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Subject: Evanovich - Stephanie vs Alex
Date Posted: 8/29/2008 11:16 PM ET
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I have finished all of the Stephanie Plum series.  While it is very light reading, I have enjoyed all the "number" ones.  The "between-the-numbers" left a lot to be desired.

My question is this.  If I enjoyed the Plum character and stories, will I find the Alex Barnaby stories just as fun?

Any opinions?

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 8:30 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/30/2008 3:38 PM ET
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 I absolutely love the Stephanie Plum series, started her other series and put it down halfway through. It's pretty rare that I don't finish a book.

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 6:49 PM ET
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Thanks for your input.  I just picked up the first Barnaby book for .50, so I will give it a shot.

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 11:03 PM ET
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I really enjoyed listening to the Barnaby books on CD.  Plums are still the best, but the Barnaby books weren't half bad.  I enjoyed the little old Miami ladies.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 6:12 AM ET
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I got a bit tired of the guy referring to himself as 'nascar guy' or something like that. but it's Nascar you know? the woman knows a lot about building motors and such..the first book she's in Florida I think looking for her missing brother and the bad guys are after her.there's a guy friend and his dog..they're probably the funniest in the book.

I liked the 2 I've read but not anxiously awaiting a 3rd if thatmakes sense..of course Id on't anxiously await the  Stephanie Plum ones either though I do enjoy them when I'm in the mood for that type of read..just waited patiently HA! and 14 just arrived the other day and is in mt tbr as I type..

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 1:36 PM ET
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A couple of weeks ago I picked up a signed, first edition copy of Metro Girl that was on the bargain table in my local Booksamillion. Too bad it wasn't a signed Plum but I had to grab it anyway ....

I've been collecting the other Evanovich series - Plum's and Full's but haven't read any of them yet. I guess my question is, do I want to read the other series before the Stephanie Plum's? Does reading the Plum's first, "spoil" the other series because they aren't as good?

Any input would be welcome ......

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 3:53 PM ET
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While not quite as strongly, I do agree with Marilyn generally speaking that the Metro Girl series is much "lighter" (sillier?) than the Plum series, and that the first one of them was significantly better than the second. As a comparison, I think the Metro Girl books fall closer in tone to the Plum "between the numbers" books... so one can make of that what they will. ;-)

Having said that, they are great, quick reads if one is willing to take for what they are.... don't-think-too-hard, entertaining mind-candy.

Emma, I'd vote for reading the Plum books first. Or at least get through a few of them before trying the Metro Girl books (or another Evanovich series), though I've not read any of the "Full" series so I can't offer any specific feedback there.

Date Posted: 9/2/2008 10:16 AM ET
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I liked the Full series but I know many haven't. They're not much of a serious mystery..more silly romance. the first book, full house, starts the series but you hardly see the main characters in that one but it introduces a pain in the butt millionair youngster, Max, who stars in the rest of the series along with his whacky sister who marred an ex-wrestler. max's gf gets this farting hound dog and they get into scrapes so I guess those would be the mystery..some even have people getting killed and the woman's aunt is the equivalent of Grandma Mazur in the full series. I liked full speed where they were after this televangelist who ends up dead..that was a cute one and I read it not realzing it was part of a series.

Date Posted: 9/14/2008 7:50 PM ET
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Stephanie all the way!  Alex is OK, but I agree with most of the posts, NASCAR guy was too much. 

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:23 PM ET
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I didn't like Metro Girl or Motor Mouth (whichever was the first book) and would rather read a Stephanie Plum book.  I also don't like racing and maybe that is why?

I enjoyed the Full series, a cross between a romance and a cozy.  quick and easy reads



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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:29 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for sharing your opinions!!

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:34 PM ET
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I AGREE WITH THE CONCENSUS. ONCE YOU'VE READ THE PLUM SERIES, THE METRO GIRL IS A LET-DOWN. I KEPT COMPARING THEM AS I WAS READING, AND IT COMES UP WAY SHORT ! I WOULD DEFINITELY READ THE OTHERS FIRST AND SAVE THE BEST ( PLUM ) FOR LAST.

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Date Posted: 12/12/2008 4:00 PM ET
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I've read Stephanie 1 -13 too.  I just finished Metro Girl and agree that it's a light reading book.  NASCAR Guy to me was a bit of a spoof and I did get a bit tired of the reference after a while.  Then got to where I thought it was funny, haha.  I've read some but not all of the Full series and had fun with Max, his sister and Jamie. 

Has any one tried her other books?  They're not a series, they can be read in any order.  I'm one that likes to start with the first of any "series" of books.  Well, maybe none of you have read them.  They're more Romance rather than Mystery.  Just light reading.  Girl meets guy - likes him they have a bit of adventure and naturally get together at the end.  Evanovich started her writing career with these books.