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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

 

 

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New Radio interview about House, M.D. and Chasing Zebras

I did an interview this afternoon on CKWR Canadian radio. MsHouseFan was nice enough to record it :). Thanks!

ECW Posts First 25 pages of Chasing Zebras

ECW Press has posted the galleys from the firt 25 pages of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. Included are a very detailed Table of Contents and the first chapter and a half. The book, which will be released September 1st is more than 400 pages, and includes and extensive six-season episode guide! Please pass the word and if you like what you see, feel free to comment on the book’s Amazon.com page

House, M.D. Writer Doris Egan on Her Stunning Episode “Baggage”

Article first published as A Chat With House, M.D. Writer/Producer Doris Egan on “Baggage” and More on Blogcritics.

Doris Egan took time out of a day-long season seven story meetings (she’s writing next season’s premiere) to talk to me about this week’s penultimate episode “Baggage” and on writing House. Many in the House fan community were sad to learn on Egan’s blog that she is cutting back next year on her involvement in the series to concentrate on other things. As a consulting producer next season, she will only write one episode. “We’ll see how many of my projects work out. I want at least to make the attempt to (among other things) write a new book. My editor has stopped asking when the new book will be written.” The good news is that we won’t have to wait long for that one episode; she’s writing the season seven premiere!

With the series since season two, Egan has penned some of the series best episodes, including “Don’t Ever Change” (with Leonard Dick, for which they recieved a Writers Guild nomination). She has become known to fans of the House-Wilson relationship as St. Doris for her take on their friendship, but has also become the House road trip maven.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/video/article/a-chat-with-house-md-writerproducer/#ixzz0nqkcAQ9d

A Sneak Peak at Chasing Zebras: The Table of Contents

So Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. is available for pre-order in several more places both here and abroad. It’s being sold at Barnes and Noble, Borders and at Amazon UK and Canada (and of course the US site). And we’re still five-plus months from the street date. (And a lovely picture of the cover has finally been added to the Amazon and B/N sites !)

With the London Book fair next month and North American Book Expo in May, things have only started. I’m still waiting the copyeditor’s changes (and slightly fearing the sharp blue pencil that I, myself, have wielded from time to time). The next several months will fly by I’m sure.

So, in honor of all this, I’d like to give you a sneak peek at the book’s Table of Contents and direct you to the book’s website for even more of a peek at the six-season episode guide:

(Please note that this Table of Contents is still preliminary and the order might change as the book moves through the publication process).

TABLE of CONTENTS

Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.

Introduction: Elementary, my dear Wilson

Sidebar: Finding a Holmes in (the) House: An Interview with a House-loving Holmesian

Sidebar: Cast of Characters

Differential Diagnosis: A Character Study Wrapped in a Mystery Wrapped in a Medical Procedural

Sidebar Formulas are made to be broken

Sidebar: Drama vs. Medical Accuracy: A Balancing Act

Sidebar: When it Doesn’t “Fit”

Dr. Gregory House: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Sidebar: When House’s Objectivity Fails Him

Sidebar: House the Linguist

From Bach to Eddie Van Halen: The Music of House, M.D.

Boy Wonder Oncologist: Dr. James (“Jimmy”) Wilson

Sidebar: The Impact of Amber’s Death: A Closer Look at “Dying Changes Everything”

Sidebar: It’s Not All About the Neediness

Smart, Funny and Zesty: Dr. Lisa Cuddy

House’s Haunts

Sidebar The “Ball of Unknown Origin”

Sidebar: The Mutual Admiration of Stephen Colbert and Dr. Gregory House

Caring Until Her Eyes Pop Out: Dr. Allison Cameron

His Father Made a Phone Call: Dr. Robert Chase

Like House, But Nicer—Dr. Eric Foreman

House’s Fellows: Imprinting on the Daddy Doc

PART II: THE GUIDE

Guide to the Guide

Season 1: Patients Make Us Miserable

Sidebar: Before the Leg

Sidebar: An Odd Sort of Humility: A closer look at “DNR”

Sidebar: A Closer Look at “Role Model”

Sidebar: God, Religion and Hypocrisy

Season 2: Settling into the Story

Sidebar: House and Medical Mistakes

Sidebar: House’s Windmill: Death–A Closer Look at “All In”

Sidebar: Ketamine: A Closer Look at “No Reason”

Broken: House, Pain and Drugs

Season 3: Finding Meaning

Sidebar: The Happiness Scale: A Closer Look at “Lines in the Sand”

Sidebar: Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Doing the Right Thing: House and Ethics

Season 4: A Shakeup at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital

Sidebar: Diagnostics Team 2.0

Sidebar: Learning to be a Doctor from a Doctor Like House

Sidebar: A Closer Look at “House’s Head” and “Wilson’s Heart”

The Enigmatic, Unlucky “13”

I Cheat: Dr. Christopher Taub

The Tragedy of Dr. Lawrence Kutner

Sidebar: People Don’t Change: A Closer Look at “Don’t Ever Change”

Season Five: Upheaval and the Ultimate Escape

Sidebar: Coincidence vs. Divine Intervention–A Closer Look at “Unfaithful”

Sidebar: Kutner’s Death and House’s Crash

Sidebar: Diagnosing Dr. House: A Conversation with a Clinical Child Psychologist

Season Six

Appendix: “Time is Not a Fixed Construct” Continuity and the Series Timeline

The birth of a book: end of week one

So Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. has been on Amazon.com pre-order for a week now. Like many authors (or so I’ve learned), I’ve become addicted to watching that little ole Amazon sales rank. Interestingly, or perhaps not, there are a lot of people obsessed with trying to figure out how it works. What does that all-important rank mean in the grand scheme of pre-sales?

