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The House That Hugh Laurie Built: An Unauthorized Biography and Episode Guide Paperback – Oct 31 2007

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (Oct. 31 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155022803X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550228038
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 1.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"An exhaustive guide for fans of the TV show House and its cast."  —The Record

"Tells you everything you ever wanted to know about House and its star."  —The Tampa Tribune

About the Author

Paul Challen lives in Dundas, Ontario. He is the author of Inside the West Wing and Get Dutch! A Biography of Elmore Leonard, and writes regularly on pop culture and sports for magazines, newspapers, and radio in Canada and the U.S.

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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Not terribly interesting/Not much of a biography Oct. 24 2007
By Donna Ball - Published on
Format: Paperback
This new book is advertised as a biography of Hugh Laurie. It really isn't really much a biography. The book contains just basic thumbnail sketches of ALL the actors in the TV program "HOUSE", including Hugh Laurie. Most of the info written about him is lacking in depth or lengthy research, and almost all of it refers to episodes of British TV programs no American can relate to as we've never seen any of them. I'm a huge fan of HOUSE and the wonderfully gifted actor Hugh Laurie, but this book is not worth the money in my opinion. I know nothing more about him after reading it than I did before reading the book. Everything in the book has been previously written in magazine articles and other mediums. If you'd like a complete episode guide from the first 3 seasons this book is fine, but if you want a biography of Hugh Laurie, wait until a real biography is written at some future date.
38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Not really a Hugh Laurie book, but "House" Oct. 25 2007
By moppie - Published on
Format: Paperback
I saw the book at my local Barnes & Nobles bookstore. It's a pretty thick and heavy book, and big. It's not the size of ordinary paperback books.

Unfortunate thing - all is black and white; very very very few pictures, but very very wordy for those that like that kind of thing.

Basically, it gives you a biography of the main characters such as when they were born, how they got started in acting, what they did previously, and how they got the job on House.

After that, the big half of the book is basically a summary of each episode from Seasons 1 - 3 with trivia facts or memorable moments from each episode.

The book is definitely about "House", not Hugh Laurie himeself. Just used his photo and name on the cover.
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Great introduction to a great show Nov. 8 2007
By Delia C. Pitts - Published on
Format: Paperback
I got my copy of this book over the weekend and read it all through in one long sitting.

I was disappointed that there were so few pix, however the smoking cover shot of Hugh Laurie is so hot that I have to put the book face down on the side table to avoid incinerating the room!

I definitely enjoyed the detailed episode guide for the first three seasons. Nothing in the author's analysis was really new for those of us who have been dissecting the show for a long time but it was good to see all the cast details, plot overview, major themes, and intriguing mistakes toted up in one convenient place. The writing is not brilliant, but servicable and even amusing on many ocassions.

I was quite struck by the absence of "shipping" in the episode descriptions: the author neutrally notes the passing interest of House in Cameron but sees it as teasing only, he continually picks up on Cuddy's sexy interactions with House beginning with episode 2 of season 1, and he totally skips any hint of House/Wilson.

This is noteworthy because I think this approach represents the way that most casual viewers and serious fans watch the show: strong interest in House as a character of humor, genius, sorrow, and intrigue, little interest in romantic entanglements. The author's insights are balanced, not worshipping House but seeing him as the difficult, tortured, hilarious, enchanting, complex, and discomforting character that he is.

Appropriately, the book devotes four sizeable chapters to Hugh Laurie and one each to the other five actors. All of these essays are syntheses of the articles, interviews, online discussions, and biographical summaries many obsessed fans have been reading since the show began. No new material that I could see, but again, it is quite good to have so much compiled in one convenient place. I was not so familiar with the extensive professional resumes of Omar Epps and Lisa Edelstein, so those chapters were particularly interesting to me.

The chapter on David Shore was good in that it captured information from several Canadian newspaper interviews that offered challenging insights into how the entertainment industry works in North America.

This book was definitely not an expose in any sense of the word: the approach is highly respectful (but not cloyingly worshipful) of Hugh Laurie, his personal life, and his many professional accomplishments.

Overall, I think this would be an excellent gift for someone who is just getting to know the show and wants to catch up quickly on the phenomenon that is Hugh Laurie. I am quite glad that I bought it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
House Background Dec 7 2007
By AJ - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book gives the reader a reasonable introduction to the main characters on the hit show House, MD, although most of the information contained in the biographical sections of the book is likely available on Wikipedia. The episode guides are interesting reading, but need some work, and the number of errors seem to increase with the seasons. Perhaps some of this can be explained by a difference between what actually aired and what was scripted, but the details are error prone often containing multiple misquotes and outright incorrect information such as the wrong medication or condition. The "Booboos" sections of the episodes often directly contradict multiple medical references such as the current edition of the Merck Manual and others. In the episode differential sections, the flows of the episodes are also sometimes misordered or incomplete. The Exam Room section details are also incorrect some of the time, at least when compared to the DVD/aired version of the episodes.

Still, I enjoyed reading the book and picked up a few details I had missed when first watching the episodes. Also, some of the conclusions drawn were definitely food for thought.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I'm disappointed Feb. 27 2008
By Satellite Sam - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book appears as if it were rushed to market to capitalize on the show's fame. There is, sadly, nothing new or insightful about the actors in the biographical portion of the book. All the information in the book can be found through other sources. I was also disappointed with the book's poor editorial quality. There are glaring errors on almost every page: misspellings, grammatical errors, misplaced paragraphs are all clearly noticeable. It may serve as an introduction to the show for non-fans, but there is nothing new in here that House fans don't already know.