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BOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester by Nicolas Knight & Eric Kripke

January 14th, 2013 by Paddy Comments

The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester
Written by: Nicolas Knight & Eric Kripke
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (29 Nov 2012)
ISBN-10: 1781166838
ISBN-13: 978-1781166833

It’s easy to be dismissive of official tie-ins. Nine times out of ten they are fluff pieces that are designed solely to part loyal fans with their hard-earned cash. That couldn’t be further from the truth here thankfully as Nicolas Knight has created a book that’s as fun as it is lavish.

Long term fans won’t find surprises in terms of the text but the book works incredibly well as a scrapbook and companion piece for the adventures of the Winchester brothers. Supernatural is a show that was written off at the start by many commentators, but as it continued it evolved into a stunning and essential watch.

Series creator and former showrunner Eric Kripke has rightly received praise for his intricate scripts and long term vision that has seen Supernatural outlive many of its peers.

As the show ventures into season eight fans both old and new will find The Essential Supernatural to be …well, an essential read. It’s no more than the show deserves – that much is clear from the sheer level of meticulous care that went into the making of it.

Something that is more than merely chronicled here. Quite simply a must buy for anyone who’s a fan, and let’s face it that’s anyone who’s watched it.


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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...