My book doesn’t hit the shelves until September, so it’s a marathon. And we’re just at the start. After a quick start (as I posted last week, my sales rank hit 13,000 last weekend, only to drop like a lead balloon the next day into six-figure territory. Most of the week, however, my ranking has wandered between 20,000 and 60,000, and it would seem that’s a fairly respectable number (from what I’ve read), all things considered.

Mid week, the book went up on Barnes and Noble’s website as well. Like the Amazon listing, there’s no image of the cover; no description. So any sales on either front is strictly word of mouth effect. So, how to generate word of mouth?

I’ve begun to create “a presence” as an author. So, I did what every red-blooded author does and created a Facebook fan page. I paid for a little advertisement to let people know about it. I ran the ad for two and half days and it cost me about $170. In two days, I gained 459 fans. I’m not big on Facebook; I’m more of a twitterer. But I can post longer bites on Facebook–and the links and posts don’t fade into the ether within 10 minutes.

I also created an website for the book. I’m still trying to get the hang of it, and today, at the suggestion of my literary agent, I posted some excerpts from the book’s preface (although I haven’t yet received the manuscript back from the copyeditor). My publisher has asked me to gather a list of House fan sites that might be interested in reviewing the book or doing a “giveaway” once the book hits the stores this September.

I have also begun trying to figure out what else I need to do to make the book a success: Business cards? Bookmarks with the cover art on it?

Well, gotta get back sales rank gazing (oy. It’s 94,000 and dropping)

Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.–A new book about the hit series

Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.

Coming September 2010 from ECW Press–and now available for preorder on Amazon.com

A new book about the series House, M.D.!

Also, please visit my author site for updates on the book, excerpts, etc. in the weeks to come.

Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. is the essential companion to one of television’s most popular and fascinating series. Using her unique perspective and insight into the show, writer Barbara Barnett, noted as “one of the industry’s leading experts on the series,” immerses fans new and old into the heart and soul television’s most compelling series. It will be a dog-eared resource for seasoned fans, an indispensable atlas to anyone new to the show, and valuable guide to students of television, film and pop culture.

House, MD is a study in contradictions: straightforward medical procedural on the outside; intricate character drama within. No wonder the acclaimed series is the most watched television show in the world.

Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D takes readers deep within the series’ rich layers—into the heart of its central character and his world:

Who is this medical Sherlock Holmes? Is he simply a misanthropic jerk with a brutal sense of humor–or a tormented romantic hero in the tradition of Byron?

  • How do House’s colleagues and patient relate to and reflect him and each other?
  • How do the music, settings, even the humor enhance our understanding of the series narrative?
  • What does the series say about modern medicine? Ethics? Religion?

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Writing about  House for Blogcritics magazine, I thought it would be nice to develop a book to serve as a guide for the intelligent fans of the show. Rather than a straight-on episode guide, I wanted to do a book about the series’ character and story narratives and the themes, it would provide intelligent and thoughtful analysis of the complex series.

I’m not really a television watcher, but when I started watching House, I was immediately drawn to the writing and the indelible performance of Hugh Laurie as the central character. Always fascinated by romantic anti-heroes, especially “Byronic Heroes,” I felt that there was much lurking beneath the surface of this “medical procedural drama.”

Like my Blogcritics.com blog “Welcome to the End of the Thought Process,” Chasing Zebras takes readers between the lines and action and takes an introspective look at House and his world.

House demands deeper thinking and analysis than most TV shows. Sure it’s fun to laugh at House’s antics; cringe at his anti-social behavior and grin the interplay between the characters. But the show is much more than that. House is meant to provoke discussion and thought. House offers commentary on everything from ethics to mental illness, race, relationships, family dysfunction, sex. The scripts are fragile and intricate Faberge Eggs and half the fun is getting inside them to poke around and find the inner depths within the writing and performances.

Survey of the House, M.D. fan community

I am doing a very unscientific survey of the House fandom for a very large project, which will become public in the next few months.

Thanks for participating in this. Please let me know if I can quote you or use your name (and which name—screen name or real name).

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  1. When did you first start watching the show?
  2. What first drew you to it—made you come back and keep watching?
  3. What do you like best about the show?
  4. What annoys you (if anything) and why?
  5. In what ways do you think the show has changed over the past years?
  6. Do you like it more, less or the same, and why?
  7. House is really several shows in one. There is the medical mystery, of course, the patients and their stories, the hospital characters and their stories—and then there’s House and his story. Is there one aspect you watch for? Or the show as a whole? Elaborate.
  8. Do you advocate for any of the various relationships on House? Which one(s)?
  9. Who are your favorite writers on the series? Least?
  10. Favorite episodes —try to name one for each season if possible
  11. Least favorite episodes?
  12. The since mid-season one, the series has worked through various character arcs and story arcs: Vogler, Stacy, Tritter, Survivor arc, for example. What do you think of these…too long, badly crafted? Wonderful? Please elaborate on what you like and dislike about them?
  13. Do you read fanfiction? Why? Do you have a particular preference for the type of House fanfic?

Best of House, M.D. part 1

New feature in this space, not found on my Blogcritics pages.  Best of…House, M.D.

I’m putting something big together right now, and I would love to know what you think are the best. . .

Answer any or all…

Silly moments

Best Musical moments

Best Chase moments

Best Cameron Moments

Best Foreman Moments

Best TAub moments

Best Kutner Moments

Best 13 Moments

Funniest moments

Best Wilson moments

Best House moments

Best Cuddy moments

Huddy Moments

Hameron Moments

Wilson-House moments

Angstiest moments

Best clinic patients

Best Guest stars

Best Patients of the week

Best “teasers:

Please respond below. . . Have fun!