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Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum) Mass Market Paperback – June 17, 2014
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The book feels like copy and pasted from the other 19 books, but this time a giraffe on the loose is in it. That's almost worth it, ridiculous and stupid, yes, but not predictable as the rest of the novel. Stephanie still can't decide between Ranger and Morelli - this has gone on so long it's just tedious. Even Grandma Mazur is more creepy than funny, Lula delivers her lines, the guys come in and leave again, absolutely nothing happens. The bounty hunting is nothing special and follows the beaten track. Stephanie says in the book we've done this before". Indeed we have.
If you treat this series like a sitcom with its repetitive humor, it's still enjoyable. But if there is going to be more, I would like to see some development. By which I mean: Dump Joe. Or Ranger. As long as I still care.
The giraffe was mildly amusing, but once again, completely unbelievable. There is no way that a giraffe is going to go unnoticed or unreported in suburbia for that long in this day and age. I like a good story with a funny twist, but when it's that far out of the realm of reason, I can't even manage to hang onto the storyline.
Stephanie just seems to be going through the motions at this point.
It's really too bad, because I loved the earlier installments of this series.
You can have a series and still let people grow. Evanovich refuses to do that, though. In fact, she's actually had Stephanie regress. And why? To keep up this tired love triangle. I don't think any reader actually doubts where this triangle is going -- even if they have a dog in the fight (which most readers have long since ceded). So why not have Stephanie actually make the choice and move forward? Have her learn a thing or two? Have her take a step forward instead of a step back?
I will always look back on the first twelve of these books with great fondness -- even pulling them out from time to time to revisit the world. I will, however, be dumping books fifteen through twenty (I find modest amusement in certain scenes of books thirteen and fourteen -- enough to keep them) on the nearest donation center. I know it's mean to give those in need substandard things -- and these past few books definitely qualify -- but, if nothing else, they can be used to kindle a fire during these cold winter months.
Goodbye Stephanie Plum. I just no longer care.
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