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Join Me for a Reading and Discussion of Chasing Zebras in Chicago

House, M.D. Fans: Meet the Author of Chasing Zebras: the Unofficial Guide to House

Just for Chicago area HOUSE, M.D.  fans!

Stop by Barbara’s Bookstore UIC on January 20 at 6 -8 pm for a reading from and discussion of CHASING ZEBRAS with author Barbara Barnett!

 

 

Upcoming Chasing Zebras Events

Tomorrow, December 9:

I will be at Something’s Brewing Coffee House in Grayslake, IL. Stop by, have a cup of coffe or a nosh and schmooze with me about House M.D.!

From 9-10:30 a.m. I’ll be signing books at the downtown Grayslake store
82 E Center St
Downtown Grayslake, IL 60030
(847)543-8600

From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. I’ll be at the Washington St. location

1126 E Washington St
Across from The College of Lake County
Grayslake, IL 60030
(847)543-1600

(Across from The College of Lake County)

I will have books for purchase–or bring your already acquired copy and I’ll be happy to sign that

Monday morning, December 13,

I’ll be on Fox 2 Detroit’s morning show, probably in the 9 ET hour sometime. You should be able to stream the broadcast on the station’s main page.

January 20, 2011

Signing at Barbara’s Bookstore’s biggest store right next to the University of Illinois at Chicago from 6-8 p.m.

 

Welcome to the End of the Thought Process

Hi.  Welcome to the end of my thought process at The End of the Thought Process.  The title is taken from a line in the House, MD episode Autopsy.  House is always several steps ahead of everyone else on his team.  After hearing each of his fellows offer an opinion, Chase finally arrived at the destination House had intended.  He said to all:  “Welcome to the end of the Thought Process.”  I just thought that was a great line, and one that says so many things about the words that emerge from the fingertips and onto the (virtual) page.  So there you have it. 

I’ve had a Live Journal blog for a little more than a year, and I will gradually move all of my posts over here, but for now, if you want to see what I’ve been up to over there (mostly House, MD fanfiction and reviews) please click here.

My decision to move to WordPress came after I began writing for BlogCritics.  I decided that I needed a more flexible personal blog than LiveJournal offered, so…

My fanfiction can be found here

A note about my banner:  I took that photograph in the Canadian Rockies last summer in Jasper, Alberta.  It’s one of my favorites (of about 1,000 photos taken during my two weeks in Alberta).  So I hope you like it.

Barbara (sasmom)

More great press for Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House!

 

“”Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.” is, perhaps, the ultimate fan tribute to the long running Fox network series, starring multiple Emmy nominee Hugh Laurie. Despite the fact that I had never watched an episode of “House,” I found the book to be very interesting, informative and expertly researched. Clearly author Barbara Barnett is a huge fan of the series and putting together this unofficial guide to “House” must have been a labor of love for her.”

Read more: Pop Culture Guy loves Chasing Zebras

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Barry Grey at Suite101.com also has some very nice things to say about the book:

From his review of Chasing Zebras:

The book’s subtitle is equally revealing: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Since it’s not authorized or sanctioned by Fox or the show’s producers, Barnett doesn’t have to compromise her criticism.

”Just because you’re a fan of the show, it doesn’t necessarily mean you love every minute of it,” she told Suite 101 in a telephone interview. “And yes, I tend to look at the episodes through a more ‘glass is half-full’ versus ‘glass is half-empty’ eye. Because I want to like the show. I want the show to succeed. But it doesn’t always.

“I do watch it with an objective eye. And I don’t like all the characters, and I don’t like all the writing and I don’t like all the (medical) cases.”

House, M.D. Inspired By Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes

Barnett has been writing about House on the internet for three years, calling her blogcritics.org column Welcome to the End of the Thought Process: An Introspective Look at House, M.D. (For the record, there are at least three other books available about the series, including the official one, by Ian Jackman and series star Hugh Laurie, although it’s unclear how much Laurie wrote beyond the book’s forward.)

At 429 pages, Barnett’s book is remarkably comprehensive. Early on, she retraces series creator David Shore’s well-known conception of the misanthropic Gregory House and best friend Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) as equivalents of a pair of fictional sleuth-confederates: Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Read more at Suite101: TV’s House Studied With Surgical Precision in Blogger’s New Book http://www.suite101.com/content/tvs-house-studied-with-surgical-precision-in-bloggers-new-book-a311820#ixzz163T72z5N

 

 

Lots of Media This Week for Chasing Zebras!

Busy, Busy Week for Chasing Zebras publicity.

This past week I did an interview with the Wheeling, Illinois Journal and Topics (for all you Northwest Suburbs of Chicago guys).

Also, reviews appeared on Crushable and other places.

Monday: I’ll be appearing on the FoxChicago Morning Show in the 8:50 segment!!!!! My first live studio interview on TV. We’ll be talking about the book, of course and about House, M.D. (maybe even Monday’s episode)

More interviews: Barry Grey @Studio101.com, NYGossip Gal and an interview with my alumni association magazine from High School. Very, very busy week.

Exclusive Magazine Reviews Chasing Zebras

From Exclusive Magazine

 

Book Reviews

Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, MD
By: Barbara Barnett
(Paperback / 352 pages / Ecw Press / ISBN: 1550229559 / $17.95)Description: ‘Chasing Zebras’ is a resource for seasoned fans, an atlas for new viewers, and a guide for students of television, film and pop culture. It combines Barnett’s insights with details from her numerous interviews with the show’s writers, producers and actors.

Verdict: Now, and for the record, House is not my kind of guy – too rude – but the show appealed to me for some reason. This book helped me understand why. House claims he only cares about solving the medical mysteries, yet somehow you sense that he really has compassion for many of his patients. The book explains the subtle comments and signs that indicate he does.

It reflects skillful scriptwriting and acting. In addition, the book’s in-depth analysis of House as a brilliant but troubled person humanizes him and creates a level of sympathy that somewhat excuses his behavior. The other main characters are profiled as well. These profiles are a reminder that the more you know about someone – on TV or in real life – the more connected with them you feel.

What this book really did for me, though, was teach me to better understand and appreciate good scriptwriting. Author Barnett, whose own writing I found impressive, explains how the stories and the characters are developed and presented. I plan to watch the show more often, and will be looking and listening more closely for things that reveal motives and insights into the personalites of the characters. I think anyone reading this book will become a smarter viewer, not only of this series, but of other dramas. [JVO]

Buy Chasing Zebras everywhere in paperback or in Kindle

Book Signing and House Talk! Chasing Zebras Now on Kindle!

House Fans in the north/northwest chicago suburbs:

Join me Thursday night 6:00 PM-9:00 PM at SOMETHINGS BREWING’s “BREW AFTER DARK”

1126 E.Washington in Grayslake.

I’ll be there to talk House and sign books!

In other news, Chasing Zebras is now available in Kindle version from Amazon.com

Of course, the print version is available on Amazon and most online sellers, as well as most traditional bookstores worldwide.