New Stephanie Plum, Old Favorites

Lean Mean Thirteen is okay, but it’s also more of the same. In other words absolutely no character growth. I think I’m tired of Stephanie. At least Stephanie as is. The whole Joe/Ranger thing is old too. Especially since it hasn’t changed at all either. The sexual tension in this one is completely missing. In fact, on a scale of 1-10 I’d give the romance in LMT a -2. It’s really time for this series to end. I won’t buy the next hardback.

My TBR pile is empty right now because I’m out of book budget, so I scoured my keeper shelf and decided to read Julie Garwood’s The Bride. I’ve just started it, but so far it’s as good as I remember. I used to have all of Garwood’s historicals on my keeper shelf, but The Bride’s the only one left. I need to make a library run and restock the ones I still want after I reread them.

The last old favorite I read disappointed me. I LOVED the book the first couple times I read it. The author is an autobuy. Now that I’m familiar with the characters and the plot in this older book, I found myself asking WHY would this happen several times thoughout the story. I won’t read it again for a long time if ever. I wonder if those outlandish plot books lend themselves to this reaction over time OR is it that I’m older and more cynical and less willing to accept actions without motivation.

Next week I’m reading the new Anita Blake. Rumor has it the book has a great plot and focuses less on the sex. The early books in this series intrigued me. I loved the religious battle Anita faced in herself, I loved the way she was drawn to the forbidden and the stories were captivating. After a while, the focus changed from good vs. evil to sex, sex, sex. And I quit reading. It seemed like Anita became one of the monsters. While I haven’t been reading, I can say a whole bunch of people are. I’ve seen lines outside Hasting’s the day a new Anita Blake is released. Two of my best friends stand in those lines. 🙂

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