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Subject: Anyone reading Randy Wayne White?
Date Posted: 7/27/2008 7:40 PM ET
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I discovered the Doc Ford series recently and have read all but the last two.  While I enjoyed the early ones, I have been disappointed in the last four.  Anyone have any reactions to this series? 

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 2:44 PM ET
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I have a few in my TBR pile, but haven't had a chance to try them yet.  At least I have the earlier ones!

Subject: randy wayne white
Date Posted: 7/28/2008 4:53 PM ET
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Susan, I recommend reading them in order because many of the characters reappear in later books and you learn their stories.  I really enjoyed most of the first 10 a great deal. Maybe I just shouldn't have read them in such a short time span. 

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 6:32 PM ET
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I have enjoyed a few of his.  What did you find disappointing about the last ones?

Date Posted: 6/27/2009 8:19 PM ET
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I can say that the one thing I find most disappointing about his most recent works is that they're not as, for lack of a better word, "hardboiled." They seem to be more like contract work than books he's written because they flowed out of his keyboard.

That said, I still love his writing. He's my second favorite Florida mystery author after Tom Corcoran.

Date Posted: 6/28/2009 1:27 PM ET
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His last few books have lost the Doc Ford I loved - he has become a James Bondish caricature.  Gone is his search for inner peace with his past.  Suddenly, I don't like Doc Ford much.  I have the most recent release and graded it poorly on my blog.

I have been vacationing on Sanibel and Captiva off and on for over 2 decades and first found his books in a local bookstore down there.  I was on the island in 2004 when he acted as 'grand marshall' for tiny Sanibel's parade.  I eat often in Doc Ford's, a sport bar and grill, whenever I'm down, but sorry to say his plots and characters have lost the original Doc Ford feel.  He also writes rather trite and generic action thrillers as Randy Stryker and if you look, you'll see the 'Stryker' persona is taking over the 'White' writing persona. 

Tom Corcoran released a new ALex Rutledge this year.  Been a long wait.  I like the Max Freeman books by Jonathon King as well. 

I also like James O. Born and Bob Morris, though The Deadly SIlver Sea got just plain dumb.  His first three -Jamaica Me Dead, Bahamarama, Bermuda Schwartz are good fun!   I like Laurence Shames as well.

Naturally, the ultimate FL series is John D MacDonald's unforgetable Travis McGee.


Scott - Buffett ROCKS!

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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 6/28/2009 1:29 PM ET
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I'd agree with Maija and Scott.  Read them in order - the characters develop and are in and out of the books.  The earlier ones were better IMO.  Maybe the latest ones have goteen a bit wishy-washy and a tad unbelieveable. Reacherfan1909 hit it on the head!

I like his writing enough that I have his earlier series on my shelf waiting to be read.   


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Date Posted: 6/30/2009 3:16 PM ET
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I read several of the series in no particular order but haven't felt compelled to keep up with it. Suspect the last book I read is one of the later ones, which seem to be less than inspired, according to earlier posts.

That having been said, the early ones were really good.

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 4:14 AM ET
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I have read several of his books, and still have some on my reminder list.  I have not been reading them in order, though.  The same thing with the Randy Stryker books.