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Supernatural: Bobby Singer's Guide to Hunting Paperback – September 6, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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!
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!
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a gift and ended up reading it myself. I loved it.Published 29 days ago by Allison Cavanaugh
Great read and they must have if you love Supernatural. Everything I expected and morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is great. You feel as though Bobby is talking to you when you read it.Published 2 months ago by Candy
I purchased this year ago and its still fun to re-read every now and then :) good book!Published 2 months ago by Mishka