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Old 07-17-2012, 07:46 AM   #881 (permalink)
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I don't know. James Patterson doesn't write novels you will never forget, but they're simple and easy to pick up. The reason you see so many people reading him on Trains etc is how easy it is to just pick up his book and go with it. Nothing too heavy.

I don't know how you can be an author writing for the masses. Actually, I can't see anyone who would be the opposite, spending a lifetime writing books not for the masses.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:02 AM   #882 (permalink)
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Maybe its a little arrogant on my part but I feel like Patterson writes to people like they're stupid children who need their hand held because they can't figure out stuff for themselves and it annoys me, especially how he writes dialogue. he also adds a bunch of garbage russoesque swerves that barely make sense for the sake of shock value. I just think hes garbage.
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Old 07-18-2012, 02:46 PM   #883 (permalink)
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I've only read one series from him ,forgot the name of it, but it involved these mutant kids. It seemed like he would just throw in action scenes for the hell of it. felt like i was reading a brainless action movie.

anybody know of some good mystery/crime books. kinda getting tired of reading Fantasy. something that's like Girl With the Dragon Tattoo would be great.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:30 PM   #884 (permalink)
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Give Killing Floor by Lee Child a try before Cruise ruins your perception of Jack Reacher.

Or Barry Eisler's Hard Rain.
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:48 AM   #885 (permalink)
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Currently I'm reading 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz, not that impressed with it at the minute. So many characters, it's difficult to keep track of who's doing what.

I see so many people reading James Paterson books on the train, and contemplated buying one of his books, after looking through some of the reviews of his stuff I decided against it.

While on the the train this morning, there was a cyclist across from me reading Fifty Shades of Grey while wearing lycra, the women next to me pointed out to me that the guy had a hard on, safe to say we moved seats. Lycra and erotic novels do not mix.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:25 AM   #886 (permalink)
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Second in the trilogy and can't wait for the third!

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:30 AM   #887 (permalink)
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Rereading the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. Love these books. Wish they could somehow get made into a show or movies, but I think the visuals would be too hard to do.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:42 AM   #888 (permalink)
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I love the first books but feel the series went downhill then. 2nd book is the weakest i think.

the vin/elend love story is kind of lame and it feels kind of...bleh.

i loved the spook pov's in the 3rd book a lot, and found the ending...eh..well idunno how I feel about it. there were some good things in the 3rd book and some i didn't like. the earring coming back to play a part was nice.

oh and did you read the next book in the series? the one set in the future. alloy of law? it's pretty fucking good.
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Yeah I did. I really, really like how he mixed feruchemy and allomancy, with technology. The best part is that was a side project he wrote just to get his brain off of Wheel of Time, and it ended up being good enough to do properly and finish. Marsh still being around is awesome.

There are certain bits I dislike about the trilogy, but the setting is one of my favorite things. You can really *feel* that it's bleak and nobody is really happy. I especially like how the system of doing this is explained in lots of detail, and kept consistent. It doesn't have to be realistic, but I appreciate when things aren't too fantasical for no reason. And the experimentation to find duralumin.

Their love story is kinda meh, but then, it's fairly OK for a reclusive semi nerdy boy and an untrusting, inexperienced girl that went through a really shitty childhood.

I do love all the little details that were set up in advance and came into play later, and when you reread it, you have a serious "AHA!" moment- like the earring, and the journal bits about what happened the first time at the Well of Ascension.
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have you read the way of kings or elantris by him? elantris is fairly horrible, cliched and predictable in every single way. it shows his improvement a lot as a writer.

way of kings looks to have serious potential to be *really good* imo.
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