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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.

Scene Magazine Loves Chasing Zebras

London, Ontario’s Scene Magazine, an arts and entertainment weekly reviewed Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House. Here’s what they said:

For any fan completely stoked about the return of Gregory House to the Fox TV network this fall, pay close attention – Chasing Zebras: The Unoffi cial Guide to House, M.D. is the perfect primer and referential resource for this fantastic show. A major benefi t to sourcing unofficial material when it comes to program compendiums is that readers are privy to alternative insights and perspectives that don’t always make it into a sanctioned book. By the same token, author Barbara Barnett has accessed many people on the creative staff behind the show, which has helped shape her comprehensive analysis. Barnett claims she can be considered obsessed when it comes to House, and her fanaticism is the key component that sells this book, as she gently draws readers into her obsession as well. The book allows fans the opportunity to brush-up on certain episodes, or get a bigger picture of how the show has developed over the course of six seasons. But there’s a lot more here than just programming notes. Barnett discusses the criticisms that fans had regarding casting changes, and how the network attempted to resolve them. She explores the technical modifi cations Fox made to commercial breaks, which interrupted the program’s pacing and literally forced transformations to the format of the show. Because of this depth, Chasing Zebras offers more to readers than standard television compendiums might normally. It’s a level of attention that even House himself would likely respect. –Brian McQueen

Chasing Zebras is available now in the U.S. from your local bookseller (B/N, Borders, many independents) or from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or Borders online (or your favorite online bookseller). The book will be out in Europe and worldwide October 28.

Reflections on the Birth of Chasing Zebras

Article first published as A Book is Born: Reflections of a First Time Author on Blogcritics.

As Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. hits the shelves this week, I thought I’d offer my reflections on how it feels to be a first-time author.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/a-book-is-born-reflections-of/#ixzz0yPB5J4dk

Chasing Zebras News

The official launch date of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House M.D. is Wednesday, September 1 (less than a week away and two days after my birthday). So—here is the latest news:

Please be sure to sign up to join the Chasing Zebras Forum on my “official” website. The forum will be for discussion of the book (feel free to argue with me, debate, discuss or ask questions–but as always, civility will reign). Here’s the link.

The launch party details are set and everyone’s invited. A formal invitation will be shared here, on Facebook and Twitter (and by email. The date is September 19 at Goose Island Brew Pub in the beautiful Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago. If you are in town or near Chicago, c’mon and join us. If you can’t be here and would like to attend, you can join the virtual party on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CZ_LaunchParty.

With the launch forthcoming this next week, if you don’t see CZ in your local booksellers don’t be afraid to ask about it 🙂 and if you like the book, please do share your thoughts with others around the fandom. I hope you do like the book!

You can pre-order Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House at Amazon.com

Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Arrives in Bookstores Sept. 1

Someone told me that holding your book in your hands for the first time is a bit like becoming a mother. The work of more than a year, nurturing, massaging, editing, sleepless nights of writing on deadline and then finally it arrives. Writing a book is, in many respects, like having a baby. My baby has a pretty blue cover and is adorned with a marvelous portrait of Hugh Laurie! What could be better?

Yesterday I received my advance copy of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. It’s a big book–430 pages! Part of the reason it’s so big is that is contains a six-season episode guide. Every single episode in six seasons of House is summarized with callouts for episode highlights including:

  • Zebra of the Week
  • Epiphany Moment
  • House is a Jerk Moment
  • A Fine Bromance (Wilson moment)
  • Shipper Alerts
  • Musical Notes
  • Housian Ethics
  • Patients Know Best
  • Metaphorically Thinking
  • Iconic Moment in House History
  • and many, many more.

There are chapters long and short. The longe

st is “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know”–it is the chapter on Dr. Gregory House, M.D. Anyone out there know where that quote comes from? (Hint: it’s not from House, M.D.)

There are chapters on the music of House, Ethics, a chapter on “God Religion and Hypocrisy.” There’s an interview with a clinical psychologist in which he diagnoses our troubled doctor in the aftermath of season five and the start of season two. There’s an interview with a Holmes loving House fan. There are closer looks at several episodes to highlight series themes and story arcs. There are chapters on every character–and so much more.

So take a look at the preview nicely provided on Amazon.com. The book comes out September 1 and should be in most major bookstores. It’s on Amazon.com in every country, it’s a Barnes and Noble’s site and Borders as well.

ECW Press Books on TV interview

ECW has posted an interview with me talking about Chasing Zebras. Hope you like it and pass the word. Thanks for your support!

http://bit.ly/bZ1Ui0+

Chasing Zebras

Another step forwards in the big publishing enterprise. I just got the back cover copy back from my publisher. Cool. Now to decide if I should put my photo on the back. Very big decision for camera-shy me. (Although I had a very cool photo shoot last week with Victoria Sprung.)

It was weird last week not doing any writing on Chasing Zebras. I think it was the first time in (literally) two years that I had nothing to write or research or take notes on for the book. Very weird. Lots of time to think about the next book. But what to write about? My first instinct is something completely different–something along the lines of my day job which is being a Jewish educator. But how many of my readers would buy it–or even be interested?  Or what about a novel? Decisions, decisions. Ah…me.

In the name of symmetry…

Finally re-launched barbarabarnett.com. (the symmetry part comes in because this is the blog linked on the site.) The site is largely for the book, and will include a guest book for comments, a link to this blog, excerpts to tease (and hopefully entice), and a forum, which will go live once the book comes out. It is intended to argue with me and discuss the book and its numerous parts. But feel free to start a discussion now–ask a question, make a comment. Keep it nice and civil–just like my BC column comments thread. Thanks.

I hope you have a chance to look around. I’ll be adding more content in the next days. Right now, I see the light at the end of the writing tunnel, and have only a few more pages to go over before hitting “send” and see my baby (Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.) fly the next all ready to be made into those lovely galleys.