A book review on Giantbomb? That's just silly

    So I rarely read books and when I do, it's in a universe that I'm already invested in, whether it's Halo, postage stamps, or what I'm here to talk about  which would be
  
 
 

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Dexter By Design is the fourth book in the incredible series written by Jeff Lindsay that has an equally great TV series on Showtime. It's pretty hard to categorize Dexter books by one genre, so let's go with several. This book is a Millmerdy, mystery/thriller/comedy, and a damn good one at that. The story revolves around blood-splatter analyst Dexter Morgan who's very charismatic, yet he kills people.
 TV brother and sister, real life husband and wife
Yes that's a big yet, but he only kills other killers so it kind of balances out I guess? The morality of liking a serial killer is a problem for some people, but viewing it as a fictional character in my own state of Florida, I don't really see that as a hindrance. Do you need to read the first books to enjoy this? No not really, but I would definitely read the first two before this one for two reasons: They're better reads, and they add more back-story, and the added bonus of actually getting the jokes about early characters is something I really loved. The third book is alright, but the introduction of the super-natural is something that seems out of place in this almost believable world.
 
   So yes, the book itself is pretty great. It starts off with Dexter and Rita honey-mooning in Paris, viewing some rather um, unique art, coming home and what do you know!? Some crazy murders have taken place and boy do crazy murders ever feed Dexter's curiosity. People get stabbed, punched, kicked and
 Nope, you're missing those fingers Doakes
probably not to who you're thinking of. What happens in the 285-page novel certainly throws you into that "Alright, just one more chapter" mentality especially whenever Sergeant Doakes is involved, who despite being of the the few people who know what Dexter actually does in his spare time with his Dark Passenger, poses almost no threat due to missing a good amount of appendages . 
 
  Whenever the front of a book has the name Dexter and Jeff Lindsay involved, you should take notice and Dexter By Design doesn't disappoint. Sure the ending turns a two-hundred plus chase into a three page anti-climactic jumble of a scene and the idea of rooting for a serial killer to get away with it is rather bizarre, but if you know about this universe, and you really should, then you really wouldn't be questioning me, so stop it. So in review, read the first book, second, fourth (This one), and the third if you want to read best to worst, which is ironic because that's the exact order I would say the TV series' quality goes.
  
 Five knives stabbing this plastic guy out of five!
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Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan

    So I rarely read books and when I do, it's in a universe that I'm already invested in, whether it's Halo, postage stamps, or what I'm here to talk about  which would be
  
 
 

 Picture size completely necessary!



Dexter By Design is the fourth book in the incredible series written by Jeff Lindsay that has an equally great TV series on Showtime. It's pretty hard to categorize Dexter books by one genre, so let's go with several. This book is a Millmerdy, mystery/thriller/comedy, and a damn good one at that. The story revolves around blood-splatter analyst Dexter Morgan who's very charismatic, yet he kills people.
 TV brother and sister, real life husband and wife
Yes that's a big yet, but he only kills other killers so it kind of balances out I guess? The morality of liking a serial killer is a problem for some people, but viewing it as a fictional character in my own state of Florida, I don't really see that as a hindrance. Do you need to read the first books to enjoy this? No not really, but I would definitely read the first two before this one for two reasons: They're better reads, and they add more back-story, and the added bonus of actually getting the jokes about early characters is something I really loved. The third book is alright, but the introduction of the super-natural is something that seems out of place in this almost believable world.
 
   So yes, the book itself is pretty great. It starts off with Dexter and Rita honey-mooning in Paris, viewing some rather um, unique art, coming home and what do you know!? Some crazy murders have taken place and boy do crazy murders ever feed Dexter's curiosity. People get stabbed, punched, kicked and
 Nope, you're missing those fingers Doakes
probably not to who you're thinking of. What happens in the 285-page novel certainly throws you into that "Alright, just one more chapter" mentality especially whenever Sergeant Doakes is involved, who despite being of the the few people who know what Dexter actually does in his spare time with his Dark Passenger, poses almost no threat due to missing a good amount of appendages . 
 
  Whenever the front of a book has the name Dexter and Jeff Lindsay involved, you should take notice and Dexter By Design doesn't disappoint. Sure the ending turns a two-hundred plus chase into a three page anti-climactic jumble of a scene and the idea of rooting for a serial killer to get away with it is rather bizarre, but if you know about this universe, and you really should, then you really wouldn't be questioning me, so stop it. So in review, read the first book, second, fourth (This one), and the third if you want to read best to worst, which is ironic because that's the exact order I would say the TV series' quality goes.
  
 Five knives stabbing this plastic guy out of five!
Posted by Xolare

You're title is misleading. I thought someone wrote a book on giantbomb then gave it a review.

Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan

Don't see how you could see it like that. I doubt most of us read reviews that we expected Jeff, Ryan, Brad, Vinny, Dave or Drew made.
Posted by nanikore
@Xolare: Er, what? A book review is a review of a book. Nothing in the title implies that someone here actually wrote a book.
Posted by OwnlyUzinWonHan

Oh and that chase scene isn't really that long, it's more around 100 but when I try to edit it, HTML throws the layout all around and it looks awful.

Posted by Schnatterfleck

I agree, the third book is shite. The other books are quite fun to read.
Posted by vidiot

Go books!

Posted by deusdigit
@Xolare said:
" You're title is misleading. I thought someone wrote a book on giantbomb then gave it a review. "
He's just trying to be like shane dawson. a bit of bait and switch.
Posted by ZenaxPure

The TV show is hands down one of my favorite and (like many other people I assume) I heard of the show before the books which basically led to me getting attached to the plot of the show rather than the direction the books went. After watching the season finale last week I really got the urge to read the books because I want more Dexter... However, after reading the blurb for the second book (I believe) I kind of lost interest in them, though I still kind of want to read the first book at least. 
 
Good write up, it sparks my interest in the series a bit more oddly enough though still torn on whether to buy the first or not given how much they differ from the tv series.

Posted by PieGuy

Third book ruined it for me.

Posted by TheBaddestOfThemAll

I have a few questions:
What is happening here? Doakes never bit the dust in the books? I only have the first book and I haven't read it yet.
Are the books better than the series?
WTF? IRL is Dexter really married to Deb? Incest!

My mind just exploded.

Posted by WoodenPlatypus


Books? Here? Madness!

 

Nice review :D