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I am a slut or an addict, one or the other
, January 7, 2012
This review is from: Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels) (Hardcover)
I know reading Plum stories are bad for me but I keep reading them, so that makes me a slut or an addict. I really hated the last couple of books. This one was better than those, but reading the label off the back of a can of soup would be better than the last two books.
Evanovich does something different from her other books. She takes a page out of 87th Preceint books by Ed McBain. In these stories there are multiple story lines going on and in the end they all come together in one big climax, for example the book Fuzz. Here we have the FBI, thugs, a crazy killer all looking for a picture, Joyce looking for treasure chest, hackers, hairdressers, a mountain of a moron who likes cars, rats in the ceiling, and that's not including Ranger, Morelli, and Hawaii. Oh how could I forget the Pink Panthers and the love potions! Well the big climax is a retellling of a climax from a previous Plum book where we have a factory, thugs, fire, Ranger... I found it to be Evanovilch ripping herself off.
The humor was not as flat as in previous novels but the zaniness is not here. I quess I have outgrown this dtype of humor? The trailer for the delayed One For The Money movie is now playing and I can already see some casting mistakes in some of the characters. I am wondering how the movie's success or lack of will affect future Plum novels.
I would like to offer the following suggestions for improving Stephanie Plum novels:
1. Stephanie goes to a new city. She leaves everything behind and starts over. Maybe she runs a pet store or becomes a hooker.
2. Have Stephanie grow up and make adult decisions like to own a pet store or become a hooker.
3. My personal favorite go gay and end the whole man thing.
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