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On Alternate Universes

Don’t run off too quickly on this one, but I’ve been watching the Rizzoli and Isles TV show a lot recently and it’s left me thinking about the differences and similarities in the characters.  Same thing with the Injustice comic to the main DCU. Possible spoilers ahead kids, I’m gonna get to ifing.

 

I like alternate universes, especially when fan cannon comes into play, seeing how little changes effect the characters and their world.  Like, what would happen if the Surgeon, the first Rizzoli and Isles villain, had died in the first book instead of being paralysed at the end of the second.  That would have definitely effected the second book, there would have been no Surgeon to have an Apprentice, so there would have been no need for Agent Dean to be called in, so he and Rizzoli wouldn’t have met at that time or under those circumstances.  They probably wouldn’t have had sex or gotten married. This could have resulted in Rizzoli taking longer to cool down.  I’m not even sure how that would have effected her working with Isles.

 

Change it a little more, make Isles more similar to her TV persona, more open and friendly but socially uncomfortable.  How does it change things?  The characters in the books aren’t as friendly as their TV counterparts and Isles was introduced in the second book, when Rizzoli was still very abrasive and closed off.  While not a ton is done with Rizzoli and Isles’ non-work interactions in the books, by the end of the last book it is more than safe to say that they’re friends even if to a less touchy extent than on the show.  How would a different Isles  change that?

Heck, switch gears.  What happens if, instead of Batman, we have Detective Bruce Wayne of the GCPD?  He’s still richer than the Catholic church, his back story is still more or less the same, same intense training before returning to Gotham, he just decides to become a cop to clean up his city rather than Batman.  It could still have the Robins in various ways, Dick Greyson as a junior detective who gets partnered with Bruce would work easily, especially since he was a police officer in some of the older Nightwing comics. Jason Todd could show up as either another partner, if they wanted Dick to move to another precinct or division, or an informant of Bruce’s who later becomes suspect and gets killed by the Joker as a result.  Barbara Gordon and Tim Drake would make awesome CSI type characters.  There’s a ton that could be done with that, both as a Gotham Central esque book focusing on that and to see what would happen with the rest of the DCU’s heroes without Batman there.

They did something similar with The Nail, where Superman wasn’t found by the Kents and was instead raised by and Amish couple.  He didn’t become Superman until much later on than in the main world and his world reflects that.  I really like seeing stuff like that even if it doesn’t have a lasting effect on the main continuity.

That’s about it for now, I could go on about stuff like this for novels and novels and more.

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Alright everyone, I’ve got the winners for last week’s giveaway of Tess Gerritsen’s Last to Die!

Congratulations to Michele Buxton and Kaitlyn Aucoin!

To receive your copy of Last to Die, please email me your mailing address at tympestbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Last to Die Giveaway

So after over a month of life eating my spare time, between back to school sales at work and moving back to college, all it takes to get me back into the swing of things is a blue moon and a really awesome opportunity for a book giveaway.  Easy, right?

I’ve got five copies of Tess Gerritsen’s newest Rizzoli and Isles novel, Last to Die, up for grabs.   All you have to do is follow the blog and post in the comments telling me something about why you want to win.  You can even get a bonus entry if you want to follow me on Twitter @Tymp3st, but that isn’t a requirement for entry.

The giveaway will run from today until next Friday at midnight central standard time.  This giveaway will be for the United States only.

Best of luck every one and good reading.

So it’s been an odd couple of days, I know I always say that when I’m behind schedule, but I blame Halloween this time.  Crazy time of year.  We got two days of coat weather and then today was T-shirt weather.  Great times though, nice to see people out having a good time.  So, since today is Halloween and all, I figured I’d toss in a review of the freebie story from Rizzoli and Isles season one.  This isn’t going to be a long one by any means but if you guys are interested it should still be free for the Kindle or to read on the show’s website.  So, no more of that, on to “Freaks”.

Following the sounds of blood curdling screams, the team is called out on an apparent homicide in an abandoned church where the body of a young woman is found apparently strangled.  A near by coffin shows signs of inhabitation.  Can Rizzoli and Isles solve a case of supernatural proportions.

