I agree that the flow of the book is a little bit too anecdotal at times; coupled with the relatively short chapter lengths, it sometimes seems like a series of anecdotes rather than a novel with a narrative through-line. Ty's experience with Quinn seems to be the main emotional through line, but it doesn't quite have enough weight to definitively be that, though as noted I expect this will change with regard to the pilot, and then moving forward there's a lot here for them to mine for his character struggling w/ getting his zen back. The confidence and occasional swagger of who Ty was before the Quinn incident, then suddenly having insecurities and self-doubt dropped on him - all of which is in the Bamber arsenal, it'd be fab to get to see him do all of that in the context of one character. ;)
I LOVE Sydney. Love love love her so far. Sounds like the doc who asked her out might be adjusted in the show into Jonathan Silverman's character (the names were different, I believe.); more than anything, though, I like her sense of purpose and how confident she is of who she is. It being a DEK show, I don't expect that will remain the norm forever, but she feels like the most fully-rounded female character to me so far.
I'm of two minds about Park's tumor - on the one hand, yeah it's definitely an in-road to making him a more accessible character, possibly more likable once he is forced to stop and smell the roses. On the other hand, though, are they really going to give one of their principals on the show a prognosis of, on average, 14 months to live within the first season? This is a good example of an arc you can give a character in a novel but, IMO, you might have to seriously re-think on a show; unless they give him a different ailment that has a better, longer-term survival rate, OR they delay his discovery for a while, possibly till the end of the first season or later. There are different options. The only thing I would hope for is that it is handled better than it was when they gave Mark Greene a tumor on (here I go again) ER; that was one of the storylines that put me off that show eventually. Then again, it might work better outright if the character going through it could benefit from more sympathy; poor Mark seemed to end up eating a lot of shit for several seasons, so giving him terminal brain cancer seemed so unnecessarily cruel it made me angry. ;) < /rant-off>
The Villanueva scene definitely felt like a re-tread, but on the other hand it definitely adds to my desire to see Ving own that character.
One last note about the anecdotal nature of the book - it would make a lot of sense for the show to have a patient of the week and as such, each episode would be centric to the doctor treating that patient, while also having scenes featuring through-lines for each character's larger arcs. Thoughts?