Book Review: Naked Heat

Naked Heat
By Richard Castle
Hyperion/ABC Studios, 2010
Age Range: Adult

I admit it. I enjoy watching Nathan Fillion. I enjoyed watching Firefly more intensely than Castle, but I’m happy that Castle exists because I believe strongly in this man’s right to have a steady acting job so that I can enjoy a steady diet of his roguish sense of humor.

As a mostly regular Castle watcher, I noticed a smudge in the line of reality when those Nikki Heat books that Nathan Fillion’s character writes on the show suddenly starting popping up in my local bookstore. I resisted buying them for at least a year, afraid that the fairly clever merchandising tie-in masked some not so clever writing.

But last week I gave in. I blame Nathan Fillion’s smile. You know the one in the author photo that seems to say, “Yes, I know this whole thing is a little silly, but don’t you think it’s kind of fun anyway?”

And you know, I think it’s fair to say that if you enjoy watching Castle, you’ll enjoy these books.  Reading Naked Heat is like reading an episode of the show. It’s really quite remarkable. Kudos to the author for that, whoever he or she may be.

And now it’s your turn. What are you reading this week?

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to Book Review: Naked Heat

  1. Pingback: How Facebook, Bob Newhart, Twitter and Nathan Fillion helped me kick Zoloft « Geeky Girl

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