“I look for zebras because other doctors have ruled out all the horses.” — Dr. Gregory House Medical students are taught that when they hear hoofbeats, they should think horses, not zebras, but Dr. House’s unique talent of diagnosing unusual illnesses has made House, M.D. one of the most popular and fascinating series on television. In Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., Barbara Barnett takes fans deep into the heart of the show’s central character and his world, examining the way this medical Sherlock Holmes’s colleagues and patients reflect him and each other. Complete with an episode-by-episode guide and numerous interviews with cast members, producers, and writers, Chasing Zebras is an intelligent look at one of television’s most popular shows.
“In Barnett’s book, readers are brought in to an expert’s passionate view of the show and its characters.” — Buddy TV
”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.”
For any fan completely stoked about the return of Gregory House to the Fox TV network this fall, pay close attention – Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D. is the perfect primer and referential resource for this fantastic show… Because of this depth, Chasing Zebras offers more to readers than standard television compendiums might normally. It’s a level of attention that even House himself would likely respect”.
“Now, and for the record, House is not my kind of guy – too rude – but the show appealed to me for some reason. This book helped me understand why. House claims he only cares about solving the medical mysteries, yet somehow you sense that he really has compassion for many of his patients. The book explains the subtle comments and signs that indicate he does.
In addition, the book’s in-depth analysis of House as a brilliant but troubled person humanizes him and creates a level of sympathy that somewhat excuses his behavior. The other main characters are profiled as well. These profiles are a reminder that the more you know about someone – on TV or in real life – the more connected with them you feel.
What this book really did for me, though, was teach me to better understand and appreciate good scriptwriting. Author Barnett, whose own writing I found impressive, explains how the stories and the characters are developed and presented. I plan to watch the show more often, and will be looking and listening more closely for things that reveal motives and insights into the personalities of the characters. I think anyone reading this book will become a smarter viewer, not only of this series, but of other dramas.” — Exclusive Magazine, Author James O’Connor
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