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Subject: "Alpine for You"
Date Posted: 7/18/2008 4:29 PM ET
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I got to page 122 in Maddy Hunter's "Alpine for You" and gave up around the FIFTH time she wrote "Oh.My.God". Really, what 29 year old talks like that? I don't know ANY and am not much older myself. Particularly a Midwesterner (and especially one that should be somewhat mature for her age considering her rough divorce and under the terms of it).  I think if I had tried to picture the heroine as 19 years old instead of 29, I could of handled it- and maybe thought the book was funny. The way she talks, her adolescent humor, and her swooning over men is just ... juvenile. Not to mention I knew who the killer was BEFORE the killing.  Once I decided to give up, I flipped to the back to see... yep.  The character was just too contrived. I also had an issue with the horrible stereotypes of the elderly penned on much too young a people. I think the eldest on the cruise was 70??? You've got people in their 60's comparing pills and hearing aids? Come on! Someone tell me these books improved as the series progressed? *sighs*

This is the first time I have put a book down. EVER. I am really disappointed. I know everyone has their individual tastes, but I had great hopes for that series.

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 9:51 PM ET
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the books get better...that one wasn't my favorite but I thought that they improved.  I have Norway to Hide to read now.

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 7:47 AM ET
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Thanks for posting a response to me! So many women I know are fans of these books, that I really was disappointed with myself for not liking them. And whats weird is right after I started "The Thin Woman" and found the characters *similar* (their sense of humor and insecurities), but I loved Ellie right away.

Sometimes I think its a mood thing, too. I have decided to set it aside and try again in a month or two.

 

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 2:21 PM ET
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I'm sorry you didn't enjoy Alpine for You.  Personally, I would categorize the humor in the Passport to Peril series as slapstick,  maybe a little bit silly and definitely sometimes politically incorrect.   But not insulting or juvenile.  I really enjoy the books.

The world would be a boring place if we all had the same tastes :-)

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 3:24 PM ET
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Well, I've got Alpine for You currently on the way to me based on a recommendation in another thread, so I'll be interested to see how it pans out for me. Have any of you read the Stephanie Plum series and, if so, how does the humor compare (Stephanie and Lula can get pretty slapstick at times IMO)?



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Date Posted: 7/20/2008 5:39 PM ET
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Bookmonkey- I want to be clear... the humor *was* funny, just not on a 29 year old. Some of the things she went on about were just silly for a divorced female of her age. If she had been a 19 year old, I would of found it more believeable. And the same with the seniors- were they older it would of also been funny. I just happen to know a few seniors in that age group- including my parents- and none of them act the way she depicted them. The fifth time Emily said "Oh.My.God" I stopped reading it. The Lutheran humor was very funny, as was the midwest jokes.

I doubt I am the first person to get hung up on a character's age- that was what detered me from Madelyn Alt, the thread here where so many found her age unbelievable. I tend to be picky about that as well, I kinda expect a character to fit in with the manors and language of people I know that age. Perhaps thats *my issue*.

I really enjoy the Stephanie Plum series. Very slapstick.

Like I said, I am going to try it again in a couple months. :-)

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 6:55 PM ET
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I've had characters annoy metoo...in this case if the age doesnt 'match up I'll just 'tweak it' inmy head LOL! I read a lot of romance and I've been known to c hange hair color a time or two as well if it does'nt suit me!

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 7:28 PM ET
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I got through about 40 pages of this series and realized that it wasn't for me. I received the first one through PBS and had the rest on my WL. I posted the first book almost immediately and took the rest off my list. I know that many, MANY people really enjoy them. I don't. No big deal. There are plenty of books and styles for all of us!
Date Posted: 7/20/2008 10:17 PM ET
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Ditto for me. I read the first two books and I had to really struggle to get through both of them. I'm not sure why I even read the second one.  I didn't even really find the series humourous - more slapstick, stupid humour, which I don't care for in any way, shape or form.

 

 

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 10:54 AM ET
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Ok Leslie, I made it further than you... barely. I gave up on page 145. Ugh. I didn't really have a problem with her behavior from an "age appropriate" stand point (I just chalked her up as ditzy), I just found the thing utterly boring! I didn't care about any of the characters, the murders weren't very interesting, and it seemed like the "plot" was secondary to the main character's clothes, room, cuckoo coo clock (you'd have to read it), etc. woes.

I don't know, maybe it built to a heck of an ending and I missed out by giving up, but I just couldn't keep going. And I like the Stephanie Plum series, which can be pretty slapstick and juvenile at times, so it must just be that I didn't "connect" with the main character. Oh well.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 8:10 PM ET
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I hadn't thought of it before you mentioned it, but it did seem like her clothing from the suit cases, her makeup products and her watches were more important than the murder plot. Hmmmm.

Subject: Alpine for You
Date Posted: 9/13/2008 6:41 PM ET
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I made it through three of the books in the series and decided not to waste any more time.  

Date Posted: 9/13/2008 8:36 PM ET
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my mystery book club chose this one because we needed an excuse for a fondue party.  It was perfect. (we really didn't want to discuss the book anyway!)