I'll admit it, I'm a fan. But I became a fan because this series of books is so good! After watching the series on my own, and trying to find answers to my questions on-line I discovered Nikki's blog, [...] and her enlightening books. They have thoroughly enriched my experience of an already great television series.
The books are organized as follows: first she has thoughts on the episode itself, and how it relates to what we already know about the story and characters from previous episodes. Then she breaks out into several sections:
- Highlights (the funniest or most poignant moment),
- Did you notice? (possibly important clues to the story that you may want to remember),
- Interesting facts (things not necessarily in the show but related, like cultural references),
- Nitpicks (stuff that may not sit right or make complete sense at the moment),
- Oops (clear mistakes, usually in continuity),
- 4 8 15 16 23 42 (where the numbers appear or are relevant, surprisingly often!),
- It's just a flesh wound (who got physically hurt and how),
- Lost in Translation (anything in a different language not translated as part of the episode)
- Any Questions? (possibly the most important section, all the open questions from this episode - sometimes answered in later episodes, and sometimes left as a Lost mystery!)
- Ashes to Ashes (deaths)
- Music/Bands (Music on the show, which is usually very good)
IN between episode analyses, Nikki gives us background on the books that pop up in the show, and what their relevance is to the story.
*Bonus* Open questions we HOPE get resolved in Season 6.
And it is all written in a fun and accessible style.
Because of the level of detail and discussion, you can't stay "lost" for very long. Have a Lost fan in your life? This series of books make a great complementary gift to the DVD's, at least they did for me.