Monday, January 02, 2006

TV-TO-BOOK: MR. MONK


My wife and I have been watching Season Two of of the excellent detective series Monk. (Since we do not have cable, we have to enjoy them on DVD.) We are just amazed at how funny and wonderful these stories are.

Tomorrow, the first original Monk tie-in novel hits shelves, Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse (Signet). The book is written by TV writer and novelist Lee Goldberg, co-writer of the Monk episode "Mr. Monk Goes to Mexico" (which we just watched, and it was AWESOME).

The Monk Fun Page interviewed Mr. Goldberg about his adventures writing for television (including Monk and Diagnosis Murder ) and writing the first official Monk novels.

The USA Network has launched an official website devoted to the Monk books, which includes an excerpt and a video interview with the author. (You can also check out downloads and an exclusive Monk mini-webisode created exclusively for the Internet.)

Related link: Mr. Monk Goes To The Firehouse

4 comments:

Mirtika said...

My husband and I are big MONK fans. Have been since day one. Shoot, since before day one, just from the preview ads.

Ever since Mr. Shalhoub won my laughing-heart in the show WINGS, I'd watch anything with him. He's just one of our best comedic actors.

I can't wait for the NEW SEASON. WOOO HOOOO. I hope they feature Turturro as Monk's brother again. That guy is a hoot.

Mir--who likes Natalie a lot, but whose hubby still wants Sharona back...

Chris Well said...

Erica and I have not even seen a "Natalie" episode yet, but we hope to fix that when we get MONK Season Three.

During my lunch hour today, I headed over to my local independent bookseller and bought my own copy of Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse.

Whoo-hoo!

Mirtika said...

Natalie will grow on you. She's not immediately vibrant like Sharona, but something about her quieter type of stubborness I find works well with Monk's over-the-top neurotic state. A good foil, I think. The episode where Monk has to enter a giant vagina science exhibit..well...I just about needed defibrillation.

Mir

Chris Well said...

I just bought the MONK book today and, since it is written first person from Natalie's POV, I am getting to know her.

It's a fun book. I'll have to post a review when I'm done.

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