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Subject: Characters in ongoing series' that you just don't like
Date Posted: 6/22/2008 5:50 PM ET
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Are there any characters in any of your favorite books that you dislike? I am reading "Dry Ice" by Stephen White (in preparation for his latest book) and I am remembering why I stopped reading this series. I don't like Lauren, Alan Gregory's wife. I remember not liking her when she showed up in the first book years ago and for me anyhow, her character has not gotten better with age. Bleh. Anyone else?
Date Posted: 6/22/2008 7:31 PM ET
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The more I read the Joanne Fluke (hannah Swensone cookie series) the less I like Mike the cop.... especially in the most recent one...I like the series too much to stop reading it, but I sure hope she doesn't choose him (when she eventually does choose! hehe)

Date Posted: 6/22/2008 8:03 PM ET
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I really enjoy the Agatha Raisin series by M.C. Beaton, but Agatha is such a bossy, grouchy lady that she drives me crazy sometimes!

Date Posted: 6/22/2008 8:09 PM ET
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Susan, I absolutely agree about Agatha Raisin! I don't know how the vicar's wife puts up with her! I have to admit that I really like the series (in small doses) but Agatha's a pill!
Date Posted: 6/22/2008 8:51 PM ET
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We both stopped reading the Penn Dutch mysteries because Magdalena was just so everlastingly unpleasant we couldn't stand it.

I don't like Lol in the Merrily Watkins series. It's almost enough to put me off the series. That troubled, fragile artist garbage. Phbtttttt.

In the Martha Grimes Richard Jury series, I have had exactly all I can take of whatshername, Aunt Agatha. She's no longer funny, she's grating on my nerves, and in the last 6-8 books I just skip over the scenes with her in them.

Grouchy old coot, am I not? <grin>

Date Posted: 6/22/2008 10:29 PM ET
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Heee!! I'm scootin' over so you can sit next to me, Les! :)
Date Posted: 6/23/2008 9:35 AM ET
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I could only think of Judy Hammer in the Patricia Cornwell books with her in them.  And there are certain things about Pete Marino (in the Scarpetta series) that really irk me too.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 4:23 PM ET
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I agree with Les. I have read all the Martha Grimes Richard Jury series, but also skip over anything to do with the aunt. She's not even a funny character. I can't quite understand why she's even included in the books!

Agatha Raisen  is also someone taken in small doses, like maybe a book a year, or every other! If I didn't want to find out if she ever gets back with her husband, I probably wouldn't  even read the next ones!    M'ann



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Date Posted: 6/23/2008 4:39 PM ET
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Sheryl ~ It's funny (I do still read the Scarpetta books) but Kay Scarpetta irritates me!  Actually, I think it is more that Patricia Cornwell irks me!  But, like I said I still read the whole series, I wonder why I do that?

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 5:16 PM ET
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Another confession. Forgive me. I never liked Lynley's wife in Elizabeth George's Lynley/Havers series. I'm not sure why but she just rubbed me the wrong way. I'm actually really looking forward to reading the newest George book. (I'm sure there is something seriously wrong with me.)
Date Posted: 6/23/2008 5:19 PM ET
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I have three that come to mind

1- Maggie Sefton- her main charcater Kelly- I love the series but the last few books have annoyed me with Kelly being so nosy and rude- It seems like every time she goes into the shop she interupts whomever is working to get her coffee and we have to hear about her need for coffee- no please no thank you- just fill me up- she orders around the staff like her personal slaves- lol-  as far as nosy- I know that she needs to be to be a sleuth but I was laughing when she butts into everyones lives and after she tells everyone their business she says- oh keep it quiet

 

2- the John Lamb teddybear series- once again- I love them, but I read in another thead about how annoyed the reader was about how the husband goes on and on about his wife- that she can do no wrong- so I maybe had that in my mind now when I read, and I see their point- his love for Ashley is cute- but come on!

 

3- I know the character is created like this- but sometimes  I want the Helma Zukas " Miss Zukas" stories to let loose- she is so straightlaced and does everything correct to a T

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 5:21 PM ET
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Sam- I think Hannah needs to have an adult relationship with Norman or Mike- to be it is starting to be too far fetched that she doesnt act on her feelings after this long-

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 6:04 PM ET
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Ha! I was afraid to confess to disliking Helen (Elizabeth George - Lynley series) but now I can say it. I feel so free now! <grin> 20 years of repressed emotion gone, just like that. Just never warmed up to her character. My wife says Careless in Red is pretty good, but I haven't read it yet.

Date Posted: 6/23/2008 6:27 PM ET
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Les, I have a friend who has a home in Mason City who wants me to visit. If ever I get to Iowa, we're going to have to have tea or something! (I have no idea how far or near you are to Mason City but, I'd make it work somehow!)
Date Posted: 6/23/2008 6:28 PM ET
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I agree about Agatha Raisin--but it's not really her crabbiness that gets to me, it's how she's always SO concerned about her appearance and her need to 'catch a man' that drives me nuts! In fact, after reading a dozen or so in the series, I finally decided recently to just put her aside and move along to something else.

