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Subject: How would you describe the Janet Ivanovich's Stephanie Plum series?
Date Posted: 12/7/2007 5:35 PM ET
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I hear they are humorous. Can you tell me more about this series? Thinking  of starting them.


Date Posted: 12/7/2007 7:03 PM ET
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Yes, the Stephanie Plum series is humorous and very entertaining.  The first several books had some laugh-out-loud moments.  Word of caution...don't read these books while riding on the subway or sitting in a doctor's office waiting room.  People will look at you strangely when you burst out laughing.

The problems some people are having with the series is there is no character growth.  Stephanie and company are the same from the first book through the thirteenth.  Stephanie has two men that are interested in her, but I don't think she'll ever choose between them.  If she does, the series will probably be over.


Date Posted: 12/7/2007 7:48 PM ET
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I love this series! My DH and sons all know when I've received my latest Plum book by my laughter. They just look at each other and roll their eyes! I definitely agree...don't read these in a public place where you would be embrassed by people giving you strange looks.

As far as the relationship between Stephanie, Joe and Ranger...well, I think she will eventually pick one. At least, that's what I "heard" on Janet Evanovich's website. The question is...which one? I think Joe is sweet and lovable, but Ranger has my vote. He is HOT!


Date Posted: 12/7/2007 7:55 PM ET
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The series features a revolving cast of miscreants and weirdos, plus riotous events that could only happen to those who "hang" with Miss Plum. (An exploding beaver appeared in the most recently released book.) The 13 books released thus far in the series are raunchy, trashy and great fun!! You will be treated to adventure, intrique, hormonal battles, a golden retriever named Bob, an ageless hamster named Rex, a sexy Italian cop, a mysterious Cuban-American bounty hunter who always wears black, a size 16 ex-hooker, automobile annihilation, Tastykakes, Cheese Doodles and neverending sexual tension.

Put One for the Money on your holiday wishlist, or order it through PBS. It will be the start of a wild ride!!

The novels:


One for the Money (1994)

Two for the Dough (1996)

Three to Get Deadly (1997)

Four to Score (1998)

High Five (1999)

Hot Six (2000)

Seven Up (2001)

Hard Eight (2002)

To the Nines (2003)

Ten Big Ones (2004)

Eleven on Top (2005)

Twelve Sharp (2006)

Lean Mean Thirteen (2007)

The holiday novellas:

Visions of Sugar Plums (2002)

Plum Lovin' (2007)

Plum Lucky (due January 8, 2008)





Date Posted: 12/7/2007 8:09 PM ET
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These are ABSOLUTELY Freaking hilarious!!  My mom and book club members had read them and I for the longest time wouldn't read them but than I started and I am hooked!  They are, like everyone is saying, laugh out loud funny.  And you'll fall in love with Ranger (Yo.) and Morelli!!!


Start reading them.  I have 12, 13 and plum lovin in hardback on my list if you want to give them a go!



Date Posted: 12/7/2007 10:30 PM ET
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Wow, OK, so is it best to start with the first, and read them in order?

And how raunchy are they really?

Date Posted: 12/8/2007 1:29 AM ET
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I did not find them raunchy at all. She is a hilarious author. She is one of the few that I actually do laugh out loud. Try One for the Money and see what you think.
Date Posted: 12/8/2007 9:05 AM ET
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My wife got me hooked on this series because of the humor. She actually fell out of bed laughing while reading One For the Money (Grandma and the gun and the chicken scene), so of course I had to read it. I've lost interest now due to lack of character development and general stalling of the story line, and haven't read the last four or five of them, although my wife remains devoted.

You must read them in order. Things won't make sense if you don't. There are continuing characters and situations you won't understand if you read the books out of order. In my opinion, the first few books are the best written, and after about Six or Seven the quality falls off markedly. Others will disagree with me, no doubt. But the first few books are a great read, funny, interesting, decent mysteries, characters you can see yourself sitting down with to share a pizza.

I don't think they're terribly raunchy. There's some language, some profanity, rather a lot of "Jesus!" and "son of a b___!". I don't find that offensive because it seems to me to be how people talk nowadays, but some folks do find that offensive. There are some sex scenes, but they're not very long and not very explicit as a rule. Nothing that made me uncomfortable. Good heavens, if you watch any TV at all, you've seen and heard much worse.

Pick up One for the Money and see what you think.


Date Posted: 12/8/2007 5:30 PM ET
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All I would add is to spell Evanovich with an E--so much easier to find that way:) 

Date Posted: 12/9/2007 12:02 AM ET
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Evanovich is a great fast read without having to think and really enjoy  the charaters yes you should read in order to fall in Love 

with Stephanie Plum,family,friends. I'm waiting for her next book Lean Mean Thirteen.  

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 11:17 PM ET
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It's light easy reading that makes you laugh so hard you cry. I enjoy rereading them cuz they are so humerous. My favoritest charactor is Grandma. She's beyond hilarious.

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 8:17 AM ET
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Laugh out loud funny but very predictable.

Date Posted: 12/13/2007 11:54 AM ET
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Stephanie Plum has a cynical sense of humor that is absolutely hilarious but the writing is mediocre.