather than what is actually going on in the case and one of the Detectives makes the leap to a suspect, I think, just to get the story moving. It's a disappointment because this series, in it's original book form, was not only entertaining but also very plausible and engrossing.

This book-based-on-a-TV-series-based-on-a-book is just mindless entertainment for those airport lounges and long bus rides
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