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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

31 Days of Good Books - Day 3 - 3 Janet Evanovich Books

If you were here Monday, you got 7 books for the money.  Today you'll get 3 more.  If Monday's book satisfied a hearty reader like an entire delicious Turkey Dinner, (I capitalize nouns that make me happy.)  today is Lunch. (I wasn't going to capitalize lunch, but I felt that it was rude on my part to play favorites.)

"One For the Money," "Two For the Dough," and "Three to Get Deadly"
by Janet Evanovich

 I didn't see the movie. I don't watch movies after I read the book. (Except Hunger Games)  They just can't live up to the amount of information you get in a book.

The first 3 in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series were deliciously fun.  Stephanie used to work in a lingerie department, but upon losing her job, took up a career any clerk would... Bounty Hunting.  Yes, she is on a treasure hunt for criminals, because let's face it... she has zero qualifications and that makes everything about skip tracing funny. 

My favorite character is Stephanie's grandmother... who once got her dress caught in a casket, after pulling the fire alarm so she could sneak a peak at a woman's corpse to see if a significant mole had survived an explosion at the dry cleaners, which caused this poor woman's demise.  Grandma gets into all sorts of funny trouble.  Stephanie's mother is amazing at getting her grown daughter to come over for dinner.

I laughed out loud while reading these books.  I don't recommend the later volumes in the series as heartily.  Eventually the margins become so wide, it's embarrassing they wasted all that paper for so few written words. I still read them, but that's because I'm an optimist and held out hope that I'd get a pleasant surprise. Not yet... but I'll keep you posted.

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  1. Hi!
    I've read the first 2 in the Stephanie Plum series and they are fun. I like the grandmom too, particularly, in the second book when she puts on combat boots to help out!

  2. Back when I read actual books, I can't recall ever seeing a book based movie that was better than the book!

  3. Not sure I necessarily agree with you at this point--I loved the first few, but now it seems as though she's writing the same book over and over. I know that's the way her publisher wants it, but I'm a little bored. I love Laurie Notaro (humorous essays) and Patricia Cornwell's Isle of Dogs. I laughed out loud. I know...Patricia Cornwell? Who would have thought?

    1. My favorite author when I was much younger was Sidney Sheldon. He could certainly twist a plot and I loved the ride.... then he had a great book contract.. started churning out the books fast and hard. It became a formula. I agree the later Evanovich novels went the same way.

      But the first few... they were fun. (Well, not Mr. Sheldon's... they were intense.)

  4. I think I enjoyed the first nine or so. I read until 14 and then gave up. Ranger or Joe, make a decision! lol

    1. I'd help her. Pick Joe. See how easy that was? Now that THAT's done, let's get some Chinese food... you can't keep eating all these donuts and fast food, girl... get a vegetable in you!

  5. I loved the first few books, but I, too, felt that she was just writing the same book over and over. The characters never develop beyond the first few books. The movie was cute, and it's been so long since I read the first book that I couldn't remember the details of how close it was.

    1. Have you ever gone back to read the book after loving a movie? I did that with "What Dreams May Come," and it was a disaster. I didn't care for the book at ALL, and the movie is one of my favorites.

  6. I really enjoyed the first books but lately the humor is flat. Grandma has all but disappeared and Ranger has become the focus. I still keep reading expecting better, not yet!