The Theme of the Evening Is…

Finished: Naked Heat. Next up: Ready Player One.

Fire.  That’s really it.  Fire.

For the past two nights, I have had the fortune of trying something new.  I assisted a friend in the production and execution of the RoughRider’s Fireworks show.  The first night was a hot mess.  I didn’t know what I was doing.  Silly n00b.  It took us the majority of the game to get the product wired and ready.

The second night however.  Completely different story.  We were done with the wiring by roughly the 4th inning.  Which left a lot of time for reading.

#49, A Book Based on a TV Show.  It doesn’t get more “based on” than Naked Heat by Richard Castle.  Now, for those of you living under a rock…Richard Castle is not a real person.  He’s a fictional character from the TV show Castle.  He’s a writer who, in the very first episode, decides to kill off his main character, his Alex Cross (if you will.)  He’s called in by the NYPD to assist in a murder investigation that revolves around his novels.

And then he sticks around for 6 seasons because he likes the lady-detective, Kate Beckett.  In fact, he likes her enough that within working one case with her, he decides he’s going to use her as inspiration for the main character in his next series of books.  He changes her name to Nikki Heat and so it begins.

Someone at ABC went to town and had a field day because our fictional Richard Castle has released actual Nikki Heat books.  This is what I finished tonight.

I don’t really have much to say about it.  It read like an episode of Castle (and honestly, if you’ve seen a season, you’ve kinda grasped an understanding of the murder mystery formula).  Filled with plot twists, action, jokes, and even a little bit of the romance between Castle and Beckett Rook and Heat.

It’s a fun little one off with far too many characters to keep track of if you’re spending several days between picking it up and plugging through a chapter.  Just like the show, if you pause for a day and come back, you won’t remember names, times, locations, relevancy.

I’d say read it if you’re a fan of the show and will appreciate the in-jokes between the characters.  But I’d also say pass if you’ve never watched an episode of Castle in your life.  And then I’d say, EDUCATE YOURSELF and at least go watch the first season of Castle.  Holy shit, emerge from your cave, you heathen!


Tomorrow, I’ll be spending the day at a man-made lake with a bunch of friends and their family.  As much fun as that sounds, I’m actually in acute/excruciating pain and I doubt I’ll be up to swimming, swinging, or diving tomorrow.  That was actually the incentive to finish my book tonight, so that I could pick out a new one with which to entertain myself tomorrow.

The book I’ve chosen is #5, A Book with a Number in the Title which was really just a convenient excuse to purchase a book endorsed by many people’s favorite nerd, Wil Wheaton.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline has been on my list for a while and I cannot wait to see if it lives up to its hype.

#5 Ready Player One

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place.  The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS.  Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines–puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize.  The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win–and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Oh, BY THE WAY…Steven Spielberg signed up three months ago to direct this movie.  So if even he wants in on this action, I can only assume it’ll be phenomenal.

Here’s my updated list, for those of you following along at home:

The Challenge July

Until next time!

Author: alisonlcohn

Graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communications Advertising. Traveled a bit. Taught for two years. Administered aptitude tests for a while. Worked as a Training Associate for Guardian Mortgage and a Quiz Master for Geeks Who Drink. Now studying to get my Master's in Film in London, England. Nice to meet you!

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