Now Tess Gerritsen’s “Freaks” is a weird one right off the bat because it’s Tess Gerritsen writing Janet Tamaro’s versions of Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles.  That alone had me thinking of it as some kind of strange recursive fan fiction right off the bat. That said, it’s still Tess Gerritsen writing so it’s still good but it’s been simplified, like a YA edition of Rizzoli and Isles.  “Freaks” isn’t long in the least, sort of a fun sized bar that feels like it should have been bigger.  That feeds into my only big disappointment with “Freaks”, the ending feels terribly rushed leaving me feeling a bit left in the lurch with a sample for The Silent Girl that’s longer than the story preceding it.  I’m sure that this was meant to make it feel more like an episode of the show and I’m pretty sure that I could guess at the breaks between weekly installments, but the last be is a rough note at the end of a fairly decent story.

At this point in time, I’m pretty sure my head would explode if they tried to do a novelization of the show based loosely on the novels.  I’m also pretty sure that they’d sell really well until a couple of seasons after the show ended, but that’s beside the point.  “Freaks”, much like the show it’s based on, is something that I would have liked a lot more if it had been marketed as an original thing rather than as Rizzoli and Isles.  It’s still got pretty decent writing and if it were the first chapter in a longer book I would probably buy the book.  I’m not real sure how to review it though.  It earns a probably a four for the writing itself, but the ending makes me want to drop a point and the seasonal feel to it makes me wonder if I would rate it any different if I’d read it during the Summer.

As a note, this was supposed to go up on Halloween but then I tried napping so that it wouldn’t  sound like I’d typed the thing three quarters of the way asleep.  I woke up at seven something this morning wondering what had happened to my alarm.  Good times.

Wow, I don’t think I’ve read a book this quickly or wish it would have been longer this much in a long time.  I would suggest starting the series just to get to this book, I enjoyed it that much.  Also, remember that the giveaway for a signed copy each of the first two books in the series ends at midnight tonight.

A severed female hand is found in the course of a perfectly normal Chinatown ghost tour.  Her body is found on the roof above with the head nearly cut off.  The only clues are two silver hairs, two nonhuman silver hairs.  It doesn’t take much digging for Rizzoli and Isles to discover the connection to a horrific murder-suicide nineteen years earlier.  One of the only surviving connections to the Red Phoenix massacre is a martial arts master who knows much more than she’s willing, or able to share.  What was it that murdered the woman on the roof?  When all clues point to the Monkey King, will Rizzoli be able to outwit a foe who’s got centuries of experience on his side?

I’ve got to admit when I’d first read the materials included in my review copy of Tess Gerritsen’s The Silent Girl I was prepared to be disappointed.  It kept mentioning that this was a deeply personal book for the author, and I was worried that the personal aspects would affect the story telling or displace Rizzoli and Isles somehow.   I shouldn’t have worried.  Gerritsen is at the absolute top of her game here, with writing and plot every bit as tight as any of her previous books and a use of mythology that had me absolutely enthralled.  The characters introduced were handled deftly, kept front and center without stealing the spotlight, and made memorable with development that minor characters seldom receive.  Johnny Tam in particular stands out as a character that I hope to see more of in future books.

This is definitely a Rizzoli book though, with Isles moved over to the side as a secondary character while Jane tackles the investigation head on.  I like this, especially with the last book, Ice Cold, having been as Maura centric as it was.  It’s great to see more of Rizzoli’s character development, such as seeing her worrying about her daughter and husband.  It’s great to see a Rizzoli who’ll still get spitting mad at the suggestion that something’s too dangerous even after she’s acknowledged the danger to herself.  She’s still brash and bitchy, but the chip on Rizzoli’s shoulder has definitely shrunk a bit since The Surgeon.

When it comes right down to it, the only complaints I can think of for The Silent Girl are that it could have done without the final chapter and that the ad for the TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles” takes away from the cover.  I give Tess Gerritsen’s The Silent Girl a five out of five, this makes me want to reread the rest of the series.