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Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse (Mr. Monk Series #1)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

great book

love tv show and book

posted by Anonymous on February 25, 2007

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A bit sexist . . .

Let me just say upfront: I wanted to like this book. Really. After Monk's final season closed down, I wanted a way to keep finding new stories and I was thrilled that they had done a novel continuation. But I could not find that this was even worth a three-star "pass". ...
Let me just say upfront: I wanted to like this book. Really. After Monk's final season closed down, I wanted a way to keep finding new stories and I was thrilled that they had done a novel continuation. But I could not find that this was even worth a three-star "pass".

I have mentioned this on another reviewer's post, stating that Natalie's obsession with breast-size is completely surreal to the character that we were presented with in the series. If the author wanted to avoid the problem of writing as a woman, he should have opted for a third-person perspective and saved us all "eeww" factor and having to wonder what happened to our bright, confident Natalie. There's a difference between expressing her sexuality and being crude about it. Natalie is never presented as crude.

Sharona, on the other hand, could be believably crude, but even these observations didn't have her touch. They all seemed decidedly male and not in a good way.

Also, the final paragraph ends with a comment made in Natalie's head about female irrationality being a legitimate defense for murder. Seriously? I get that this is supposed to be funny, but it's actually pretty sexist (as are the sexual innuendos heretofore). Even more ridiculous is that the character, a sidekick heroine who is in many ways more capable than the hero, should ever joke about such a thing.

What was saving this for me was the accuracy of speaking roles. I could see the conversational dialogues being spoken by the characters. Natalie's internal monologues as stated before were unrecognizable. The story was okay; the solution a bit trite -- but that too happened in the TV series. I'll give a couple more in the series a try, but if this keeps up, I won't be reading much longer.

posted by Arystarca on January 7, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2007

    great book

    love tv show and book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    If you like the show, you'll love the book!

    I enjoy all sorts of mysteries but my favorite are the fast paced, well written ones. My Monk Goes to the Fire House falls under that category. I love the show on USA and was happy to find the book at my local Barnes & Noble. Told in the voice of Natalie, this book really captures Mr. Monk's OCD issues while still carrying on with the mystery and plenty of humour and physical comedy. Natalie tells the story well because she finds Mr. Monk strange but still treats him with respect. Read this book for a light and enjoyable read! Great for a vacation book, too!

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