Bones and Beasts

Well it was a two book day as I finished Kathy Reich's 'The Bone Collection' and then powered through J K Rowling's 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay'.

The Bone Collection - Kathy Reichs

Paperback, 368 pages

Published November 3rd 2016 by Arrow (first published November 1st 2016)

I remember many years ago reading Deja Dead and quickly working my way through the next five or six books with relish. Over time that relationship with reading every Reich's book as soon as it was released has diminished but I do like to come back to Brennan and see how things are going. The Bone Collection is four novellas that find Brennan in various stages of her career and comes complete with author notes.
Bones in her Pocket has Brennan looking at case that turns into advocacy against puppy breeding farms.
Swamp Bones - when a Burmese python has more in its stomach than local wildlife, Brennan is no longer on holiday and chasing a murderer.
Bones on Ice - a mother wants to be certain that the remains brought down from the Himalayas are that of her daughter. As Brennan investigates all is not as it seems.
First Bones is the origin story that gives some background on how Brennan's interest in solving crimes evolved.
Reich's writing story is tight and the pace is quick. You are engaged from the beginning and turning the pages to discover the resolution. For those who are still not fans of the e-book having all the novellas bundled into a book is a bonus for readers of Brennan.

Kathy Reichs is active on twitter, facebook etc but you can find all about her at the website.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay - J K Rowling
Hardcover, 294 pages. Published November 19th 2016 by Little, Brown Book Group.

The problem is you have the book, you love reading and you have not seen the film, do you read the book or wait until you see the film? Well I read the book first and I will I regret that decision not likely. I do a lot of reading for theatre and have read many a play before seeing it acted on the stage and have never found the experienced diminished.
The screenplay by Rowling is tight and the dialogue is sharp and easy to read. The action contained in the script gives a strong visual images of what is happening. The characters lift off the page and you can see the nuances that the actors will try to bring to life. For example the character of Jacob Kowalski is a man placed in a sense of wonder, who quickly embraces the differences of the people around him. It will be interesting to see how the actor brings that to the screen.
My only disappointment is that the screenplay is the finished product. I would have liked to have seen some more of the development process, even scenes or ideas that did not make it. A better understanding as to how Rowling decided this was the best way to start the story of Newt Scamander in the United States.
I enjoyed the read and you can see from the script why the film has done so well. 
For more information about J K Rowling I would suggest checking out her website.

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