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I am a slut or an addict, one or the other,
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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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Initial post: Jan 8, 2012 1:04:01 PM PST
I just saw the trailer for the movie and I think there might be hope for it. I'm almost always disappointed in a movie after I've read the book, so I'm trying to look at the trailer as if I didn't already have images of the characters in my mind. (Nobody could live up to the Morelli and Ranger of my imagination!) The plot for One for the Money was pretty good (unlike the plots of the more recent Plum books) and the characters were interesting (again, unlike the characters in the more recent Plum books), so it ought to make a good movie.
I loved your line about the label off the back of a soup can being better than the last two books. So true! Sixteen was the bottom of the barrel in my opinion. So sad to see a series spiral down the drain like this one has.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 12:50:58 PM PST
Lost In Kansas says:
I am not sure that grandma in the movie is old enough and I know the ranger in the movie is too small
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2012 10:19:13 AM PST
My image of grandma Mazur = Estelle Getty in "Golden Girls"
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