Oh yeah, and also agree about Aunt Agatha in the Richard Jury series, too. One of these days Melrose is going to poison her fairy cakes! LOL

In Stephen Booth's British police procedural series that features cops Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, I cannot stand Diane, have never liked her since the beginning of the series even though later books reveal stuff that helps to understand her better. I just don't LIKE her. But I love the series so I carry on gladly.

In Susanna Gregory's historical mysteries featuring Matthew Bartholomew, I really dislike Matthew's sidekick Brother Michael--but I'm sure that's what the author intends so I'm probably normal. <g>

Cheryl

 

 

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Date Posted: 6/23/2008 6:48 PM ET
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 I second Miss Zukas!  I wish she's just let her hair down and go wild for a change. I know she's supposed to be that way, but it's done to such an extreme that I can only take it in small doses.

  Goldy Shultz in the Diane Mott Catering Series drives me crazy.  Well, actually , everyone but Tom drives me crazy.   All her clients are screaming harpies and snobs, her son is a spoiled, self centered brat and Goldy herself is just so spineless I stopped reading the books after the 4th one.  I kept thinking she would grow a set of cojones and tell some people off, but no dice. And there are wayyyyy too many good books out there to read something I'm not having fun with.

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Date Posted: 6/23/2008 9:02 PM ET
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I agree with Carol and Kim.  I grew to intensely dislike Kay Scarpetta, but I have continued to read the series.  I  don't like Goldy Shultz; she drives me crazy too!  I love the recipes in the books but I did quit reading them (in spite of the recipes!  <G>)

Lena in Karin Slaughter's Grant Co. series is another one that makes me want to smack her---I hate that self-involved, self-destructive, never-seems-to-learn from mistakes type of behavior.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 8:48 AM ET
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Carol, Patricia Cornwell is my 2nd favorite author (after Robin Cook).  But her writing style changed a bit in Book of the Dead, and I did not like it as much as the previous Scarpetta books.  I was also very disappointed with At Risk, so much so that it's the only Cornwell book I did not keep for my keeper shelf.  Usually I buy her stuff new within a week of its release, but I did not buy The Front.  I just checked, and my library has it on hold for me--yay!

I checked out your shelf Carol.  You have a lot of great stuff!  If you ever run a deal, please let me know!  (I never have a whole lot of credits, LOL).

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 9:19 AM ET
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Agatha Raisin

Kay Scarpetta

Magdalena Yoder

Regan Reilly

Molly Murphy



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Date Posted: 6/24/2008 11:20 AM ET
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I agree about Lena- when she got hooked up with the skinhead women beater I was so mad- I cant wait for the next part about what happens to Sara- I am still shocked about what happened

 

I still love Goldy even if she is a pain- however I was sad to learn that the author said she made up most of the recipes and didnt try them- lol I would have thought she would at least try them out or something

 

I havent read any Patricial Cornwell in a long time- my mom read her stuff and what was this about aliens or unnatural weird stuff?? I asked her was she sure it was a Kay scarpetta book and she said yes



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Date Posted: 6/24/2008 11:47 AM ET
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I have read all the Scarpetta books and there was nothing about aliens or the paranormal.

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Date Posted: 6/24/2008 12:00 PM ET
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Yes, Samantha.  Lena just sometimes seems like such a loser and loser enough to keep going back to all that. 

Nope, no aliens or paranormal in the Patricia Cornwell stuff, though.  I've read them all too and nothing alien, unless you count Kay's bitterness and negativity.  ;)

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 7:04 PM ET
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I didnt think so- I dont know what she read to think that aliens were in it-lol I thought, wow Patricia went off on a weird left turn there huh?

Date Posted: 6/25/2008 11:23 AM ET
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I've gotten so I hate everyone in the Scarpetta series. I liked them all in the early books, especially Lucy, but now everybody is either conceited, mean, or just crazy and rude. I still read them though. But you could not pay me enough to read her non-Scarpetta books. I tried Isle of Dogs three times and never got past the first chapter.

Anne J

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 2:43 PM ET
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I almost feel guilty for saying this as its actually one of my favorite cozy reads and I do so love the books- but, I feel that Donald Bain has went so far with making the character of Jessica Fletcher "perfect" in the "Murder She Wrote" T.V. tie in mysteries that after I read one, I must cleanse my pallette with a few less perfect heroines before continuing. And like I said, I love the character, and I do enjoy the books. I just wish sometimes she would be a tiny bit close minded about something!!! Its just annoying for her to be rolling her eyes at everyone she meets and looking down her nose at everyones flaws.

L.

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